Childhood cartoon characters are given a 2018 makeover

Childhood cartoon characters are given a 2018 makeover

December 12, 2018

What would your favourite cartoon characters look like NOW? Familiar faces from the Rugrats to the Powerpuff girls are given hilarious 2018 makeover (so how many do you recognise?)

  • Hit nineties cartoon characters have been reimagined as adults by Toyshop.com
  • Rugrats star Angelica has become an Instagram star and Tommy a mechanic
  • Bookworm Arthur has carved out the perfect career for himself as a librarian

Hit cartoon characters from the nineties have been reimagined as adults, with hilarious results. 

The illustrations by Toyshop.com show what the characters would look like 20 years after they first shot to fame on children’s TV.

Using their trademark characteristics and interests, characters have transformed into very modern Instagram stars, basketball players and even NASA employees as they navigate their way through adulthood. 

While Rugrats star Angelica is instantly recognisable – her pigtails transformed into sleek buns and her cheeky grin now adorned with a splash of lipstick for her new role as an Instagram star – Tommy is now a mechanic with a purple mop of hair. 

Rugrats stars all grown up, left to right: Twins Phil and Lil have used their love of the outdoors to create a joint landscape business while, Tommy is unrecognisable as a mechanic and a purple mop of hair. Elsewhere Chuckie has put his fearful personality to good use, landing a job as a health and safety inspector, and Angelica has found her calling as an Instagram star

The originals Rugrats clockwise: Fearful Chuckie, outdoor lovers Phil and Lil, diva Angelica, practical Tommy were the stars of one one of the biggest nineties hit series following the hilarious lives of the adventurous tots

Powerpuff girls Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have made the most of their sisterly superpowers, channeling their feminist ways into becoming a humanitarian, a politician and a police woman respectively

The original Powerpuff girls from left to right: Buttercup- the tough one, the leader Blossom and ‘cute’ Bubbles. The superpowered sisters were created to save Townsville from evil 

Chuckie, meanwhile, has put his anxious personality to good use, landing a job as a health and safety inspector, while twins Phil and Lil have used their love of the outdoors to create a joint landscape business. 

Powerpuff Girls Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have made the most of their sisterly superpowers, channeling their feminist beliefs into becoming a humanitarian, a politician and a police woman respectively. 


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And having been the child everyone leaned on in the playground, Arnold from Hey Arnold! has become a school guidance counsellor. 

Having been the child everyone leaned on in the playground, Arnold from Hey Arnold! has become a school guidance counsellor, still residing in the Sunset Arms Boarding House, after taking over the ownership and management of the property from his Grandpa Phil

The original: Brainy young Arnold is a fourth grader who lives with his grandparents in the city of Hillwood. and takes on adventures to help solve classmates’ problems or come up with solutions to his own predicaments

Elsewhere bookworm Arthur has carved out the perfect career for himself as a librarian, also moonlighting as a part-time pianist at his local jazz club. He spends his days sharing his favourite motto, having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card

The original: Always wearing his trademark spectacles, Arthur proves just how you should deal with childhood traumas and challenges including  homework, teachers, difficult siblings and bullies

He still lives in the Sunset Arms boarding house, after taking over the ownership and management of the property from his Grandpa Phil. still residing in the Sunset Arms Boarding House. 

Elsewhere bookworm Arthur has carved out the perfect career for himself as a librarian, also moonlighting as a part-time pianist at his local jazz club.

He spends his days sharing his favourite motto, having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card. 

Elsewhere Dexter has now channeled his talent for all things science into creating robots, eventually surpassing the likes of Bill Gates to become the richest man in the world and still wears his trademark white lab coat every day

The original Dexter: Goggle-wearing Dexter is the child genius responsible for creating world-saving inventions in his secret laboratory- much to the oblivion of his parents

Eliza Thornberry, who grew up surrounded by wildlife, is seen as the female version of Steve Irwin, travelling the world as a successful conservationist

The original Eliza Thornberry: Eliza is the daughter of a nomadic family of documentary filmmakers, famous for their televised wildlife studies. She possesses the secret gift of being able to communicate with animals

Meanwhile the stars of Recess enjoy similar success, with outgoing TJ becoming a motivational speaker, sporty Vince a basketball player, Gretchen landing a job with NASA, musical Mikey a popstar, Spinelli owning her own security firm and Gus having a growth spurt and becoming a personal trainer, in hilarious images drawn up by the Toyshop.com

 The original Recess kids: Six playground heros in the fourth grade at Third Street School make it their mission to protect the other kids on the playground. L-R: Vince, Ashley, Michael, Theodore, Gretchen, Gus

Ever the brainy child, Dexter has now channeled his talent for all things science into creating robots, eventually surpassing the likes of Bill Gates to become the richest man in the world. 

And perhaps predictably, Eliza Thornberry, who grew up surrounded by wildlife, is seen as the female version of Steve Irwin, travelling the world as a successful conservationist. 

Meanwhile the stars of Recess enjoy similar success, with outgoing TJ becoming a motivational speaker,  sporty Vince a basketball player, Gretchen landing a job with NASA, musical Mikey a popstar, Spinelli owning her own security firm and Gus having a growth spurt and becoming a personal trainer.

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