Just my opinion, of course, but a sorry showing by TV Guide. Pinky and The Brain (no, not Bobby Heenan) are certainly deserving of a spot in the Top 50. And just where are the Animaniacs? No Yakko? No Wakko? Not even any love for the cute one, Dot? First all those years locked up in the water tower, and now this?!? IT'S POLITICS, I TELL YA! POLITICS!
Well, the list sucks, of that we all agree. But who would you pick? Top fives? Top tens??? I can't even really come to grips with a number 1.
Here are my options: Bugs Bunny Daffy Duck Mickey Mouse Rocky and Bullwinkle Underdog Garfield
No modern cartoon can hold a candle to these guys. I have almost all of the episodes for Futurama, South Park, The Simpsons, and Family Guy on my computer, and no characters from these shows come anywhere close (ok, so Homer, Bart, and Cartman would make the list SOMEWHERE, but you get the idea).
And most of the cartoons they put out now suck big hairy sweaty donkey balls. Powerpuff Girls? Pikachu? Gag me with a spoon.
The last good cartoon making period was the early to mid nineties, and even that wasn't THAT good.
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Originally posted by JayJayDeanBugs is right on at #1, but Daffy Duck should definitely be higher, and what's with Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner at #38?! It's almost like this is the DVDVR TOP 50 CARTOON CHARACTERS~! list or something.
(Obviously, I *know* it's not since DR would've got the Powerpuff Girls into the Top 10.)
Well, one would think we cartoon aficionados could come up with a better list than the slap-dash TV Guide one.
Some characters are conspicuous by their abscence. Say, for instance, the aforementioned Optimus Prime (although I think Starscream would be a better choice if we're truly talking abut a developed character). Cobra Commander. Papa Smurf. (Did anyone notice that there were no mentions of anything related to a toy line?)
Some characters' inclusion boggles the mind. Alvin? Wonder Woman? Bill? The Grinch? (Grinch I don't mind so much, since Chuck Jones is a personal hero of mine, but to be honest, he only has a total of 45 minutes or so of actual screen time. Bill, however, has what - five minutes at most?)
And then there are the characters whose greatness has been vastly over- or underrated. This is, of course, largely a demographic ploy targeting little kids. I work in retail, and I noticed some little kids looking at the Popeye/Spongebob cover and saying "Look! It's Spongebob!" When I asked them who the other guy was, they didn't have a clue. Made me feel reeeeeally old.
Since this list got me thinking of the cartoons I used to watch as a kid, I want to note that CLEARLY they set up the rules to leave out any clay-mation characters and that therefore Davey and Goliath were screwed. Especially since the Mountain Dew commercial with them in it *rules*.
I stumbled on these photos from the Denver Post. They were originally published last year, on the Fall of Saigon's 35th anniversary. There is 141 of them on one page, full size. So beware if you use dialup, and keep in mind they are at times graphic.