With the news that Paddington Bear is making a cinematic comeback this Christmas and animated superhero Danger Mouse returning to our TV screens in 2015, we’ve picked out our other favourite children’s characters that we’ll never (ever) tire of.
Long before Sandi chic took over our wardrobes and our homes, these Moominvalley-dwelling, Hippo-like characters had our hearts. And it's not just us. Ever since Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson invented them and Moomins and the Great Flood was published in 1945, more than 15 million books have been sold around the world.
He may have been created in 1928, but Mickey Mouse's energetic positivity makes him possibly the most famous animated character of all time – and the enduring mascot of Walt Disney all over the world.
This plasticine penguin may not say much, but we love him all the same. Like, even more than our kids. He even inspired a rap song ‘Pingu Dance’ (by, erm, David Hasselhoff).
If anyone advocated eating carrots with the most success, it was trickster Bugs Bunny… Now an American cultural icon, he even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The most iconic animated dog of all time? Snoopy made his first appearance in 1950 as a canine master of disguise, World War One flying ace, hip hop aficionado and even space adventurer. Awww.
We never looked at spinach in the same way after watching Popeye The Sailor Man's pecs pop. He's been guzzling the stuff since 1929.
The colony of little blue Smurfs first gained recognition in a Belgian comic and TV franchise in the 50s. An eighties recording deal notwithstanding, they’re now stars of the Big Screen too, with two films released since 2011.
The Powerpuff Girls
The cute Cartoon Network superheroes Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles were on a mission to save the world before bedtime from 1999-2005 – and fans will be happy to know that they’ve been called back into action by the network with new adventures being planned for the trio.
Tom and Jerry
Will clumsy Tom Cat ever catch slippery Jerry? The classic tale of cat and mouse, first created in 1940, is one of the most iconic animations of all time. A new series is rumoured to be being developed by Warner Bros., taking slapstick comedy cartoon into a more contemporary setting. *Intrigued face*
Is it the sketches? The characters? The abundance of ‘hunny’? The tale of Pooh Bear and his friends Christopher Robin, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore is about as quintessentially British as they come.
‘Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter’. Beatrix Potter’s classic tales inspired generations of children since their publication in the early 1900s (and made us all want to own a pet rabbit).
Scooby Doo where are you?? The goofy animated cartoon series following the mystery solving exploits of Shaggy, Scooby, Fred, Velma and Daphne have had us hooked for years.
Yabba dabba doo! The Flintstones came to TV screens in the 60s and we’ve been following his caveman exploits with wife Wilma and neighbours Barney and Betty Rubble ever since. They make for pretty good fancy dress inspiration too.
Friend (and occasional arch-rival) of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck was another favourite in the Looney Tunes family. Bugs may have got all the glory, but we couldn’t help but love hapless Daffy and his endearing lisshp.
Who knew toddlers were so adventurous? A firm feature on our TV screens in the 90s, the Rugrats followed a group of toddlers and their day-to-day lives.
The leader of the Manhattan Alley Cats, Top Cat was always up to mischief.
The Wind in the Willows
We love Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad of Toad Hall as much as they did back in 1908, when The Wind in the Willows was first published.
Has your household been a Frozen frenzy? From knowing every lyric to Let it Go, to that now-iconic Elsa costume, it’s safe to say this Disney film has been a big hit with children all across the nation.
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