Have you ever wondered what your favorite cartoon characters might look like in human form? Well, you’re not the first to do so. In fact, artists all over the internet have reimagined characters from Bugs Bunny to Buzz Lightyear as actual people, and they look so realistic, it’s almost as if you could reach out and shake their hands.
Astkhik Rakimova is a case in point. The artist from the Russian republic of Tatarstan has transformed plenty of non-human cartoon characters into humans, and they’re all totally on point. Indeed, it’s completely obvious who this grinning goofball is supposed to be: everyone’s favourite undersea pineapple dweller, Spongebob Squarepants.
It’s the pose that really sells this awesome depiction of Kung Fu Panda’s Po from Rakimova. As one Instagram user reflected, it’s truly a “stunning” work of art. In fact, if Kung Fu Panda 4 features a story that involves Po transforming into a human, you’ll know where they’ve taken their inspiration from.
Even if you don’t instantly recognize these characters, the T-shirt definitely gives it away. But then again, why wouldn’t you recognize Timon and Pumbaa? The Lion King pair work perfectly in human form, as imagined by Rakimova.
With this grinning guy, it’s all in the smile – and those glorious eyes, of course. Yes, while some non-human cartoon characters don’t take much of a leap to transform into humans, others take a little more work. But they look just as good, like Donkey here, straight from the swamps of Shrek.
By now, you’ll probably recognize Rakimova’s distinctive style when it comes to turning animal cartoon characters into humans. And if you’ve seen Madagascar, then you’ll definitely recognize this iconic pair: Gloria and Melman, hippo and giraffe turned human.
It’s not just the perfect human interpretation that gives away this cat’s identity. Indeed, The Secret Life of Pets’ Chloe’s love for food comes through perfectly, capturing not only the character’s looks in human form, but also her personality.
There are so many films and TV shows these days with cartoon animals, the potential for humanizing them is virtually unlimited. Indeed, some films – like Zootopia – consist entirely of anthropomorphic animals that already have human personalities. Transforming them into actual humans, then, is the next logical step.
DeviantArt user Aioras has reimagined almost the entire cast of Futurama as actual, real people – and they’re all incredibly distinctive while still being recognizable. Philip J. Fry, for instance, bears his trademark red jacket and equally red hair. If a live-action Futurama movie is ever on the cards, this artist could definitely offer proof of concept.
Meg Griffin is usually the butt of the joke in Family Guy, but here she’s been paid her dues in this realistic version of the long-suffering cartoon character. Here, her signature pink beanie and circular spectacles definitely give off more of a hippie chic vibe than they do in cartoon form.
When Buzz Lightyear uttered his iconic catchphrase “to infinity and beyond,” he probably never thought it would take him this far. Indeed, it almost looks like the Toy Story character has journeyed into another dimension – one that’s transformed him into this super realistic interpretation.
One of the main challenges of bringing cartoon characters into the real world is undoubtedly making that leap from two dimensions to three. This 3D rendering of Futurama’s Professor Farnsworth, then, is creepily accurate. In fact, it’s so lifelike that you can almost imagine meeting him in person.
If the Lion King was a human king, he’d probably look a little something like this. Yes, the classic Disney cartoon character Simba may be cute as anything in cat form, but you’d definitely think twice about messing with him as a human. Just look at those pecs…
Perhaps the most iconic of all Pokémon is Pikachu – a character that can be found in both male and female form in the universe that spans TV shows, movies and of course, video games. Here, it’s the female version that’s been transformed into a human, and she looks basically exactly as you’d expect.
Adventure Time is full of irreverent characters, none of which seem like the easiest to translate into human form. DeviantArt user zombiefruits, then, has done an astounding job with Jake the Dog and his girlfriend, Lady Rainicorn. Indeed, it’s the details that really bring out the essence of their characters – like Jake’s mustache and Lady’s totally white eyes.
For how little dialogue WALL-E contained, it’s hard to imagine these two robotic characters as humans. But this anime-style interpretation nails both the eponymous android and his counterpart EVE perfectly – right down to WALL-E’s tools and the goggles around his neck.
While the age difference between Pinky and the Brain has never really been addressed, it makes total sense when you think about it. That’s perhaps why this rendition of the odd couple in human form works so perfectly: you can just imagine the hijinks they’d get up to, even as people.
Optimus Prime has been a robot and a truck, so really, who’s to say he can’t be a human too? Indeed, it’d be the perfect disguise for the Transformers character to throw off the scent of his enemies. And in whatever crazy alternate universe this becomes reality, we reckon this is exactly how he would look.
Who knew Bugs Bunny would be so devilishly handsome in human form? Yes, this is unmistakably that most mischievous of Looney Tunes characters. From the grey suit and the bunny ears to the carrot-based beverage, Bugs has never looked so dapper.
Lola Bunny, meanwhile, looks equally fetching in her trademark basketball outfit. Indeed, Bugs’ girlfriend translates mysteriously well to human form – probably due to how well Looney Tunes’ artists anthropomorphized the original character.
The characters of Finding Nemo don’t seem like the most obvious to humanize, simply because fish really don’t lend themselves to human features all that well. It’s testament to the artist here, then, that Nemo, Marlin and Dory are so instantly recognizable – even if Marlin does look suspiciously young.