Ok, now I guess I want to change this topic on how all of fire starters recently are unorginal/boring. Who in their right minds would get a fire/fighting 3 gen in a row? I'm pretty positive than Fenniken will either be a pure fire or something else.
I'm not really talking about the evolutions just the beginners. In Gen 5, Snivy was the only decent one in my opinion.
Well in my opinion the first form of most of the starters looks pretty goofy, but they usually get cooler looking as they level up. I thought all of Gen V's starters looked really weird in their base forms, but really liked Samurott's and Serperior's designs (Emboar is still a disgrace). Same with Gen IV, but in that Gen I liked the final forms of all 3 starters.
Even in Gen II, which is my favorite, I concede that Totodile, Cyndaquil, and Chikorita all look pretty goofy, but they all look badass in their final evolutions. I think it's a matter of Gamefreak trying to make the starters' first forms look "cute" and then letting them progressively look cooler and more mature as they evolve.