- The Mystery Machine - Scooby-Doo, Where are You!
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Perhaps the most famous of all animated shows on television, the series was based on the lives of Fred "Freddie" Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville "Shaggy" Rogers as they went about solving mysteries that invariably turned out to be not-so-mysterious at all... and they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids!
Of course, the five characters needed a way to get around, and they did so with style in the Mystery Machine, a classic '70s-era van painted up in blue and green and covered with flowers. So beloved is the Mystery Machine that it was voted as the best fictional car of all time in a 2006 survey conducted by Toys R Us. How can we argue with that? Click above to continue.
Bumblebee - Transformers
- Bumblebee - Transformers
- To the latest generation of Transformers fans, Bumblebee is a new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. That's a bit of a shame, since true aficienados of the original animated series that aired from 1984 until 1992 will forever remember the Autobot as an old yellow Volkswagen Beetle that always seemed to be getting himself into a bit of trouble but always came through in the end. In any case, while we could have picked a number of characters from this series, Bumblebee remains one of the most popular Transformers characters in history, earning him a solid spot on our list of animated cars. Click above to continue.
The Canyonero - The Simpsons
- The Canyonero - The Simpsons
- Ah, the Canyonero. Introduced in the 15th episode of the ninth season of The Simpsons, the Canyonero is an obvious spoof on America's then-current fascination with oversized sport utility vehicles... and it's brilliant. The Canyonero was so well-liked by the animated show's producers that an extended sequence was created with background music performed by Hank Williams Jr. himself. Wanna watch? Of course you do. Click here to see the Canyonero spot in its entirety.
Fred Flintstone's Car - The Flintstones
- Fred Flintstone's Car - The Flintstones
- The Flintstones is one of America's true classic animated series. Hanna-Barbera's cartoon about a "modern stone age family" originally aired from 1960 until 1966, though it's still possible to pick up the series in syndication from time to time. One of the reasons for the show's popularity was that it often depicted modern-day technology realized in very un-modern ways, including cars. Apparently, vehicles from the Stone Age had two cylindrical wheels fashioned from stone (one in the front and one out back), a horn that was really a bird that squawked when its tail was yanked and, of course, they were powered and stopped by feet. Click above to continue.
George Jetson's Car - The Jetsons
- George Jetson's Car - The Jetsons
- The Jetson family was just like the Flintstone family, except for the fact that they lived in opposing time periods. The similarities between the two shows shouldn't come as a surprise - both were produced by Hanna-Barbera as half-hour animated sitcoms intended for a prime-time audience. Unfortunately, The Jetsons never found the the same level of popularity as The Flintstones, at least not when the two shows originally aired.
In any case, as depicted in The Jetsons, cars from the year 2062 (doesn't seem nearly as far away now as it did back then, huh?) don't actually have wheels any more, having apparently graduated to flying about, housing their occupants in glass canopies. Click above to continue.
Toyota AE86 - Initial D
- Toyota AE86 - Initial D
- For those of you who aren't aware, Initial D is a mega-popular manga and anime series in Japan that focuses on the world of illegal Japanese street racing, most often in the mountains outside the Japanese prefecture of Gunma. Obviously, cars are featured prominently in the series, including the super popular Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT (otherwise known as the Corolla Sport or AE86), the rotary-powered Mazda RX-7, Honda Civic, Mitsubishi Evolution and Nissan Skyline GT-R. We love the cars in real life, so it's no surprise we're also fond of them in rendered form. Click above to continue.
Pick Your Favorite - Wacky Races
- Pick Your Favorite - Wacky Races
- For an animated series that ran for just one season, which included a total of 17 episodes and 34 races (two per episode), we have amazingly strong memories of Wacky Races. Perhaps that's because the show featured a regular cast of 24 classic Hanna-Barbera characters, though it's more likely that we remember the series so fondly because it revolved around cars and racing.
Pick your favorite: Dick Dastardly and Muttley in the Mean Machine (00), The Slag Brothers in the Bouldermobile (1), The Gruesome Twosome in the Creepy Coupe (2), Professor Pat Pending in the Convert-a-Car (3), Red Max in the Crimson Haybailer (4), Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat (5), Sergeant Blast and Private Meekly in the Army Surplus Special (6), The Ant Hill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb (7), Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear in the Arkansas Chuggabug (8), Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific (9) or, finally, Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth in the Buzz Wagon (10). Click above to continue.
Homer's Car - The Simpsons
- Homer's Car - The Simpsons
- The Simpsons has been on television for so long that it's not surprising the show has prominently featured automobiles more than once. Luckily for us, each time a Simpsons' episode revolves around a car, it's a classic. Such is the case with "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou," the 15th episode from the show's second season. Here's the quick synopsis: Homer is told that he has a twin brother, searches for him and finds out his name is Herb Powell and he runs an automaker. Powell directs Homer, his long-lost brother, to design the kind of car he'd want to buy. The result is awesome... horrifyingly awesome. Click on the image above to continue.
Mach 5 - Speed Racer
- Mach 5 - Speed Racer
- We all know this list would not have been complete without Speed Racer. The series (amusingly known as Mach Go Go Go in its home market of Japan) features the mighty Mach 5, Speed's racing car of choice. We'd like to forget that a movie was ever even attempted, preferring instead to remember the original anime cartoon and comic books. Animated cars just don't get much more classic than this, and so the Mach 5 earns a well-deserved spot on our list. Wondering what managed to round out our list? Click above to find out.
Tow Mater - Cars
- Tow Mater - Cars
- Even though the movie Cars was primarily about Lightning McQueen and his efforts to get back to the title-deciding last race of the season, our favorite character from the animated Pixar film would have to be the affable country-bumpkin Tow Mater, who was reportedly inspired by a 1951 International Harvester in tow truck guise. Ably voiced by Larry the Cable Guy, Mater easily had some of the most memorable lines from the movie.
In reality, any character from Cars would serve just as well in this spot, including The King, who was voiced and inspired by Richard Petty and the 1970 Plymouth Superbird; Luigi, the 1959 Fiat 500 that was voiced by Tony Shalhoub; Guido, the little forklift that managed to perform the fastest pit stop in Piston Cup history, or Doc Hudson, the 1951 Hudson Hornet made real through the voice of the late Paul Newman. Truly a classic animated film, we look forward to the sequel, which is reportedly set to debut in the summer of 2011.