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Can cartoons soften the faces of evil?

Thanks to the Face Transformer, I’ve been testing my previously-mentioned theory that producing a stylized-cartoon version of something can only make it better. As I suggested in that post: Much as a monkey makes anything funnier, fancy-pants animation can make the distasteful more palatable… even fun. Just look how the Clone Wars cartoons salvaged the Star Wars prequel storyline. They made pulling “cool” out of a crap-hat look easy.

To truly put my theory through its paces, I had to identify the special someone whose image would undergo the Face Transformer’s “Manga Cartoon” alteration. Someone whose presence gives you a bad case of fight-or-flight. Someone with a black, crusty soul. Someone seemingly irredeemable. Someone who would eat your baby to win an election.

Obviously, it was a toss-up between Dick Cheney and Sanjaya (a.k.a., “Sangina”) from American Idol.

Brace yourself for Cheney’s “before” picture:

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Makes you want to cry yourself to sleep tonight, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, he can’t hurt you. Much.

Is Dick a little more lovable (or, at least, less loathe-able) as a cartoon? Survey says…

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Hm. Mixed results. He’s a bit less scary, anyway. Assuming you don’t find a white-haired, bespectacled Gollum scary.

(Side note: I had a bit too much fun with the Face Transformer. Here’s Dick as a “drunk”.)

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Well, now. Looks like drunk Cheney is fun Cheney. Too bad Bush is the one with the drug problem.

So how about Sangina?

Before:

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Only Michael Jackson on his worst day can give me the creeps like this kid can.

Will his cartoon alter-ego help you put aside those feelings that he’ll molest your soul’s private parts if you look directly into his eyes?

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Yikes. No luck here. I feel like we’ve played a record backwards, revealing the true, insidious message of the songs. Only, we’ve applied a visual filter to reveal a Devil child. Away, foul spirit!

Perhaps all is not lost for the cartoon theory. Let me try one more thing, with the “Apeman” filter…

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Ah-ha! Just as I suspected! Even the nearly-infallible monkey-effect is negated by his evil Devil-powers. The cartoon theory remains intact.

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