An artist has created a reimagining of what The Simpsons character Ned Flanders might look like in real life. The Simpsons, which began as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show and premiered its first official season on Fox in 1989, is the longest running animated show of all time. The show, which has expanded into comics, video games, soundtrack albums, piles of plushies and T-shirts, Universal theme park experiences, the MTV music video “Do the Bartman,” and one film (with a potential The Simpsons Movie 2 being considered), will be starting its 33rd season this month.
One of the most iconic Simpsons characters is Ned Flanders, the goody-two-shoes neighbor who Homer Simpson despises with a passion. Voiced by series mainstay Harry Shearer, Flanders is known for being indefatigably cheerful in the face of Homer’s derision, annoying him further with characteristically cheesy phraseology like “hi-dilly ho, neighborinos!” He may be irritating, but he has also supported the Simpson family through thick and thin. The character is so beloved for his effortless church dad blandness and good cheer that Adidas recently released a Ned Flanders-inspired sneaker.
Flanders is loveable because he is so cartoonish, but would he be so adorable in real life? On Instagram, digital sculptor Hossein Diba has imagined a live-action Flanders, the latest in the artist’s efforts to bring iconic video games and cartoon characters to life. The results can certainly be described as accurate, though they’re a little startling. See the image below:
Those with weaker constitutions may want to scroll down quickly. It’s a little disturbing to see how well-rendered this is, especially considering that Flanders doesn’t necessarily have the aesthetic appeal of other characters that Diba has brought to life, like Goku or even Woody from Toy Story. This incarnation of Ned Flanders looks so realistic, they might as well start casting the rest of the characters right now and commit to a live-action series. Diba’s vision of the character looks eerily like Mikey Day from SNL, so that’s one decision already sorted out.
For now, however, Ned Flanders will remain firmly planted in the animated world where he belongs. In fact, the upcoming season is gearing up to feature him in the two-part Coen Brothers-inspired episode “A Serious Flanders,” which is billed as “an epic love letter to the show Fargo and the world of streaming television.” The Simpsons season 33 will also feature guest stars including Kristen Bell, Maurice Lamarche, Rachel Bloom, Timothy Olyphant, Cristin Milioti, and Brian Cox.
The Simpsons season 33 will premiere on Fox on September 26.
Source: Hossein Diba/Instagram