Have you ever noticed how legendary cartoon figures more often than not, have a specific food they’re crazy about? hellofood picked the top 7 cartoon heroes that are absolutely inseparable from their favorite foods and put together some facts you don’t know about them.
1. Homer Simpson & Donuts
Homer Simpson, the hungriest of them all, has to be on the top of this list. He loves to eat, but his food trademark is without a doubt donuts, with his catchphrase “mmm…donuts” said at least once in every episode. In the 10th season’s episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain”, his donut mania goes to the next level with guest star Stephen Hawking telling Homer: “Your theory of a donut-shaped universe is intriguing… I may have to steal it.”
Homer’s idea isn’t too far-fetched, actually. Certain hot and cold spots seen in the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation—the afterglow of the Big Bang—has led some scientists to hypothesize that the cosmos might be a three-dimensional torus, or basically, a donut.
2. Popeye & Spinach
Our favorite one eyed-sailor has shaped and settled the connection between spinach and strength. Sorry to say this, but spinach doesn’t make your muscles big. In fact, Popeye’s love of the food was due to a misplaced decimal point. Here’s the story behind it:
In 1870 German chemist Erich von Wolf correctly ascertained the amount of iron in spinach, but while transcribing his notes, he accidentally misplaced a decimal point: instead of recording that spinach had 3.5 milligrams of iron per 100-gram serving (as is the case), he wrote that it had 35 milligrams. This is a huge amount. As Samuel Arbesman notes, if that calculation were actually correct, "a 100-gram serving would be like eating a small piece of a paper clip." Nonetheless, Popeye helped increase American consumption of spinach by a third!
3. Garfield & Lasagna
He is cynical, sarcastic and loves destroying things. Born in an Italian restaurant, he is obsessed with lasagna, which he has described as "nature’s most perfect food”. Whether you are a dog or a cat person, you certainly love the Monday-hating Garfield. One of his best lasagna moves was when he made a pizza-lasagna-pizza-sandwich.
Garfield has nearly 17 million fans on Facebook. That’s one seriously popular feline.
4. Bugs Bunny & Carrot
Bugs have two trademarks: the carrot and his line "What’s up, Doc?" But where do these come from? No one’s sure, but experts have suggested they might have been inspired by a couple of popular films: In Frank Capra’s 1934 Oscar-winning comedy, It Happened One Night, Clark Gable nervously munches on carrots. Moreover, in the classic 1939 screwball comedy My Man Godfrey, William Powqell uses the line, "What’s up, Doc?" repeatedly.
Eating and talking isn’t generally advised. But someone had to do it. The carrot-chomping rabbit was a tough act for Blanc who did his voice: Recording the "What’s up, Doc?" line was incomplete without the sound of the rabbit nibbling on the carrot, which presented problems. “First of all, I don’t especially like carrots, at least not raw”, as he once shared in an interview.
5. Winnie the Pooh & Honey
Known for his love of honey (or “hunny” as he spells it), Winnie the Pooh wakes up in the mornings and first thing he says is “what’s for breakfast”. Similarly, the rest of the day is all about going on adventures with Christopher Robin or Piglet, visiting friends who he thinks have “hunny” and looking for “Hunny to Fill the Rumblee in his Tumblee”.
But why does Pooh have this fascination with honey? The story is somehow reminiscent of the one of Obelix. It begun one summer day when the whole group of friends went to Tigger’s vacation house in Honopolis. It was a rainy day so everyone stayed at home. Winnie the Pooh decided to explore the house and ended up in a dark room. Before realising what was around him, he slipped and fell right into a pot of honey. Later that day Tigger found Pooh at the bottom of the pot, having eaten the whole thing. From then on honey was Pooh’s favourite food.
Songs about his love of honey such as “Hunny in Every Pot” and “A Good 5-Cent Candy Cigar actually won a Grammy in 1975 for the Best Album for Children.
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Pizza
These four Renaissance-artist-named superheroes operating from the sewers of New York City are undeniably related to pizza, which has been an integral part of the TMNT franchise from inception (creators, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird often ate pizza while working on the cartoon). Indeed, the only thing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles loved more than fighting crime was a hot, fresh pizza. Whenever Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael decided to take a rest it was always for a pizza and always with unorthodox ingredients like clams, peanut butter and chocolate sprinkles. Even Shredder was aware that pizzas are the Turtles’ kryptonite and for this reason he used it in many of his plans to destroy them.
As a matter of fact, the TMNT were so strongly associated with pizza that Pizza Hut also designed four cheesy bites pizzas based upon the personalities of each Turtle:
Michelangelo: pepperoni, smoked ham, pineapple, and jalepenos;
Donatello: chicken, mushrooms, green peppers, Roma tomatoes;
Leonardo: sweet red onions, black olives, green peppers, mushrooms;
Raphael: pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and beef.
7. Obelix & Asterix & Wild Boar
Apart from the magic potion, these indomitable Gauls loved to feast with a well-skewered wild boar, a scene that appeared in every issue following their victories. Unexplainably though, Obelix doesn’t seem to like boiled boar.
One of Obelix greatest food performances was on the “Twelve Tasks of Asterix” issue where he “battled” with the Great Chef of the Titans, Mannekenpix. The task was to eat every morsel of a meal prepared by him, something no mortal man ever got close to achieving. Obelix had to eat it all down to the last crumb. And that’s exactly what he did. In fact, he even asked for more. By Toutatis!
Even though there are only 35 Asterix & Obelix comics, their stories with the magic potions and wild boar feasts are so popular that the first French satellite was named after them (Asterix-1), and appeared on the cover of Time Magazine for a special edition on France.