5 Famous Classic Cartoon Dogs

Droopy is a sweet, unassuming Hound…just don’t make him mad.

Do you love classic cartoons? There are many famous dogs from classic cartoons and they also make great dog names! Here are a few you should get familiar with.

Droopy: A classic staple of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s cartoon lineup in the 1940s and 1950s, Droopy was the brainchild of comic genius Tex Avery. The small soft-spoken Hound with a flat voice was kind and courteous (plus he had the odd habit of walking upright on two legs without moving his arms). Usually pitted against a nasty (and bigger) foe out to do him harm, Droopy let his enemies’ stupidity and greed do them in most of the time. But in each cartoon, his nemesis usually pushed him too far, and when Droopy reached the boiling point, he calmly issued the warning, “that makes me mad,” and then proceed to beat the living hell out of his tormentor. Great stuff.

Goofy and Pluto: OK, we’re cheating and including these two canine staples of the Disney era. Goofy’s name says it all: A tall dog who walks upright and seemingly solves complex problems by accident (think Kramer of the Cartoon era), whereas Pluto is Mickey’s faithful tail-wagging mutt who seemingly never leaves his owner’s side. Goofy lives on today in computer-generated form with The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Scooby Doo: Scooby Doo Where Are You? was supposedly created as an alternative to cartoons that were considered too violent at the time, so Hannah-Barbera Studios came up with a quintet of amateur mystery-solving detectives that included a Great Dane named Scooby-Doo. The dog could speak (kinda), but most of the time he was usually running scared, and almost always two steps behind human pal Shaggy, who was probably (let’s face it) stoned out of his mind and fleeing his own monsters. In response to low ratings, a second dog, Scrappy-Doo (“Puppy Power!”) was added to the mix. In 2002, Scooby was recently given live-action treatment and brought to live via computer generation in a feature film.

Snoopy: The iconic, unassuming black-and-white Beagle was the Fonz of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comics strip. Owned by Charlie Brown but Snoopy was anything but ordinary. Snoopy did it all: he built machines, pretended he was a World War I flying ace, and his best friend was a bird (sorry, man). He also took his share of licks from Lucy, who was rotten to everyone. To this day, Snoopy remains one of the most recognizable animated figures.

Tramp: Classic Disney animated features were always notable for their plush visuals, heartwarming messages, and occasional depictions of harsh reality (such as the fate of Bambi’s mother). Lady and the Tramp tells the tale of a stray, mixed-breed pooch named Tramp and Lady, a well-to-do purebred Cocker Spaniel. When he isn’t dodging the dog catcher and scavenging his next meal, Tramp tries to get romantic with the virginal Lady and wants to, you know, do what un-neutered dogs do. Tramp comes through for the movie’s dog-versus-rat climax.

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