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The Namesakes of 10 Legendary Drawn Characters

1. All the Simpsons, excluding Bart, were named after the family members of creator, Matt Groening. Father Homer Groening, mother Marge and sisters Lisa and Maggie.
2. Nemo, the clown fish in Finding Nemo was named after Captain Nemo, a character in Jules Verne's novels: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island.nemo.jpg
3. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were each named for a different Renaissance artist: Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo.tmnt.jpg

4. Huckleberry Hound was named after Huckleberry Finn, from Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnhuck.jpg
5. Calvin and Hobbes were named after John Calvin, the 16th C. French theologian, and Thomas Hobbes, the 17th century English political philosopher.calvinhobbes.jpg
6. Yogi Bear was named after Yogi Berra, the Yankees' hall-of-fame catcher.yogi.jpg
7. Pepe Le Pew was named after Pepe le Moko, the protagonist in a novel by Henri La Barthe of the same name. Moko is slang for a man from Marseilles.Pepe.gif
8. The Chipmunks were named after three Liberty Records executives: Alvin Bennett, Theodore Keep and Simon Waronker. Liberty was the real trio's original label, before they were turned into cartoon stars.chipmunks.jpg
garfield_1.gif 9. Garfield was named after creator Jim Davis's grandfather, James Garfield Davis, who'd been named after U.S. President James Abram Garfield.

bullwinkle.jpg10. Bullwinkle J. Moose was named after Clarence Bullwinkel, a car dealer that the moose's creators, Jay Ward and Alex Anderson, knew. (BTW: the J. is from Jay, I believe.)

If you have others to add to this list, by all means, slap "˜em down in the comments. We'd love to hear about them!

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You Can Still Visit This Forgotten Flintstones Theme Park in Arizona
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Amy Meredith, Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0

Like many pop culture institutions of the 20th century, Hanna-Barbera’s The Flintstones hasn’t been relegated to just one medium. The animated cast of America's favorite modern Stone Age family sold cigarettes, starred in a live-action 1994 film, and inspired all sorts of merchandise, including video games and lunchboxes. In 1972, it also got the theme park treatment.

Bedrock City, located 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon in Williams, Arizona, was the brainchild of Linda and Francis Speckels, a married couple who bought the property and turned it into a 6-acre tourist attraction. Concrete houses were built to resemble the Flintstone and Rubble residences and are furnished with props; a large metal slide resembles a brontosaurus, so kids can mimic the show’s famous title credits sequence; and statues of the characters are spread all over the premises. The site also doubles as an RV campground and parking site.

A Flintstones theme park house
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A statue of Bam-Bam at the Flintstones park in Arizona
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A statue of Wilma Flintstone at Bedrock City in Arizona
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When it first opened, Bedrock City employed actors to stay in character, but the remote location proved challenging to retain both employees and visitors. Over the past four decades, it's had a steady stream of tourists, but not enough to turn a huge profit. Atlas Obscura reports the attractions are in various stages of disrepair.

Linda Speckels put the property up for sale in 2015 with an asking price of $2 million, but it has yet to sell. One possible hold-up: The new owner would have to negotiate a fresh licensing deal with Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. for the right to continue using the show’s trademarks. (A separate Flintstones park in South Dakota, owned by another member of the Speckels family, was sold and closed in 2015.) With its proximity to the Canyon, the 30 total acres could be converted into almost anything, from a mall to a golf course. For Flintstones enthusiasts, the hope is that the park’s unique attractions won’t be reduced to rubble.

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Watch Terry Gilliam's 1968 Animated Christmas Card
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In 1968, future Monty Python member Terry Gilliam was kicking around London, working as an animator. He was asked to put together an animated segment for a Christmas show, so he hopped over to the Tate and photocopied a bunch of Victorian Christmas cards for inspiration. The resulting film, The Christmas Card, is brilliant, bizarre, and delightful. Enjoy some pre-Python madness from the master:

If you liked that, check out Terry Gilliam explaining his animation technique in 1974.

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