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Now Hear This — the Cartoon Characters We’d Most Want to Be

From Jonny Quest to a Beauty with Brains, There are Clear Winners

BY // 03.08.19

I was at my doctor’s office the other day for a checkup and noticed that he collected limited edition prints from animated series. I was immediately drawn to one from Jonny Quest.

It took me back in time to my memories of watching the cartoon that featured Jonny; his father, Dr. Quest; Race Bannon, the family’s security detail; Hadji, Jonny’s adopted brother; and of course, their beloved dog-sidekick, Bandit. I loved that show in my pre-teen years. It gave me the desire to have a life of travel to exotic locales.

All the while in support of investigating scientific mysteries. Also, I didn’t know it at the time, but I had a crush on the incredibly dashing and handsome Race Bannon.

That moment in my doctor’s office hallway inspired this week’s Now Hear This PaperCity Dallas office question. If you were a cartoon character, who would it be?

Christina Geyer, Dallas Editor in Chief

This one’s easy. I am Belle from Beauty and the Beast. As a child who read constantly — and always felt a little odd, awkward and out of place — I related to Belle’s character, who always had a book in hand and didn’t feel like she quite fit into her small provincial town. I still want that iconic gold dress, by the way, and really wouldn’t balk at falling in love with a beast who lives in a castle come to life.

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Lumiere and Cogsworth seem the ultimate companions. Fun fact: I know every word — still — of the first 40-ish minutes of that movie. Maybe Broadway will cast me in the role of Belle if things at the magazine don’t work out.

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Belle from Beauty and The Beast was a popular choice.

Lisa Collins Shaddock, Senior Editor

Ever since my dad took me to see Beauty and the Beast, my first movie theater experience, Belle has been my girl. I love everything about her! She has high expectations for herself, constantly questions why things are the way they are, is loyal to her family, loves to read and doesn’t have time for nonsense — or myopic men.

When I was a 6-year-old, you were likely to find me sitting on the floor holding a book with one hand like Belle, or holding my family’s emergency-only lantern flashlight up by my face pretending to search for Philippe through the woods.

Billy Fong, Culture and Style Editor

From my intro, you can imagine that I would want to be Jonny Quest. Alas, if my life truly were mirrored via a cartoon series it would be that of Winnie the Pooh and his motley group of companions.

OK, stay with me here a second. I think that everyone has the personality of one of those characters or a mash-up of a few of them. I would be a combination of Christopher Robin, because I wear shorts most of the time, Kanga, because I like to think I have a maternal side, and Piglet, because I can sometimes be fearful of new things and need to be a little braver.

I am definitely not Eeyore since I truly subscribe to the mantra of always looking at life optimistically at least as “glass half full.” Which Pooh character best summarizes your personality?

Samantha Olguin, Senior Account Manager

If I had to be a cartoon character — which I would hate because I think cartoons are seriously creepy — I would be Quinn Morgendorffer from Daria. You know, Daria’s materialistic younger sister and school diva. Who is also a member of Lawndale High School’s Fashion Club. If I had enough ammo I too could be in a fashion club — I mean, right? This is make-believe, isn’t it?

And I am really into the name Quinn for a girl. Such a trendsetter to be named for a boy way back then! Also, the way Daria views and treats Quinn strongly resembles the way my sister views and treats me. So, Quinn, I feel ya girl!  We really aren’t as annoying as they think we are!

Caroline Lidl, Dallas Intern

I’d like to think that if I were to be any cartoon, I could be Kim Possible. Full-time student, full-time hero. Who doesn’t like a girl who can do both? And while saving the world isn’t exactly my everyday extracurricular, I value staying busy, having a strong worth ethic and helping others. While Kim often falls victim to typical teenage growing pains, she is above all brave, bright and a genuine friend.

Meryn Kennedy, Dallas Intern

If I was a cartoon character I would be Penny Proud from The Proud Family! Such a diva, but with a good heart. Like looking in a mirror!

If you ever have something you want our team to address, shoot us your thoughts via social media or email (@papercitydallas on Instagram; facebook.com/papercitymagdallas on Facebook; or yours truly, billy@papercitymag.com). Or, better yet send a message to the office, handwritten on the Smythson stationery of your choice — and feel free to include a bottle of Veuve. Champagne really helps get the ideas flowing.

Look for the next installment of Now Hear This from Billy Fong next week.

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