Animals and Cartoons are inter related in many aspects. The cartoon characters have to get an inspiration from someone, and the most common source of inspiration since the beginning of the era has been from human beings or animals, which have always seen a relation between each other. Even one of the first cartoon characters, that went through a lot of trouble to be AIRED was inspired from a mouse, which we all know as Mickey Mouse, and obviously his girlfriend, Minnie Mouse. After that came the era of ducks, that included Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge. The various other cartoon characters inspired from living beings include the very renowned Scooby Doo, Courage the Cowardly Dog, which were talking dogs, Bugs Bunny etc. The cartoon show, “Pokemon” had thousands of species of animal inspired cartoon characters. A few fun facts about these cartoon animals are as follow.
- Scooby Doo, Where are you?
Scooby Doo needs no introduction. It has been a famous animal since ages. A pet to a few friends, it was a detective dog, who used to solve mysteries, in which, there usually used to be a ghost, and Scooby was extremely fearful from them. But somehow, it was this dog that managed to solve the mystery by hook or by crook, and there always used to be some person who scared everyone by disguising in the outfit of a ghost. Although it sounds weird but we as children used to wait for this show and had a nail biting experience while watching this. The foody scooby had a best friend Shaggy, which was equally scared from ghosts as was Scooby, and was equally foody too. “Scooby Doo, Where are you?” was the tagline of the show, and a question that everyone asks nowadays, who once was a fan of this show. The show got so renowned that people started naming their dogs as “Scooby”.
Do you remember this name? What comes to your mind after reading the word Snowy? The pet of Tintin belongs to the specie of White Wire Fox Terrier. Although the comic series, the cartoon series and the movies have been named after the name of Tintin, but it must be noted that Snowy used to get the leimelight of being the main character in all Tintin stories. Terriers are known to be intelligent dogs, a trait that is reflected in Snowy. Tintin is shown as a Belgian reporter, who gets involved in numerous cases, and Snowy acts as his sidekick and helps him solve the murder mysteries. Snowy is the being, with which, white colour is compared, after Snow White.
- Tom and Jerry
There are some known facts in our mind, which have been inscribed there since a long time. One such fact is a cat and mouse being enemies, and this fact has been put in our mind through the animated serial, Tom and Jerry. An evergreen show, which was liked by people of all age groups, shows the cat, Tom, trying to chase the mouse, Jerry, for food, and the mice trying to steal the food from Tom’s owner’s house in obnoxious ways. This show has left a deep inscription on the minds of people. A dog named Spike is also shown in a few episodes, which tries to follow the cat, as Cat and Dog are meant to be enemies. More than a decade has passed since this show is being screened, but still, a mystery remains in the show, that is the face of the owner of the dog and the cat, and the mouse which unofficially lives in the house, is never shown.
- Sylvester and Tweety
Cats eat mouse as well as birds, which was tought to us through Tom and Jerry, and Sylvester and Tweety shows respectively. Sylvester cat, trying to eat the pet bird, Tweety, belonging to the singing Canary breed, but always fail to do so. Granny, which owns both the pets, always beats up Sylvester for trying to catch and eat Tweety, which is always unsuccessful in its tries, but still never gives up. We grew up seeing the episodes of these shows, and have got an imprint of these shows in our minds.
And finally a show, that is dedicated to all the fauna and flora on this planet. A lot of thinking seems to have gone in this show. Showing thousands of species on this show, each pokemon or pocket monster resembles an animal or a plant, that lives on Earth or in water or some bird flying in the sky, like Pikachu, that is a kind of mouse, caterpie, which is actually a caterpillar and follows all the stages of a caterpillar that it takes to become a butterfly and many more. They have taken ideas from a pet as simple as a dog to as unique as a mockingbird. They literally made presence of almost all the species on this Earth, which further proved helpful for kids to get to know about the ecosystem
It is a well known fact that learning is easier by watching than by reading. Cartoons play a same role. These cartoons help kids in learning about the kinds of animals and plants present in their society. Not only kids are educated by these, but grown ups also gain knowledge as their is no age to stop learning. These kids are a part and parcel of a growing child’s education as everything cannot be taught through books. Apart from providing knowledge about different species, these cartoons also contain a pinch of cultural and social values for the kids, so that they can learn new things about the society. These animated animals also inspire them to have a pet and play with them. After all, pet is the best companion to a human being. But these cartoons are losing their importance with the growing time, and the grown ups, out of desperation for these cartoons, keep on asking, Scooby Doo, Where are you?