There have countless characters that have been created since cartoons became a thing. It is generally accepted that Mickey Mouse was the first fictional character that became popular back in the early days. He was Walt Disney's creation and he debuted back in 1927. The title of the oldest known cartoon character belongs to another though. A character that came more than a century before Mickey Mouse and has long been forgotten in the annals of history. That character was Dr. Syntax created by William Cobe and cartoonist, Thomas Rowlandson back in 1809. This shows just how far back cartoons have it existed and how far they have come along throughout the years.
Nowadays, cartoon characters feature complex and realistic designs. This is with the aid of technology and all the tools and conveniences that it has brought to animators and illustrators. While that is great and all, it's nice to look back to old cartoons, the greats of old. Iconic characters that they themselves undergone various tweaks and changes to their design over the years. Characters that have influenced those that came after them and have earned lasting appeal and popularity. Having said that, we thought we would put up a little something in honor of that. Think of it as a fun little history lesson for the younger generation. It's also an opportunity for the previous generation to reminisce and celebrate characters that they grew up with. Check out our list of some of the best cartoon characters below and tell us what you think.
Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios back in 1928. His public debuted was on a short film called Steamboat Willie, one of the first cartoons to feature sound in history. He went to appear in over 100 films and various TV shows throughout the years. He serves as the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company and remains one of the most recognizable characters to this day.
Bugs Bunny is a fictional cartoon character created by Warner Bros. in the late 1930s and was originally voiced by Mel Blanc. He is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and the Merrie Melodies series of animated shorts created by Warner Bros. He has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character and even has his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
SpongeBob SquarePants himself has long been the poster boy for quirkiness and love for fun in cartoons. Everyone knows about his bizarre yet entertaining laugh as well as his oddly-shaped pineapple house under the depths of Bikini Bottom. Actually, Spongebob is a sea sponge that was actually made to look like a real dishwashing sponge, making this character look so cute and cartoony. He is a loyal kid who continues to work at The Krusty Krab restaurant despite many misadventures and mishaps.
Homer Simpson is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the hit animated TV show, The Simpsons. Homer is the bumbling husband of Marge Simpson and father to their 3 children Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. He works at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant as a safety inspector. Homer represents many American working-class stereotypes: he is crude, overweight, incompetent, lazy, clumsy, dim-witted, hot-tempered, childish and addicted to beer, junk food and watching TV. He is one of the most influential cartoon characters in the history of television. He has received various awards throughout the years and has his own Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Batman is a fictional superhero created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. He first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. He is a character that is referred to by many names such as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World's Greatest Detective. Batman gained immense popularity shortly after his debut. He is one superhero character that has been reinvented and reimagined over the years. Today, he is basically a pop culture icon that is recognized and idolized by millions of fans across the globe. A product of modern times and an artifact of the 21st century.
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