There are many influences in our life that help to shape who we become, but none so fondly remembered as our childhood friends - that is to say - our beloved cartoons. And as it turns out, many of our favourite imaginary personalities happen to paddle too! Check it out and see if your favourite characters are amongst the paddling cartoon elite... starting with the Smurfs.
|Canoeing has been a tradition|
amongst the Smurfs for centuries.
|It's part of our heritage - even Oscar looks happy about that!|
|"Blue Lake and Rocky Shore" sings a crew of|
paddlers from Sesame Street. (Hope they brought
lots of cookies for cookie monster!!)
|Looks like Bert from Sesame Street|
is waiting for his best friend, Ernie,
to bring him a paddle and his PFD!
|Dora and Boots like to explore rivers.|
|Diego gets out on the water a lot.|
Hanna Barbara used to take their popular characters onto the water and into a canoe as well.
|Hey, Boo Boo! Yogi likes to paddle too!|
|Hucklebury Hound enjoys a quiet evening in a canoe.|
|Even Scooby Doo and Shaggy know how to read a river (we hope!).|
The Peanuts got in on some paddling action in their day as well. Snoopy was not only a dog-house-pilot but was an experienced kayaker too. And Charlie Brown was... well... good grief... he was just Charlie Brown!
|Snoopy is a kayaker! I wonder if he calls his kayak "The Red Baron".|
Charlie Brown never makes anything look easy.
Sometimes there were even some paddlers in your mainstream Sunday Newspaper comic strip or cartoon section, usually showing the "lighter side" of canoeing or camping.
|For Better Or For Worse detailed a canoeing miss-hap for the Dad.|
|Marmaduke tried to bring a canoe into the kiddie pool.|
|Who could forget our old friend, Ziggy?|
|Uncle Wiggly should have brought some life jackets!|
|The Berenstain Bears love a padding adventure!|
(Except for Poppa Bear!)
|This old illustration quotes:|
PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE
|Perhaps as you grew older, you read a few novels too.|
|The Mario Brothers have a long journey ahead on this river.|
|A kayaking fashionista!|
|Even Reader Rabbit knows how to|
use a canoe to teach reading and math!
Disney has always had a special place in it's heart for paddling. As you can see, many of our favourite Disney characters have been canoeing and kayaking for years. It is also been a long standing Disney Tradition to hold Canoe Races. And, they even have a couple of Stand Up Paddlers (SUP) by way of Lilo and Stitch!
|An antique Donald Duck figurine with a canoe.|
|Even the original Mickey Mouse enjoyed canoeing.|
|Pocahontas, a child of the forest, paddles|
her dug out in this classic Disney film.
|Mickey later switches to a double bladed paddle canoeing experience.|
|This mouse loves canoeing so much he even|
gets his friends in on the paddling action!
|Lilo and Stitch can SUP|
|Why it's Winnie the Pooh and Tiger too!|
With Piglet and the honey in the stern.
You may even have come across some sort of padding adventure in one of the comic books your parents gave you...
|This is Canada's History Magazine comic|
book for kids (from The Beaver).
This one is for the girls... No outdoor girl's Barbie collection was complete without her very own sit-on-top kayak (in lipstick red) with all the accessories to go with it.
|Barbie Kayaking Set - it's a sit-on-top!|
And this one is for the boys... who were all well aware that G.I. Joe had THE BADDEST boat in town - appropriately named THE STALKER. Oh yeah!!
|G.I. Joe, a real American paddling hero.|
|G.I. Joe's kayak - "The Stalker"|
It would be very naughty to forget our all around childhood favourite guy. Santa Claus paddles too - everyone knows that, right?!!
And who could forget The Muppets?!! While Kermit, it seems, is more of a rower, he is obviously still a strong supporter of the power of self propulsion.
|"Kermie" and the power of "pig" propulsion.|
One of the most famous of watermen ever, Popeye the Sailor Man, always looks comfortable in a boat. A simple man, 'twas old Popeye.
|Another rower, Popeye can paddle with the best of 'em.|
(Especially when he has eaten his spinach!)
Some prefer the water ---- even if they have the ability to fly, like Casper the friendly rowing ghost. Regardless if it's a leaky vessel or not!
|Casper is also a fan of the power of self-propulsion.|
Finally.... our gallery of the paddling cartoon elite would just NOT be complete without the most famous (or is that infamous) illustrated family of all time... as The Simpsons never back down from an adventure... never... EVER.
|Another Simpson's family vacation comes off without a hitch!|
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