Cartoon Fun Facts

Did you know that Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy? Donald Duck is a personal favorite for most of us, but I bet you didn’t know his middle name. Neither did we. But not to worry, we’re going to learn so much more. Buckle up! 

We all have a child that lives within us. This child can be brought to life by different things that we may engage in, that remind us of our childhood days.  They tickle us in a special way, make us laugh, and remind us how it felt to be little- for those of us who are grown already.

Cartoon Fun Facts For Kids and Adults in 2023

 Regardless of the era and place you grew up in, whether America, Canada, Australia, Africa among other parts of the world, there’s a good chance that you have a soft spot for cartoons that you really enjoyed.

Just like kids, adults can also enjoy their favorite cartoons on any day really, it could be on holidays like Halloween, Christmas, or  Thanksgiving among many others. You probably remember the lines of your favorite characters and the songs that played in the cartoons. 

However, there are so many cartoon facts you’re probably not aware of. 

We have compiled some fascinating cartoon facts and trivia questions for you that we’re sure you’ll enjoy and perhaps re-watch your favorite, no worries, we’ll blame it on nostalgia. 

Let’s get to it.

Cartoon fun facts

  • How much of your plate should you fill with fruits and veggies?


  • Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.
  • Superman, Spider-Man and Batman are the three most popular American superheroes known and beloved worldwide.
  • The longest-running primetime animated series is the Simpsons, which began in 1987.
  • Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear trousers.
  • Hulk was Originally Grey and not Green.
  • Chuckie's Mum Wasn't Always Dead In Rugrats
  • The Voice Actor Of Caillou Died Aged 17
  • A Banned Tiny Toons Episode Featured Drunk "Children"
  • Mojo Jojo Was Voiced By Ghostface
  • Ed, Edd And Eddy Were Shown Looking At Magazines
  • "Sally Brown" Was Voiced By Fergie In 1984 And 1985
  • Roadrunners Aren't Actually Fast
  • The Flintstones Advertised For A Cigarette Brand
  • The show Johnny Bravo (1995) was based of creator Van Partibles’ thesis film, Mess O’ Blues (1993), an animated short film about an Elvis impersonator.
  • Craig Bartlett, creator of Hey, Arnold! (1996), based the girls in the show on girls he liked and disliked when he was a kid.
  • The Krusty Krab restaurant in Spongebob Squarepants (1999) is built inside a lobster trap.
  • When John Kricfaluci was asked if his cartoons Ren and Stimpy were gay, he replied “I don’t know if they’re gay or not, that’s their own business.”
  • The airplane nose dive sound in cartoons is inspired in the Ju-87 Stuka, which had a siren attached to its fuselage to frighten soldiers when bombing.
  • The place that cartoon characters store things, just to pull out of thin air, is known as “Hammerspace”.
  • Walt Disney personally hated the Goofy character and found its cartoons to be stupid. The only reason he didn’t axe the character is that it gave work to so many animators.
  • Bebop & Rocksteady were added to the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon because the toy company wanted more characters to sell.
  • Frank Welker is the original voice for the animated cartoon character Fred from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969) and 47 years later continues to voice him (and now Scooby) for the new cartoon adaptations.
  • The Flintstones was the most profitable network cartoon franchise for 30 years before being unseated by The Simpsons. – Source
  • Beavis and Butt-Head were named after the creator, Mike Judge's, childhood friends.
  • Reptar has been voiced by a well-known rapper.
  • "Hey Arnold!" had some everyday inspirations.
  • "Doug" was originally supposed to be a children's book.
  • The crew of "The Simpsons" once sent flowers to the crew of "South Park."
  • "Johnny Bravo" served as a writing gateway for a few famous cartoon creators.
  • Mickey Mouse was almost named Mortimer
  • In Sing (2016), Mike the Mouse is eaten at the end by the bear who had been chasing him throughout the whole movie.
  • In Frozen (2013), Elsa’s castle changes color with her emotions. Blue symbolizes her happiness, red is fear, and yellow is anger.
  • In Hercules (1997), as Meg and Hercules are walking in the park, Meg gets poked by Cupid’s arrow. It illustrates that she’s falling in love with him.
  • In Beauty and the Beast (1991), Belle agreed to be locked up for the rest of her life in Beast’s castle to save her father but didn’t agree to marry Gaston for that time.
  • In Tangled (2012), the lantern that is launched by Rapunzel’s parents reaches her.
  • Zootopia is obsessed with Frozen too: In Zootopia (2016), you can spot 2 baby elephants wearing the costumes of Anna and Elsa from Frozen (2013).
  • In Finding Dory (2016), the bag with the shrimp is the only one that is completely clean since he’s a skunk cleaner and eats bacteria.
  • Sid from Toy Story (1995) grew up to be a garbage man who appears in Toy Story 3 (2010).
  • In Up (2009), the colors of the movie reflect Carl’s mood and attitude.
  • In Hercules (1997), Zeus’ statue started to smile after he met Hercules.
  • In Ratatouille (2007), Remy sees how a man kisses a woman after she threatens to shoot him. Later, when Colette gets angry, Remy makes Linguini kiss her the same way to calm her down.
  • In Shrek the Third (2007), Fiona’s secret door makes her father’s statue kiss a horse’s butt when it’s opened.
  • In Anastasia (1997), in the scene where she’s dancing in the abandoned palace, she is the only one who has her reflection on the floor since she’s the only real person in the room.
  • In The Little Mermaid (1989), when Ariel saves Eric, he sees her backlit which makes her hair appear dark. Later, Ursula makes herself dark-haired just the way Eric saw Ariel.
  • In The Lion King (1994), Simba eats a bug with his pinky up, which indicates his manners since he’s a royal.
  • In Toy Story (1995), the pattern of the carpet in Sid’s house is exactly the same as the floor in The Shining (1980).
  • In The Lion King (1994), Zazu says that Scar would make a nice throw rug. That’s exactly how he appears in Hercules (1997).
  • In The Boss Baby (2017), when Tim gets a younger brother, the number on his shirt changes from 01 to 02 which reflects he’s not his parents’ priority anymore.
  • In Brave (2012), one of the arrows Merida shoots cuts her cheek as it goes out.
  • If you want to buy the first Super Man comic, it will cost you at least $150,000.
  • In Japan, more paper is used to print comic books than to make toilet paper.
  • All the Professors in Pokemon are named after trees.
  • It was Walt Disney’s wife who convinced him to change the name of his character from ‘Mortimer Mouse’ to ‘Mickey Mouse’!
  • The Pokemon Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are based on Bruce Lee and Jakie Chan.
  • Mel Blanc insisted on chewing real carrots to provide the chomping sounds when he voiced Bugs Bunny.
  • Before Pixar settled on Toy Story, other names suggested include Made in Taiwan, Moving Buddies, and Toyz in the Hood!
  • The most syndicated comic strip was Peanuts by Charles Schulz (the US) appears in 2,620 different newspapers in 75 different countries.
  • In 1991 Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse, married Russi Taylor—the voice of Minnie.
  • The most expensive animated film was The Prince of Egypt (1998, the US), which cost 60 million dollars to make.
  • One of the 150,000 colour cells from Disney’s Snow White (USA 1937) was sold in 1991 for $203,000.
  • If Barbie (the doll) was life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33.
  • Pluto (the dog from Disney) was originally called “Rover”.
  • Crusader Rabbit was the first animated series, airing from 1949-1951.
  • Mickey Mouse was originally named Mortimer Mouse and in 1936, Disney created a character named Mortimer Mouse who was Mickey’s enemy.
  • Fred and Wilma Flinstone were the first TV couple to sleep in the same bed.
  • The cartoon character Zorro, originally created by Johnston McCully, has made appearances in 69 films.
  • Pinocchio is Italian for “pine eye”!
  • The comic known as Peanuts was originally known as Li’lfolks
  • Walt Disney got his idea for Mickey Mouse while he worked in a garage. He was watching the mice play one night and got the inspiration for Mortimer Mouse. He didn’t change the name until shortly before he finished the first Mickey Mouse cartoon – the 1928 “Steamboat Willie”.
  • Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.
  • Wilma Flintstone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble’s Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
  • Superman, Spider-Man and Batman are the three most popular American superheroes known and beloved worldwide.
  • The longest-running primetime animated series is the Simpsons, which began in 1987.
  • Jim Davis’ Garfield is printed in 7 different languages.
  • The man who voiced for Optimus Prime also gave voice to Eeyore and Nintendo’s Mario.
  • Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.
  • Every 5th book published in Japan is a comic.
  • “Keep ’em flying” was a slogan in World War 2, it was also the battle cry of Wonder Woman.
  • Hulk was Originally Grey and not Green.
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