Anthropomorphic animals have long been as common as humans in the vast world of cartoons, perhaps even more so, and the most common types must surely be cats and dogs. I've already taken a look at my favourite cartoon dogs here at Red Parsley (and longer ago than I realised too!), however, so it's now time to look at the best feline examples from this dying medium:
4. Pink Panther
3. Top Cat
Here Comes Garfield, in which the uncharacteristically-heroic tabby ventures to the dog pound to rescue his friend and housemate, Odie. I also inherited lots of books featuring short Garfield comic strips which were enjoyed many times over the years. I think I still have them in a box somewhere, actually. Whatever form his lazy, lasagne-munching antics take, though, they rarely fail to amuse and entertain. Plus, unlike the other cats featured so far, new Garfield materials are still being published today as well. I'm also pleased to say that I've been actively avoiding the CG films so my memories have not been tarnished by their alleged foulness either.
Doraemon as Lord of All Animated Felines! He's not your typical cat though. He's a robotic example for one thing, who's travelled back in time from the 22nd century to help lazy schoolboy, Nobita Nobi, to keep his future on track. Well, that was the plan anyway, but the pair of them usually just end up causing mischief together. Much of this comes as a result of the various futuristic gadgets which come Doraemon's magical 4th dimensional pocket in his chest! None of these un-feline-like characteristics are nearly enough to displace him from the top spot here though. His many short cartoons, films, video games, and stacks of merchandise have been entertaining Far Eastern fans for decades now and he's still going strong. How many other cartoon characters have been appointed as 'Cultural
Ambassador' for their country?