In your opinion what would you say is the top 15 most known, famous and legendary cartoons of all time, this is my top 15:
15. UnderDog 14. Popeye 13. Garfield 12. Alvin & The Chipmunks 11. Superman (Would have been higher on the list but the cartoon wasn't really as popular as the movies, shows or comic books. Same goes for Batman & Spiderman) 10. Rocky & BullWinkle 9. The Flintstones 8. Scooby Doo 7. Winnie The Pooh 6. Charlie Brown 5. He-Man 4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3. Mickey Mouse (and his pals) 2. Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes\Merrie Melodies) 1. The Simpsons
(Keep in mind I am thinking in terms of 'to this day' and to this day I think The Simpsons stood the test of time better than Mickey. A few years ago Mickey or Bugs would have been #1 but you don't here their names as much anymore)
As in your other post about famous cartoons, I don't get how you can say Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse hasn't "stood the test of time" as well as the Simpsons, that makes totally zero sense, considering they are golden age cartoons that are still well known by both the old and the young. They've been around way longer than the Simpsons, so it makes zero sense that somehow the Simpsons "stood the test of time better" than Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny.
It's fine if this is a list of your top 15 favorite cartoons, but since you're asking what's the most famous or now "legendary," I don't see how you can make a case at ALL that He-Man is more famous and well know than Superman, Batman and Spider-man, He-Man isn't anywhere near their level. Again, if you happen to like He-Man, that's fine, but saying he's more famous than Superman...that's just totally absurd. Same has to be said for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I happen to be a HUGE TMNT fan.
But to answer your question, when I think of most well known cartoons, what comes to my mind (and I am not doing a list of least to greatest, so this is in no excat order).
The Flintstones Betty Boop Donald Duck Daffy Duck Porky Pig Kermit the Frog and the Muppets Popeye Woody Woodpecker Tom and Jerry Mickey Mouse Bugs Bunny Superman Batman The Simpsons
A case could also be made for Spongebob Squarepants where or not you like him personally, but he's still fairly new. The Simpsons are fairly new compared to my list of other well know cartoons. But I listed them cause of the fact that they've been on the air for 25 plus years and are of course hugely well know. Spongebob is still to modern to be considered "legendary" though.
Ya know keerjeerclacko, I like your point of view even though I don't agree with your list rankings. You are very forward looking by recognizing the coming generational shift in popular entertainment icons.
Many of the best known characters of the last century will be just a footnote by the end of this century.
But everyone on Retro Junk can look forward to future recruits discovering the past for themselves, as time marches on - you can count on that!