As someone who has no patience at all with political correctness, South Park is my kind of show. I love the fact that Eric Cartman is allowed to be prejudiced and arrogant and it’s brilliant that he is often on the receiving end of insults from the other school kids.
Yogi made his TV debut on the Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958 and three years later was given his own show, along with his side kick Boo Boo. Yogi also has a girlfriend, Cindy Bear. Yogi’s only purpose in life is stealing picnic baskets from the visitors to Jellystone Park. His favourite catchphrase is “I’m smarter than the average bear.”
Donald Duck is now 81 years old and still looks as young as ever. I love the fact that he wears a sailor top and cap and no pants. His cute voice always makes me chuckle.
The second duck to make it into my top 10, Daffy is an American Black Duck. When he made his first appearance in 1937, Daffy’s famous lisp was hardly noticeable but became more and more pronounced as the decades passed. He was often partnered with Porky Pig, another brilliant character.
Betty Boop was a jazz flapper and was allegedly inspired by the singer, Helen Kane who was born in 1904. Helen was known as the Boop Oop a Doop girl and for her song 'I Wanna Be Loved By You', made even more famous by Marilyn Monroe. In 1932, Helen Kane filed a $250,000 lawsuit, claiming “deliberate caricature.” She lost her case as Betty Boop showed resemblance to other singers and actresses of the time as well.
Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oyl is a somewhat fickle young woman. Despite always being appreciative of Popeye, every time he rescues her from kidnap by Bluto, her head is easily turned by suitors who are wealthier than Popeye. I love her appearance: tall, stick thin, with HUGE feet.
All the central characters that live in the prehistoric city of Bedrock, are brilliant. Fred is lovable and childlike but you have to feel for his long suffering wife Wilma. Fred is lucky that his best friend and neighbour Barny is so patient, as Fred is always getting them into some sort of trouble.
Top Cat (T.C. to his friends) is the coolest cat in town. He and his gang of wily street cats are always making a monkey of the community policeman, Officer Dibble.
Can you imagine being married to Homer Simpson? His wife, Marge is a saint. I think Marge and Homer are quite similar to Wilma and Fred Flintstone, really. Before The Simpsons had a show of their own, they had a short slot on The Tracey Ullman Show, in 1987.
Did you know that SpongeBob was created by a real life marine biologist? SpongeBob is my favourite cartoon character because he is always so cheerful and optimistic. He has some weird and lovable friends, including, Patrick, the dim pink starfish and Gary the snail. They live in an underwater city called Bikini Bottom. How wonderful is that?