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Cartoon Characters Who Resisted the Times

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Misbah loves to watch cartoons. She believes there is no age limit for watching cartoons as it helps a person to be creative and imaginative

Bugs Bunny, the most popular cartoon rabbit, has been on the screen for over 80 years. After spending years with hunter Elmer Fudd, he is far from retiring, as are many old cartoon characters who continue, engraved in our memories.

Bugs Bunny (1940)

This rabbit who is callously nibbling on a carrot asked the famous question, "What's up, doc?" for the first time in 1940, in the cartoon named "A hunter who knew how to hunt" by Tex Avery. The popularity of Bugs Bunny has exploded and the rest belongs to history.

In just about every one of the hundreds of films Bugs Bunny appeared in, he has a conflict, for example, with hunter Elmer Fudd, the crazy duck Daffy Duck or tyrant Marvin the Martian. Bugs Bunny will never seek conflict, but those who oppose it can look forward to revenge.

The Bugs Bunny is the world's most popular rabbit. Since 1940, this favorite cartoon character has starred in more than 175 films. He's been nominated for three Oscars, out of which he won one in 1958 for "Knighty Knight, Bugs"

Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive!

— Bugs Bunny

Tom and Jerry (1940)

The best cartoons are often based on duos with opposing characters: the hunter and the prey in Bugs Bunny, or the cat and the mouse in Tom and Jerry. When Bugs Bunny was born in Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera imagined their cat and mouse. In each video, Jerry the mouse completes Tom's cat too quickly, while Tom is urged by the hostess to rid the house of vermin and it usually doesn't end well for Tom. Until several years ago, Warner Bros. continued to produce sporadically new episodes of the franchise.

Tom and Jerry is a series of American animated short films originally premiered by directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and aired on February 10, 1940, on CBS. The series centered on the two main protagonists, Tom and Jerry, which is inspired by the comedy, slapstick. It is one of the world-famous series and received better by the specialized press.

At the very beginning, Hanna and his accomplice Barbera produced 114 Tom and Jerry short films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios between 1940 and 1957. In the meantime, they were awarded the Oscar for best animated short film seven times. Following the closure of the MGM studio in 1957, MGM renewed the series, with Gene Deitch, and directed, 13 Tom and Jerry short films at Rembrandt Films studios between 1961 and 1962.

Tom and Jerry later became the most popular series. High income surpassing the Looney Tunes. Chuck Jones produced 34 new short films at Sib-Tower 12 Productions studios between 1963 and 1967. Two new short films were produced in 2001 and 2005, totaling 163 short films.

A lot of spinoff series have been created and include The Tom and Jerry Show (1975–1977), The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show (1980–1982), Tom and Jerry Kids (1990–1994), Tom and Jerry Tales (2006 –2008), and the Tom and Jerry Show (2014). The first derivative feature of the series is called Tom and Jerry. The film released in 1992 before the airing of a dozen TV movies between 2002 and 2017.

The storyline of each of the first episodes is based on Tom's unsuccessful attempts to catch Jerry and the chaos they brawl create. Tom's reasons for pursuing a Jerry range from pure feline hunger for the simple pleasure of tormenting smaller than yourself to a desire for vengeance to be ridiculed.

Tom never managed to get hold of Jerry, however, especially due to the intelligence of the mouse. The series is famous for using some of the most destructive and violent gags ever used in a cartoon: the storyline in more recent episodes is no longer based on Tom's attempts to catch Jerry, but on a deep ambiguity: Tom and Jerry show genuine attachment to each other while allowing each other the worst possible hits.

Imaginable delusional adventures in which they are both accomplices. A lot of times, Jerry picks up Tom for new adventures. So it can happen that the mouse comes to save the cat from inextricable situations. Tom (initially named "Jasper") is a gray anthropomorphic domesticated cat. He is the protagonist of the story who lives a usually decent life alongside Jerry, a little brown mouse, the deuteragonist of the story, living close to Tom. Tom first appeared on February 10, 1940, in the episode titled Heat the Glue! (Puss Gets the Boot). However, in this episode, his name is not yet Tom but Jasper. Jerry also appeared in the short film called Jinx.

Some relationships are like Tom and Jerry, they argue and disagree all the time, but they still can't live without each other.

— Motivirus.com

Popeye (1933)

Popeye the one-eyed sailor is a character created by Elzie Crisler Segar. It first appeared in the Thimble Theater comic book on January 17, 1929. It was only years later that the cartoon became known as Popeye when the character took the center stage. Its success increased in the 1930s, after which Max Fleischer, under the wings of Paramount Pictures, presented the characters on screen in 1933.

Cartoons were highly expected by audiences and quickly became one of the most popular animated series, popular 1930s. Fleischer produced cartoons until 1957. They now belong to Turner Entertainment and are distributed by the sister company to Warner Bros. in 1980, Robin Williams starred as Popeye in the live-action movie "Popeye".

Popeye is characterized by his blowpipe and his fondness for spinach. After eating the spinach, he obtains superhuman strength. A recurring feature of the story is the triangular relationship between Popeye, his love for Olive, and his rival Bluto, a man of passion. Often, Popeye and Bluto want to attract Olive's favor. Popeye usually surpasses his eternal rival with ingenious traps, smart plans, or convincing words.

“If I'm not me, who am I. And If I'm somebody else, why do I look like me?”

— Popeye the Sailor Man

Mickey Mouse (1928)

Mickey Mouse is the best-known cartoon character in the Walt Disney stable. The corporate icon was born from the hand of Walt Disney himself, even though Ub Iwerks was also involved in its creation. The famous mouse generally wears tall yellow shoes, red shorts, and white gloves.

His usual entourage consists of his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his friends Donald Duck and Goofy, his dog Pluto and his nemesis Pat Hibulaire. Mickey was originally portrayed as a warm-hearted villain, but over the years he has been transformed into a likable boy, an image that will be reinforced by his honesty and heroism.

Mickey debuted in "Steamboat Willie" in 1928, one of the world's earliest cartoons with a soundtrack. He was subsequently seen in over 130 movies, including "Fantasia" in 1940, "Brave Little Tailor" in 1938, and "The Band Concert" in 1935. At first, he appeared only in short films. Ten cartoons with Mickey Mouse were nominated for the Oscar for Best Short Animation.

He was also the first fictitious character to win an Oscar in 1932. Mickey Mouse in 1978 became the first cartoon character to be starred on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal and professional life.”

— – Walt Disney

Felix the Cat (1919)

"Felix the Cat" is a creation by Australian cartoonist and film entrepreneur Pat Sullivan, although the head animator of his studio, Otto Messmer, claimed to be at the origin of this character. The anthropomorphic black cat with white eyes and a large smile inspired by Charlie Chaplin is one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the history of cartoons.

He was the first animated character to attract a movie audience because of his popularity. On November 9, 1919, almost exactly one year after the end of World War I, the first version of Felix the Cat, then called Master Tom, made its debut in a short film by Paramount Pictures studio. The reception is favorable, the studio produced another film starring Master Tom. It was not until the third film, released on December 14, 1919, that the character was renamed, Felix.

In 1924, Felix took on a rounder and Cuddler form. These new looks have boosted his popularity again. His picture appeared on all sorts of merchandise, such as ceramics, toys, and postcards. At the end of the 1920s, his star died with the arrival of sound cartoons.

It took too long for the studio to add sound to their cartoons, leaving them with an outdated image. When they finally took the plunge, the cartoons did not seem to impose themselves. After a brief revival in 1936, Felix the Cat died in silence. A new infatuation took place at the end of the 1950s, with 260 episodes of the TV series "Felix the Cat".

Felix the cat,

The wonderful, wonderful cat.

Whenever he gets in a fix

He reaches into his bag of tricks.

Felix the cat,

The wonderful, wonderful cat.

You'll laugh so much your sides will ache.

Your heart will go pit-a-pat,

Watching Felix the wonderful cat."

— Winston Sharples

References

History of Tom and Jerry

A brief history of Bugs Bunny

Facts behind the beloved Popeye

Mickey Mouse

Felix the cat


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Misbah

Comments

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 30, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your kind words, Devika. I am glad you enjoyed reading it.

These Cartoons are evergreen and everyone’s favorite

Much Gratitude dear friend

Blessings and Love

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 30, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your beautiful response, Linda. Truly appreciated, dear friend. Popeye is a fictional character, the main protagonist of the Popeye Franchise. he is super-humanly strong and can easily lift huge objects he gains a boost in strength by eating spinach. Feeling blessed. Keep Smiling- Much Love

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Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 30, 2021:

I watched a few cartoons and your presentation is amazing! I definitely watched the popular ones you mention here. A great trip to recalling my viewing of cartoons.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 29, 2021:

This is a very informative article. I haven’t watched many cartoons, but I remember enjoying ones about Popeye that I saw years ago. Your article brought back some happy memories.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

John, I am glad you enjoyed reading it. Yes, I agree everyone enjoys watching cartoons. They are fun. Tom and Jerry are my favorite too. Walt Disney said, “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional!"

Haha! I am too growing old, but don’t worry after all age is just a number.

Much Gratitude

God Bless you always

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Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Amara, thanks a lot for your kind words. Yes these cartoons are evergreen.

I hope when I have kids they will also grow up while watching these cartoons.. lol... Much Gratitude

You too have a blessed Ramadan

Blessings and love dear sis

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Brenda, thanks a lot for your beautiful words. I am glad you enjoyed reading it. I agree with you they don’t make such cartoons anymore. As they say Old is Gold. About Felix the cat, it died in silence as the studio took too long to add sound to their cartoons.

Blessings and Love

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Wasalam Moon,

I am glad you enjoyed reading this article. Thanks a lot for your kind words and sharing your thoughts with me. Love and kisses to your 3 years old son. I too love watching Tom and Jerry. They are really very engaging and violent too... lol

Blessings and Love

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your kind words, Vidya. These cartoons are evergreen. I too love to watch these cartoons till now. I am glad you enjoyed and It made you remember your beautiful old memories. Much appreciated

Blessings and Love

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 29, 2021:

Great article, Misbah. Who can honestly say they don’t enjoy cartoons? I enjoyed all of these (maybe not so much Bugs Bunny) especially Tom and Jerry and Felix (that shows my age lol). Thank you for sharing.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your beautiful comment, Peggy. I feel blessed to make you smile. I want you to be always happy and smiling. Much Love

Blessings, Smiles, and Peace

Amara from Pakistan on April 29, 2021:

Really Misbah these cartoon characters have really resisted the time, from our childhood to todays children, they are loved by all generations, and are still being watched..

Interesting Hub.. Have a blessed Ramadan sis..

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

This is definitely a stroll down memory lane.

I loved Tom & Jerry.

Although I haven't seen those later movies or any that show the mouse willingly help out the cat.

As for Felix the cat...I don't remember this one.

And who could go a day without watching Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd.

They don't have great cartoons like these today.

You did a wonderful job putting this one together.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Thanks a lot, Chitra Di. you make me feel like a happy writer. I am glad that this article made you remind of your younger days. I always enjoy watching cartoons. I believe there is no age limit to watch cartoons. They help a person to be creative and Imaginative --- Much Gratitude

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Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your kind appreciation, MsDora. Much appreciated

May God Bless you always

Kisses and love

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on April 29, 2021:

Salam,

Misbah, nothing can replace Tom & Jerry. My three-year-old son always enjoy watching tom & jerry. They are so engaging that you forget everything happening in your surroundings.

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 29, 2021:

A good one on cartoon characters Misbah. My daughter was addicted to Tom and Jerry. She still loves to watch it. Enjoyed reading this article. Brought back old memories.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2021:

What a fun journey down memory lane you have given us! Thinking about these cartoon characters brings a smile to my face. Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 29, 2021:

You reminded me of my younger days! I enjoyed watching these cartoons and still watch, whenever I get an opportunity! These cartoon characters are our family's favorite!

Thank you for sharing this well presented article!

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your kind words, Pamela. I am glad you enjoyed reading this article. Much appreciated

Blessings and Love

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Thank you for the visit and kind comments, Mr. Davis- Truly appreciated

As being a 90's kid, I have also enjoyed these cartoons. I have seen Felix the cat as well but not much. Tom and Jerry is my all-time favorite. When I was a kid my brother used to call me Tom, as he always thought tom is the villain. I have always tried to convince him that jerry is the actual villain. lol

I am glad you enjoyed it

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Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 29, 2021:

Thanks for the research and the excellent presentation. These characters have become like neighborhood friends to many. I don't know them but I know their names.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 29, 2021:

This is a good and accurate review of cartoon characters to the best of my knowledge, Misbah. I remember my children watching all of these cartoons. I enjoyed reading your article.

DW Davis from Eastern NC on April 29, 2021:

Thank you for this walk down memory lane. These are the cartoons I grew up on.

I only recently figured out that in the Tom & Jerry cartoons, Jerry is actually the villain, and Tom is the unsung hero of the duo.

DW

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