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Famous Cartoon Animals

Popular Cartoon Animals from TV, Comic Books & Movies

List of famous cartoon animals along with some non-human animated characters such as Pumuckl, the Smurfs and Little Mermaid. What great memories we all have of these Warner Bros., Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters, lovingly drawn by many different artists. See who created each cartoon animal and when your favorite cartoon animals first appeared with their cartoon friends.

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Cartoon animals Type of animal Creator/s Since Cartoon Animals Background, Plots & Trivia
Astro Dog: Great Dane Hanna-Barbera, designed by Iwao Takamoto 1962 Pet in The Jetsons of the characters Jane, Judy, Elroy and George. Astro replaced an electronic dog, Lectronimo, when he catches a burglar that Lectronimo fails to do. Astro later also appeared in the spin-off “Astro and the Space Mutts” in 1981.
Benjamin the Elephant Elephant Elfie Donnelly 1977 German animated children’s TV show about Benjamin, a talking elephant in Newtown Zoo, who takes on new roles and discovers new places.
Bugs Bunny Rabbit Chuck Jones, T. Avery 1938 Bugs Bunny is a rabbit with a punchline “What’s up Doc?”. One of the most beloved cartoon animals.
Calimero Chicken Toei Animation 1963 Follows the mystery solving adventures of Calimero, an anime chicken that wears half an eggshell as a hat, and his friends. Originally Italian, popular in Japan and some European countries. He also appears with Priscilla, Calimero’s girlfriend, and Mr Owl, Deppa and Buta.
Daffy Duck Duck Walt Disney 1934 Daffy Duck is a black male duck who is Bugs Bunny’s best friend and sometime rival.
Dino Dinosaur Hanna-Barbera 1960 Dino is a “snorkasaurus” – a fictional prosauropod-like dinosaur who behaves like the family dog of the Flintstones, a stone age cartoon centered around the Flintstone family, Fred (“yabba dabba doo!”), his wife Wilma and daughter, Pebbles plus his neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble.
Donald Duck Duck Walt Disney 1934 Cartoon duck character with a distinctive voice. He starred in a comedy trio with Goofy and Mickey Mouse. His nickname is “Don” and his full name is “Donald Fauntleroy Duck”. His fiancée is Daisy Duck and his nephews are Huey, Dewey and Louie. Other characters include Uncle Scrooge McDuck. Cousin Gladstone Gander, the Beagle Boys. Inventor Gyro Gearloose, crook John Rockerduck, witch Magica de Spell. His arch enemy is Black Pete.
Eeyore Donkey A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company 1966 Eeyore is a donkey in the stories “Winnie the Pooh” about Pooh bear and his friends, Christopher Robin Piglet, Owl,  Tigger and Rabbit.
Tigger Tiger A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company 1966 Tigger is a tiger who loves to bounce in “Winnie the Pooh”.
Garfield Cat Jim Davis 1978 Garfied is a lazy and greedy cat that annoys its owner, Jon Arbuckle. Also in the series: Odie the dog and Arlene the cat. Best friend: Pooky the teddy bear.
Goofy Dog Walt Disney Productions 1932 Goofy is a fedora wearing friend of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, who often appears as clumsy and not overly bright. He first appeared as an older dog “Dippy Dawg”.
Little Mermaid Mermaid Hans Christian Andersen,
Walt Disney Company
1837 Originally a fairy tale about a mermaid who gives her life for the love of a human prince and a soul. Released as an animated Disney film in 1989. Other characters are Ariel, her father, King Triton, Ursula, Prince Eric, Sebastian the crab, Flounder the fish and Scuttle the seagull.
Mickey Mouse Mouse Walt Disney 1928 First appeared in a short film called Steamboat Willie in 1928, then as a comic strip character in 1930. His girlfriend is Minnie, and friends are Goofy, Daisy, Donald, Pluto the dog. His enemy is Black Pete. One of the most beloved cartoon animals.
Minnie Mouse Mouse Walt Disney 1928 Mickey’s girlfriend. Minnie first appeared in a comic strip in 1930. Her father Marcus Mouse introduced her as Minerva Mouse, but this is rarely used.
101 Dalmatians Dogs Walt Disney Company 1961 Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita have 15 puppies and Cruella De Vil offers to buy them but their owner Roger refuses so she has them kidnapped. Other characters are: Pongo, male dalmatian and Perdita female dalmatian have 15 puppies. They are helped by Colonel, a sheepdog, Sergeant Tibbs, a tabby cat and Captain, a gray horse. The villain is Cruella De Vil.
Owl Owl A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company 1966 “Winnie the Pooh” character about Pooh, a “hunny” loving bear and his friends.
Piglet Pig A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company 1966 “Winnie the Pooh” character about Pooh, a “hunny” loving bear and his animal friends. Other characters are: Christopher Robin (human) and animal friends, Owl, Eeyore (donkey), Tigger (who loves to bounce) and Rabbit.
Pink Panther Panther Friz Freleng & DePatie 1963 The Pink Panther cartoon character features in the title and closing sequence of the Pink Panther comedy movies starring Peter Sellers which led to Pink Panther comic books and television cartoons series. Other characters are: Inspector Clouseau, Dudu, the Ant and the Aardvark.
Porky Pig Pig Friz Freleng 1935 Porky Pig is, unsurprisingly, a fat little pig who is famous for his stuttering and his “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!” at the end of cartoons. He often has adventures with Daffy Duck.
Pumuckl Imp Ellis Kaut 1978 Pumucki is a young red-haired Kobold (Imp) who is invisible to everyone apart from Meister Eder, an elderly carpenter, with whom he lives and formed a close friendship. First popularized in a German radio play. Other characters are: Mrs Eichinger and Mr Bernbacher.
Rabbit Rabbit A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company 1966 A practical rabbit who likes to lead the gang in Winnie the Pooh.
Road Runner Bird Chuck Jones, Michael Maltese 1949 Cartoon centered around the Road Runner (fast running ground bird) that chirrups “beep beep”, while being relentlessly chased, but never caught, by coyote “Wile E. Coyote”.
Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, The Moose & Squirrel Jay Ward, Alex Anderson and Bill Scott 1959 Cult TV series set in fictional Frostbite Falls, Minnesota. It follows the adventures of Bullwinkle moose and Rocky the flying squirrel. Other characters are: Villains Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, agents who work for Mr Big and Fearless Leader.
Scooby-Doo Dog: Great Dane Hanna-Barbera 1969 “Scooby” Doo is short for “Scoobert Doo”. He’s the companion of amateur detective Norville “Shaggy” Rogers who with others solve supernatural mysteries. Scooby is famous for speaking with a speech impediment and his catchphrase is “Scooby-Dooby-Doo!” Other characters: Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley.
Smurfs, The Gnomes Pierre Culliford (Peyo) 1958 The Smurfs, originally Belgian comic characters, are a colony of fictitious small blue gnome-like creatures living in mushroom shaped house in a forest. Their comical adventures have since featured in Smurf movies and TV shows. Other characters are: 100 Smurfs including Papa, Grandpa, Smurfette and wizard Gargamel.
Snoopy Dog Charles M. Schulz 1947 Charlie Brown’s pet dog from the American comic strip Peanuts, which enjoyed worldwide success centered around timid eight-year-old Charlie Brown and a host of characters such as Charlie’s sister Sally Brown, Woodstock, a small bird and friends Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Marcie, Pigpen and Franklin.
Speedy Gonzales Mouse Robert McKimson 1953 Animated cat and mouse chase cartoon series featuring Speedy Gonzales “The fastest mouse in Mexico” sporting a sombrero chased by Sylvester the cat. Other characters are: Sylvester the Cat who, in related cartoons, also chases Tweety Bird and Hippety Hopper.
Sylvester, The Cat Cat Friz Freleng 1941 Aka “Sylvester J. Pussycat, Sr.” or “Puddy Tat”. Sylvester wears a Tuxedo and loves to chase Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzales, or Hippety Hopper.
Tom and Jerry Cat & Mouse W. Hanna & J. Barbera 1940 Animated cat and mouse chase cartoon series featuring Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. Most of the time Tom chases Jerry but sometimes the tables are turned. Other characters are: Spike and Tyke bulldogs, alley cat Butch. Two of the most famous cartoon animals.
Tweety Bird Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng 1942 Aka “Tweety Bird” or “Tweety Pie” is a male yellow canary in various cartoon series . “Tweety” is a play on “sweetie”, and “tweet”. He likes to foil cats’ attempts to catch him, sometimes quite aggressively.
Wile E. Coyote Coyote Chuck Jones 1949 Coyote who chases the Road Runner setting traps using supplies from the fictional Acme Corporation which never quite work as expected with predictable results. Other characters are: Road Runner, a bird.
Winnie the Pooh Bear A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company 1966 The original stories are set in Ashdown Forest, near London, England about Pooh, a “hunny” loving bear, his human friend Christopher Robin (named after the author’s son), and his animal friends. The animated Disney productions include various TV shows and feature films. Other characters are: Christopher Robin (human) and animal friends, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore (donkey), Tigger (who loves to bounce) and Rabbit. Celebrate Winnie the Pooh day every January 18th on the birthday of Alan Alexander Milne (A.A. Milne) the author of the beloved Winne the Pooh books #WinnieThePoohDay
Woodstock Bird: Canary Charles M. Schulz 1947 Charlie Brown’s pet bird from Peanuts (see Snoopy)
Yogi Bear Bear William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Ed Benedict  1958 The Yogi Bear Show included comic books, animated TV shows and films. Set in Jellystone Park where fast-talking Yogi thinks he’s “smarter than the av-er-age bear!” as he steals “pic-a-nic baskets” – but he’s probably not that clever! Other characters: Boo-Boo bear is Yogi’s best friend and companion who always tries to keep Yogi out of trouble. Girlfriend Cindy bear, and Antagonist head Ranger Smith.

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