Your favourite cartoon characters like you've never seen them before

A deconstructed Mickey Mouse by Dodoconyoyo
(Image credit: Dodoconyoyo)

Cartoon characters come in for all kinds of heavy treatment during their on-screen adventures. They get blown up, they fall off cliffs, and, yes they even get steam-rollered and still live to see another day. But have ever wondered what they would look like if they were stretched through some kind of alien time warp that deconstructed them into their constituent colours? No? Well, we're going to show you anyway because the results look stunning.

A Peruvian design studio has taken a range of our favourite childhood characters and stretched them out into strips, arches and ribbons in a form of deconstruction that creates some eye-catching results and highlights the characters' colours. They've applied to the treatment to Disney and Hanna Barbera classics like Mickey Mouse and The Flintstones to relatively recent stars like Finn from Aventure Time (if you're an illustrator yourself, see our guide to the best digital art software).

The project is the work of Lima-based branding and design studio Dodoconyoyo, and was inspired by a mix of nostalgia and design investigation. The studio says on its Behance profile: "cartoons have always been and will be part of our life. For as far back as we can remember, their colours were the ones that somehow defined our way of defining combinations in our minds."  

Mickey becomes bold lines of black, white, red and yellow, and Popeye becomes a stretch toboggan of familiar colours. There are a couple that might be less familiar for those who haven't kept up with more recent cartoons – the gumball machine Benson Dunwoody from Regular Show, for example, who's transformed into an arch of blue, pink and red. 

Deconstructed cartoon characters by Dodoconyoyo

Sponge Bob, Finn and Benson Dunwoody get the same treatment (Image credit: Dodoconyoyo)

The results show just how familiar we are with the colours of our favourite cartoon characters, which is perhaps why people react so furiously when cartoon characters get a makeover, like Minnie Mouse with her new outfit. We love anything that explores their design, although we're still getting over the view of Mickey Mouse from above.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.