Why do people insist on cuddlifying Cthulhu?
Great Old One people!
"It seemed to be a sort of monster, or symbol representing a monster..."
"These Great Old Ones, Castro continued, were not composed altogether of flesh and blood. They had shape — for did not this star-fashioned image prove it? — but that shape was not made of matter."
"Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom."
Doesn't sound like cartoon or plush toy time to me.