Not to be outdone by yesterday’s Rugrats trailer on Funny or Die, today’s entrant into the “When Good Cartoons Go Bad” file is makeup artist Kevin Kirkpatrick’s prosthetic models of Beavis and Butt-Head.
Click here for pictures but be warned, they are unsettling.
Obviously, cartoon characters don’t have to adhere to the conventional standards of human anatomy (I’m no scientist, but I’m fairly certain that Mr. Burns’ neck would not be able to support his head), but Kirkpatrick’s corporeal
monsters creations are just natural-looking enough to put them right smack dab in the uncanny valley — right between Bunraku Puppets and Tom Hanks in The Polar Express. The fact that B&B are severed just beneath the sternum only makes it stranger to look at.
Not that I’m questioning Kirkpatrick’s talent. The fact that the two models are so unsettling is a statement to how impressive his re-creations are. I would love (and yet, fear) to see what Kirkpatrick could do with fellow Mike Judge series King of the Hill. That said, if they ever make another Beavis and Butt-Head movie, I hope they’ll stick with simple animation.
What do you think PopWatchers? What cartoon series would you like to see get Kirkpatrified?