21. Pink Panther

Like Fat Albert, Pink Panther is a character who inspires a tune in your head as soon as you see him, this one in a jazzy saxophone. It was a series of animated shorts, designed to appear at the opening and closing credits of live-action films starring Inspector Clouseau. His popularity allowed him to become his own cartoon, still airing on Boomerang.

22. Gumby

Gumby was a pioneer in stop-motion animation for TV. He and his horse Pokey were heroes in their own fictional world, but for television, they ushered in a new era of animation.


We can all relate to Underdog, the guy who is underestimated by his enemies, only to prove them all wrong. He's sweet when he's wooing Polly. He's cunning and brave when he's defeating Simon.

24.Tweety Bird and Sylvester

Another duo Chuck Jones created, Tweety Bird, and Sylvester, keep each other on their toes, with Sylvester losing out on a yummy bird meal every time. Tweety's baby voice and Sylvester's slobber talk keep us laughing.

25. Speed Racer

Most children of the '60s and '70s remember Speed Racer and his Mach 5. Plus, the cartoon introduced us to the world of anime. Thanks to a live-action movie in 2008 and a recent cartoon series, Speed Raceris still part of the zeitgeist today.

26.Josie and the Pussycats

Josie was the Beyoncé of her times, leading a girl pop group and taking on the world. Josie and the Pussycatswere part Scooby-Dooand part The Monkees. The characters still inspire TV today, for instance, in the form of Foxxy Loveon Drawn Together.

27. Heckle and Jeckle

Heckle and Jeckle defeat their opponents with wit and style. The big mystery of these magpies is how they became friends: one has a Brooklyn accent, the other a British accent. Perhaps an origin prequel would answer this question?

28. Top Cat

Top Cat is another product of '60s Hanna-Barbera animation. He's the leader of an alley cat gang, who just wants to make a quick buck. But thanks to Officer Dibble, their plans never come to fruition. Top Cat is cool, but his morals are a tad looser than his gang's, leading to occasional mutiny. Nevertheless, T.C. retains his hold as captain.

29. Ren and Stimpy

Whenever I talk cartoons with other fans, inevitably enter the conversation. Their outrageous antics, unbridled toilet humor, and their "happy dance" make this cat and dog team a long-lasting favorite.