So it’s The Week End
I’m sick of writing the same crap about Politics.
IT’s TIME FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT
MY TOP TEN FAVORITE CARTOON CHARACTERS OF ALL-TIME
Most of these characters reflect me (A Smart Ass with style)
10. King of the Hill.
Just making the list are the Good Ol’ boys from Arlen Texas. Hank Hill and neighbors
9. Spy vs. Spy
Although these guys were primarily seen on Mad Magazine, they did have a short run on Saturday Morning Cartoons. Unfortunately Cartoons were turning PC so they couldn’t really be appreciated. They epitomized the cold war version of the Road Runner and the Coyote.
8. SOUTH PARK
These four kids were incredibly funny in their first 4 seasons. They were Low tech and high quality humor. In season five they lost the simplicity of pure humor.
7. THE SIMPSONS
Dick Wolf and Matt Groenig are fighting it out for the longest running TV series of all time. I call it beating a very dead horse. Wolf just wanted to beat “Gun Smoke” as the longest running TV series with his “Law and Order” series/franchise. Law and Order threw in the towel in 2010 after its’ 20th season. However the spinoff “Law and Order Special Victims” (SVU) which is in its’ 15th season continues to limp along. At the same time “The Simpsons” would start their run in September of 1989 and is now in it’s 25th season.
6. SNOOPY and PEANUTS
Charles Schultz ran his successful syndicated comic strip in 21 languages between October of 1950 to February of 2000. TV Guide Ranked Peanuts comic strip as the 4th best cartoon of all time. It comes in at #6 on the Café Americain.
5. THE PINK PANTHER
The Pink Panther was one of the few cartoons that had a main character with no dialogue. It had an unforgettable theme song which was written by Henry Mancini. One of the more popular cartoons that got its’ start on the Pink Panther’s show was “The Ant and the Aardvark. Many thought the Aardvark or Ant eater was played by Jackie Mason and the Ant was supposed to be voiced by Dean Martin. The actual actor who voiced both characters was comedian/impersonator John Byner.
4. FELIX THE CAT
(The wonderful wonderful cat) Goes way back. He was created during the “Silent Film Era”. Felix is best known for his ubiquitous cat clock. His cartoons originally were shown on the Silver screen before the main event. His cartoon series would begin on the small screen in 1959.
3. MICKEY MOUSE
Mickey Mouse actually came across the silver screen on the heels of Felix the Cat. Mickey became the Icon of the Disney Corporation. He had his own club on television from 1955 to 1959 called “The Mickey Mouse Club” which spawned such talents as Annette Funicello. The MMC would be resurrected in the 70s, 80s and 90s and the latter version would spawn celebrities Britney Spears and Christina Aquilera.
2. BUGS BUNNY
Bugs had his own hour long show. His voice was dubbed by the great Mel Blanc (who did most of Warner Brother’s Cartoon voices) Bugs Bunny is still being shown on Saturday mornings after he was first created in 1940. In 1948 he was part of the “Loony Tunes” cast which had its’ 7:30 prime time half hour spot from 1948 to 1960. Then in 1960 he was featured in a list of hour long Saturday morning shows from the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner hour to the Bugs Bunny and Tweety hour.
1. WOODY WOODPECKER
Walter Lance, through Universal Studios created Woody Woodpecker in 1940. Lance was also responsible for creating many of the characters that were released by Warner Brothers such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. In fact Mel Blanc who did the voice overs for the Loony Tunes also did Woody Woodpecker. Of all of the animated characters I’ve enjoyed over the years, Woody Woodpecker has always resonated the most with my own personality.