Can You Name These Cartoon Characters of the '50s and '60s?

By: Bambi Turner

About This Quiz

What kid who grew up in the '50s and '60s didn't wake up on Saturday mornings, excited to watch the latest antics of some of the best cartoon characters to have ever been created!

Coupled with the fact that most homes in America had televisions sets during the decade between 1950 and 1960, beloved characters like Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, and dozens more became household names -- many of which are still famous today!

It can be argued that many of the classic cartoons from those early years were the inspiration for many of the cartoons kids watch today.  And while the technology was nothing like it is today, those beloved characters and cartoons didn't need high tech to make them lovable and memorable.

Do you remember the name of the space-age dad on "The Jetsons"? What about Rocky and Bullwinkle? Can you even look at a rabbit without says, "What's Up, Doc?" Who do you think of when you hear "Yabba dabba doo!"  Can you recall who was "the wonderful, wonderful cat"?

If these cartoons conjure up memories you hold near and dear to your heart, then this quiz is for you.

We've picked 50 of the best cartoon characters from the '50s and '60s and placed them in this quiz.  How good is your memory when it comes to naming these classic cartoons and their beloved characters?  There's only one way to find out.  Take the quiz now!

Ha-ha-ha-HA-ha! Known for his gorgeous red plume and characteristic laugh, Woody Woodpecker was originally voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc. He first appeared in cartoon shorts at the movie theaters before landing his own series, "The Woody Woodpecker Show," in 1957.

Rocky was a flying squirrel who appeared in "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," which ran from the late '50s through the mid-'60s. Rocky and his friend Bullwinkle the moose lived in the icy town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, which had a serious Russian spy problem for some reason.

Dudley Do-Right first appeared on "Rocky and Bullwinkle" before getting his own show in the late '60s. The Canadian Mountie rode a horse named Horse and tried to protect his love, Nell, from his nemesis, Snidely Whiplash.

Peabody and Sherman, a segment on "Rocky and Bullwinkle," turned the dog-owner relationship on its head. In this series, Peabody was a genius canine who adopted a sweet red-headed boy named Sherman.

Who says the hose has to carry the sheriff around on his back? On "The Quick Draw McGraw Show," the horse was the sheriff. With the help of his deputy, Baba Looey, and a bloodhound named Snuffles, Quick Draw McGraw kept order out in the wild west on this early '60s series.

Tom Terrific had his own segment on "Captain Kangaroo" in the '50s. He lived in a treehouse with his sidekick, Mighty Manford the Wonder Dog, and used a magical thinking cap to have wild adventures around the world.

Huckleberry Hound was a blue dog with a southern accent and a dapper straw hat who had his own cartoon series from 1958 to 1961. The slow-moving canine spent his days trying out different jobs and singing classic tunes like "Oh My Darlin'."

You better watch your picnic baskets! Yogi bear, who first appeared on "The Huckleberry Hound Show" in the '50s, was so popular that he got his own series in 1961. He and buddy Boo-Boo worked hard to relieve campers at Jellystone Park of their picnic baskets, despite the best efforts of Ranger Smith.

"The Adventures of TinTin" was inspired by a classic Belgian comic featuring an adventurous young man named TinTin. The series premiered in the U.S. in 1963, and featured the young reporter traveling the world with his dog, Snowy.

"The Gumby Show" ran from 1957 to 1959. The claymation series starred a green fellow named Gumby, his orange horse, Pokey, and his dog, Nopey. Together, they took on a group of bad guys called the Blockheads.

Residents of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, had better guard their secrets carefully. According to the '50s series, "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," the town is a hotbed for Russian spies, including the evil Natasha and her partner, Boris.

Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy appeared as a segment on "The Quick Draw McGraw" show in the '50s and '60s. The young Augie worked hard to make "dear old dad" proud, while Doggie Daddy did everything he could to be a good single father.

Dino was a Snorkasaurus owned by Fred and Wilma on "The Flintstones." He loved to play with Pebbles and Bam-Bam, and to leap into Fred's arms every night to welcome him home from work.

"Colonel Bleep" was one of the very first animated color TV series. It premiered in 1957 and featured the title character, an alien from planet Futura, living with his pals on Zero Zero Island.

Hokey Wolf appeared on "The Huckleberry Hound" show in the '60s. A dedicated con artist, Hokey spent his days trying to secure free food and lodging with the help of his buddy, Ding-A-Ling Wolf.

Baba Looey was another classic character from "The Quick Draw McGraw" show. The miniature Mexican burro wore his sombrero and spoke with a thick accent as he served as Deputy to Sheriff Quick Draw.

Every good cartoon character needs his noble steed, and Gumby was no exception. Pokey was an orange clay horse who became Gumby's best pal after Gumby saved him when he was stuck on some railroad tracks.

Chilly Willy was a character who had his own segment on "The Woody Woodpecker Show." The poor guy lived in Alaskan -- which would have made him the only penguin there, since penguins don't really live in Alaska. He spent much of his time trying to stay warm while feuding with a dog named Smedley.

Felix the cat dates back to the silent film era, and finally got his own TV series in 1958. The black and white feline used a secret bag of tricks to solve problems and keep his nemesis -- The Professor -- at bay.

Deputy Dawg was a cartoon Sheriff with his own '60s series. He started off working in a town in Florida, but moved throughout the south as the series progressed, fighting villains like Muskie Muskrat, Vincent van Gopher and Moley Mole. He spent about as much time at the jailhouse as he did fishing for catfish.

Finally, a superhero for cat lovers! Courageous Cat and his sidekick, Minute Mouse, had their own series from 1960 to 1962. A clear Batman parody, the pair lived in the Cat Cave, drove the Cat Mobile, and relied on the Cat Signal to tell them when Empire City was in trouble.

Popeye has been getting kids to eat their spinach for more than half a century. The series "Popeye the Sailor" premiered in 1960, and featured the tough sailor himself, plus girlfriend Olive Oyl. Bad guy Bluto had his name changed to Brutus in this series due to copyright issues.

Yabba Dabba Do, that's Fred Flintstone to you. Fred lived in the town of Bedrock, right next door to his best friend Barney Rubble. He worked as a dino-crane operator at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company.

The series "Davey and Goliath" was sponsored by the United Lutheran Church, so there's no surprise that it was filled with moral and religious lessons. It featured a boy named Davey who had claymation adventures his his dog, Goliath.

Mister Magoo was a rich retiree with really, really bad eyesight. His eyes were so bad, they got him into all kinds of scrapes on his '60s TV series, leaving his butler, Charlie, tasked with saving the day each time.

Bugs Bunny has been asking, "What's up, Doc?" since the 1930s, appearing in various movie shorts. In 1960, "The Bugs Bunny Show" premiered on TV, featuring not only Bugs, but also other favorite characters like Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the Roadrunner.

The "Top Cat" show ran from 1961 to 1962, and featured a fierce feline who led a gang of cats in Hoagy's Alley in NYC. According to the show's theme song, he's effectual and intellectual -- but only his friends get to call him T.C.

Dick Tracy was a beloved comic strip character when he got his own cartoon series in the early '60s. Using his wristwatch radio, he coordinated his crime-fighting skills with partners like Hemlock Holmes, Heap O'Calorie and Joe Jitsu.

Snagglepuss appeared on "The Yogi Bear Show" in the early '60s. The pink mountain lion was known for his catchphrase, "Heavens to Murgatroyd!"

"Beany and Cecil" ran from 1959 to 1962. Cecil the sea serpent helped keep the young Beany out of trouble, often exclaiming, "I'm a comin' Beany Boy!"

Bullwinkle hails from Moosylvania, but on "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," he lives in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota. In the series, which ran from 1959 to 1964, Bullwinkle uses his mighty moose muscle to help his buddy, Rocky, save the day.

Tennessee Tuxedo was a penguin who appeared on "Tennessee Tuxedo and his Tales" in the early '60s. Along with buddy, Chumley, he lived at the Megapolis Zoo, and caused frequent problems for Zoo Director Stanley Livingston.

Casper had been a long-time comic book star when he showed up on "The New Casper Cartoon Show" in 1963. The series also featured the trouble-making ghostly trio, plus Wendy the good little witch.

There's no need to fear, Underdog is here! On the '60s cartoon series, "Underdog," a mild-mannered Shoeshine Boy was transformed into a superhero named Underdog to save Sweet Polly Purebread from dastardly villains.

"Hoppity Hooper" ran from 1964 to 1967. It starred a frog and his friends -- a scheming fox and bugle-playing bear -- who were hoping to strike it rich in the town of Foggy Bog, Wisconsin.

How much is that gorilla in the window? On the '60s TV series "The Magilla Gorilla Show," a hopeful gorilla spent his days sitting in the window at Marvin Peebles' pet shop, just waiting to get adopted. Instead, he found himself repeatedly purchased and returned by unscrupulous customers.

"Linus the Lionhearted" was a cartoon series that ran from 1964 to 1966. Considering that the entire cast was made up of cereal company mascots, it could be considered more commercial than cartoon. In addition to Linus, the show featured Sugar Bear, Rory Raccoon, So Hi, and Lovable Truly.

"The Atom Ant" show premiered in 1965. It featured a tiny superhero named Atom Ant who fought bad guys such as Ferocious Flea, Rowdy Dowdy, and a surprising number of mad scientists.

"Milton the Monster" aired from 1965 to 1968. Created by Professor Weirdo and Count Kook, poor Milton was similar to Frankenstein, except he was made with an excess of tincture of tenderness -- making it difficult for him to understand the true monster lifestyle.

You may known him from "Space Ghost Coast to Coast," but this character actually dates back to the mid-'60s. With the help of his assistants, Jan and Jace, and their monkey, Blip, Space Ghost defeats enemies like Zorak, the Black Widow and Creature King.

Cool McCool was a goofy spy who still managed to nab the bad guys -- similar to the bumbling agent in "Get Smart." He took his orders from his boss, Number One, and relied on his secretary, Friday, to keep him on track.

The 1967 series, "Batfink," featured a grey bat in a yellow superhero costume with a bold "B" on his chest. He lived in a cave with his sidekick, Karate, and together they chased down villains in the Battillac.

In the '60s series, "Shazzan," Chuck and Nancy ride across the desert on a flying camel named Kaboobie. To summon Shazzan the genie, they must join two halves of a magic ring together.

"The Archie Show" premiered in the late '60s. It featured such classic comic book characters as Archie Andrews, his two loves, Veronica and Betty, his buddy, Jughead, and the rest of the Riverdale gang.

"Scooby Doo, Where Are You!" premiered in 1969. It starred a dog named Scooby traveling with his friends in a van dubbed the Mystery Machine, solving crimes and taking down the bad guys.

"Sabrina the Teenage Witch" was an Archie spin-off starring Sabrina Spellman and her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. The series also featured a Groovy Ghoulies segment until the Ghoulies got their own show in the '70s.

The Pink Panther found huge success at the box office in the early '60s, prompting an animated series that premiered in 1969. The show featured both the aristocratic feline and a detective named The Inspector, plus his assistant, Sergeant Deux-Deux.

Meet George Jetson..."The Jetsons" was the space-age counterpart to "The Flintstones," and featured George, Jane, Judy and Elroy -- plus Astro the dog and a robot maid named Rosie.

"Roger Ramjet" premiered in 1965 and ran for five seasons. It featured a soldier named Roger Ramjet who relied on PEP -- Proton Energy Pills -- to give him the energy he needed to beat the bad guys.

Superman has been a childhood icon since the 1930s. In the late '60s, "The New Adventures of Superman" brought the man of steel to a whole new generation of kids. It featured Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and their friend Jimmy Olsen.

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