While we love having our real life dogs, cats, rabbits, lizards, and turtles as companions, humans have put a lot of love into cartoon characters, too. There are lots of famous characters who have brought us joy and company throughout the years, and they deserve a standing ovation. Here are some favorite, famous friends from around the world.
We first saw Snoopy in a comic strip back in 1950. Created by Charles M. Schulz, Snoopy eventually made his way to the big screen, starring in the Peanuts television show as well as Peanuts films and specials. His white body with black accents quickly became one of the most easily recognizable characters in all of cartoondom. People around the world often consider him to be more famous than his owner, Charlie Brown, an already recognizable face.
Snoopy has all the characteristics of our real life furry friends. He’s loyal, loving, and innocent, but differs due to his imaginative nature. Snoopy is an author, an attorney, and even a World War I pilot. Though he thinks he can speak and people can understand him, he can’t and they can’t. All of these qualities make Snoopy what he is today, and he is beloved by everyone.
This large, round, lazy, and hilarious orange cat accurately represents the majority of cats everywhere. Garfield is obsessed with lasagna and pizza, hates Mondays, and loves sleeping–all things that most humans identify with as well. His sense of humor is always relevant, and his superiority complex is that of the highest degree. This especially comes into play when his dog companion named Odie comes into the picture.
Though Garfield acts like he doesn’t care about anything other than food, there are moments where we see a softer, more loving side of him. This is one of the reasons why he is and always has been so popular.
Garfield began in 1978 and was created by Jim Davis. It later became a television show and even produced two feature-length films in 2004 and 2006. People still relate to Garfield’s personality, ensuring his stay isn’t going to be cut short anytime soon.
Winnie the Pooh
Pooh Bear, Buddy Bear, Silly Old Bear–whatever you call him, you know this famous honey-eater. Winnie the Pooh lives in the Hundred Acre Woods with other well-known friends such as Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and others. What started as a published story in 1926 written by A. A. Milne has turned into a television show, multiple movies, guest appearances, and homes in theme parks around the world.
Kids and parents alike appreciate Pooh’s sweet natured, loving personality. He’s always trying to help his friends succeed and be happy, and those are morals that people enjoy seeing. Pooh Bear has been listed as one of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time as per TV Guide, and he even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Arguably the most famous name on this list belongs to none other than Mickey Mouse. Besides being such a well-known name, he’s even the mascot of the Walt Disney Company, one of the most popular and successful organizations of all time. His first appearance was in 1928 in a short called “Steamboat Willie,” and since then, he has appeared in over 130 movies, 45 years worth of comic strips, and countless television shows.
Mickey Mouse has undergone some character changes throughout the years. He started out as a rogue yet nice guy, and later was turned into a strictly good, empathic mouse. Though he still held onto small parts of his former personality, he’s still one lovable mouse.
Some of his recognizable friends include Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and others. Mickey Mouse also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Eh, what’s up, Doc?”
This iconic line is known by cartoon lovers everywhere. Bugs Bunny hit the scene in 1938 in an animated short called “Porky’s Hare Hunt,” though he was called Happy Rabbit then. Two years later in another short called “A Wild Hare,” Happy Rabbit shifted to Bugs Bunny, and he became the snarky, flippant, and sarcastic rabbit that we all know and love today.
Bugs has appeared in various short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comics, video games, award shows, amusement park rides, and commercials. He is the ninth most portrayed film personality in the world and has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character ever. He even starred alongside Michael Jordan and other basketball greats in “Space Jam.” Bugs also has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Children and adults all over the world have found friendship with the above listed characters and so many more. As technology begins to change and improve, we are sure to get more lovable characters that we’ll remember forever. One thing is definite, however: these characters won’t ever go away, and we’ll have them around for quite some time.