Friday's Top Five: Animated misfits
October 21st, 2011
11:10 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Animated misfits

From the moment Disney’s Steamboat Willie short enthralled audiences back in 1928, cartoons have been an indelible part of American culture. We couldn’t get enough of these whimsical animations, many of which reflected uplifting cartoon escapades.

Not today, however. In honor of Charlie Brown's annual return to TV next week with "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," we're celebrating the top five animated anomalies who weren't made of rainbows and cheer.

Whether you find them depressing, grumpy, melancholy or simply misunderstood (as we like to call them), tell us which characters we missed with your own list in the comments.

1. Charlie Brown - Let’s see, his famous line is “good grief,” and he wasn’t even happy on Christmas. On the bright side, he inspired the hilarious “Charlie Brown walk” gag on “Arrested Development.”

2. Moe Szyslak – I’ve strayed from “The Simpsons” in recent years, but some of my favorite moments occurred when we were given glimpses of Moe’s miserable existence. The most hilarious sad sack on the list, Moe is lonely, bitter and prone to oversharing.

3. Casper The Friendly Ghost – You just had to root for this adorable apparition with the meek voice and pudgy cheeks. After trying to find a friend and getting rebuffed every time, finally the cutest fox joins up with Casper but then, ZOMG - hunters KILL the fox.

And just when you think it couldn’t get any bleaker, Casper is BURYING his dead pal! Welcome to post-war children’s entertainment.

4. Eeyore – I'll admit, I don't get Eeyore. Hundred Acre Wood was an idyllic hamlet where an abundance of honey-fueled animals teamed up for mischievous adventures. What’s not to like? It’s not like somebody FORCED Eeyore to make his house out of flimsy twigs.

5. Daria Morgendorffer – Daria’s deadpan delivery was an awl puncturing the social fabric of any situation. She was Charlie Brown on steroids and became the queen of the disaffected, ironic crowd.

Honorable mentions: Grumpy Bear (at least he was honest about it), Meg Griffin, Wile E. Coyote (eventually you just started feeling bad for the guy), Dave Seville from “Alvin & The Chipmunks” (he could really use a decompression day at the spa), and Garfield.

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  1. Guest

    Garfield sucks
    Heathcliff is the only orange cat I recognize

    November 3, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Judy Espinosa

    that is the most funny thing to say so i love the movie and it is the amaing thing so i love the movie and i so alsome and yo like it to

    October 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hermey

    Why am I such a misfit,
    I am not just a nitwit,
    you can't fire me, I quit,
    That's why I don't fit in.

    October 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bella

    @LMAO – got a bug up your a$$??

    October 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lmao

    Joyce is a along with bella, missy, wendy, fernace...there u have ur 5 misfits...lmfao!!

    October 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Murph3000

    One name tops them all. Philip J. Fry.

    October 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. outawork

    Casper must have been really young when he died.

    October 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. idkwhodidit

    How can you overlook Homer Simpson? Then there was that "Doug" character on nick.

    October 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. luz


    October 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lila

    Meg Griffin doesn't even fit into her family.

    October 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    "I say, Doo Dah, I say, Doo Dah"

    October 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. msyellarose

    Hey, don't forget Shleprock and Droopy!

    October 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gei Buttersnaps

    Poor Moe. I remember that episode too. I can see why Charlie Brown was depressed too. He was like 8 and bald as hell lol

    October 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joyce

    Care bears. Rainbow brite. Smurfs. My litte pony. GI Joe. Pound puppies. Tom and Jerry. Geeze, the list could go on and on!

    October 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaymo

      Joyce I think you're missing the point. We are looking for MISFITS. Look it up and try again.

      October 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  16. audrey

    what about Squidward? He's always in a bad mood! I love Squidward! LOL!

    October 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Diana

    Grumpy Smurf! "I HATE lists about misfits that don't include me."

    October 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. volksmaniac

    You are just pathetic . The rest of us can't even enjoy a few moments of humor , without someone with an unhealthy fixation interjecting some political B.S.....

    October 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  19. n2video


    October 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jj

    He wasn't animated, but Joe Btfsplk from Little Abner was the original person with the dark cloud over his head. And how about Saturday Night Live's Debbie Downer?

    October 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Joyce

    Jiminy (sp) cricket. "I'm no fool no siree I'm gonna live to be 103 I play safe for you and me cuz I'm no fool"

    October 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Frankenstein

    Droopy the Dog was found hanged today at his West Hollywood condo. The cartoon actor had been despondent for decades, as a profession, and finally gave up, hanging himself with a leash once owned by Rin Tin Tin.

    October 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Among the mourners at the funeral was Red Hot Riding Hood, who claimed to have had a long-term relationship with him. An arguement ensued when Jessica Rabbit showed up that was only broken up by the timely intervention of Officer P-Porky P-Pig. This was followed by the eulogy read by Thomas "Tom" T. Cat and Jerome "Jerry" T. Mouse. His will, which was read shortly after left all his props to Wile E. Coyote in hopes that he would put them to good use.

      October 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jason

    Daria = Diarrhea. What total crap. The cave man from Eek the cat

    October 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Andrea M

    Land Before Time shattered me as a kid. I also remember Fox and The Hound being severely depressing.

    October 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Alan Ginsberg

    I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.

    October 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Double J

    You'd be a mopey puss, too, if you had a pin rammed into your rump 24/7!

    October 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Leaf on the Wind

    Daffy Duck
    Yogi Bear
    Hardy Har Har
    Elmer Fudd
    Boris and Natasha
    Dudley Dooright

    This list was waaaayyy too short.

    October 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Where are you Scooby?

      October 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      Yeah, Bullwinkle was consumed by existential angst all right.

      October 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • P-Town

      You forgot Droopy and Chilly Willy the Penguin.

      October 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaymo

      The topic was "Misfits" not "A Bunch of Old Cartoon Characters". Your list is pretty sad if thats who you think of as Misfits. And you can think of more too?

      October 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Frankenstein

    I did an image search on her. OMG there are a lot of people who apparently had inappropriate thoughts about her besides you. I am currently poking myself in the third eye in hopes of wiping away the images.

    October 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |

    Love those 7 dwarves–especially stupid–mean Dopey. And what happened to Road Runner–Beep-Beep!!!

    October 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Going In Circles

    Poor pigpen.
    No matter where he went, that dark cloud always followed him around.

    October 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • P-Town

      The "cloud" was under him, not over him. He's filthy and that's all dirt he brings with him.

      October 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  31. lauren

    Dale Gribble (King of the Hill)

    October 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Frankenstein

    You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Foghorn Leghorn

    I don't, I say I don't NEED your love, honey. I got, I say I got my BANDAGES to keep me warm.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Furseal

    You used his moniker but missed him on the list Sad Sack, the original for whom the term was coined!

    October 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Junkpile

    North American Marlon Brando Look Alikes?

    October 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Frankenstein

    Heard about the little Greek boy who ran away from home because he didn't like the way he was being reared? Uh-huh. He came back because he couldn't bear to leave his brother's behind.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  37. HockeyMinny

    Was Johnny Quest home-schooled? I mean his dad was always dragging him to some jungle to solve some problem. How about Hadji? Was he Johnny's age? ...And that Race Bandit... who names their kid Race?

    October 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Race Bannon*, Bandit was the dog. And yes, what kind of father drags his kid around to life-threatening situations on a regular basis?

      October 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  38. bup

    Is Carl Williott under the impression that "Steamboat Willie" was the first cartoon? Not by a long shot. Koko the Clown, Bimbo, Krazy Kat, and Gertie the Dinosaur were in many cartoons before Mickey Mouse came about.

    October 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      Actually the Fleischer Bros cartoons were at the same time as Disney. Check out Betty Boop's "old man of the mountain" cartoon on youtube, or "Poor Cinderella."

      October 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bup

      "Check out Betty Boop's "old man of the mountain" cartoon on youtube, or "Poor Cinderella.""

      What does that prove? Check out Koko the Clown: "The Tantalizing Fly" (1919), "Gertie the Dinosaur" (1914), "Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus" (1916), and Felix the Cat: "Feline Follies" (1919).

      Koko the Clown and Fitz/Bimbo were Fleischer and date from the late teens.

      October 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  39. ZanderTheGr8

    Diarrhea cha cha cha!!! Diarrhea cha cha cha!!!

    October 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  40. KajinPL

    I just randomly remembered this, but I'm sure no one recalls "Halloween Night is Grinch Night".

    October 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Joyce

    Wile E Coyote reminds me of a certain blogger. Lmao:)

    October 21, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Mary

    That Casper is the most depressing cartoon I have ever seen. I actually cried watching it.

    October 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      I remember thinking "God, they show this to little kids?" It's philosophically horrifying. Die and you become a THING with only sketchy memories of existence, haunting some random place.

      October 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd420

      Of course they showed that to kids. Just watch Disney's "Bambi". The cries of Bambi calling "Mother" in the snow-covered woods still fills my eyes with tears.

      October 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  43. OhSnap

    Eeyore was clinically depressed because he had no tail – that's kind of serious when you think about it.

    October 21, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • phearis

      Yeah..... I'm depressed I don't have a tail either. End of the road... nothing to do... and no hope of things getting better. Sounds like Saturday night at my house.

      October 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • WTH?

      I know you're right. That's why I'm having mine injected with tummy fat. soon as I can afford it...

      October 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Eeyore had a tail. It just kept falling off. However, as opposed to being clinically depressed, I found him to be clinically depressing and an enabler of others problems. He brought out the doubt in the totally innocent Pooh. He added to the feelings of insecurity on the part of Piglet. He added to the obsessive compulsions of Rabbit. He caused more maternal worry on the part of Kanga. He took the joy out of Roo and Tigger and their play.

      October 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Daria = win

    She may have been weird to many, but she was as real as it gets...

    October 21, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |

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