I remember waking up early on Saturday mornings and plopping myself down on the floor in front of the TV with a bowl of Lucky Charms to catch all of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons. I'm sure that this was the Saturday morning ritual for kids all across the country. It was also probably the perfect excuse for parents to have an hour of alone time and a cup of coffee before really starting the day.
But here we are today, as an alleged "adults." The floor has become my bed, the TV has become my laptop, and the Lucky Charms...well, some things never change. I guess we've grown up! For many of us, time has treated us kindly. But how have our cartoon friends fared?
According to the artist Paul Ribera, not so well. He's created some awesomely disturbing fan art that makes me concerned for our friends at Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Perhaps it's time for an intervention?
Chuckie Finster and Tommy Pickles - Rugrats
What. Is. This? They're just babies! Why are they doing LSD? Maybe All Grown Up! was just some weird drug trip.
Doug Funnie - Doug
Oh no, Doug. It looks like his breakup with Patti Mayonnaise took a toll on him in the later years.
Otto and Reggie Rocket - Rocket Power
As adults, the term "Rocket Power" came to be the Rocket's codeword for black tar heroin. Sad.
Cat and Dog - CatDog
Yeesh! I think it's safe to say that CatDog hit rock bottom after seeing a mountain of pills spill out of their stomach. Where was Winslow during all of this?
Arnold - Hey Arnold!
Believe it or not, the scariest thing about this to me is still the shape of his head. Apparently, smoking crack turned Footballhead into Not-quite-all-the-way-full Water Balloon Head. Just doesn't have the same ring to it.
Timmy Turner, Cosmo, and Wanda - The Fairly OddParents
Oh yeah, Timmy. Because getting two magical fairies to grant your wishes and go on adventures wasn't enough. Now you're huffing to get by? Cosmo and Wanda! Do something!
Double D, Eddy, and Ed - Ed, Edd n Eddy
You know, this one doesn't really surprise me a ton. The parents on The Cul-de-Sac seemed very laissez-faire about the whole child rearing thing.
Johnny Bravo - Johnny Bravo
Hmm...cocaine. I always thought Johnny would be more into the roids scene. Well, I guess those trademark sunglasses of his probably came in handy.
Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup - The Powerpuff Girls
Ugh. I already hate scary children, but this one just does it for me. Their eyes are massive and they're floating. This is straight our of a nightmare! If Professor Utonium could create them, hopefully he can destroy them too.
Dee Dee and Dexter - Dexter's Laboratory
I would imagine that Dexter could make some Walter White quality drugs if he wanted to. Sadly, for Dee Dee, it looks like her drug habit was likely detrimental to her ballet career.
I love seeing fan art like this. It is so beautifully done, but it still seriously creeps me out. I feel like I need to spend the next few hours on Youtube finding original clips from the shows to purge these from my memory. Maybe we should get this group back on the air for a Cartoon Rehab show.
If you particularly loved any of these, you can find Paul Ribera's collection of clothes with the prints here.