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List of famous cartoon animals along with some non-human animated cartoon animal characters such as Pumuckl, the Smurfs and Little Mermaid. What great memories we all have of these Warner Bros., Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters, lovingly drawn by many different artists. See who created each cartoon animal and when your favorite cartoon animal characters first appeared with their cartoon friends.

  • ADDucation’s famous cartoon animals list compiled by A C and was last updated 23 Jun 2021.

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Cartoon animalsType of animalCreator/sSinceFamous Film/TV Cartoon Animals Background, Plots & Trivia
AstroDog 🐶Hanna-Barbera, designed by Iwao Takamoto1962Astro is the pet great dane animated dog in The Jetsons along with Jane, Judy, Elroy and George. Astro replaced an electronic dog, Lectronimo, when he catches a burglar that Lectronimo fails to do. Astro also appeared in the spin-off “Astro and the Space Mutts” in 1981.
Benjamin the ElephantElephant 🐘Elfie Donnelly1977German animated children’s TV show about Benjamin the Elephant, a talking elephant in Newtown Zoo, who takes on new roles and discovers new places.
Bugs BunnyRabbit 🐰Chuck Jones, T. Avery1938Bugs Bunny is a rabbit with a punchline “What’s up Doc?”. Bugs Bunny and his girlfriend Lola Bunny are both Looney Tunes cartoon characters names.
CalimeroChicken 🐓Toei Animation1963Calimero is an anime chicken that wears half an eggshell as a hat. Calimero and his fellow cartoon animal characters Priscilla (Calimero’s girlfriend), Mr Owl, Deppa and Buta embark on mystery solving adventures. Originally Italian, Calimero one of the most popular animal cartoon shows in Japan and some European countries.
Daffy DuckDuck 🦆Walt Disney1934Daffy Duck is a black male duck who is Bugs Bunny’s best friend and sometime rival. One of the most famous cartoon animals of all time.
DinoDinosaur 🦕Hanna-Barbera1960Dino is a “snorkasaurus”; a fictional prosauropod-like dinosaur who behaves like the family dog of the Flintstones. The Flintstones is a stone age cartoon show centered around the Flintstone family including Fred the dad (whose catchphrase is “yabba dabba doo!”), his wife Wilma, daughter, Pebbles and their neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble.
Donald DuckDuck 🦆Walt Disney1934Animated cartoon show starring Donald Duck who has a distinctive voice. Donald Duck is also part of a cartoon comedy trio with Goofy and Mickey Mouse. Donald’s nickname is “Don” and his full name is “Donald Fauntleroy Duck”. Donald’s fiancée is Daisy Duck and his nephews are Huey, Dewey and Louie. Other characters include Uncle Scrooge McDuck. Cousin Gladstone Gander, the Beagle Boys. Inventor Gyro Gearloose, crook John Rockerduck, witch Magica de Spell. Donald Duck’s arch enemy is Black Pete.
EeyoreDonkey 🐴A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company1966Eeyore is a donkey and one of the animal cartoon characters from the much loved “Winnie the Pooh” animal cartoon shows about Pooh bear and his friends, Christopher Robin Piglet, Owl,  Tigger and Rabbit.
TiggerTiger 🐯A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company1966Tigger is a tiger who loves to bounce in “Winnie the Pooh” the popular animal cartoon show. Tigger mad his first appearance in “The House at Pooh Corner” published in 1928. In 2000 Tigger starred in “The Tigger Movie” which was the first feature length animated Pooh film.
GarfieldCat 😺Jim Davis1978Garfied is a lazy and greedy cat that annoys its owner, Jon Arbuckle. Other animal cartoon characters names in the series include Odie the dog and Arlene the cat. Garfield’s best friend is Pooky the teddy bear.
GoofyDog 🐶Walt Disney Productions1932Goofy is a fedora wearing friend of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, who often appears as clumsy and not one of the brightest cartoon animal characters. He first appeared as an older dog “Dippy Dawg”.
Little MermaidMermaid 🧜‍♀️Hans Christian Andersen,
Walt Disney Company
1837Originally a fairy tale about a mermaid who gives her life for the love of a human prince and a soul. Released as an animated Disney film in 1989. Other characters are Ariel, her father, King Triton, Ursula, Prince Eric, Sebastian the crab, Flounder the fish and Scuttle the seagull.
Mickey MouseMouse 🐭Walt Disney1928First appeared in a short film called Steamboat Willie in 1928, then as a comic strip character in 1930. His girlfriend is Minnie, and friends are Goofy, Daisy, Donald, Pluto the dog. His enemy is Black Pete. One of the most famous cartoon animals.
Minnie MouseMouse 🐭Walt Disney1928Mickey’s girlfriend. Minnie first appeared in a comic strip in 1930. Her father Marcus Mouse introduced her as Minerva Mouse, but this is rarely used.
101 DalmatiansDogs 🐶🐶Walt Disney Company1961Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita have 15 puppies and Cruella De Vil offers to buy them but their owner Roger refuses so she has them kidnapped. Other animal cartoon characters names include: Pongo and Perdita, dalmatian couple who have 15 puppies, helped by Colonel, a sheepdog, Sergeant Tibbs, a tabby cat and Captain, a gray horse. The cartoon villain is Cruella De Vil.
OwlOwl 🦉A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company1966Owl is one of the cartoon animal characters in “Winnie the Pooh”. Owl is a chatty scatter-brained “wise old owl” and mentor to Pooh with sometimes hilarious results.
PigletPig 🐖A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company1966Piglet is one of the animal cartoon characters in “Winnie the Pooh”. Piglet is shy and nervous and, apart from Christopher Robin, Pooh’s best friend. Piglet’s catchphrase is “Oh, d-d-dear!” and he loves “haycorns”. Piglet listens to Pooh and overcomes his fears.
Pink PantherPanther 🐾Friz Freleng & DePatie1963The Pink Panther cartoon character features in the title and closing sequence of the Pink Panther comedy movies starring Peter Sellers which led to Pink Panther comic books and television cartoons series. Other characters are: Inspector Clouseau, Dudu, the Ant and the Aardvark. Perhaps the coolest cartoon animal character of all time.
Porky PigPig 🐖Friz Freleng1935Porky Pig is, unsurprisingly, a fat little pig famous for stuttering “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!” at the end of cartoons. Porky Pig often has adventures with Daffy Duck.
PumucklImp 👿Ellis Kaut1978Pumucki is a young red-haired Kobold (Imp) who is invisible to everyone apart from Meister Eder, an elderly carpenter, with whom he lives and enjoys a close friendship. First popularized in a German radio play. Other characters are: Mrs Eichinger and Mr Bernbacher.
RabbitRabbit 🐰A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company1966Rabbit, one of the only famous cartoon animals that doesn’t have a name, is one of Winnie the Pooh’s friends. Rabbit likes to take the lead, usually with unforeseen consequences.
Road RunnerBird 🐦Chuck Jones, Michael Maltese1949The Road Runner (fast running ground bird) that chirrups “beep beep”, while being relentlessly chased, but never caught, by coyote “Wile E. Coyote”, who make up a famous duo of cartoon animals.
Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, TheMoose 🦌
Squirrel 🐿️
Jay Ward, Alex Anderson and Bill Scott1959Cult TV series set in fictional Frostbite Falls, Minnesota. It follows the adventures of Bullwinkle moose and Rocky the flying squirrel. Other characters are: Villains Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, agents who work for Mr Big and Fearless Leader.
Scooby-DooDog 🐶
Great Dane
Hanna-Barbera1969“Scooby” Doo is short for “Scoobert Doo”. He’s the companion of amateur detective Norville “Shaggy” Rogers who with others solve supernatural mysteries. Scooby is famous for speaking with a speech impediment and his catchphrase is “Scooby-Dooby-Doo!” Other characters: Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley.
Smurfs, TheGnomes 🧙🧙Pierre Culliford (Peyo)1958The Smurfs, originally Belgian comic characters, are a colony of fictitious small blue gnome-like creatures living in mushroom shaped house in a forest. Their comical adventures have since featured in Smurf movies and TV shows. Other characters are: 100 Smurfs including Papa, Grandpa, Smurfette and wizard Gargamel.
SnoopyDog 🐶Charles M. Schulz1947Charlie Brown’s pet dog from the American comic strip Peanuts, which enjoyed worldwide success centered around timid eight-year-old Charlie Brown and a host of animated characters including Charlie’s sister Sally Brown, Woodstock, a small bird and friends Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Marcie, Pigpen and Franklin.
Speedy GonzalesMouse 🐭Robert McKimson1953Animated cat and mouse chase cartoon series featuring Speedy Gonzales “The fastest mouse in Mexico” sporting a sombrero chased by Sylvester the cat. Other characters are: Sylvester the Cat who, in related cartoons, also chases Tweety Bird and Hippety Hopper.
Sylvester, The CatCat 😺Friz Freleng1941Aka “Sylvester J. Pussycat, Sr.” or “Puddy Tat”. Sylvester wears a Tuxedo and loves to chase Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzales, or Hippety Hopper.
TiggerTiger 🐯A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company1966Tigger is an energetic friend of Winnie the Pooh who loves to bounce and often causes chaos. Tigger’s catchphrase is “Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo!”. Tigger often mispronounces words, e.g. “ridickerus” (ridiculous) and he has nicknames for the other Winnie the Pooh characters including “Pooh Boy” (Pooh), “Beak Lips” (Owl), “Fluff Boy” (Rabbit), “Piglet Ole Pal”, “Roo Boy” (Roo), “Mrs. Kanga Ma’am” for Kanga and others.
Tom and JerryCat 😺 & Mouse 🐭W. Hanna & J. Barbera1940One of the most popular animal cartoon shows of all time based around the cat and mouse chase between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. Most of the time Tom chases Jerry but sometimes the tables are turned. Other characters include; bulldogs Spike and Tyke, alley cat Butch. Tom and Jerry are two of the most famous cartoon animals.
TweetyBird 🐦Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng1942Aka “Tweety Bird” or “Tweety Pie” is a male yellow canary in various cartoon series . “Tweety” is a play on “sweetie”, and “tweet”. He likes to foil cats’ attempts to catch him, sometimes quite aggressively. Tweety Pie is perhaps the cutest cartoon animal character of all time.
Wile E. CoyoteCoyote 🐾Chuck Jones1949Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner setting traps using supplies from the fictional Acme Corporation which never quite work as expected with predictable results. Together they make up a famous duo of cartoon animals.
Winnie the PoohBear 🐻A. A. Milne, Walt Disney Company1966The original stories are set in Ashdown Forest, near London, England about Pooh, a “hunny” loving bear, his human friend Christopher Robin (named after the author’s son), and his cartoon animal friends. The animated Disney productions include various TV shows and feature films. Winnie the Pooh’s animal cartoon characters include; Piglet, Owl, Eeyore (donkey), Tigger (who loves to bounce) and Rabbit. Celebrate Winnie the Pooh day every January 18th on the birthday of Alan Alexander Milne (A.A. Milne) the author of the beloved Winnie the Pooh books #WinnieThePoohDay
WoodstockBird 🐦 CanaryCharles M. Schulz1947Charlie Brown’s pet bird from Peanuts (see Snoopy). Possibly one of the smallest famous cartoon animals of all time.
Woody WoodpeckerBird 🐦 CanaryWalter Lantz, Ben “Bugs” Hardaway1940Woody Woodpecker first appeared in a short Knock Knock on 25 November 1940. With the advent of television “The Woody Woodpecker Show” was first broadcast in 1957. Woody’s voice and plumage has changed over time. Woody Woodpecker is one of the most famous cartoon animals at Universal Studios Theme Parks around the world where his characteristic laugh still entertains people every day.
Yogi BearBear 🐻William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Ed Benedict 1958The Yogi Bear Show included comic books, animated TV shows and films. Set in Jellystone Park where fast-talking Yogi thinks he’s “smarter than the av-er-age bear!” as he steals “pic-a-nic baskets” – but he’s probably not that clever! Other Yogi Bear animal cartoon characters: Boo-Boo bear is Yogi’s best friend and companion who always tries to keep Yogi out of trouble. Girlfriend Cindy bear, and Antagonist head Ranger Smith.

 

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