FAMOUS MOVIE MASCOTS
FAMOUS MOVIE MASCOTS
Mascots are mainly used in sports and sporting events and hence they are not widely known in the film and entertainment industry. Most which are known only appear occasionally for advertising purposes and therefore they fade as fast as they have come and therefore they don't stick around to get known properly by their audience. However, We have several Mascots that have been around for a long time and they are and they were part of us all the way from childhood till now. They are entertaining and they remain our favorite mascots ever. However, Most people don’t realize that these mascots represent different film companies and this is a cool factoid everyone should know. Below, we explore some of the movie mascots and their parent companies.
Bugs Bunny is quite synonymous with those who watched Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. These animated films were produced by Warner Bros whom Bugs Bunny happens to represent. He is a typical rabbit and he is famous for his flippant nature, Brooklyn accent and his portrayal as a trickster. His famous phrase “Eh…What’s up, doc?” is also frequently associated with him. He was an American cultural icon during the golden age of American animation and was bequeathed the honor of being the official mascot for Warner Bros Entertainment. He is also considered one of the most recognizable characters in the world. Bugs appeared in 160 cartoon shorts which were produced between 1940 and 1964. He is the 9th most-portrayed film personality in the world and also has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Mickey Mouse is a widely popular cartoon character created in 1928 by Walt Disney and the official mascot of the Walt Disney Company. He is known for his signature red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves. He is also among the world’s most recognizable fictional characters. His first debut film was Steamboat Willie. He has appeared in over 130 films and has featured occasionally in feature length films apart from his animation short films. He has also appeared in various comic strips and comic books which ran for over 45 years. In most of his films, he appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto and his friends Donald Duck and Goofy and lastly his nemesis Pete. He was originally characterized as a cheeky lovable rogue before being rebranded to a nice guy and an honest and bodacious hero.
SPONGEBOB SQUARE PANTS
SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most famous mascots and characters in American animated television series. His signature shape, color and attire makes him stand conspicuously. He is the official mascot of Paramount Pictures, his parent company. He is characterized by his optimism and childlike attitude that makes him very excited all the time. He was designed and created by a marine science educator and artist known as Stephen Hillenburg. SpongeBob SquarePants premiered in 1999 through a pilot release known as Help Wanted. He is very popular among kids and adults alike. He has been frequently named as one of the greatest cartoon characters of all time. Patrick Star is his best friend.
ALEX THE LION
Alex the Lion is the main mascot of DreamWorks entertainment company. He is the main protagonist in the hit cartoon show Madagascar. Alex is an African lion and was raised in the wild plains of Africa before being captured by poachers and ending up in New York City where he was sent to the Central Park Zoo. At the Zoo he became one of the most popular exhibits. He makes a brief cameo appearance in the single special episode of The Penguins of Madagascar. He is also the self proclaimed king of the New York City Central Park Zoo. He is very energetic and he is able to marshall support with the people around him. He also has good leadership skills and he manages to lead a full circus while alone.
Pink Panther is one of the most revered cartoon characters and he also doubles up as the official mascot of MGM. He appears in all films of the highly loved and enjoyed series Pink Panther. His name was derived from a valuable pink diamond that had a flaw that showed a figure of a springing panther when light was shone to it in a particular way. He also played various spin-off franchises and theatrical shorts which were largely popular. His signature pink suit is also very synonymous with him and has been used widely.
Woody WoodPecker is also one of the famous movie mascots out there. He is the official mascot for Universal Pictures. He is part of the golden age of American animation and he is also present till to date where he continues to entertain both kids and adults. He is a woodpecker as his name suggests. His design evolved over years from a garish design to an insane bird to the more refined and current look.He has a signature look of a red crown, white gloves and yellow feets complete in a black and white body. He has a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard. Woody WoodPecker also made a cameo appearance alongside other famous cartoon characters in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Woody and his friends are also placed as icons at the Universal Studios Theme parks worldwide and in Spain at PortAventura Park.
Wreck-it-ralph was the 20th Century Fox mascot. He played the role of a villain who rebels against his “bad guy” stereotype and dreams of becoming a hero. Ralph was a typical huge guy who wore dungarees to complete his looks. He is mistreated but he is determined to win a medal and earn some respect.
Jimmy Neutron is the official mascot of CBS Films. He is the main character in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. He has his signature distinctive gravity-defying hairstyle and also a ridiculously high IQ of 210. He is considered to be one of the most intelligent people in his town of Retroville. His silver-gray robot dog is his companion everywhere he goes. The dog is named Goddard. Also, Neutron has a perennial rivalry with Cindy who makes fun of him because of his height. He is 11 years old and he also has a rocket ship called the Strato XL.
Underdog was the Focus Features' official mascot. His character was humble and lovable and he was a dog superhero. He spoke in rhymes and his red and blue suit with a ‘U’ insignia in the middle resembled that of Superman. He always graced the screen on early Saturday mornings where he entertained both adults and kids who watched his show eagerly. His alter ego appears when his love interest Sweet Polly Purebred is being victimized by villains such as Simon Bar Sinister or Riff Raff. His famous phrase is “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!”. Wally Cox was the one who voiced him.
Dracula is the main mascot of Columbia Pictures. He is a vampire and he owns a resort called Hotel Transylvania. This resort is hidden from human beings and he intends to use it to raise his daughter Mavis in a safe environment. The hotel and resort act as a getaway where monsters bring their families away from frightening humans. He wears the stereotypical vampire cloak that completes his look and he rarely comes out during the day because of the sun's rays. Dracula has a wife and child in his movies. When his movie starts, the Torch lady in the Columbia Pictures logo turns into a vampire hat.
LOUIE THE SWAN
Louie the Swan is the official mascot for TriStar Pictures. He is a mute trumpeter swan who plays the trumpet to produce some nice sweet music. His signature look of teal eyes and yellow hair on his head makes him distinctive. He also has gold wingtips and tail feather tips. His trumpet which is gray in color is his life saving medal. When he was a cygnet, he had cream colored feathers which later mutated to golf tipped later on as he grew.
Some of the mascots mentioned above are famous in the movie scenes and there are high chances you have come across one or two along the way. They belong to major film companies and some are still entertaining us to date.