Can You Match These Classic Cartoon Duos to Their Show?


By: Gavin Thagard

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

No matter the task, it's always better to have a buddy by your side as you go about accomplishing it. That's exactly what these cartoon duos set out to do together, as they became integral parts of the stories in their respective cartoons. Sometimes, they weren't even working on the same side, but it's often the chief rivals that make for the best partnerships.

Duos come in many packages, of course. Occasionally, the two characters are the leads in their show. They make the entire cartoon run, and the other characters are just side notes — if they're even in the cartoon at all. Other times, it's the secondary characters who make unique duos. From being sidekicks to the main character to being integral segments in a title character's show, there is a range of cartoon duos who shaped their cartoons in ways you wouldn't even imagine. After all, do you know the only two females in the Mystery Van, or the backup singers who performed in that popular cartoon band you always enjoyed?

Are you ready to dive back into your childhood by challenging yourself with this quiz on classic cartoon duos? If you are, get started, and see if those Saturday mornings in front of the television paid off.

Name the cartoon that had Olive and Swee'Pea as part of the lead family?

In the original comic book strip, Olive Oyl has a much larger family, which consisted of her father, Cole, and her brother, Castor. However, these characters became much less prevalent over time as the cartoon focused more on Olive, Popeye and Swee'Pea.


Do you recognize the show where this cat and mouse engaged in humorous fights in a series of shorts by Hanna and Barbera?

Prior to receiving their current names, Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse were called Jasper and Jinx. The characters were renamed by animator John Carr, who was challenged along with other members of the studio team to come up with better names.


Do you know the cartoon where Wile E. Coyote chased around this long-legged bird?

Considering "The Road Runner Show" is about Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Road Runner, it came as a surprise when creator Chuck Jones said that the Road Runner wasn't Coyote's biggest enemy. Instead, gravity is his main foe, which plays out in most episodes.


Are you familiar with the cartoon that took place in the town of Bedrock, where Fred and Barney were best friends?

Living in 10,000 B.C., Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble were originally designed to look much more like cavemen, with burly beards and messy hair. However, changes were made during development. The characters became clean-cut and more child-friendly.


Can you place these two villains, The Joker and Harley Quinn, into the animated superhero cartoon where they caused havoc?

With captivating villains and intriguing plots, "Batman: The Animated Series" distinguished itself as one of the most celebrated cartoons of all time. The cartoon was honored with several awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.


Despite being siblings, Bart and Lisa are polar opposites in which cartoon?

As part of the opening to "The Simpsons," a sequence of events plays out, often utilizing cultural references, which features Lisa, Bart and the other family members piling on the living room couch. The creators use this opening as a way of making the show longer or shorter to fit the 30-minute time slot.


Can you identify the cartoon that has two scientific geniuses in Dr. Benton and Dr. Zin?

"Jonny Quest" was extremely popular when it aired in 1964, but the show was much more expensive to produce than other Hanna-Barbera cartoons, due to the realistic animation. Since that time, other shows, films and games have kept the characters alive.


An evening in the backyard could turn into a grand adventure for Tommy and Chuckie in which cartoon?

Despite Tommy and Chuckie being boys, both of these characters from "Rugrats" were voiced by women. This choice was made because creators wanted the babies to have higher-pitched voices.


This cartoon takes a different look at classic characters like Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. Can you identify it?

"Muppet Babies" mixed in live action segments to balance out the animation, but it wasn't for creative reasons. Instead, producers knew they could save money by limiting the time spent animating the episodes.


Can you select the cartoon where Optimus Prime faces off against the villainous forces of Megatron?

Optimus Prime and Megatron hit the big screen in 2007 when the film "Transformers" came out. The first film launched a franchise that currently has six entries, with the first five films directed by Michael Bay.


Mushmouth and Dumb Donald are just a few of the kids hanging out in Philadelphia while appearing in what cartoon?

While the Fat Albert gang was being crafted, producers approached NBC about airing the cartoon on Saturday mornings, but the network didn't want to pick the show up because it was viewed as too educational. Instead, producers went to CBS, who jumped on board, airing the first episode in 1972.


Did you watch enough cartoons as a kid to select the show where Tigger and Eeyore engaged in a multitude of adventures?

Already featured in popular children's books, Winnie the Pooh reached new heights when film rights were purchased by Disney in 1961. With Disney at the helm, "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" was released in theaters in 1977, followed by the show "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" in 1988.


Daphne and Velma helped their group of friends solve mysteries while driving around in a van in which cartoon?

In 2004, Daphne, Velma and the other members of the Scooby gang set a Guinness World Record for the most episodes by a cartoon comedy series, at 350. The record has since been broken.


How well do you know the cartoon with Valerie Brown and Melody Valentine featured as backup singers in a popular band?

"Josie and the Pussycats" was based on a comic book series created by Archie Comics, which ran under the same title. The comic book series was created by Dan DeCarlo, who also helped create characters like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Cheryl Blossom.


Can you name the show where this flying squirrel and talking moose are the lead characters?

To find Rocky and Bullwinkle, one would have to travel to the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota. A unique aspect of "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" was that the population of Frostbite Falls was often revised, ranging from 23 to 4,001.


Bugs Bunny and the hunter who chased him, Elmer Fudd, defined classic cartoons when they appeared in which show?

"Nimrod," a word commonly used by Bugs Bunny to describe Elmer Fudd, was actually a character in the Bible. According to the Book of Genesis, Nimrod was a legendary hunter, but Bugs uses the name to mock Elmer, who was far from a legendary hunter.


Do you know the cartoon where Simon and Theodore are often manipulated by their brother to go along with his schemes?

The names Simon, Theodore and Alvin came from three executives at Liberty Records, where Ross Bagdasarian was signed. Bagdasarian used their names for his characters in "The Chipmunk Song," which he won three Grammys for.


With characters like Wanda Li and Arnold Perlstein, field trips never seemed more fun than they did in this cartoon. What's it called?

To create characters for "The Magic School Bus," illustrator Bruce Degen relied on photos from his two sons' classes. Using their elementary school portraits, he designed all of the students in Ms. Frizzle's class.


Crime across the globe didn't stand a chance when the lead character of this cartoon and his sidekick, Corporal Capeman, were on the job. Select the show?

Inspector Gadget's backstory is muddled — it varies with the source. In a trading card game released in 1991, Gadget, named John Brown at the time, was a cop who slipped on a banana peel and fell down a flight of stairs, only to wake up with an altered body.


Are you familiar with the cartoon that shows Skeletor and Evil-Lyn as enemies of the universe?

To keep the characters in "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" relevant, a comic strip was created when the show went off the air. The comic ran from 1986 until 1991, though it only ran in a few newspapers.


Two of the toughest characters in any cartoon, Lion-O and Cheetara were heroes in what series?

With lead characters like Lion-O and Cheetara, "ThunderCats" was promoted as a show that could teach valuable lessons to its viewers, no matter the age or gender. Producers of the show wanted to make this distinction because other shows during the era were viewed as excessively violent.


Gargamel and his pet cat, Azrael, serve as the antagonists in which cartoon about little blue people?

Creators of "The Smurfs" relied on historic sources to name Gargamel and Azrael. Gargamel's name comes from the French writer Francois Rabelais, who wrote a collection of short stories titled "Gargantua and Pantagruel," while Azrael's name comes from the Angel of Death in Hebrew tradition.


Select the cartoon that features Jughead Jones and Reggie Mantle?

The Archies, a fictional band, created several albums that were released in real life. Their song "Sugar, Sugar" even reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969, where it remained for several weeks.


Are you familiar with the fast moving cartoon where Trixie and Sparky are close friends with the lead character?

"Speed Racer" was one of the first Japanese anime to successfully hit the American market when it aired in 1967. Of course, to appeal to an American audience, the Japanese names were changed. The title "Mach GoGoGo" became "Speed Racer." Michie became Trixie, and Sabu became Sparky.


The environment is always in danger with Hoggish Greedly and Rigger running around as antagonists in which show?

The success of "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" led to the creation of the Captain Planet Foundation, which helps with real environmental problems. Though the foundation doesn't battle Hoggish Greedly and Rigger, it does inspire thousands of students and schools to invest in environmental projects.


Can you name the cartoon that shows the ins and outs of life in a neighborhood with characters like Helga Pataki and Gerald Johanssen?

Craig Bartlett received advice from the creator of "The Simpsons," Matt Groening, when he was coming up with the design of his characters like Helga Pataki and Gerald Johanssen. Groening told Bartlett to create characters that someone would notice from a distance, to make them easy to recognize.


Select the cartoon where these two characters, Lee Lee and Mee Mee, are the best friends of the title character's sister?

Dee Dee was the first character created by Genndy Tartakovsky, launching the idea for what would become "Dexter's Laboratory." Her ballerina outfit, part of the original design, became staples for both Mee Mee and Lee Lee.


This chihuahua and cat are the title characters in one of Nickelodeon's first three cartoons. What's the show?

"The Ren & Stimpy Show" helped set up future Nickelodeon cartoons like "SpongeBob SquarePants" for success. When the popular children's network first launched, it was called Pinwheel.


Always there to save the day, Aquaman and Wonder Woman were part of the core group of heroes in which cartoon?

With the slew of superhero movies over the past two decades, Aquaman and Wonder Woman have been gifted their own big-screen features. However, there was a time when the two characters had to settle for being part of a team, like in "Super Friends," where they shared screen time with many heroes.


Identify the cartoon that features two strong but dimwitted villains in Bebop and Rocksteady?

Bebop and Rocksteady missed out on appearing in the 1991 film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" because some thought the pair were too goofy. Luckily, the two finally made it onto the big screen in 2016, when "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" came out.


How well do you know these two characters, Andy Panda and Chilly Willy, and the cartoon where their antics played out?

Andy Panda, Chilly Willy and the title character Woody Woodpecker were all created by the cartoonist Walter Lantz. His cartoons were so popular that he ultimately started his own production company — Walter Lantz Productions.


Are you familiar with this show that has some uniquely hued teenagers in Mosquito "Skeeter" Valentine and Roger M. Klotz?

Jim Jinkins used nontraditional colors on characters like Mosquito "Skeeter" Valentine and Roger M. Klotz to make their race ambiguous. He hoped that this ambiguity would enable the show to reach past the question of race.


Do you remember the cartoon where Princess Ariel frees Ookla from the wizard Sabian?

Disney makes a few key references to "Thundarr the Barbarian" in its own movies. For example, Princess Ariel shares a name with the lead character in "The Little Mermaid." It doesn't stop there, as the premiere episode of "Thundarr the Barbarian" is titled "Secret of the Black Pearl," a name similar to the title of the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" film.


Snagglepuss and Yakky Doddle had their own segments as part of what classic cartoon?

All three segments of "The Yogi Bear Show" were about wild animals and their struggles in their natural habitat. Snagglepuss was a mountain lion constantly on the run from the hunter Major Minor, and Yakky Doodle was a duck that faced off against other animals looking to make it food.


Name this cartoon that forces Goku to team up with his enemy Piccolo when an alien lands on Earth?

"Dragon Ball Z" was one of the most popular Japanese cartoons to ever air in the United States. With a mixture of humor and kung fu, the cartoon was different than anything to ever hit American television, creating a franchise that's renowned worldwide.


If you watch the lives of Judy and Elroy, the future looks bright. Pick the cartoon where this future comes to life?

Because of its bright colors, "The Jetsons" really was a show of the future during an era where most televisions were still back and white. The show was canceled in 1963 after only one season, but additional episodes were produced in the 1980s so the show could be syndicated.


Can you name the cartoon where Keith Kogane and Princess Allura become the rulers of Arus?

Back when studios had to trade material through tapes, the creators of "Voltron" were trying to get inspiration, so they asked Toei Animation to send them a copy of "Mirai Robo Daltanious." The studio accidentally sent "Beast King GoLion" instead, which the "Voltron" creators enjoyed so much that they decided to use it as inspiration.


Identify the cartoon where Jan and Jace serve as sidekicks to the show's main hero?

"Space Ghost and Dino Boy" only ran for 20 episodes when it first appeared on CBS in 1966. The series inspired several new shows later on, like "Space Stars" and "Space Ghost Coast to Coast," the latter of which revolutionized Cartoon Network.


The feud between Punkin' Puss and Mushmouse heats up with every episode in which cartoon?

Like many other classic cartoons, "The Magilla Gorilla Show" consisted of separate segments. Aside from the segment that includes Magilla Gorilla and the one featuring Punkin' Puss and Mushmouse, there was a third segment involving a sheriff named Ricochet Rabbit and his deputy Droop-a-Long.


What's the name of the show that begins with Rosemary and Sergeant Flint engaged in a phone call about a crime?

A janitor at a police department, Hong Kong Phooey always got the first scoop on a case when Rosemary and Sergeant Flint discussed the crime over the phone. Phooey, whose real name is Penry, made his transformation from janitor to superhero by jumping into a filing cabinet.


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