One of the best things about cartoons is that unlike real actors, they never have to get old. Bart, Lisa and Maggie can still be kids for 33 seasons of The simpsons. Much like the Scooby Doo gang can operate the Mystery Machine for decades without ever filling out Medicare papers. And since cartoons don’t get old, we never have to think about their mortality. At least, we didn’t until we saw this artist’s anatomically correct 3D renderings of animated character skulls. But don’t worry, they’re so cool you can always ignore the thought of SpongeBob dying. At least for a little while.
Czech freelance 3D artist Filip Hodas has transformed classic cartoons into macabre yet playful works of art. His Cartoon Fossils collection (which we first discovered at Bored panda) imagine what lies under the animated skin and muscles of some famous animated films. (With a few defining features like hats and glasses to make every computer rendering easily recognizable.) This includes — aww gawrsh— Canis Goofus, the Goofy’s skull. As well as Anas Scroogius, the skull remains of Scrooge McDuck. A poignant reminder that death awaits rich and poor alike.
And who resides in a coffin under the sea? The barnacle encrusted skull of Spongia Bobæ, SpongeBob Squarepants. He is joined in the collection by the decaying head of Homo Popoculis. As Popeye proves, no amount of spinach can make you powerful enough to defeat the Grim Reaper.
Hodas also commemorated Mus Minnius (Minnie Mouse) and Canaria Tweeta (Tweety Bird). Their skulls also bear witness to cats who clearly killed them and dry cleaned their bones.
This collection is just one of the many creations of Hodas. Be sure to check out more of his fantastic 3D work on his Bēhance, Instagram and Facebook pages. This includes another line of anatomically correct skulls. This one celebrates dead memes.
Of course, his job makes us do something that we’ve never done before and never wanted to do. We think of Goofy’s funeral. But that’s what makes this collection so good. Cartoons don’t really have to die. And they don’t really have skulls.