A little intro first… It goes without saying that as we grow older, we tend to reflect back on those things in our lives that influenced and shaped us in our childhood and adolescence – movies, music, television, advertisements, books, games and toys, and of course our family, friends, school and the people around us. Over the years most of us were exposed to a sensory overload of images – a lot of which kept us entertained , especially when we were bored, for hours on end. Case in point here are those childhood memories of those cartoons we watched on Saturday mornings and after-school – and it’s kind of amazing how many of these stuck in our sub-conscience minds over long periods of time.
So with that being said… The focus on this particular post is on our beloved, faithful canine companions and friends that we welcomed into our homes each week. There should be quite a few familiar faces here that all generations can relate to, at least to American TV audiences, from the 1940’s through the present. I’m sure there are some of these that you may still enjoy from time to time as you catch them in reruns, syndication or special programs that feature “a look back into pop culture”. I’m sure you’ll recognize some favorites here. The following gallery captures the majority of those that really stood out over the years. Many of these can be traced back to the early days of television (1940’s), (a few are even currently on the air). Some evolved from movies, others from the comic strips and funny pages (with many of these dating back to the 1920’s-1930’s). Many classic Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Brothers, MGM, Terrytunes, Nicktoons, Looney Tunes, etc.
More often than not, when a cartoon character is in it’s concept and design stages, there usually is a sidekick, many of which are the ever loving and faithful canine companion. Many of these concepts are inspired by “reality” and past real-life experiences. Few adventures in the animation industry are ever complete without these fictional dogs, who have been around for nearly a century. Several of these famous cartoon dogs are legends because they personify the most important characteristics of a loyal, trustworthy and affectionate friend, which is what most dogs tend to be. Some of them are actually heroes themselves and battle evil elements to save the world or at least their unsuspecting master. Quite a few of these famous canine cartoon critters simply make us laugh with their irreverent, unique styles, which we never seem to tire of as the years go by. Hopefully, this will be a ‘refresher course’ of many of your (sometimes forgotten) favorites over the years. I’m quite sure you have your own favorites throughout the years.
See how many of these bring back fond childhood memories…..
How many of these do you remember?
Which ones are your favorites?
Who did I miss that you remember?
Let me know at the bottom of this post!
* This post is still being updated as time permits…
Lots of new pics added 2/26/10
Even more new pics added 1/12/12
Gallery of Famous Cartoon Dogs
…And here they are in no particular order other than alphabetically to make it easier for reference.
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