The best of minorities in cartoons: Thanksgiving

Wild Kratts in episode "Turkey Day"

In this “best of” minorities in cartoons entry, I’ll look at how various minority characters have celebrated or been involved with Thanksgiving. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving This 1972 “Peanuts” special features Franklin. This one’s memorable just for the fight between Snoopy and the lawn chair, plus the snack food Thanksgiving meal. The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: Movember

Comic book shop display

Movember is an annual month-long event during November. Movember involves men growing mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues (depression, cancer, etc.)—the term “Movember” is a portmanteau of the British English spelling of “mustache” (“moustache”) and “November.” As such, I thought it’d be interesting to list some minority cartoon characters (out of the ones I’ve already … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: Talk shows

Dave Stevens and Tina Ames

With David Letterman’s final talk show this week, I thought I’d list a few examples of favorite characters who’ve made appearances on (in-universe) talk shows of some sort. Cleveland Brown Cleveland created his own talk show on an episode of “The Cleveland Show.” Cyberchase Jackie, Inez, and Matt all have appeared on a cyberspace talk … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: Women in STEM


This week, it’s a round-up post, featuring the minority girls and women I’ve written about so far who’re involved in some way in STEM areas. It’s also a nice way to round out Women’s History Month. STEM, of course, is short for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” and there’s been plenty of recent press about the lack … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: How the characters saved Christmas

Doc McStuffins

Merry Christmas, everyone! I thought I’d look at how various characters I’ve written about have “saved Christmas.” It seems to be mandatory for cartoon characters to save said holiday. For some reason, it’s more “endangered” than every other holiday. So, let’s look at how our heroes and heroines have saved the 25th of December. Doc McStuffins … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: the March on Washington

NAACP - The Future Is In Your Hands

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the African-American civil rights march held in Washington, DC that saw Martin Luther King give his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. I thought I’d make this week’s post a compilation of previous posts about the Black civil rights movement: Martin Luther King in animation: … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: Superman


In honor of the Man of Steel and his extensive supporting cast, let’s look back at my various entries for minorities within the Superman mythos. Ron Troupe Ron Troupe is of Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s coworkers at the “Daily Planet.” Franklin Stern and Morgan Edge Two men who, at different points, have both owned the … Read more