From black and white animations in the 1920s to modern day Disney characters, cats have entertained us on screen for decades. Here is our list of the best animated and cartoon cats in history – some are cute and cuddly, some are dastardly and mean, but they’re all pawesome cats.
Cats on the Big Screen
Felix the Cat
Is Felix the first cartoon cat? Starring in a number of black and white films from the silent era of the twenties, Felix became so popular that he had his own merchandise, and there were even songs written about him!
A group of very sophisticated cats are rescued by an alley cat called Thomas O’Malley in this 1970 Disney film, which contains the song ‘Everybody Wants to be a Cat’.
Si and Am
Although Lady and the Tramp were adorable in Disney’s 1955 film of the same name, I think that the Siamese cats Si and Am were the real stars. A pair of sneaky trouble-makers, they did everything they could to get Lady in trouble with Aunt Sarah.
Voiced by Antonio Banderas, we all know that Puss-in-Boots is the real star of the Shrek films! He was only introduced in Shrek 2, but has been in every one since, as well as television specials and his own prequel Puss in Boots.
Sergeant Tibbs is a tabby cat, and partner of Old English sheepdog the Colonel, in the Disney film 101 Dalmatians.
Cats on the Small Screen
One of the stars of the classic cartoon series Tom and Jerry, Tom tries hard in every episode to get one over on Jerry the mouse. As we know, he always fails!
The cat from The Smurfs comic books and cartoon TV series. Belonging to Gargamel, he sniffs out Smurfs for his master, although often ends up on the receiving end of Gargamel’s temper!
A popular character in the Looney Tunes cartoons (obviously, he’s a cat!), his full name is Sylvester J Pussycat, Sr. Best known for chasing Tweety Bird, his son Sylvester Jnr first joined him in a 1949 cartoon. Sylvester won three Academy Awards, more than any other Looney Tunes cartoon character.
Everyone’s favourite ginger cat, Garfield started life as a comic strip. Living with his owner Jon and Odie the dog, Garfield loves to eat and sleep. And eat. And sleep.
Hong Kong Phooey’s stripy sidekick, it’s usually only down to Spot’s solutions that his master solves the problems he faces.
Another Looney Tunes favourite, Penelope Pussycat is the unfortunate love interest of Pepe Le Pew, partly because she always seems to have accidents that result in a white stripe being added to her bushy, black tail – meaning poor Pepe assumes she’s a skunk too.
Chaos and Mirage
Chaos and Mirage are two of Aladdin’s foes in the animated TV series. Mirage is based around Bastet, the Egyptian goddess, and she rules Morbia as the Queen of Evil. Chaos is more of a prankster than an evil character, and he loves to disrupt the balance with his magic.
What other famous animated or cartoon cats from the big and small screen come to mind for you?
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