12/05/2012 11:06 am ET

Cristian Girotto's Photography Series 'The Outer Child' Makes Us Happy To Have Gone Through Puberty (PHOTOS)

There was a time when the clichéd notion that "there is a child inside all of us" warmed our hearts. However, we had never actually pictured what such a child would look like. After seeing the collaborative project by Paris-based retoucher Cristian Girotto and photographer Quentin Curtat entitled, "L’ Enfant Extérieur (The Outer Child)," we never want to imagine such a fantasy ever, ever again.

The man-baby amalgamations combine the haggardness brought on by adult life with the doughy cheeks and hopeful grins of youth. Girotto and Curtat's combined forces create miniature people so convincingly creepy they make Oompa Loompas look adorable. Peruse the series below and let us know if the image of a toddler with chest hair scarred you for life.

Cristian Girotto