If you were lucky enough to have seen these specials or the movie-length project while growing up, you know how lucky Wallace is to have Gromit. While Wallace was smart, it was Gromit who kept things from getting out of hand.
Though not, technically, a cartoon, we think that claymation is close enough. Whether rescuing his owner from a pair of robot pants, saving him from a shearing-machine gone bad, or helping him on a trip to the moon, Gromit’s eye-rolling love for his owner practically set a standard when it came to silent pets. He’s more down-to-earth than Gromit, and that’s exactly the kind of thing a crazy inventor needs.
Scooby-Doo from “Scooby-Doo”
You know this dog, and you love him. He, along with his best pal Shaggy and their friends Fred, Velma, and Daphne, has been solving mysteries since the sixties. Created and drawn by the famous animator Iwao Takamoto for Hanna-Barbera Productions, Scooby got his name from CBS executive Frank Silverman, based on the nonsensical lyrics from Frank Sinatra: “Dooby dooby doo.”
Able to overcome his many fears in exchange for snacks, he's usually up for adventures. His original voice and mannerisms came from voice actor Don Messick, who did lots of dog voices, including Scooby's nephew Scrappy.
Tweety Bird and Sylvester from Warner Brothers
“Tweety Bird” and the “puddy-tat” that he sees over and over – Sylvester – have appeared in forty-two animated shorts, as well as plenty of TV appearances and even some movies for more than seven decades.
As Sylvester constantly yearns to gobble up the yellow Tweety Bird, he is always, without fail, stymied. Be it falling anvils, Granny's broom, or the strong-armed neighbor dog, Sylvester never gets his treat. Tweety and the poor old puddy-tat have managed to form a bond of odd friendship that is plenty strong.
Woodstock from “Peanuts”
Sidekick and best friend as well as, sort of, pet, Woodstock first appeared in the “Peanuts” comic strip in March of 1966 but didn't earn his name until June of 1970 – almost a year after the famous music festival that provided his name.
Apparently the bird began as a female, but once Charles Schultz came up with the name, the gender changed to male, since the name seemed more masculine. Schultz never divulged what kind of bird Woodstock is, though a few comic strips have ruled out eagle, duck, and American Bittern. Many assume he is a canary like Tweety Bird, but Schultz has never said yes or no.
Snowy from “Adventures of Tintin”
No matter who you are, if you found Tintin books when you were a kid, you fell in love with the globe-trotting reporter and his little white dog. A Wire Fox Terrier, Snowy goes by the name “Milou” in the comic's original French. His bond with his owner is strong, and the two have saved each other's lives multiple times.
While he prefers to stay by his owner's side, Snowy is often separated from Tintin. At the end of the day, they always manage to get back together. The dog was originally cynical in order to balance Tintin's optimism, but after the addition of Captain Haddock, Snowy became more good-natured.