How Well Do You Remember These Popular Cartoon Characters?
By: Lauren Lubas
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About This Quiz
Though many believe that cartoons are just for children, others know that there are hidden messages in some of our favorite animated shows from childhood. Besides, these days, cartoons are created specifically for adults (and are not suitable for children). If you watched cartoons on Saturday morning as a kid and you saw the original airing of the first "The Simpsons" episode in 1989 (or even on DVD later), then you probably know a thing or two about cartoons. But you might not know who made those shows, what the characters did in memorable situations, or how those characters evolved.
We'll warn you now; this quiz isn't going to be easy. We're diving deep with cartoon experts to really get to the heart of what your favorite cartoons meant to you. You may see some questions about specific episodes, or even a character or two that you don't recognize. Either way, we need to separate the fans from the fanatics here. Do you think you have the cartoon knowledge to pass a quiz about some of the most famous cartoons of all time? Here are 35 questions that will show you just how good you are.
Which cartoon character is the corporate mascot for Warner Brothers Productions?
Bugs Bunny may be one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in history, but few people know that he got his start in 1938, and his accent comes from a mix between the Bronx and Brooklyn (where he was "born").
Do you know what Casper the Friendly Ghost's last name is?
We don't often think about what Casper's last name is, mostly because ghosts don't need last names. Created in the 1930s, this character is always looking for someone to play with, with minimal luck. His last name was revealed In a 1995 live-action movie.
Jim Davies originally created the lasagna-loving, Monday-hating cat in 1979. Garfield's birthday is on June 19 of that year, making him about 40 years old now ... which is quite the lifespan for a cat.
It's hard to believe that a character we've known as Shaggy all our lives has a given name that is very different from his persona. It's like one of those friends you only know by nickname, and you get a little weirded out when you hear his given name.
Snoopy is a dog with a true imagination. He sleeps on top of his dog house, and he doesn't mind pretending that said dog house is an airplane. His personality and happy dance make everyone return to his cartoons year after year.
Do you know another name for the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes?
Taz is one of the characters that people love for his complete chaotic nature. He's wild and likes to break through things. He is also hungry all the time and wants nothing more than to eat while he's in tornado frenzy mode.
Which two henchmen can you find in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon?
Bebop and Rocksteady
Though Bebop and Rocksteady are interesting characters (to say the least), they were created for the sole purpose of making more toys for the franchise. While it seemed like a money-grab, these two characters were also a great addition to the cartoon itself.
Walt Disney was said to hate the Goofy character. So why did he keep the character going?
It made funny toys.
It gave work to animators.
While Disney liked to keep his crew intact. He also wanted to make sure everyone was working. That meant he had to keep the characters coming in. These days, Goofy is a profitable character in Disney productions, having several movies and shorts dedicated specifically to his life.
Spike is also known as Killer or Butch throughout the show's run, but for the most part, he is called Spike. He wears a spiked collar and oftentimes saves Jerry from Tom. Although there are episodes where he is after both of them!
Which cartoon series is said to predict the future?
"The Simpsons" first aired in 1989, and with 30 seasons under their belts, they have quite a few episodes about the future (in their world). From the near cel-by-cel pre-enactment of Donald Trump going down an escalator, to the end of the "Game of Thrones" series, it is bizarre to watch.
Donald Duck sure does have a temper, but he is also a very interesting character. Most fans and viewers have noted that he wears nearly every article of clothing, except pants. It he has to cover his top, why doesn't he have to cover his bottom? As for being banned in Finland, this is an urban legend with a bit of truth. In the late '70s, a Helsinki councilman suggested that city funds were not to be used to pay for subscriptions of the comics for its youth centers. The story was somewhat embellished, and the myth lives on!
Walt Disney thought they would make the character more human.
When Walt Disney was first creating this character, he really focused on the face. However, as he started to draw out the rest of Mickey's body, it became clear that the mouse couldn't have anatomically correct hands by any means. This also helped the hands stand out from the rest of the character's body, especially during the early days when everything was in black and white.
"Rick and Morty" is an adult cartoon that has creative characters and plots. With an entire multiverse theory to work with, show runners have years and years of material to keep us entertained for seasons to come!
Stewie Griffin begins the "Family Guy" series trying to commit what heinous crime?
Stewie spends a lot of time trying to kill Lois throughout the beginning of the series. However, show runners decided that this bit was getting a little old, so they turned Stewie's attention and genius to other endeavors.
Talking dogs aren't unheard of in the cartoon world, but in the world of "Family Guy," Brian Griffin is one of very few dogs that can talk. The best part about this character is that he still has dog-like moments, and will use his voice to say things we all think dogs are saying when they bark.
Who is the little boy on "The Fairly Odd Parents" (2001)?
"The Fairly Odd Parents" first aired as shorts, but it became a full-on series in 2001. The series includes two crazy fairy god parents and a little boy who learns about being careful of what he wishes.
Which cartoon series included flying cars in every episode?
"Tom and Jerry"
"The Jetsons" was a show about a family living in the future. They lived in a high-rise (because the ground didn't really exist in that show), and they had a robot maid to serve them whatever they wanted.
Can you finish these lyrics to the "Pinky and the Brain" theme song? "One is a genius, the other's ________."
Though we have all thought that Pinky was the insane one and Brain was the genius, many have speculated that Brain's attempts to take over the world and Pinky's random thoughts flip the script. This would make Brain insane and Pinky the genius.
What is Tommy's last name in the "Rugrats" cartoon?
Tommy Pickles and his friends are babies who go on adventures together. Later in the series, we Tommy gets a little brother named Dill (get it? Dill Pickles?). The show's antagonist, the mean Angelica, was spoiled and liked to bully the babies.
Of the seven dwarfs, one was nonverbal but was originally supposed to have a lot of dialogue. Which one was it?
While creating "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937), writers decided that Dopey would have quite a few lines. However, they simply couldn't find a voice actor who fit Dopey's personality, and so the character doesn't speak.
In the "Hey Arnold!" series, who bullies Arnold and secretly loves him?
It's obvious that Helga has a little bit of trouble understanding her emotions when it comes to being in love. She wants Arnold's attention, but she doesn't know how to get it, so she simply makes him feel uncomfortable.
While we first meet Launchpad on "DuckTales," he is also seen in a few other shows, including "Darkwing Duck." However, Tad Stones, the creator of "Darkwing Duck," has said that they are different shows with different universes.
What was the name of the group of mean girls from "Recess"?
The Mod Squad
The Ashleys weren't the nicest people on the show, but they were definitely interesting. Giving the group of girls this name is reflective of how cliques get tribe mentalities over small things like first names.
Can you name Brian's cousin from the "Family Guy" series?
Jasper is Brian's openly gay cousin. He enjoys singing and dancing and making himself as known as possible. He befriends Lois for a time, and very closely resembles Brian (except Jasper has nicer hair).