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Garfield, Sylvester, Snagglepuss,Garfield & Nermal
Salem Saberhagen, Heathcliff, Felix
Striped and bulgy-eyed comic strip cat known for his obnoxious comments,
hefty appetite, and lazy lifestyle. Often played nasty tricks on his
owner Jon and fellow family pet Odie, the dog. Garfield had an
obsession for lasagna!
Garfield was created by cartoonist Jim Davis in 1977, (the strip
first appeared in print on June 18, 1978). Davis' inspiration
for Garfield probably came from his childhood on a farm near
Fairmont, Indiana where he was surrounded by some 25 cats. The
Garfield character is named after Davis' grandfather, James A.
His idea of a daily routine is sleeping, eating and occasionally
biting a mail man or two just for the fun of it. Garfield is owned
by a young cartoonist named Jon Arbuckle who also owned a happy,
slobbering little dog named Odie whom Garfield perpetually taunts.
Sylvester & Junior
Black and white cartoon cat who often sputtered Sufferin' succotash!"
when he was thwarted by his main adversary, Tweety Pie, the canary.
Although he tried millions of tricks, he never got the canary and always
wound up being the fall guy.
Sylvester starred in numerous Warner Brothers cartoons.
He made his debut in Life With Feathers (1945). Sylvester's son,
Junior was introduced in Pop!, I'm Pop (1950).
Sylvester and Tweety first met in the Academy Award winning
cartoon Tweetie Pie (1947). Other cartoon antagonists to taunt
the scrawny kitty cat were Speedy Gonzales the Mexican mouse;
Hippety Hopper the Kangaroo; and Porky Pig.
The animated figure of Sylvester was based on the executive
producer Johnny Burton.
The character of Snagglepuss originally appeared in 1959 as a
minor character on episodes of Quick Draw McGraw, Augie Doggie,
and Snooper & Blabber (this episode introduced Snagglepuss's
nemesis the master hunter Major Minor). The character proved to
have such appeal that he was given his own segment on The Yogi
Bear Show when it premiered in 1961. Snagglepuss's favorite
sayings were "Exit stage left" and "Heavens to Murgatroid." In
the '70s and '80s Snagglepuss appeared with other Hanna-Barbera
stars on shows like Yogi's Gang (1973), Scooby's All-Star
Laff-A-Lympics (1977-1979), and Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985-1988).
Salem is really a warlock, who after attempting world domination,
got sentenced to 100 years as a cat by the witches' counsel.
The reason Salem is a cat is because he's being punished. He was
a witch like Aunt Hilda and Zelda. But he tried to take over the
world and didn't succeed. His punishment was to spend 100 years
as a cat with no magical powers.
Salem was forced into confessing his Scheme for World Domination
at the witches' counsel due to their use of truth sprinkles.
Salem starred on the TV series, "Sabrina The Teenage Witch"
which appeared in 1996 through 2003. Melissa Joan Hart played
the role of Salem's teenage friend, Sabrina, also a witch.
Snide, sneaky cat on the Saturday morning cartoon series Heathcliff and
Dingbat 1980-81 and Heathcliff And Marmaduke 1981 - 82.
Heathcliff lives with the Nutmeg family whose household includes
Grandpa, Grandma, sister Marcy and a youngster named Iggy. The
Heathcliff character originally debuted on September 3, 1973 in a
comic strip created by cartoonist George Gately. The mischievous cat
spawned a variety of spin-offs including a series of paperbacks
featuring Heathcliff cartoons as well as the animated film Heathcliff
the Movie 1985. When not overturning trash cans, eating seafood,
romancing Sonja, his pretty Persian cat girlfriend, or chasing mice,
Heathcliff spends his time battling a bulldog called Spike.
Felix The Cat
Felix The Cat
Felix the Cat first hit the screen on November 9, 1919, in Feline
Follies. The mischievous feline, created by Otto Messmer for the
Pat Sullivan Studio, rocketed to fame, holding a spot as the
world's most popular cartoon character until the advent of Mickey
The wild, witty cartoons made during this period included
such classics as Felix in Hollywood (1923), Felix Switches
Witches (1927), and Comicalamities (1928). They were released by
Paramount Pictures (1919-21), M. J. Winkler (1922-25),
Educational Pictures (1925-28), First National (1928-29), and
Copley Pictures (1929-31).
When his screen career faded in the 1930s, he spent a few decades
in a memorable series of comics; during that era, Messmer's
assistant Joe Oriolo rose to the forefront, later to produce the
TV series about Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks. Today, Felix most
recently lit up the screen in the Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat,
a warped series of feline yarns produced by Film Roman, Inc.
The Cat In The Hat
The Cat In The Hat
The Cat in the Hat (1957) is a book in rhyme about a fictional
cat created by Dr. Seuss. He appears to conduct a reign of terror
one rainy day while two children's mother is away. Bringing with
him Thing One and Thing Two, his zany antics make quite a to-do.
He does every trick a naughty child might wish, vainly opposed by
a conscientious fish. The mischief he does makes quite a big
mess, but he cleans the house up on his way out, as you'd guess.
He made a return appearance in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
(1958). With Little Cat A, Little Cat B, and Little Cat C.....from which
the cats at PetCareTips were named!
Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes was a popular comic strip written by Bill Watterson.
The strip is based on Calvin, a 6 year old boy, and his tiger, Hobbes.
The comic strip changed the way Americans viewed the proverbial face
of comic strips. Through witty humor and truely hilarious observations,
Watterson showed the world that comics can be intuitive and intellectual,
yet still funny. First syndicated in 1985, Calvin and Hobbes was
carried by over 2,400 newspapers. Almost 23 million Calvin and
Hobbes books have been printed.
On December 31, 1995 the last Calvin and Hobbes strip was published.
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