Can we please stop de-yassifying childhood cartoons?


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The new version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Over time, we’ve seen the image of childhood classic faces get reconstructed with more intensity than some of our favorite celebrities, leaving us to wonder if cartoonists work harder on redesigns than the Kardashians’ plastic surgeon.

Does this ruin the ambiance of the characters we thought we knew and loved? Or, does it simply create a new rendition of these faces specific to different generations trapped in the world of American childhood television for entertainment?


The original Dora has been sweet, innocent, and full of adventure since August of 2000. In 2019, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” took a live-action form of household favorite Peruvian-American. In this film, Dora has grown into the teenager displayed in “Dora and Friends: Into the City.” Both new renditions of Dora are slimmer, taller, and older, and take the whole childhood persona out of children’s characters. In addition to this drastic change, her outfits don’t fit her character as well as the classic pink shirt and orange shorts combination.

Charlie Brown

Classic Charlie Brown is meant to be a two-dimensional character. His melancholy personality and simple demeanor are personified with an array of simple lines. In spite of these characteristics, the new renditions of the cartoon have portrayed Brown to be a three-dimensional shape and skin tone that goes beyond a yellow crayon shade. The boy is not complex; let’s not force him to fill shoes larger than his personality.

Strawberry Shortcake

The modernization of America’s favorite ginger has totally deconstructed her simple, modest style. The beautification of Strawberry Shortcake killed her mom-friend vibes and turned her into the girl who parties on a Tuesday night.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

How did the media turn a group of goofy, green, Italian-painters-namesakes into a team of buff, bulging turtle-men, seemingly overnight? They don’t seem to eat pizza anymore, as their physiques clearly display an increase in arm, chest and leg size, attributed to long days at the gym.


Scooby is a cartoon dog, which makes his live-action persona feel like it’s overstepping. I know you agree with me.

Yogi Bear

Seriously, why are we obsessed with making cartoon animals so real? At this point, we could practically fill a zoo with the amount of realistic-looking animals.

The Smurfs

CGI graphics strikes again, just as it did with the remake of Charlie Brown. Cartoon villagers are comforting, but little blue men running around the real world oversteps its boundaries.