An Alphabetical Guide to Our Favorite "Funny Animals," From Ape to Zazu

  1. A: Ape, George Of The Jungle
    The most intelligent inhabitant of George’s jungle who always gets dragged into his human friend's slapstick adventures.
  2. B: Bugs Bunny
    Don’t we all wish we were Bugs Bunny? Hilarious, almost never rattled, and getting the best of everyone he encounters: Warner Bros.’ signature cartoon character is one for the ages.
  3. C: Chip
    While Dale is the dimwitted, bucktoothed one, Chip is the ’munk with the brain, a quick thinker who can be a little bossy.
  4. D: Droopy
    Surrounded by some of the wildest action MGM ever put on screen, Droopy is the calm in the eye of the storm, the counterpoint to frenetic cross-country dashes, gravity-defying reactions, and other outrageous sight gags.
  5. E: Eeyore, Winnie The Pooh
    Life isn’t always sunshine and honey pots, and everybody either knows an Eeyore, or is one themselves.
  6. F: Foghorn Leghorn
    A lazy, know-it-all chatterbox with a knack for talking his way out of trouble, Foghorn Leghorn built on the rudiments of his inspiration, Kenny Delmar’s blustery Dixie politician Senator Claghorn.
  7. G: Garfield
    Naysayers like to shit on Garfield for his banal obsessions with lasagna and Mondays, but for kids reading the funny pages in the ’80s and ’90s, the fat orange tabby’s more basic qualities just made him easier to understand.
  8. Hobbes, Calvin And Hobbes
    Whether Hobbes is a stuffed tiger or a real, man-eating beast, well, that’s for the reader to decide.
  9. Itchy, The Simpsons
    Itchy and Scratchy were conceived as an ultra-violent send-up of Tom and Jerry (among other cat-and-mouse duos), and they remain ultra-violent send-ups of Tom and Jerry, demonstrating that the one trait of their inspiration that they mimicked the best is their longevity.
  10. J: Julien, Madagascar
    From the moment that the Madagascar animals first encounter King Julien leading his many followers in the annoyingly catchy “I Like To Move It,” that royal lemur pretty much walked away with the entire movie series.
  11. K: Krazy Kat
    That a simpleminded cat and his unrequited love for an exasperated mouse can still resonate so strongly, more than a hundred years since its creation, is testament to the power of Herriman’s work.
  12. L: Lowly Worm, The Busy World Of Richard Scarry
    Lowly’s a great character, all nattily attired and up for anything. Scarry’s widow even said that Lowly was her late husband’s favorite creation.
  13. M: Mickey Mouse
    Mickey Mouse is simply the Funny Animal that started it all.
  14. N: Norbert Foster Beaver, The Angry Beavers
    Norbert’s humor is arguably second to his handsomeness—he’s the all-American blond with a great head of hair from Nickelodeon’s The Angry Beavers—but subtle suits him, allowing him to absorb some of his brother Daggett’s off-the-wall comedy.
  15. O: Opus The Penguin, Bloom County
    Berkeley Breathed learned the lesson that so many other newspaper cartoonists haves grasped before him, that it’s easier to sell satire to the American people if it comes with a healthy side of cute.
  16. P: Plankton, SpongeBob SquarePants
    Given bellowing life by SpongeBob writer-actor Doug “Mr. Lawrence” Lawrence, Plankton is the show’s perennial comic MVP, an aquatic Napoleon who’s married to a computer and singularly obsessed with a rival restaurateurs’ secret recipe.
  17. Q: Quick Draw McGraw
    He was a horse with a big heart and a small brain—as lovable as he was preposterous.
  18. R: Rocket J. Squirrel, The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show
    A naive Boy Scout type in an aviator helmet, Rocky The Flying Squirrel represents all-American optimism in that most Cold War of cartoon series, The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.
  19. S: Snoopy, Peanuts
    For the most part, Peanuts was narrowly focused on handful of moody kids in a small exurban neighborhood, but Snoopy’s adventures ranged from Petaluma to France—even if he never actually left the top of his doghouse.
  20. T: Tigger, Winnie The Pooh
    Winnie The Pooh’s boisterous friend, taken straight from A.A. Milne’s books, adds a jarring dose of energy to the Hundred Acre Wood.
  21. U: Underdog
    With his droopy uniform and oversized cape, Underdog is more comedic than imposing, especially considering how much collateral damage he generally incurs while attempting to save the day.
  22. V: Vlad Vladikoff, Horton Hears A Who!
    n unnamed eagle in Dr. Seuss’ book, Vlad really comes into his own in the movie, offering Horton’s most exciting adventure sequences as the benevolent elephant (voiced by Jim Carrey) tries to save the Whoville speck from Vlad’s menace.
  23. W: Wile E. Coyote
    Among animals that make us laugh, Wile E. Coyote is a rare breed, indeed. His seemingly inexhaustible inventiveness (not to mention bottomless bank account) has been directed toward one end: chasing the Roadrunner.
  24. X: X-Bugs, Peter Porker
    As with most of the Peter Porker characters, the X-Bugs weren’t much more than a simple joke, but they were an adorable one—especially for anyone who’s ever wanted to see Cyclops, Storm, and Nightcrawler with tiny antennae.
  25. Y: Yogi Bear
    He’s the kind of charming, good-natured character you’ d be happy to throw back some beers with, that is, if alcohol were permitted in Jellystone Park.
  26. Z: Zazu, The Lion King
    Timon and Pumbaa get the lion’s share of the attention, but Zazu is the wittiest among The Lion King’s cadre of comic relief.