TV Guide's 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters

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  • 1. Bugs Bunny
  • 2. Homer Simpson
  • 3. Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • 4. Beavis and Butt-head
  • 5. The Grinch
  • 6. Fred and Barney
  • 7. Angelica Pickles
  • 8. Charlie Brown and Snoopy
  • 9. SpongeBob SquarePants
  • 10. Cartman
  • 11. Bart and Lisa Simpson
  • 12. Fat Albert
  • 13. The Powerpuff Girls
  • 14. Daffy Duck
  • 15. Pikachu
  • 16. Gumby
  • 17. Betty Boop
  • 18. Top Cat
  • 19. Mickey Mouse
  • 20. Popeye
  • 21. Gerald McBoing-Boing
  • 22. Scooby-Doo
  • 23. Underdog
  • 24. Josie and the Pussycats
  • 25. Heckle and Jeckle
  • 26. Arthur
  • 27. Winnie the Pooh
  • 28. Felix the Cat
  • 29. Mr. Magoo
  • 30. George of the Jungle
  • 31. Ren and Stimpy
  • 32. Tom Terrific
  • 33. Tweety and Sylvester
  • 34. Bill
  • 35. Space Ghost
  • 36. Yogi Bear and Boo Boo
  • 37. Mighty Mouse
  • 38. Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner
  • 39. Superman
  • 40. Batman
  • 41. Daria
  • 42. Wonder Woman
  • 43. Donald Duck
  • 44. Alvin
  • 45. Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale
  • 46. Woody Woodpecker
  • 47. Porky Pig
  • 48. Bobby Hill
  • 49. Speed Racer
  • 50. Tom and Jerry
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A decent list, although it's way too focused on newer cartoon characters. Cartman doesn't belong in the top 10, I don't think, and neither does SpongeBob SquarePants. Mickey Mouse deserves higher than #19. Some of these guys I've never heard of - who are Gerald McBoing Boing, Heckle and Jeckle, Tom Terrific, and Bill? It's still a good list, though.

Heckle & Jeckle were a pair of mischevious magpies who always got themselves in the worst of predicaments, but their smart-assedness always seemed to bail them out. I remember watching them when I was a wee laddie. There was always a level of Marx Brothers-esc anarchic humour in their cartoon.

Oh, and Pikachu #15? You gotta be kidding me?

AJ, have you ever heard the song 88 Lines About 44 Simpsons?

No, I've never heard about it! Tell me more...

It's just a parody of the song 88 lines about 44 women but instead it's about the Simpsons. The singer basically does 2 lines about 44 Simpsons characters. I just downloaded it off the Internet because the title sounded interesting.

Wheres Timmy Turner from fairy odd parents!!??

You have never heard of Heckle and Jeckle?

Nope. Have you?

Of course. At least, where I live, Heckle and Jeckle, two black twin-birds, are probably as famous as...Daffy Duck! ;-)

Anybody spot Heckle and Jeckle in Kill Bill 2?

OK, knowing this question will roll off the page before most people can read it, I'll give up the answer now. It hasn't made it to the IMDb site as trivia yet, (unlike "Clutch Cargo" being shown behind Butch in "Pulp Fiction") so I'll be the first one to bring it up right here. "BB" (Perla Haney-Jardine) is watching Heckle and Jeckle the first time we see her in front of the TV.

In what's beginning to look like some sort of Hollywood inside joke, I've spotted Heckle and Jeckle being watched within another movie. In Segment 3 of Twilight Zone: The Movie, Helen (Kathleen Quinlan) and Anthony (Jeremy Licht) are watching our little wise-crackin' magpies on TV just before dinner.

In case you don't remember... this is the segment where the little boy can wish things away. (a take-off of the famous TV episode, but with a twist.)

As I continue to entertain myself with this subject, I've ran across still another use of Heckle and Jeckle. In the second segment of Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes", Steve Buscemi uses our magpie's names for two cafe customers. Very strange indeed. Have I mentioned I haven't seen an entire Heckle and Jeckle cartoon since I was a kid 35-40 years ago. They're haunting me, I know it.

Sounds like a good idea for a Stephen King novel.

Ohhh, that'd be too corny! lol

There are about 7 that don't belong, mainly the newer one's. Where is snagglepuss or deputy dog?... Don't ask today's kids who are the best ask the people who are 40 and older, they know cartoons.