Based largely on his movie career, you can't include Daffy Duck - arguably the greatest of all the Looney Tunes, with his scheming and his skiving and his suffering suckatash speech impediment - on this list.
But you can't not include Daffy Duck on this list, and you shouldn't hold it against the character that Warner Bros.
His performance makes this more than yer average, "boy-meets-girl, boy-likes-girl, boy-changes-the-underlying-social-order story".
Stroke of genius The fact that, when he's praised for laughing in the face of death, Z explains that, "Actually, I generally just make belittling comments and snicker behind death's back." Fun fact The story is (very) loosely based on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. How sweet and innocent is Fiver, the visionary rabbit hero of Watership Down?
The moral of the story is that it's best to take pride in your work and do it properly, and also that you should just never clean house because it'll only lead to trouble. ) expression on Mickey's face when his master comes back and discovers the flooded castle, full of enchanted mops.
Fun fact The raised eyebrow and disapproving stare with which the sorcerer greets the havoc his apprentice has caused was referred to as the "Dirty Disney stare" by the animators on Fantasia and modelled on Walt himself.
hasn't found a vehicle worthy of its greatest assets, from Daffy to Bugs to Elmer to Wile E.
How do the newcomers really compare to old hands of earlier eras? The most famous cartoon of all time, all the way down here?
They didn't make him a knight just for the fun of it, you know.
Fun fact In the grand tradition of excruciating puns begun by Nick Park, The books on Toad's shelf are "Warts and Peace" by Leo Toadstool, "Unfinished Verse" by Long Tung, "A Brief History of Slime", and his scrapbooks, "The Tragic History of the Great Great Toad, Vol. Generally speaking when countries are embodied in the form of people, they're big strong muscly men, or women who make up for in weaponry what they lack in coverage around the bosom region.
Why yes, because Mickey Mouse has never been a big character in feature-length animation, and his best performance was in a tiny segment of classical music oddity Fantasia.
Here, he's the over-enthusiastic but under-disciplined assistant to a sorcerer, who tries to take a short-cut when his master is out of town and ends up with hundreds of magical mops flooding his home - and he's wonderful at it.
The best we can do is to mention that he's pretty funny in Joe Dante's Looney Tunes: Back In Action, and that he's on this list because he's Daffy Duck. Criminally underrated, and implicated as the main cause of Aardman's acrimonious split from Dream Works, Flushed Away is actually an enormously fun film, that may not have the soul or finesse of a Wallace & Gromit flick, but which has a joke ratio that's up there with Zucker Abrahams Zucker.