Do you know who the first cartoon animal to hit the TV or movie screen was? Mickey Mouse maybe? Nope. Donald Duck? Wrong again. The first cartoon animal was all the way back in 1913 and his name was Old Doc Yak who was a billy-goat wearing striped pants. This is significant because Old Doc Yak went on to become a beloved cartoon character with a unique appeal to children. It was also the first time that this form of media was recognized as a goldmine to TV producers as a great form of children's entertainment. Within ten years, Walt Disney began making short animated films based on fairy tales. And by 1928, the beloved and iconic Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie were introduced in the first animated sound cartoon, "Steamboat Willie."
Like everyone else, you grew up with cartoon animals, but who was your favorite? Were you a fan of Scooby Doo and his mystery-solving antics? Did you dream of flying through the air to save the day like Mighty Mouse and Underdog? Or, did your favorite cartoon animal show up in the last few years?
From Old Doc Yak to Spongebob Squarepants these are the most beloved cartoons and cartoon animals you grew to love. See how many you can figure out from their image!
This sea-dwelling sponge lives in a pineapple under the sea and works at the Krusty Krab, making the coveted Krabby Patties. SpongeBob is a happy-go-lucky character that always attempts to see life on the bright side.
This anthropomorphic black cat was created in the silent film era and engaged in real-life situations. Felix had a pedestrian personality that was geared towards children's entertainment. This cat also carried around a "Magic Bag of Tricks" that had the capability of assuming any shape and personality that Felix desired.
The siblings, Phineas and Ferb, maximize their summer fun by creating a new scheme, invention or adventure every day, while their older sister, Candace, attempts to bust them. Unbeknownst to the siblings, their pet platypus, a seemingly empty-headed pet, is a secret agent ruining the schemes of the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
Pepe is a French skunk who is continuously in search of love but keeps getting denied due to his repulsive odor and aggressive approach. Pepe usually mistakes female black cats or female stripped cats as female skunks and relentlessly pursues them. Although a romantic, Pepe is a narcissistic skunk and always lets his object of affection know that she is the lucky one to have him.
Chip, a pint-sized chipmunk, is a detective alongside Dale, his counterpart. The two form a detective agency that deals with crimes that are too small for regular police. Their clients include their animal friends. The pair usually finds themselves up against Fat Cat, a tabby cat, and also the mad scientist, Norton Nimmul.
This brown monkey was taken from Africa by the man with the big yellow hat and brought to the big city. The show, "Curious George," follows George around as he explores the big city, getting into all types of different situations. In most cases, George's enthusiasm overshadows his reasoning and gets him into some sticky situations.
Created to parody Superman, Mighty Mouse has superpowers that include fighting, super strength, flight and invulnerability and the ability to turn back time. The premise of the show involves a crisis that needs an extraordinary individual to solve the situation, at that moment Mighty Mouse emerges to the rescue.
"The Backyardigans" feature a group of musical playmates that are interactive and break the fourth wall by communicating with viewers. Pablo is a blue penguin that wears a blue and yellow propeller beanie and is considered the leader of the pack. The group of friends includes Uniqua, Pablo, Austin, and Tasha. They engage in role-playing scenarios to find a solution to a problem or overcome an obstacle.
The Powerpuff Girls revolve around three kindergarten superheroes that were created by mistake when The Professor added chemical X to a recipe to make the little girls. Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles keep the city of Townsville from villains like Fuzzy Lumpkins, a hillbilly who terrorizes the townspeople and Mojojojo.
"The Regular Show" follows the adventures of Mordecai and Rigby who both work as groundskeepers at the park. Mordecai and Rigby spend their time trying to avoid work, playing video games or other means of entertainment.
Prince Adams wields a Sword of Power that enables him to turn into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe, along with his pet cat, Cringer, who turns into Battle Cat. The two defend Eternia from Skeletor, whose goal is to conquer Castle Grayskull.
The Penguins of Madagascar follows the daily adventures of the penguins that live in New York's Central Park Zoo. The zoo is also home to many other animals, including King Julien, King of the Lemurs.
Top Cat is the leader of a gang of alley cats that continuously try to earn fast money through illegal means. Their get-rich schemes are usually destroyed by a human police officer who ensures that the efforts of Top Cat and the gang's plans are not successful.
"Chowder" follows the misadventures of Mung Daal's catering company and the day-to-day life of Chowder. Chowder has an endless appetite and a scatterbrain personality. He is an apprentice to chef Mung Daal and is the love interest of 10-year-old Panini, who is a pink rabbit.
This alternate world showcases humans living alongside tailless animals. It stars BoJack Horseman. BoJack was once the star of the 1990s "Horsing Around" and is attempting to make a comeback and return to celebrity stardom. This animated series pokes fun at the Hollywood culture of celebrities, drug abuse, depression and the entertainment industry.
This post-war animated cartoon features a pair of identical yellow magpies who try to outwit their competitors and enemies. The pair wage war against their foes without initial provocation. They can be told apart from their differentiating voices with Jeckle speaking in an English falsetto accent and Heckle with a New York dialect. Usually, the two main characters come up as the losers with their foes being triumphant in the end.
A young Viking named Hiccup wishes to follow the traditions of his tribe and become a dragon slayer. However, once he has captured his first dragon, he realizes that he doesn't wish to continue the tradition of killing dragons and instead decides to become friends with the dragon and train him. Hiccup proceeds to teach the dragon named Toothless, named so for the set of retractable teeth that it possesses.
"Space Ghost" follows the antics of an intergalactic crime fighter with the ability to be invisible, shoot rays from his wrist using a power band and fly. Space Ghost is from the Ghost Planet and fights villains like Black Widow, Zorak, Moltar and Creature King with the aid of his sidekicks, Jayce and Jan, and their pet monkey, Blip.
The secret identity of Penrod Penry Pooch, a mild-mannered canine working as a janitor in a police station, is the clumsy crime-fighting Hong Kong Phooey. Pooch can transform himself into Phooey by jumping into a filing cabinet and emerging as the hero.
The animated series, Pokémon, follows the journey of Ash Ketchum as he goes to different gyms in the region of Kanto. He is accompanied by Misty, a young gym leader, and Brock, the Pewter city gym leader. Ash's signature Pokémon is Pikachu, a short chubby electric-type Pokémon.
A comedy mystery animated series that follows the dunce French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau, as he attempts to track down criminals. The Pink Panther is a seldom speaking character that can be described as cunning and resilient. The Panther comes up against real-life situations as well as outlandish scenarios.
The fastest mouse in all of Mexico is Speedy Gonzales. He is usually depicted as wearing a yellow sombrero, white attire and a red kerchief around its neck. Speedy is often called upon by fellow mouse mates to assist in retrieving cheese in tricky situations where speed is needed. The quick-footed mouse follows through and shouts Epa!Epa! Yeehaw! while helping his friends.
"The Quick Draw McGraw Show" focused on an anthropomorphic horse, depicted as a sheriff in American Old West style. Snagglepuss was an orange mountain lion that sometimes wore a collar or cuff and appeared as a supporting character on the show. Quick Draw was also accompanied by a bloodhound named Snuffles and a Mexican burro called Baba Looey who acts as his deputy.
Struggling songwriter Dave Seville finds success with singing Chipmunks Alvin, Theodore, and Simon. The chipmunks all have different personalities, and the series follows the everyday life of the trio along with Seville. Alvin, the leader, always seems to find himself in trouble that his brothers try to help him get out of.
"The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" follow anthropomorphic characters Rocky, a moose, and Bullwinkle, a flying squirrel, as they take on their foes in a series of thrilling adventures. The two Russian spies, Boris and Natasha, act as their nemesis. The show also included supporting segments with Mr. Peabody and his boy, Sherman, who travel through time.
Atom Ant is a superhero Ant with the ability to fly, has super strength, super speed and invulnerability. His missions include helping the police with assignments. The show often parodies Batman, and the police force is depicted as inadequate and inept.
"Wacky Races" features 11 different racing cars pitted against each other in road rallies through North America. Each driver races with the hope of winning the title of World's Wackiest Racer. Muttley is the snickering sidekick to Dick Dastardly, the villain of the series whose vehicle has some concealed weapons.
The anthropomorphic crime-fighting turtles were trained by a rat sensei named Master Splinter. The group found their home in a sewer and their daily life involved battling evil overlords, alien invaders and mutated creatures all while staying hidden from society.
This cartoon showcases the life of Gumball Watson and his adoptive brother, Darwin, who find themselves in various situations around their town and school. "The Amazing World of Gumball" also shows the interactions the two have with Gumball's family, namely his little sister, Anais, and parents, Nicole and Richard.
The daily adventures of the penguins that live in New York City's Central Park zoo are documented in this series. Skipper is the one who comes up with the tactics that need to be utilized, and he is the one who gives orders. His personality is strict, and he is very short-tempered. Skipper is equipped in any situation, from bizarre to highly unlikely, because of his covert military training.
An educational television series that focuses on Arthur, an anthropomorphic 8-year-old aardvark that resides in Elwood City. Arthur's family includes his mother, Jane, his father, David, and siblings, Dora and Kate. He has a number of different friends that have diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnicities.
Daffy Duck is a part of the Looney Tunes family and is sometimes depicted as the enemy or best friend of Bugs Bunny. First appearing in Porky's Duck Hunt, Daffy has evolved as a character to become more anthropomorphic. The quacky duck finds himself in a slew of different situations and always has a solution to get himself out.
Scooby-Doo follows the gang that comprises of Daphne, Velma, Fred, Shaggy and their anthropomorphic dog, Scooby. The team bands together to solve a series of mysteries involving paranormal ghouls. In most cases, Shaggy and Scooby are used as bait to capture the villains. The cowardly pair can be talked into being bait by being offered Scooby snacks.
Yogi Bear is a bear living in confinement, trying to capture picnic baskets from unsuspecting campers, while the Ranger attempts to keep him at bay. Along with his sidekick, Boo Boo, Yogi believes that he is incredibly intelligent in his attempts to snag food from the campers. He has a number of catchphrases as well as a vocal flourish when pronouncing long words.
Aided by his sidekick, Launchpad McQuack, the superhero Darkwing Duck must battle super villains and street criminals. Darkwing Duck also fights against his need to feed his ego and his desire to be an excellent father to his adopted daughter, Gosalyn. The city that he protects, St. Canard, is a parody of Gotham City and Batman.
The daily lives of Mordecai and Rigby are showcased in the animated series, "The Regular Show." Their coworker, Skips, is an immortal yeti who seems to always have the answer until basic 21st century technology comes into play.
This animated series follows the life of an anthropomorphic woodpecker named Woodywood Pecker. Woody is a screwball character; he is a hyperactive redhead that loves burrowing holes in trees and finds himself in many hairball shenanigans.
This series follows a short-tempered chihuahua and a dimwitted cat. The two engage in some different scenarios, usually butting heads in these situations. The show includes a number of supporting characters and borders on slapstick and absurdist humor.
A fictional canary named Tweety that belongs to the Looney Tunes family and is always being pursued by hungry cats, namely Sylvester. Both animals belong to Granny, but Sylvester is on a lifelong pursuit to eat Tweety. He ultimately fails because he is always outsmarted by the charming little bird.
"Adventure Time" focuses on Fin and Jake; Fin is a human boy, and Jake is a magical dog with the ability to change shape and size. The two embark on journeys through the Land of Ooo which was destroyed by a cataclysmic nuclear war a thousand years prior. The pair also interacts with major characters like Princess Bubblegum, The Ice King and Marcelin the Vampire Queen.
This anthropomorphic teddy bear, Pooh Bear, along with his pals Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga Roo, and Tigger are all teddy bears belonging to Christopher Robin. The series is set in Ashdown Forest in England and follows the adventures of the gang in their daily lives. Each character has a distinct personality, with Pooh usually being the naïve and slow-witted of the bunch.
Thundercats is based on a group of catlike humans that are aliens who live on a planet called Third Earth. The Thundercats continuously save their planet from the Mutants of Plun-Darr, who have destroyed the home of the Thundereans.
Courage lives in the middle of Nowhere with his owners, Eustace and Muriel. This cowardly pink dog protects his family from demons, monsters, aliens, mad scientists, and zombies. The majority of the creatures that Courage and the family come up against are hostile.
Garfield follows the life of a lazy, greedy, Monday-hating house cat that belongs to Jon. Jon has two pets, Garfield and Odie. Odie is a sweet, naïve dog that is usually mistreated by Garfield. The orange tabby loves to sleep, and his favorite meal is lasagna.
"The Road Runner Show" pitted Wile E. Coyote against the Road Runner. The coyote repeatedly attempts to catch the roadrunner but always fails miserably. Wile E. refuses to use his animal instinct to catch the roadrunner, opting instead to use absurd contraptions brought from ACME Corporation. The ill-fated coyote usually ends up having the contraption backfire, and the Roadrunner always gets away.
"Family Guy" highlights the life of an American family inclusive of Meg, Stewie, Chris, Peter, Louise and their dog, Brian. The Griffith family find themselves in some awkward situations, usually as a result of something that Peter (the father) does. Brian is an anthropomorphic dog in the series and is quite often the voice of reason in the family.
"Peanuts" is a cartoon that follows the social circle of a group of children, namely Charlie Brown, who is depicted as a nervous and meek individual. Charlie Brown lacks self-confidence because he is unable to fly a kite and kick a football that is usually held by the cruel Lucy, who always pulls it away from him. Supporting characters include Snoopy who is a master of disguise and envisions himself as Joe Cool, a war pilot.
The animated series, "Tom and Jerry," highlights the slapstick routine that goes on between the house cat, Tom, and a mouse named Jerry. The two are in an eternal fight with Tom trying to capture Jerry and Jerry trying to outwit Tom. Tom is often injured, defeated or even killed but regenerates in each episode.
The animated series, "Spongebob Squarepants," has introduced many characters in the Bikini Bottom Gang to the world; one such character is Squidward Tentacles. Squidward is the neighbor of SpongeBob and also the cashier at the Krusty Krab. He is a bitter, arrogant and selfish person and is usually annoyed at the antics of SpongeBob and Patrick.
The quintessential Looney Tunes character, he is often portrayed eating a carrot and uses his catchphrase, 'What's up doc?' This cartoon rabbit is best friend and enemy to Daffy Duck and is usually being hunted by Elmer Fudd. Bugs Bunny is a top class trickster and a master of disguise as well; he uses those skills to evade hunters.