By Phil Plait | August 17, 2012 11:00 am

Oh, that uncanny valley. Cute cartoon characters are adorable, aren’t they?

… until depicted realistically. Which is what Jared Krichevsky does. And then yikes.

Like this drawing of Morbo from Futurama, one of my favorite characters on the show:

Yegads! He’s also done other Futurama characters, like Kif, Lrrr, and Nibbler. And of course, his terrifying Zoidberg. [Note: Jared’s drawings are amazing, but some are perhaps distressing, and should be considered NSFL.]

It’s amazing how creepy these guys are "in real life". I’ve written about this before; a drawing of Homer Simpson freaked me the hell out, and I mean that in the most literal sense. Click through to that drawing of him if you dare. But don’t blame me when he haunts your dreams for all eternity.

And as for the title of this post, you should really know your meme. And watch Futurama, because if you read my blog you’ll LOVE AND OBEY HYPNOTOAD.

Tip o’ the brain slug to io9.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Geekery, Humor, SciFi, TV/Movies

Comments (15)

  1. Technically, they are not drawings. He uses ZBrush to create them, so they are more akin to virtual sculptures. It’s a tremendously addicting and fun way to make art.

  2. H.

    Homer Simpson made me want to cry a little bit. :( I feel gross.

  3. turgon

    Look, the Hypnotoad is just a stupid ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD

  4. Chip

    I think Morbo’s cousin appeared in the classic 50s SciFi flick “This Island Earth.”

  5. NW

    Sorry for the off-topic downer, but I thought you’d want to see this:

    “Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) have made a preliminary examination of the report released today from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy Portfolio Review Committee (PRC). Among the recommendations of that report are that the NSF’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) be fully divested from the NSF Astronomy Division’s portfolio of research facilities in the next five years, with no further funding from the Astronomy Division.”

  6. flip

    Zoidberg is certainly creepy… but that Homer …. BRRRR!

  7. Homer makes me laugh uncontrollably!
    I guess I’m just weird.

  8. Gary Ansorge

    For really scary images, check out

    All about the Neanderthal Predation Theory…the new images of Neanderthal were based on their bone and muscle structure and an understanding that they were apex predators, probably as hairy as gorillas, likely had vertical, cat like eyes and,,,well, go to the site…there’s just something really unsettling about these artistic interpretations, based on this theory…

    Gary 7

  9. CR

    ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD! (Clap. Clap. Clap.)

  10. Peter Juett

    should have called it √1 Headline News:)

  11. Doc

    Gary – it’s worth noting that those “Neanderthal” images are just as fictional as the ones Phil linked to. We don’t want to spread misinformation.

    Here’s a good debunking on some other guy’s blog

  12. CatMom

    Methinks Hypnotoad needs some dental work.

  13. Gary Ansorge

    12. Doc

    I just like it because it’s so danged contrarian. As far as their being monstrous, I expect that IS a bit of poetic license. On the other hand, there’s no evidence they ever wore clothes, so how did they stay warm in ice age Europe? Analyses of their fossilized scat indicates they obtained about 97% of their calories from meat and they hunted giant cave bear(I’ve tasted regular black bear meat…it’s so bad tasting, even my dog wouldn’t touch it), so we know they were superb hunters. Analyses on the way their muscles connected to their bones indicated they were extremely strong, several times stronger than humans(on the other hand, I was three times stronger than most humans, when I was into power lifting, so, maybe that’s not saying as much as he thought).

    I still wouldn’t want to piss one off…(and I wonder how we ended up with some Neanderthal DNA. I guess they weren’t quite as ugly as he suggests).

    Gary 7

  14. Matt B.

    Morbo was my ex-roommate’s favorite character too. If she hadn’t moved out, I would’ve compiled all his dialogue on a tape for her.

    The realistic Zoidberg looks more like the anime version from volume 6. And I agree with Phil–that real-life Homer is unbelievably creepy.

    I still wish someone would make a toy of the Planet Express ship. I want it so bad.


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