10 Interesting Facts About Cartoon Characters

On 09 December 2014

10 Interesting Facts About Cartoon Characters

Who doesn't know Mickey Mouse, Tom&Jerry or Tweety? They were our best friends throughout childhood and always been there for us as we were growing up. Here are some interesting facts about our favorite cartoon characters.

1. Donald Duck's character was created in 1934 at Walt Disney Production. Donald Duck's middle name is Faunterloy, making him the only major Disney's character with an official middle name.

2. Donald Duck has a twin sister, named Della (also called Dumbella in "Donald's Nephews") and she's the mother of Don's three nephews : Huey, Dewey and Louie. Even though they were originally created to showcase the feisty character of our favourite duck, they turned out to be valuable assets to their uncles on their adventures.

3. Tweety is an animated fictional canary. The little yellow bird is actually a man character, in spite of his feminine voice. His name comes from the words "sweetie" and "tweet" – the sounds of birds.

4. The most expensive animated movie is "The Prince of Egypt", being made within 60$ million. The Prince of Egypt was released in 1998 and it is an animated musical biblical film. It was banned in the Maldives and Malaysia, two countries where the population is predominantly Muslim.

5. Mickey Mouse is an animated character and the official mascot of Walt Disney Company. Minnie Mouse is Mickey's girlfriend and her full name is Minerva Mouse.

6. We all know Hello Kitty, the fictional character created by the Japanese company Sanrio, but only a few know that she has an identical twin sister named Mimmy.

7. Everyone's favorite cat and mouse, Tom and Jerry, were originally named Jasper & Jinx. Even though it was never officially confirmed by the production crew, there are speculations that their new names were inspired by the British and the German soldiers during WW II, when they were called "Tommies" and "Jerries".

8. Pokemon is a Japanese anime TV series. "Pokemon" is the abbreviation from the Japanese title Pocket Monsters (Poketto Monsuta). Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan, the Pokemon's characters, are inspired by Bruce Lee and Jackie Chain.

9. Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character voiced by Mel Blanc. Only type of carrot that Bugs Bunny prefers is a species called Danvers. The irony is that Mel Blanc was allergic to carrots.

10. Barbie is every girl's best friend. Her real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, a name inspired by Ruth Handler's daughter, the one who first pitched the idea of an adult-bodied doll to Mattel. Even more, during a trip to Europe in 1956, Ruth found her inspiration in an adult-figured doll from Germany called Bild Lilli, a doll that was initially sold to adults, but it became popular with children as they loved dressing her up in different outfits.

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