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Re: Modern and Classic Top 50 Cartoon Characters
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2011, 09:32:46 PM »
35. Mighty Mouse

"Here I come to save the day!" Before Andy Kaufman lip-synched Mighty Mouse's theme on Saturday Night Live, Mighty Mouse had been through many incarnations. Part mouse, part superhero, Mighty Mouse kept Mouseville safe from a variety of cat villains.
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Re: Modern and Classic Top 50 Cartoon Characters
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2011, 09:34:38 PM »
34. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo

Another Hanna-Barbera staple was the team of Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. Like other classic Hanna-Barbera characters, Yogi continually found himself in trouble and Boo Boo usually figured a way out. The duo lived in Jellystone Park. Yogi's character is most likely based on the Ed Norton character from The Honeymooners, another reason he was so lovable.
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« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2011, 09:35:20 PM »
33. Space Ghost

Sure, Space Ghost was a popular character in '60s Hanna-Barbera cartoons, when he battled villains in outer space. But his stint as a late-night talk show host on Space Ghost: Coast to Coast sent him into the stratosphere of stardom.
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Re: Modern and Classic Top 50 Cartoon Characters
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2011, 09:36:10 PM »
32. Bill from 'Schoolhouse Rock'

Schoolhouse Rock was a set of animated shorts that helped educate kids in the '60s and '70s about conjunctions, the magic number three, and especially, the legislative process. The latter lesson starred a rolled-up paper named Bill, and showed how he went from the House to the Senate and eventually became a law. His "I'm Just a Bill" tune is most memorable.
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« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2011, 09:36:58 PM »
31. Arthur

Arthur is a highly recognizable character from his own children's book series who made the leap to his own TV cartoon on PBS. And if you're wondering, yes, he's an aardvark.
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« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2011, 09:37:40 PM »
30. Winnie the Pooh

When you hear the name "Winnie the Pooh," you may think "baby nursery." But more accurately, you should think "cha-ching!" This little bear who started as a doodle in a beloved children's book has been a thriving franchise for Disney since they bought rights to him and his woodland friends in the '60s.
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« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2011, 09:37:58 PM »
29. Ren and Stimpy

Whenever I talk cartoons with other fans, Ren and Stimpy inevitably enter the conversation. Their outrageous antics, unbridled toilet humor and their "happy dance" make this cat and dog team a long-lasting favorite.
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Re: Modern and Classic Top 50 Cartoon Characters
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2011, 07:08:05 PM »
28. Top Cat

Top Cat is another product of '60s Hanna-Barbera animation. He's the leader of an alley cat gang, who just wants to make a quick buck. But thanks to Officer Dibble, their plans never come to fruition. Top Cat is cool, but his morals are a tad looser than his gang's, leading to occasional mutiny. Nevertheless, T.C. retains his hold as captain.
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« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2011, 07:09:05 PM »
27. Heckle and Jeckle

In the tradition of Crosby and Hope or Martin and Lewis, Heckle and Jeckle defeat their opponents with wit and style. The big mystery of these magpies is how they became friends: one has a Brooklyn accent, the other a British accent. Perhaps an origin prequel would answer this question? Terrytoons?
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« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2011, 07:10:17 PM »
26. Josie and the Pussycats

Josie was the Beyoncé of her times, leading a girl pop group and taking on the world. I loved that she wore that groovy cat costume. Josie and the Pussycats was part Scooby-Doo and part The Monkees. The character stills inspire TV today, for instance, in the form of Foxxy Love on Drawn Together.
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« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2011, 07:11:07 PM »
25. Speed Racer

Most children of the '60s and '70s remember Speed Racer and his Mach 5. Plus, the cartoon introduced us to the world of anime. Thanks to a recent live-action movie and a new cartoon series, Speed Racer is still part of the zeitgeist today.
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Re: Modern and Classic Top 50 Cartoon Characters
« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2011, 07:12:02 PM »
24. Tweety Bird and Sylvester

Another duo Chuck Jones created, Tweety Bird and Sylvester keep each other on their toes, with Sylvester losing out on a yummy bird meal every time. Tweety's baby voice and Sylvester's slobber talk keep us laughing.
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Re: Modern and Classic Top 50 Cartoon Characters
« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2011, 07:12:56 PM »
23. Underdog

We can all relate to Underdog, the guy who is underestimated by his enemies, only to prove them all wrong. He's sweet when he's wooing Polly Purebread. He's cunning and brave when he's defeating Simon Barsinister.
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Re: Modern and Classic Top 50 Cartoon Characters
« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2011, 07:13:28 PM »
22. Gumby

Gumby was a pioneer in stop-motion animation for TV. He and his horse Pokey were heroes in their own fictional world, but for television, they ushered in a new era of animation.
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« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2011, 07:14:23 PM »
21. Pink Panther

Like Fat Albert, Pink Panther is a character who inspires a tune in your head as soon as you see him, this one in a jazzy saxophone. The Pink Panther was a series of animated shorts, designed to appear at the opening and closing credits of live-action films starring Inspector Clouseau. His popularity allowed him to become his own cartoon, still airing on Boomerang.
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