Growing up, most Saturday mornings were dedicated to sitting in front of the television and tuning in to some cartoons. Favorites such as Spider-Man to Scooby-Doo had new episodes, and we couldn’t wait until we got to see the new Pokemon Ash was gearing up to train. Unfortunately, all of those characters had to grow up, too.
From traditional 2D animation to computer-animated technology, some of these cartoon character designs evolved dramatically. You won’t even recognize Spongebob with his makeover. Keep reading to learn more about the evolution of some of television’s most popular cartoon characters.
South Park made its cartoon debut in 1997 and has since released 307 episodes. The pilot episode was made using construction paper and stop-go cutout animation. We can only imagine how long it took animators to put together a single episode using that technique!
In later years, the show’s animation was moved to the computer. In doing so, the cutouts were scanned and redrawn using the program CorelDRAW and imported to PowerAnimator. Animation director Eric Stough says they chose this program because it helped the show maintain its “homemade look.”