What is it about cartoons that captures the imagination of children and adults alike? Take a look at these six cartoon heroes to find out!
By Ram Shankar
Cartoon characters have a way of taking us back to our childhood. They have the power to turn us into children again, as we laugh at their antics and immerse ourselves in their adventures. Here’s a look at six all-time favourite cartoon characters and why we love them.
Mickey Mouse is probably the most popular cartoon character in the world. Mickey, the funny little mouse with his signature red shorts, big yellow shoes and the charming smile, is an icon himself. Created by the legend Walt Disney in 1928 (yes, our charming hero is 88 years old!) Mickey Mouse is a symbol of happiness and has won the hearts of billions of children and adults around the world.
Donald Duck is a friend of Mickey Mouse. Created in 1934 by Walt Disney, Donald has been a part of Mickey’s many adventures. Children love his quack-quack voice, funny walk and explosive temper. Whenever Donald and Scrooge, his rich uncle, team up, there’s bound to be some fun.
Here’s a cat and mouse duo that brings immediate smiles on the faces of children and adults alike. Created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbara, Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse have given countless moments of happiness to people, both young and old. Under the seemingly unending rivalry between the two lies an eternal friendship. These lovely little friends have been spreading the message of love and friendship beyond differences of any kind.
Now for some superhero characters! Spiderman was created by American writer Stan Lee in 1962. Peter Parker, a young high school student, gains superpowers after he’s bitten by a spider. He becomes the ’friendly neighbourhood Spiderman’ and uses his superpowers to help his fellow citizens. Spidey also sends out a valuable message, “With great power there must also come — great responsibility!"
Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1939, is probably the most popular superhero character of all time. Whenever mankind is threatened, Superman rushes to the rescue! Children around the world would have, at least once, clenched their fists and extended one arm in a flying pose, imagining themselves zooming past the world at a dizzying speed. Superman is surely someone that we’d all love to be!
Billionaire Bruce Wayne is actually a vigilante who guards Gotham City as the Batman. The character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger first appeared in 1939. Unlike other superheroes, Batman doesn’t have any superpowers. He relies on his intellect, physical strength, combat skills, state-of-the-art technology and indomitable will. In times of distress for Gotham City, the bat-signal goes up on Gotham’s skies and out comes the Batman on the streets, ready to tackle evil!
Cartoons spread morals, warmth, fun and happiness. Sit and watch them with your children and feel the years melt away!
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