For most millennials, the ‘90s were a vital time when imagination was formed, benefitting from the glut of cartoons from that decade. Animated creations from the time left an indelible impact on us — characters immediately created moments of nostalgia and personal development.
Most of us look back fondly at the animation boom of the ‘90s. Others revisit their memories from nearly 30 years ago, and decide to distort them as a means to cope with our current tumultuous times. Innocence is lost on these pieces of fan art, which entirely change the original premise of the cartoon.
Our parents always encouraged us to express our creativity, but what happens when those expressions look like sketches that would make a criminal psychologist pause?
There are some truly deranged visions across the internet, so — of course — we plucked these twisted little dandelions for your viewing pleasure. Artists had a field day pouring buckets of blood, contorting jagged teeth, and desecrating in every manner possible our beloved cartoons. Storylines changed from something pure to something more sinister, like mature subliminal messaging snuck into an otherwise G-rated affair.
With that said, here are the 15 Pieces Of ’90s Fan Art That Change EVERYTHING.
15. Loiter Squad Starring SpongeBob And Patrick
The premise of SpongeBob SquarePants is something you’d overhear a concert-goer at Burning Man blabbering about. The sponge resides in a pineapple under the sea, his best friends are a squirrel and a starfish, and he thrives on irritating his clarinet playing, squid neighbor.
We wish we could have attended the meeting where the premise was pitched to Nickelodeon executives. Someone saw the cash cow, though, since SpongeBob has been on since 1999 and won’t quit anytime soon.
If you thought SpongeBob was already a little off-putting, feast your eyes on this realistic duo. SpongeBob is the geeky, burnout fry cook who was too spooky-looking to land a job anywhere, while Patrick is the neighbor who never puts on real clothes and never seems to have a job, but somehow affords rent.
14. The Scary Adventures of Calvin And Hobbes
Countless can recall fond times curling up with Calvin and Hobbes, exploring each detailed panel of a child’s overactive imagination. Bill Waterson’s creation was unlike anything in the Sunday comics.
This artist thought it would be even more funny to paint the duo realistically. Calvin looks like a psycho who disrupts class and disobeys his parents — quirks that were laughable in the comics, but are now indications of an underlying issue. With his poor grades and ghoulish appearance, Calvin is destined for a life of jumping from job to job.
13. Esmeralda Dances On Your Grave
Already, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the darkest Disney movie of the ‘90s. Quasimodo is a schizophrenic who communicates with stony gargoyles and becomes depressed after his original romantic interest, Esmeralda, chooses the handsome blonde over him.
The gypsy has problems of her own, however. In a scene that somehow slipped past the censors, the villainous Frollo performs a whole musical number on how much he lusts for her. It doesn’t get much better in the source material: in Victor Hugo’s book, Esmeralda is promptly hung after turning down Frollo’s attempts.
This zombie portrayal of Esmeralda has her out for vengeance, wrapped in the ropes that killed her in the gothic novel.
Frollo’s temptation is animated by Esmeralda’s writhing body in the flames — with her burnt body and sinister expression, rising from the ashes of the destroyed bell tower, the antagonist will be punished for his sins.
12. Arnold Elephantman
Already, the cartoonist rendition of Arnold looks like he has a pretty worrisome deformity. Kids pick on his football head, but because of the light hearted nature of the show, which focuses on inner city youth, we let the bullying slide.
This realistic version of Arnold is primed for the circus circuit. “I’m not an animal!” Arnold would likely squeal, while jeered at by a gathering of doctors, carnies, and thrill-seekers. This poor abomination will probably spend his days chained up like poor Dumbo. If the Disney elephant looked this afflicted, we probably wouldn’t feel as bad for him.
11. Venomous Scream
In terms of freaky alien maniac, this piece of creepy fan art puts nemesis Carnage to shame. The symbiote is all consuming, latching onto its host and devouring all semblance of their humanity.
Eddie Brock is clearly in pain here, crying out as an alien invades every part of his being. Or maybe he is crying out due to embarrassment, as he knows that he was depicted by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3.
Something about this just makes us nauseous. Maybe it’s the sickly, tar-like substance that Venom is made out of here. Or perhaps it’s his stretched neck and long, glaring teeth. Either way, Venom has now become a hunter. He looks eager to sink those jagged fangs into Spider-Man’s tasty flesh.
10. Smooth South Park
A lot of folks find romantic South Park art hilarious, while others find it as strange as bronies spamming a My Little Pony panel at a comic convention.
The canon of inappropriate South Park fan art is so vast, that creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone even addressed the phenomenon in an episode, where they created a story arc that followed a gay couple.
These kinds of images portray the foul-mouthed Colorado kids in various forms of flirtation. Another phenomenon has been Harry Potter, where Draco and Harry are constantly recreating moments from the fictional movie Brokeback Wizard.
9. Boy Meets Mindhunter
For kids in elementary and middle school, Boy Meets World was a relatable coming-of-age sitcom. We all saw ourselves in Corey’s trials and tribulations, sought mentors like Mr. Feeny and Corey’s folks, and all fell head-over-heels for Topanga Lawrence.
The humor was accessible for children and adults alike — something that was sorely lacking from other programs broadcast at the time.
However, this piece of fan art differs from the show quite a bit. In fact, this scribbling looks like the works of killers John Wayne Gacy, Charles Ng, or Arthur Gaynor.
Subconsciously, the works of the crime are said to translate into the creation. With that said, look at how maniacal Shawn looks. Is that a smile on Topanga’s lips or a scream? Why does Corey look so nervous and why does he have a tiny hand? The crude sketch changes the beloved sitcom to a crime drama.
8. Dragon Ball Z Conquers The Humans
Dragon Ball Z is a series that focuses on martial artists protecting Earth from alien invaders, intent on enslaving or destroying our universe. With the gorgeous animation, these antagonists look primed to sell millions of action figures.
However, let’s imagine what they would look like if actual extraterrestrials came to reek havoc on our planet. The villains dissolve quickly from colorful beings to nightmarish creations.
Buu absorbs his enemies into his silly putty body. Frieza looks like an alien with a serious case of short man syndrome, wreaking havoc on anyone taller than him.
If Dragon Ball Z is ever made into a faithful movie adaptation (no, the American abomination doesn’t count), villains from the canon would look fierce gracing the silver screen if their design adhered to these artistic guidelines.
7. Scrooge Vs Predator
Disney resurrected the Carl Barks comic series as an adventure cartoon, with each episode dedicated to the rich miser and his nephews protecting the fabled Number One Dime. A franchise of merchandise — like most cartoons at the time — was swiftly capitalized on.
Because of the potential selling power of the action figures, a Scrooge vs Predator setup doesn’t seem that crazy. Considering some of the Predator’s opponents throughout his tenure as the baddest hunter in the galaxy (Alien, Batman, Judge Dredd, and even Archie Andrews), a showdown with Scrooge fits right into the canon.
After all, the species is dependent on stalking prey deemed as a worthy adversary. From the trophies decorating both competitors, it seems like an even playing field.
6. A Nightmare On Krumm Street
It doesn’t take much for Aaahh! Real Monsters to make the transition from kind of creepy to scary. The series was the quintessential ‘90s cartoon — a bizarro concept that bordered on inappropriate for impressionable minds.
Nickelodeon decided to go all in with freaking kids out on Saturday mornings. As a precursor to Monsters University, Aaahh! Real Monsters was Pixar without the fluff, and about a can’s worth of Surge hyping each character.
This rendition of Krumm — the furry pit, eye holding monster — is pure nightmare fuel. Put it in a dream and you would accelerate into a restless night of suspiciously looking around your dark room.
Imagine walking down a vacant alley, hearing Krumm’s distinct voice, and coming across this monstrosity. The jagged teeth look like they’re a moment away from snapping off limbs.
5. Kirby The Carnivore
Everyone loves Kirby. If someone says an unkind word about the little pink dough ball of stubby arms and shoes, Nintendo enthusiasts would vacate their gamer dens and come to defend the realms of the Planet Popstar.
The pink puff has helmed his own video game series for the past two decades. His name derives from a vacuum company — thus the sucking up enemies bit of his attack.
This artist took that consumption a little too seriously. Always famished, Kirby gobbles up Shy Guys to slate a never satisfied hunger. Look at how glazed over his eyes are — once a shiny eyed protagonist, his gaze has dulled to an unfeeling carnivore. Arms that were once tiny now ripple with muscle developed from seizing prey.
4. My Neighbor The Zombie Hunter
Critics have pointed out Totoro’s popularity amongst Japanese children as the equivalent of what Winnie the Pooh did to the youth in Britain. Considering that Pooh was a creation by A.A. Milne to deal with his PTSD as a former soldier, maybe this reimagining is inspired by war as well.
If you ever found Totoro’s wide, maniacal grin a little off-putting, this graphic reimagining of the Miyao Miyazaki classic is for you. This artist’s imagination gets apocalyptic, envisioning Japan as a rainy wasteland.
We can see Totoro, standing at the bus corner, holding a torn umbrella, a cut up bus sign, and a pair of creepy false teeth. He doesn’t look like a friendly beast that you’d want to meet at night.
3. Creepy teletubbies
If you were unlucky enough to turn on Teletubbies, this artistic interpretation isn’t too farfetched from what was actually broadcast. The plot was absolute nonsense: gibberish speaking creatures with televisions implanted in their stomach frolic in an earth house called the “Tubbytronic Superdome.”
An assortment of rituals are performed each episode and magical events also occur. Similar to Furby, Teletubbies was probably the creation of a lunatic.
In this reimagining, we see the Teletubbies as deities of a dark church that likely had many creepy secrets. Scarred by evil, their space suits have witchcraft symbols perched on their hats. Whatever they’re planning is likely less diabolic than the fact that there are 425 episodes of Teletubbies currently in syndication.
2. Lisa Simpson, What Big Teeth You Have
The Simpsons has become an iconic show, starting in 1989 and now going onto its 29th season. It tells the tale of a dysfunctional family. While the show has a lot of light hearted moments and jokes, this piece of fan art is anything but lovable and sweet.
Lisa’s dental health has been joked about in the show before, but never on this terrifying level. Judging from the tooth piercing through her head, the previously genius middle child is no longer as smart as she used to be.
1. Gotta Catch All The Kids
Some have wondered why we haven’t seen a live action Pokémon movie yet. With how realistic these pocket monsters look (emphasis on monsters), we’re not holding our breath for something that’ll be adored by children.
Instead, they’ll be shakily pointing their screens at every dark part of the room, terrified that one of these monstrosities will come out and gobble them up.
Pinsir’s mouth is terrifying in this piece of creepy fan art. Imagine an innocent little kid sent outside after his mother scolds him for playing video games too long. Frolicking about, enjoying the great outdoors, he soon sees this monstrosity approach him.
The roles are now reversed: pocket monsters have now emerged from the pockets, eager to catch their own team.
Can you think of any other ’90s fan art that changes everything? Let us know in the comment section!
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