Disney introduced the world to many iconic cartoon characters, but they don't have the market cornered. From "The Angry Beavers" to "CatDog," there are plenty of them to go around in movies, TV, comic books and video games. Why do we like cartoons so much? Artists take the best features of our favorite animals and enlarge their eyes, give them extra-intense facial expressions and make them simply fun (and funny) to look at!
The Walt Disney Company popularized the trend of animated cartoons with Micky Mouse in 1928. So influential was this mighty mascot that in 1978 Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Not to be outdone by a mouse, Warner Bros. contracted Leon Schlesinger to produce animated musical shorts that used Warner Brothers' huge musical collection. Schlesinger Productions gave us Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, the Tasmanian Devil and many others.
Since then, cartoons have kept evolving to bring us favorites like Scooby Doo, Hello Kitty, GIR (from "Invader ZIM") and other silly characters. Sit back and recall all your Saturday mornings spent eating a bowl of cereal and watching your favorite cartoons, by taking this quiz now. Go ahead and match the cartoon character to the animal it was based on ... it's easy!
He's the mouse who started it all. Walt Disney's first cartoon featured this cute mouse named Mickey. Disney's animated cartoons have become more colorful, endearing and technologically advanced ever since.
Introduced in Disney's 1994 animated film, "The Lion King," this fun and friendly warthog steals the show. Ernie Sabella is the voice of this cartoon character.
When Timon sings, everyone knows. He has a voice like, er, like a meerkat. Nathan Lane is the voice of this genius of an animal.
Goofy isn't like other dogs, as he walks upright and talks with a Southern drawl. Also, he wears clothes, usually a turtleneck, vest, pants, shoes, white gloves and a crumpled fedora.
The Cheshire Cat in "Alice in Wonderland" is a unique creation, as his smile lingers after he disappears. He is also purple - definitely a special cat.
Thumper thumps his foot, and he also hops and talks. Plus, he taught Bambi how to skate and speak, and he is a true best friend.
Bagheera and Baloo make the perfect odd couple in "Jungle Book." This grumpy panther is always the foil for the carefree Baloo.
This divine winged stallion sounds like it should be fierce, but the way DIsney created Pegasus, he looks like a colt made of clouds. Let's ride.
"The wonderful thing about Tiggers is, I'm the only one." This one-of-a kind Tigger is based on a tiger, but with a bouncy tail and a talkative tongue.
Taking the spotlight from Mickey and Minnie are two adorable mice: Bernard, the fearful janitor of the Rescue Aid Society, and Miss Bianca, the Hungarian representative for the society.
It may be hard to tell the difference between 101 Dalmatians, but Rolly was easy. He was on the pudgy side and was always asking his parents for food.
These three cutie-pie kittens are siblings in the movie "The Aristocats." They tease, fight and bicker just like human siblings and they also love each other fiercely.
Only Sebastian can sing "Under the Sea" and make us feel like we belong in a tropical paradise. The Little Mermaid had a wonderful friend in Sebastian.
CatDog is a pair of conjoined siblings. Cat is the more clever of the two, but Dog has a happy-go-lucky attitude that Cat could learn from.
Flounder is the best friend of the Little Mermaid and is a sea creature you want to cuddle. He is not, however, a flounder.
Aladdin and Abu are the perfect team in the movie, "Aladdin." They have perfected the art of getting into trouble and escaping danger.
Dory gave us "Keep on swimming" and was the funniest fish ever created. We loved Dory in both, "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory."
Rapunzel's friend is a cool chameleon named Pascal. He can hide out in the open with no worries about being discovered.
These two angry beavers, named Daggett and Norbert Beaver, are brothers who live in a forest in Oregon. Daggett says "SPOOT!" when upset.
Garfield, who loves lasagna, pizza and sleeping, also loves to antagonize Odie, the dog. His owner is Jon Arbuckle.
Snoopy is Charlie Brown's pet beagle in the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz. His character debuted in 1950.
Foghorn Leghorn is a cartoon rooster, of course. He was inspired by Senator Claghorn, a character from a radio show called "Allen's Alley." The senator was a blustery Southern politician.
In the Looney Tunes cartoons Henery Hawk doesn't seem to notice or care that he is much smaller than the chickens he wants to hunt. He dismisses Foghorn Leghorn, who is a rooster, as a "loud-mouthed shnook."
Scooby-Doo is known for his "Ruh-roh, Raggy!" and "Zoinks!" He also loves his Scooby Snacks when hunting for the bad guys or scary ghosts.
"Eh... What's up, doc?" is Bugs Bunny's catchphrase. Bugs first came to film in 1940 and has been entertaining us ever since.
Puss in Boots can make his eyes big and soften the hearts of his enemies, then instantly change to fight his opponents. What an amazing kitty!
Pink Panther started off in the opening sequence of the original 1963 live-action film by the same name. This cartoon was such a success it was turned into a series of animated shorts and a cartoon series.
Archimedes, who is Merlin’s talking owl in "The Sword in the Stone," teaches Arthur a few lessons in life. Cartoon owls are always wise.
The high-pitched voices are perfect for these little chipmunks, Chip and Dale. Disney created them in the 1940s to antagonize Pluto and Donald Duck.
Digger Mole likes digging and collecting. He is gray and wears a blue shirt.
Bogey (Bogart) loves bananas. His favorite meal is a submarine sandwich with banana nut bread for dessert.
Tuxedo J. Orville Sam is the happy penguin stage helper of the theater. He is Kitty's sidekick in "Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater."
Kissyfur and his father, Gus, are two escaped circus bears that move to the swamps of Paddlecab County. They need to watch out for gators!
"Dink the Little Dinosaur" is the story of a young Apatosaurus and his friends, Amber, Scat, Shyler and Flapper. They live in a peaceful Mesozoic paradise called Green Meadow.
Squidward Q. Tentacles is one of the few characters that is always irritated by SpongeBob's joyful and naive personality. Squidward is the cashier at Krusty Krab.
The Krusty Krab is owned by Eugene H. Krabs, in the city of Bikini Bottom. He hires SpongeBob SquarePants because of SpongeBob's skill at making delicious Krabby Patties.
In "SpongeBob SquarePants," Plankton is always trying to steal the Krabby Patty recipe. He is a devious little guy. This plankton is actually an animal, not a plant. He is a type of zooplankton called a copepod.
Arthur is an aardvark who wears glasses and clothing. He is a third-grade student at the fictional Lakewood Elementary School.
Pepé Le Pew is a cartoon skunk who is a true romantic. Sadly, his smell is so off-putting he has a hard time impressing a female black cat with a stripe down her back.
Wile E. Coyote is always trying to get his teeth into the Road Runner. But it never happens - even with all the schemes he comes up with, using Acme contraptions.