Puns are often used to make amusing cartoon character names, such as Cruella De Vil, which plays on "cruel" and "devil," words that fit her personality in "101 Dalmatians." Other characters include Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," the terrorist Bomb Voyage in "The Incredibles," and Jay Limo from "Cars" and "Cars 2."Continue Reading
Situational comedy can be used alongside character names for comic effect. "The Simpsons" has a repeated joke where Bart makes prank calls to Moe's Tavern, asking to speak to nonexistent patrons. In one gag he asks to speak to Hugh Jass, which is a pun for "huge ass", but is surprised when Mr. Jass takes the phone.
Japanese anime characters are sometimes named using amusing puns. For example, Father Anderson, a Catholic priest character in "Hellsing," is a play on words on "the Father and the Son." Dubbed films often use puns, such as "Kimba the White Lion," which includes Ali the Alligator and Pauly Cracker the Parrot.
Amusing alliterative names are also common. Some Disney examples are Daffy Duck, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit. Others include Woody Woodpecker, Pink Panther and Tony Tiger. The function of alliteration is normally to provide emphasis, but when used with cartoon character names it is usually used to sum the character up using a single adjective.Learn more about Education