Hello there, cartoon fans! This blog post is dedicated to you. We've compiled a list of the top ten classic cartoon facts you've never heard before, and we're excited to share them with you. We guarantee you'll be surprised by at least one of these facts, which range from Tom and Jerry's original names to the hidden meanings in Scooby Doo. So sit back, relax, and have fun!
1. The animators initially referred to Tom and Jerry from the eponymous cartoon as Jasper and Jinx. After the animation studio discovered that a short film called Johny Jinx had already been copyrighted, the name was changed to Tom and Jerry. The name change also aided the film's title sequence, which depicted the main characters as restless ghosts haunting a house.
2. Betty Boop was inspired by singer Helen Kane, who was famous for her catchphrase "boop-boop-a-doop." Kane eventually sued Max Fleischer, the creator of Betty Boop, for $250,000 for using her image without permission. However, the case was eventually dismissed because Kane was unable to prove that she had coined the phrase "boop-boop-a-doop."
3. A real person named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel inspired Popeye the Sailor Man. Fiegel was a rough-and-tumble character who was frequently involved in brawls. He even had a physical feature in common with Popeye: permanent anchors tattooed on his forearms.
4. Walt Disney himself provided the voice of Mickey Mouse for nearly two decades. However, he handed over the reins to Jimmy MacDonald in 1947, claiming that he no longer possessed the "high-pitched squeaky voice" required for the role.
5. Yosemite Sam was designed to be Bugs Bunny's arch-enemy. He was inspired by cartoonist Tex Avery, who was known for his fiery temper. Avery was reportedly physically restrained on more than one occasion when he went on raging tirades at work!
6. The Flintstones first aired on ABC in primetime rather than during Saturday morning cartoons. Only after it became popular with viewers as it moved to a morning time slot.
7. To save money, Hanna-Barbera Productions reused animation cels in many of their cartoons, which is why you may have noticed some strange repeated images if you watched their shows closely enough! One such example can be found in an episode of Scooby Doo, where a background character can be seen walking past several times in various colors and hairstyles.
8. The Addams Family almost didn't make it to the air because ABC thought it was too dark and scary for children—ironic, given that it's now regarded as a classic family sitcom!
9. During the 1960s, nine Marx Brothers films were regularly broadcast on British television, but they were heavily edited due to their risque humor and sexual innuendos not being appropriate for younger audiences at the time.
10. One of the first instances of product placement in cartoons occurred in a Yogi Bear episode, in which Ranger Smith ate Kellogg's cereal—with the Kellogg's logo clearly visible on screen! However, this was not intentional product placement, but rather an unavoidable cross-promotion due to the fact that both Yogi Bear and Kellogg's cereals were owned by parent company Kellogg's at the time."
There's always something new to learn about your favorite classic cartoons, whether you're a casual fan or a diehard aficionado! We hope you enjoyed reading these interesting facts and are inspired to learn more about the rich history of animation!