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Top Ten Cartoon Animal Characters

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No matter what generation you are, you’ve no doubt grown up with a favourite cartoon animal. From dogs and cats, to birds and fish, there really has been a vast range of cartoon animals to grace our screens, books and comics over the past 100 years.

So to celebrate these fabulous characters, take a look at our top ten list of classic, wacky, and funny cartoon animals, and be sure to cast your vote at the end of the post too.

1. Garfield

Spawned from the creation of Jim Davis back in the late 70s, Garfield the cat has made appearances in movies, television, video games, as well as comic books and strips.

With his characteristic lazy and food-obsessed personality (who can forget his love for lasagne and pizza?), the orange tabby cat has made audiences laugh for over 30 years now, and has become one of the most renowned cartoon animals.

His pessimistic outlook on life and tormenting behaviour towards Odie the dog makes him who he is; and for this reason, this cool character has to feature in our list.

2.Finding Nemo

From cat to fish, Nemo hit the big screen during 2003 in the Disney Pixar animation film Finding Nemo.

From there on in, the curious and loveable fish became hugely popular as young children and adults alike adored the character and his personal traits – the sales of clown fish have soared thanks to Nemo’s popularity.

Although Nemo isn’t as old as some of the entries on our top ten list, he’s a modern-day classic who’s certainly worthy of a place in the top ten.


3.Tom and Jerry

A tale of cat and mouse, Tom and Jerry first emerged in the 1940s and although the two of them are mentioned together in one entry, they really can’t be separated.

Tom, the grey and white domestic cat who’s always full of energy, proves to be no match for Jerry’s brains and wit. In each episode of the cartoon, it’s Jerry the mouse who usually ends up triumphant in their famous ongoing battles.

The original run of the theatrical animated cartoons of Tom and Jerry were broadcast from 1940 to 2005 – proving just how popular they became.


4. Top Cat

Otherwise known as T.C, Top Cat really was one cool character. Taking the lead role in the TV series of the same name, Top Cat would often trick the other cats in his gang and avoid getting into trouble with local police officer Charlie Dibble.

Although the original series produced 30 episodes running from 1961 to 1962, Top Cat also featured in comics, books, and in 2011 Top Cat: The Movie was released – bringing this cool cat back into the public eye.


5. Snoopy

Another classic contender, Snoopy the dog from the long-running comic strip Peanuts is one of the most recognisable cartoon characters in the world.

Cared for by Charlie Brown, the believed to be “Beagle” was created by American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and has made us chuckle for nearly fifty years.

Making his first appearance in the 1950 comic strip, the black and white dog made his last during February of 2000; with such longevity he’s certainly a firm fan’s favourite.


6. Mickey Mouse

One of the most popular cartoon characters of all time, Mickey Mouse is a golden oldie.

Created by Walt Disney, the world famous mouse first came to public attention in the 1928 animated film Steamboat Willie.

Renowned for his yellow shoes, white gloves, red shorts, and circular ears, Mickey become so significant that he ended up becoming the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company.

If you ask people to think of a cartoon character, Mickey Mouse is likely to be one of the first names you’ll hear – and for good reason too.


7. Woody Woodpecker

We’ve mentioned dogs, cats, fish and mice, but what about a woodpecker?

You may remember this beloved character form his earlier days in Knock Knock, during the 1950s TV cartoon The Woody Woodpecker show, or his later appearances in The New Woody Woodpecker Show (1999-2002).

This smart bird had the ability to adapt to any environment he was in and always managed to outwit his opponents in challenging situations too.

Woody Woodpecker’s crazy, fearless and clever antics made him one of the most loved cartoon characters of all time, and let’s face it he’s certainly unique.


8. Puss In Boots (Shrek)

Using his cute wide-eyed expression to soften the hearts of any enemy, Puss In Boots is in fact bold, brave and defiant. Armed with a sword, cape and of course his boots, this cartoon tabby cat would give Garfield a run for his money.

Despite his size, Puss In Boots is always prepared to fight his opponents, even when he’s outnumbered, showing his bravery and determination to succeed.

Featuring in the Shrek film series, this cat also became the centre of attention in the 2011 spin-off prequel movie Puss In Boots.


9. Pink Panther

Taken from the opening sequence of the original 1963 film, The Pink Panther cartoon depiction was such a success it was turned into a series of animated shorts.

50 years later, the rise and popularity of the Pink Panther has spawned comic books, television shows, merchandise and of course short films too – 124 of them to be precise.

With yellow eyes and raised eyebrows, the colourful panther always has that classic expression on his face to match any situation he ends up in.


10. Bugs Bunny

The famous funny bunny with his “Eh…what’s up doc?” catchphrase is best known for featuring in the Warner Brothers series Looney Tunes, as well as the Merrie Melodies short films too.

As a result of these appearances, he soon became a cultural icon and is now the official mascot of Warner Brother Entertainment.

He sure is a famous bunny, but would the confident, cool and clever cartoon character be your top choice?


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