Many of the most iconic cartoon characters ever, were created during the Golden Age (1927-1963). Many generations have grown up with these classic characters and while people get older (and eventually die), these characters remain forever young.
However, artist Andrew Tarusov has re-imagined the most famous classic cartoon characters as what they would really look like if they looked their actual age. So, without further I ado, have a look and enjoy:
Bugs & Lola Bunny - Age 77 (1938-)
Bugs Bunny first appeared in the animated short movie Porky's Hare Hunt, which was released on April 30, 1938. The character, which later became an American cultural icon, as well as a corporate mascot of Warner Brothers, was developed by Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones and Robert McKimson. Furthermore, Bugs was originally voiced by "The Man of a Thousand Voices" - Mel Blanc.
On the other hand, Lola Bunny, first appeared in the 1996 film Space Jam, so she is actually still very "young." The character was created by Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris, Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick and has been voiced by Kath Soucie (Space Jam - 1996, Tweety's High-Flying Adventure - 2000), Kristen Wiig (The Looney Tunes Show; 2011-2014) and Rachel Ramras (Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run - 2015).
Tom & Jerry - Age 75 (1940-)
Tom and Jerry were created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and their first appearance was in Puss Gets the Boot, which was released on February 10, 1940.
A fun fact about Tom & Jerry is that during the series' original run, they won seven Academy Awards for Animated Short Film, which means that they are tied for first place with Silly Symphonies with the most awards in this category.
Donald Duck - Age 82 (1934-)
Everyone's favorite anthropomorphic white duck - Donald, was developed by Dick Lundy, Fred Spencer, Carl Barks, Jack King and Jack Hannah. Donald's first appearance was in The Wise Little Hen, which was released on June 9, 1934.
Over the years, Donald Duck has been voiced by Clarence Nash (1934–1985) and Tony Anselmo (1985–present) and beyond animation, he has established himself as an extremely popular comics character.
Mickey & Minnie Mouse - Age 87 (1928-)
Mickey Mouse is arguably the most famous cartoon character ever created. He was originally created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and further developed by Floyd Gottfredson, Les Clark and Fred Moore. The official mascot of The Walt Disney Company's first appearance was in the animated short film Plane Crazy, whose first test screening to a theater audience was held on May 15, 1928. Over the years, Mickey Mouse has been voiced by actors such as Walt Disney, Jimmy MacDonald, Wayne Allwine, Bret Iwan and Chris Diamantopoulos.
On the flipside, Minnie (Minerva) Mouse officially first appeared in the immensely successful Steamboat Willie, which was released on November 18, 1928. However, she was also present in the aforementioned film Plane Crazy, which couldn't be released until March 17, 1929. Over the years, Minnie has been voiced by thespians such as Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Ruth Clifford and Russi Taylor.
Goofy - Age 83 (1932-)
The ever clumsy and eccentric Goofy was created by Walt Disney and Frank Webb and his debut was in Mickey's Revue, which was released on May 25, 1932. However, in this film he appeared as Dippy Dawg, who is older than Goofy would come to be. Later the same year, he was re-imagined as a younger dog, now called Goofy, in the short The Whoopee Party.
Goofy has been voiced by actors such as Pinto Colvig, George Johnson, Tony Pope and Bill Farmer.
Daffy Duck - Age 78 (1937-)
One of Warner Brothers' most famous cartoon characters - Daffy Duck was created by Tex Avery and his first appearance was in Porky's Duck Hunt, which was released on April 17, 1937.
He has been voiced by actors such as Mel Blanc, Jeff Bergman and Joe Alaskey.
Tweety & Sylvester - Age 73 (1942-)
Tweety was created by Bob Clampett (original) and Friz Freleng (final redesign). Tweety first appeared in A Tale of Two Kitties (1942) and his species and gender have always been rather ambiguous and debatable. Over the years Tweety has been voiced by Mel Blanc, Jeff Bergman, Joe Alaskey and Bob Bergen, among others.
On the other hand, Sylvester was created by Friz Freleng and he has been voiced by actors such as Mel Blanc, Joe Alaskey Jeff Bergman and Patrick Pinney. His debut was in Life With Feathers (1945) and his many appearances in cartoons have earned him the distinction of being a three-time Academy Award-winner.
Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote - Age 66 (1949-)
Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner were created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese and first appear in Fast and Furry-ous, which was released on September 17, 1949.
Wile E. Coyote was first a silent character, but he has subsequently been voiced by Mel Blanc, Joe Alaskey, Dee Bradley Baker and Daran Norris, while Mel Blanc, Paul Julian, Dee Bradley Baker and Frank Welker have voiced The Road Runner.
Daisy Duck - Age 75 (1940-)
Daisy Duck was created by Carl Barks and introduced in the short film Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940). She was incorporated into Donald's comic stories a few months later. Since then, Jack King and Don Rosa have further developed the character.
Moreover, Daisy has been voiced by actresses such as Gloria Blondel, Kath Soucie, Diane Michelle and Tress MacNeille.
Porky Pig - Age 80 (1935-)
Porky Pig is the oldest continuing Looney Tunes character and the first Warner Bros. cartoon character to reach superstardom. He was created by Friz Freleng and debuted in I Haven't Got a Hat (1935).
Last but not least, Porky Pig has been voiced by thespians such as Joe Dougherty, Mel Blanc and Bob Bergen.