Famous cartoon characters’ anatomy

Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory

Michael Paulus draws famous cartoon characters from our childhoods and reveals their anatomy underneath.

The drawings were created by placing the characters original sketches on a translucent, hinged panel. An ink drawing of the skeletal system is revealed once the panel is lifted.

The images were created for Paulus’ character study entitled ‘Skeletal Systems‘ in which he revealed our most beloved cartoon characters in their barest forms.

Paulus explained the idea behind the sketches,

“I wanted to take a select few of these popular characters and render their skeletal systems as I imagined they might look if one truly had eye sockets hald the size of its head, or fingerless hands, or free comprising 60% of its body mass.”

Cartoon drawing of Dexter from 'Dexter Laboratory' and what his skeleton would be like
Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory
Cartoon drawing of Egghead Jr and what his bone structure would look like
Egghead, Jr from Looney Tunes
Cartoon sketch of Fred from The Flinstones and what his skeleton would really look like underneath
Fred Flinstone from The Flinstones
Linus from Charlie Brown's skeleton
Linus from Charlie Brown
Marvin the Martian 's bizarre inner skeleton
Marvin the Martian from Looney Tunes
Pikachu's jagged skeleton
Pikachu from Pokemon
Betty Boop's ugly insides - what her skeleton would really look like
Betty Boop
A smiling Charlie Brown poses in both flesh and bone
Charlie Brown
Powerpuff Girl, Blossom looking more terrifying in her skeleton form
Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls
Tweety Bird, without the feathers - bone structure
Tweety from The Looney Tunes
Barney from The Flinstones has an odd skeleton frame
Barney from The Flinstones
Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls without skin, just bone
Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls
Snoopy from Charlie Brown's humorous skeleton frame
Snoopy from Charlie Brown
Hello Kitty's skeleton frame looks like a squashed tin can
Hello Kitty
Powerpuff Girl Buttercup's skeleton frame
Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls

Many years ago, children’s television begun with The Magic Roundabout, The Muppets, Clangers and Play School. Then came Cartoon Network, Fox Kids and Nickelodeon television channels solely dedicated to entertaining kids.

Adults, who grew up with the characters shown above, can see what their favourite cartoons looked like had they been real people.


  1. That is truly awesome. I’d love to do something like this, it’s so unique and differnt. Out of the box art

  2. Can’t stop looking at these – not sure I can ever see Pikachu or Snoopy in the same way now. Never thought about how weird some of the skeletons would look, or how scary!

  3. Kind of bizarre! A strange thing to be perusing, yet I did anyway. Is it me or do Tweety Pie and Buttercup look almost the same?

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