Cartoon Characters & the Celebrities they were based upon.

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I went looking for a comprehensive list, but couldn't really find one - maybe we can make our own.

So many cartoon characters voices (along with sometimes their personalities and looks) were based on celebrities - usually ones popular at the times the cartoon were released.
I started looking for Hanna-Barbera characters since, during the 60's, the majority of their characters were based on real-life celebrities, but they weren't the only ones as other studios were doing it too.

So... let 'em rip.



Chip and Dale in the cartoon "Tailspin" were based on Indiana Jones and Magnum P.I.

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I had no idea. I've never seen that one!
It was a fun show in its time, but I haven't seen it in years, so I don't know if it holds up today. But I love Chip and Dale, so I might have to dig out the DVDs and watch a few episodes to find out.



One of the earliest examples was Looney Toons basing a couple of singing birds on Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby (and playing off their rivalry as recording stars). The first one I know of was called Swooner Crooner - a Porky Pig jaunt from 1944. The two singers would be reprised as cartoons many times (although not as the original bird characters in regular roles). Several other personalities (or imitations thereof) were featured in the full length version of this cartoon.




Speaking of Bing Crosby, he was the inspiration for the voice & laid-back attitude of "Sugar Bear" - a cartoon bear who was the spokesman for a breakfast cereal.




Speaking of Bing Crosby, he was the inspiration for the voice & laid-back attitude of "Sugar Bear" - a cartoon bear who was the spokesman for a breakfast cereal.


I knew that Bing Crosby was in Looney Tunes, but I never knew that he was the inspiration for "Sugar Bear".



I was searching Google for pictures, and I came across this quiz.

Can you recognize the cartoon versions of these classic Hollywood stars?

https://www.decades.com/quiz/can-you...ollywood-stars
I only got 1 wrong (Ann Sheridan) - I thought her cartoon character looked most like Bette Davis - but she wasn't an option in the multiple choice!



I only got 1 wrong (Ann Sheridan) - I thought her cartoon character looked most like Bette Davis - but she wasn't an option in the multiple choice!

I got 100%, but I wasn't sure about that question either. It was about 60/40 that I thought it was Ann Sheridan, so I took a guess, and I guessed right.



I never really put this together, but Snagglepuss was based on Bert Lahr (best known for playing the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939)).

Apparently there was even legal action by Bert Lahr over the character... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snagglepuss




I never really put this together, but Snagglepuss was based on Bert Lahr (best known for playing the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939)).

Apparently there was even legal action by Bert Lahr over the character... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snagglepuss


I never knew that, and I don't think I would have ever noticed the similarities of their voices.



I never knew that, and I don't think I would have ever noticed the similarities of their voices.
Yeah, I can see it (or hear it) in the voices, but Snagglepuss had his own catchphrases that I don't think were ever used by Lahr, and a very different personality from the Cowardly Lion (the only Lahr character I'm really familiar with).



The Vultures in the Disney movie The Jungle Book were inspired by The Beatles, and they were supposed to be voiced by them, but John Lennon didn't want to do it, so their voices were changed, but their look was still based on them.




This one's kind of weird... Tennessee Tuxedo.

I'd like to say he was based on Don Adams, but Adams performed the voice of the animated penguin directly.
The thing is; Adams used the same voice for Tennessee as he did for his character of Maxwell Smart on the TV series Get Smart... and Adams had stated that he based his Maxwell Smart voice on that of William Powell from the Thin Man movies. Which means Tennessee Tuxedo was actually based on William Powell???



I wondered if Tennessee's sidekick "Chumley" (a walrus) was based on anyone... and he was... according to Wikipedia:

Bradley Bolke's characterization of Chumley seemed to be taken from Charlie Cantor's voice and personality of Clifton Finnegan on the Duffy's Tavern radio show of the 1940s; there Finnegan played a somewhat similar dimwitted sidekick to the scheming but good-natured bartender Archie.



Bugs Bunny was based on Clark Gable's character in the movie It Happened One Night.
Okay, this one surprised me. I always thought Bugs was "his own thing" with his voice & personality created by Mel Blanc. So thanks for that!

Bugs went through some evolution too - in his initial appearances (first appearing as a character called "Happy Rabbit") he had a different look and more goofy sounding voice in his first few episodes than the later, more fully-established Bugs.



Okay, this one surprised me. I always thought Bugs was "his own thing" with his voice & personality created by Mel Blanc. So thanks for that!

Bugs went through some evolution too - in his initial appearances (first appearing as a character called "Happy Rabbit") he had a different look and more goofy sounding voice in his first few episodes than the later, more fully-established Bugs.

I didn't like his early appearances as much as his later look. I'm glad they changed him