Throwback Thursday: Cartoon Characters in Pop Culture (20 Apr 2017)
Throwback Thursday: Cartoon Characters in Pop Culture
This Throwback Thursday we take a look at some of the most iconic cartoons in pop culture, that made all our childhoods just a little bit better.
First aired in 1989, The Simpsons were TV’s first family, loved by fans of different ages all over the world. Creator Matt Groening decided to make all Springfield residents yellow to get the viewer's attention. The Simpsons holds the World Record for “Most guest stars featured in a television series” including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Elton John.
You might might not know where it comes from, but everyone has heard the catchphrase “Eh, What’s up Doc?”. This is one of the most iconic catchphrases in pop culture and was popularised by the legendary carrot-eating Bugs Bunny, who made his debut appearance in 1944. He is one of the most popular cartoon characters in the world. TV Guide named him as the greatest cartoon character of all time!
Tom and Jerry
You can't mention pop culture cartoons without mentioning these two! Since 1940, this infamous duo would chase each other all around their house causing chaos and destruction! Tom was truly evident as to how cats can have nine lives, from having bowling balls and pianos falling on his head. However, people found it unfair that Tom never seems to win the battle against the nimble and smart Jerry.
Making its debut in 1969, the famous cowardly sidekick of the Mystery Inc. crew, who ironically solved the cases himself after having a ‘Scooby Snack.’ Even though every episode resolves around some sort of mystery or monster, the gang always managed to unmask the bad guy, proving to kids all over the world that there is no such things as monsters and that bad guys never win. The bad guys would have gotten away it if it “wasn’t for those meddling kids and their damn dog.”
First aired in 1960, Fred and the gang were the very first cartoon to play during prime time. The prehistoric neighbours paved the way for others such as The Simpsons and Family Guy. Fred and Barney’s crazy antics often involved getting out of some kind trouble that they landed themselves in, without their wives finding out.
Probably the most iconic cartoon in the world, Mickey made his first appreance on screen in ‘Steamboat Willie’ in 1928. His name however, at the time was not Mickey but instead it was Mortimer. It was only later that Walt Disney would changed it to Mickey. Mortimer Mouse just doesn't have that ring to it.