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Cool Cartoon Characters: Where are they now?

June 14, 2010

When you’re a kid, you’ve pretty much got 2 options when it comes to cartoon leading characters. There’s either awkward & quirky, or there’s fresh & fly.

While awkward deems itself another post for another day, I want to honor whom I felt gives children the clearest insight into what it takes to travel the unweathered path to confident business handling.

Tommy from Rugrats was the ultimate CEO. He handled his business more than the offspring of Donald Trump and that dude who landed his plane in the Hudson. Anytime he needed something done, boom, he did it. He didn’t put it off next week or wait til that promotion. See it, want it, buy it, own it. Tommy was gametime. No doubt about it.

Bobby from Bobby’s World You remember this dude. Used to ride his big wheel around town, doin what he wants when he wants. Boy met World, and they named it after him. Tuff luck Topanga.

Arnold from Hey, Arnold! His room. Have you see this guys room? I don’t care if his head’s shaped like a football, a futbol, a rocketship, or fascist dictator, that room plus his style with a dash of athletic ability, has a recipe for getting way too many dates. It would be like Steve Job’s room if he was 17 and not a complete dorkwag. Gosh, Helga didn’t stand a chance.

Where are they now?

Tommy is 27 and living in Manhattan. He is currently married to an artist who pursues her career half-heartedly and spends his money with the other half. He is a very well established sports agent slash anything else he wants to be. He enjoys listening to Kid Cudi and robbing more high security vaults than the dude from Jumper, always accompanied by his handy dandy plastic screwdriver.

Bobby is a AAA baseball player residing in Tampa. After the episode that greatly resembled The Natural he decided his introspective demeanor was best suited for a travelling lifestyle and a crew cut. He looks like a caucasian Derek Jeter, wears the same number, and dates the same amount of girls.

Arnold is 21 years old and is currently residing in a loft in downtown Seattle. He decided to grow into his “football head” by working out and eating right until he had a “football body.” He is the star tailback for the Seattle Seahawks and models for Calvin Klein when he’s not whisking away young actresses aboard his private yacht, fully equipped with everything his room as a kid had, because people, let’s be honest, could that room get any sweeter*?


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9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2010 1:02 pm

    bahahaha! This took me back! We used to have a Bobby’s World flip book… you know where the pages were split into three segments and you could mix ‘n’ match each segment. All the outfits were careers… heck yes

  2. Jeremy permalink
    June 14, 2010 5:55 pm

    Everything about this post screams “excellence”. Arnold’s room was definitely b-wording.

  3. mikey mikes permalink
    June 14, 2010 7:05 pm

    bobby was the coolest kid on the block. dude rode that big wheel of his like he owned the whole stinkin’ franchise.

  4. June 17, 2010 12:19 pm

    I loved Bobby’s World. I just never knew when it came on.
    So actually, I never really saw it.
    So I guess you could say, in theory, I loved Bobby’s World.

  5. June 25, 2010 1:02 pm

    I was always one for the weird and quirky characters. For example, Rocko’s Modern Life. Talk about jokes that went over your head until you watch them today and you think, “Um… they got away with that on kids tv? Awesome!” I had to do a wire frame for work (basically you map out a website and how it will work on paper… yeah) anyways I needed images so I used the cast of Rocko’s Modern Life. It was awesome.

  6. thedood permalink
    February 3, 2011 11:40 pm



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