Turning People Into Humanized Cartoons

By: Bianca Bartz - Published: May 13, 2008 • References: destinationcreation
The Trend Hunter community has been fascinated by what's being referred to as “untooning.” The new graphic art form strips famous pop culture characters of their “cartoon” characteristics and transforms them into what artists imagine they would look in the flesh. This process gets to the same end point, but begins with actual people.

While it was new to us, Adnan Saleem at has been showcasing this type of art for over a year now. Saleem is a regular contributor to, a Photoshop contest site that challenges people to create art themes like Human Camouflage.

In April 2007, Destination Creation started a study they called “Reality Simpsons,” which quickly became viral and was picked up by Comedy Central Insider, AOL-TV and Digg, among others.

While we've featured untooned stills, Destination Creation has come up with the next phase: videos of reality cartoons! They show the transition from real life photos of people to the core Simpson characters Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggi.

Check out our features on UnTooning: Stats for Animated Retooning Trending: Older & Buzzing
Research: 8,482 clicks in 419 w
Interest: > 3 minutes
Concept: Animated Retooning
Related: 56 examples / 43 photos
Segment: Males, 12-35
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