Scooby-Doo has been known as everyone’s favorite talking super sleuth Great Dane from Hanna-Barbera Productions since 1969. The cartoon canine has been known for chasing or being chased by ghosts, ghouls, and monsters that are contributing trouble to different places throughout the world. More than 300 programs, 11 different TV versions of the series, and 34 films in TV and theaters have been produced by Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. for 45 years, and the series is still going strong today. In 2013, Scooby-Doo was ranked #5 in TV Guide’s Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.
Mickey Mouse has been known as one of the popular characters from Walt Disney. Mickey Mouse debuted on November 18, 1928 in Steamboat Willie. Over the course of his film appearances, he appeared in over 130 films such as Fantasia in 1940. In the late 1970’s, because of his success, Mickey Mouse became the first cartoon character to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Popeye the Sailor Man has been known as everyone’s favorite fist-fighting, spinach eating character in film and television. Debuted in the comics in the late 1910’s, he eventually made it to the silver screen in 1933 in a Betty Boop cartoon called “Popeye the Sailor”. Later that year, Popeye began his own cartoon series with his first cartoon being entitled, “I Yam What I Yam” which was first produced by Fleischer Studios from Paramount Pictures. Fleischer Studios’ Popeye ran in theaters from 1933 to 1942, then Famous Studios took control of the Popeye cartoons and aired them in theaters from 1942 to 1957. Overall, leading to modern day TV, over 750 cartoon segments were produced for Popeye over the course of 80 years.
Bugs Bunny has been known as one of the most popular cartoon characters over the last century. In his initial debut, A Wild Hare (July 27, 1940), the cartoon received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cartoon Short Subject of 1940. “What’s up, Doc?” has been one of the most popular catch phrases used by Bugs Bunny in his cartoons 99% of the time to help him keep his cool while standing up to his enemies. Bugs Bunny was named #1 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time.
Tom and Jerry has been known as one of the greatest and successful cartoon film series of all time. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators of the series, led the title pair to achieve great success in motion pictures from 1940-1958 containing a never-ending battle between the title duo. The title pair have won 7 Academy Awards in those 18 years, that’s more than Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and Popeye combined. The series was aired in theaters and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).