liposuction for cartoons?

Strangely enough, this thought came to me when I was brushing my teeth this morning…

Is it just me, or are cartoons getting skinnier as time goes by?

The first example I thought of was My Little Pony. I grew up on these little horse toys, and I don’t know exactly why, but I always found comfort in their full, curvy hips and thighs. These are the My Little Ponies I remember…

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And then when my sister was nearing the end of her toy days, the My Little Ponies got a revamping and looked like this…

my little pony in between

I was shocked and a little disappointed when I saw the My Little Ponies that this generation’s young girls have…

my little pony now

So, obviously the ponies have seen quite a makeover since I was a little girl. Is it merely a fresh depiction of these long-time favourite toys, and I am mourning the passing of my childhood? Or have these ponies become a thinner version of themselves for a reason?

Let’s take a look at some of the other examples of slimmed down characters that I could think of…

Pikachu from Pokemon

pikachu thenpikachu now

Strawberry Shortcake

strawberry shortcake then and now

Have children’s toys and cartoons become just another of the countless ways that body image is portrayed in our society? Or is this an attempt to get all of the overweight children (of which the numbers, we all know, are startlingly high compared to a generation ago) to live healthier lifestyles?

Can you think of any other examples? What do you think the reason behind this transformation is? And do you think it is a good thing or a bad thing? Please chime in and share your thoughts!