Throwback Thursday: Famous Cows from the Past
(16 Jul 2015)

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Throwback Thursday: Famous Cows from the Past


Tuesday was International Cow Appreciation day and people from around the world celebrated by enjoying cow-free meals, dressing up in cow attire and choosing to drink their coffee and tea black on the day.


This morning for Throwback Thursday we’re breaking out the spots and cow bells to show our appreciation by looking back at some of the most popular and loved cow characters from classic children’s TV shows and movies.



 Clarabelle Cow 

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Since her big debut in the 1928 cartoon ‘Plane Crazy’, Disney’s character Clarabelle Cow has been one of the most loved cows on television.


Although Clarabelle means well, she loves to gossip and has a tendency to find herself in troublesome situations. She is the best friend to both Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck and they all made their big screen debut together in the 1983 theatrical short, ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’.


Cow & Chicken 

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The surreal adventures of siblings Cow and Chicken have been one of the most popular children’s TV shows since appearing on our TV screens for the first time in July 1997.


Nominated for two Emmy Awards, the TV show focuses on chicken and his dim, sweet-natured younger sister Cow as they are caught in escapades with their flamboyant enemy called ‘Red Guy’.


 Mina Moo

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Mina Moo owned a popular dairy in Klokkiesvlei in her much loved South African TV show ‘Mina Moo en Kie’ that aired from 1987 to 1991.


Together with her assistant and deliveryman Karring Straatkat’s help, Mina delivered milk to the locals despite the best efforts of two sly germs Bak and Terie to take over her diary. Mina Moo was originally broadcasted in Afrikaans, but was also later dubbed into Northen Sotho and Zulu.


 The Cow that Jumped Over the Moon

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Probably one of the most famous cows in history, the cow that jumped over the moon in the English Nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ first appeared in print in 1765 and it is believed that the rhyme may date back to at least the sixteenth century.

Do you know the nursery rhyme? “ Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the Fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon, the little dog laughed to see such sport, and the dish ran away with the spoon.”



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