Old geezers like Stephen and I who remember the good old days of Saturday morning cartoons, and the most cynical of us will occasionally complain about the fact that there’s no longer any funny violence in animation, nor do the characters get to be as terrible to one another as Tom & Jerry or Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.  Certainly there’s something to be said that cartoons weren’t always AIMED at children, and so the sight of Daffy Duck getting his face blown off was designed to appeal to viewers old and new, whereas today’s cartoons have an expectation that they teach lessons and help the young’ns to be better people and such…  Plus, it was funny when they smacked each other about the head, which leads us to today’s rassum-frassum query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds ‘Duck Amuck’ to be the best example of a rivalry in the history of the visual medium, asking: Which cartoon character makes the best cartoon adversary of all?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I’ve always had a soft spot for Marvin the Martian. Something about his low-energy exclamations just hits my funny bone the right way.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Bugs Bunny. He’s the fly in the ointment of so many who just want to see their simple plans reach fruition.

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