To the average cartoon viewer, SpongeBob is SpongeBob and Bart Simpson is Bart Simpson, but cartoon connoisseurs recognize that characters evolve over the years, not just personality-wise but graphically. Buzzfeed, of all sites, has posted an interactive feature showing the design evolution of characters from The Simpsons, Doug, Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants and Hey Arnold!

I usually gravitate toward the earlier versions of characters when the design and animation are looser and haven’t been locked down through repetition. Below is a look at the Flintstones, not included in the Buzzfeed article, which also underwent significant streamlining during the show’s original run.


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