I don’t want to be a Santa-killer by freaking you out with these skeletal cartoon characters, but I think that you’ll appreciate the thinking that went into the art by Michael Paulus. A touch of imagination here, and dash of reality there, and you’ve got the skeletal frame of classic cartoon characters which you may or may not have adored as kids.
Let’s take a peek at Betty Boop. I remember her being the in thing for little girls back in the day, but I don’t remember liking her because I liked her. It was probably because my older cousins liked her. Anyhow, she does have her looks going for her, doesn’t she? (Even as part of the skeletal cartoon characters set.)
Don’t you just love how the skull looks?
If you’re wondering what on earth the artist was on when he created these skeletal cartoon characters, here’s what he says.
Growing up in that period, I tended to take for granted the distortions and strange bodies of these entities.These Icons are usually grotesquely distorted from the human form from which they derive.
I decided to take a select few of these popular characters and render their skeletal systems as I imagine they might resemble if one truly had eye sockets half the size of its head, or fingerless-hands, or feet comprising 60% of its body mass. (Source)
He’s right, isn’t he? We tend to take the disproportionate bodies for granted, not thinking about how they translate to reality. These sketches could help in that matter, and if not, they’re good for an alternative viewing experience anyway.
I think this this rendition of Marvin the Martian is the most beautiful of the set because of its simplicity.
And of course, Pikachu rocks!
Last, but not the least, is something that just might horrify little girls all over the world. But I’m a believer in starting them young, so go ahead and show them how things really are!