50 Most Adorable Cartoon Characters


  • Mr. Magoo

    Just look at his squinched-up eyes, those arched eyebrows, that little-old-man smile. Don’t you just want to give the visually impaired Mr. Magoo a big hug? You know, after you make sure he gets a spot in an assisted living facility?

  • Rudolph

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is Rankin/Bass’s most enduring cartoon creation. And Rudolph, with his nose so bright, makes a loveable yuletide underdog (underdeer?). As he exclaims after receiving a compliment from a reindeer babe named Clarice: “I’m cute! I’m cute!” Yes, you are, buddy.

  • Droopy

    Tex Avery’s animated basset hound has a voice that could send even the happiest person straight for a bottle of Prozac. But there’s something about the way he waddles and those heavy-hanging cheeks that manages to turn most frowns upside down.

  • Egghead Jr.

    The son of Miss Prissy and buddy to Foghorn Leghorn, Egghead is pure, impressionable innocence in a super-big pair of spectacles. And yes, the recent Walt Disney version of Chicken Little does bear a strong resemblance to this Loony Tunes character. Clearly Disney knows a good-lookin’ chicken when it sees one.

  • Augie Doggie

    There are plenty of reasons to adore Hanna-Barbera’s Augie Doggie. He has a sweet smile. He looks like a beagle, and we all know that beagles rule. But the main thing that makes him so cute? The way he calls his pops, Doggie Daddy, “dear old dad.”

  • Flower

    I can’t vouch for how this fellow smells. But Bambi’s woodland friend, with those big, beautiful, shy eyes, is precious to his skunky core.

  • Pebbles

    We enter the top 10 with perhaps the cutest baby in cartoon history. Sure, Bamm-Bamm Rubble was cute, too. But he was so : aggressive. With her bright red hair all tied up in a bone, and her gentle goo-goos and ga-gas, Pebbles Flintstone is a doll. At least she was until she entered teenhood and starred on that silly “Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.”

  • Gus

    Cinderella’s mouse with the mostest, Gus is chubby, goofy and the most huggable character in this classic Disney fairy tale. Yes, even more huggable than Prince Charming.

  • Winnie the Pooh

    The Hundred Acre Wood, as portrayed in the Disney cartoons based on A.A. Milne’s stories, is filled with cute characters: Tigger, Roo, Piglet. But it’s Winnie the Pooh – with his rumblies in his tumblies and the sweeter-than-honey voice, as originally created by Sterling Holloway – that will always be the most delightful.

  • Woodstock

    Snoopy is undeniably lovable, but with his Joe Cool attitude, he gets a little too much attention. That’s why Woodstock, the beagle’s bright yellow bird-buddy with the mussed mop of feathers and a tendency to squawk when he appears in animated form, seems even cuter. Because he’s not trying to be.

  • Cindy Lou Who

    “Santy Claus, why? Why are you taking our Christmas tree? Why?” When the Grinch eventually has an epiphany after committing a handful of felonies in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it’s due in no small part to the charms of little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two. I mean, who could watch her bat those eyelashes and not, eventually, decide to carve the roast beast?

  • Nemo

    His stubborn determination, not to mention that one endearingly deficient fin, make audiences repeatedly root for this clown fish, Pixar’s cutest creation so far.

  • Chilly Willy

    As was made clear by entry #20, animated penguins are dang cute – and none are cuter than Chilly Willy, with his perky pom-pom hat and endearing waddle.

  • Boo Boo

    Nearly every sentence he says starts with, “But Yogi:” And, by the way, why is he wearing a bow tie in the middle of Jellystone Park? Doesn’t matter. The whole package makes Boo-Boo cuter than the average bear.

  • Tweety

    “I did! I did taw a puddy tat!” I mean, please. Cartoon character catchphrases don’t come much cuter. Consider Tweety’s humongous baby blues and the fact that he never fails to outsmart Sylvester, and it’s obvious why this tweet wittle biwd proudly swings in the number two spot.

  • Thumper

    The little bunny rabbit who teaches Bambi how to ice-skate is undeniably adorable. Thanks to the voice work of young Peter Behn, he’s also got one of the most infectious cartoon laughs in history. But here’s why he ranks No. 1: In a film that is absolutely wrenching in its depiction of loss, Thumper represents nothing but pure joy.

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