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    Bonkers D. Bobcat (Lucky Piquel episodes & Raw Toonage counterpart)

    Bonkers D. Bobcat
    "Toons don't do 'normally' things! Makes us so adorable."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Screwy yet Thoughtful Police Officer
    Age: Unknown
    Species: Bobcat
    Portrayed by: Jim Cummings
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Bonkers
    Raw Toonage


    Bonkers D. Bobcat the titular protagonist of the Disney's 1993-95 animated television series with the same first name. Originally featured on Raw Toonage, he is a former star for cartoon shorts at Wackytoon Studios, an overly energetic and hyperactive, out-of-work, zany, somewhat foolish, and not-so-bright Toon bobcat who works in the Toon Division of the Hollywood P.D. as a police officer. He is voiced by Jim Cummings.

    Why He Went Bonkers In A Good Way

    1. A tad bit similar to Screwy Squirrel and Daffy Duck, he does live up to the fact that he is crazy, eccentric and totally nuts, as his name implies, but he is fairly unique with his own oddball nature at that.
    2. He may be very naive, quirky, goofy, and wacky, but he was still very competent at doing his job as a police officer and was fairly committed to his job, all from a passionate perspective.
    3. He can also be helpful towards others and using his logic on "zany cartoon" logic to solve problems in an imaginative way, in spite of his hugely accident-prone nature.
    4. Despite his generally impulsive and clumsy nature when it comes to his levels of sheer buffoonery and foolishness, he can be quite resourceful, clever, astute, talented, and supportive with what he knows about cartoons, which can also be rather useful when he fights against cartoonish villains such as The Collector, Raccoon Thieves, Gloomy the Clown, and the list goes on.
    5. He tends to have a overall kind heart and show to care a lot about his friends most of the time like Lucky & Fall Apart, even if he is somewhat cocky, childish, or passive around them in annoying ways sometimes.
      • He can also be quite compassionate, mostly earnest, and pleasant to those he interacts with (when he isn't annoying other characters), not to mention that he can be kind-hearted and supportive to those with rather serious-minded problems or trying to help Lucky with what he knows about toon logic.
    6. With that said, he can be an endearing good soul from time to time because of his positive thinking and having a Mickey Mouse type of personality with a "zany screwball" characterization. Having some charm and likability, just enough for viewers to root for him at times when he can use a break from the violence inflicted on him or go through some rough times.
      • Speaking of which, like Donald Duck & many more: he serves as a constant reminder for all of us to be brave, keep searching, hold family close, and never give up no matter how great the odds are against you; in which shows when trying to do his best in some shorts where he can be quite accident-prone and unfortunate at times.
    7. His designs show effort, creativity and he is well-animated as a cartoon bobcat.
    8. He was entirely faithful to Roger Rabbit by how he is well aware of what people think of toons, his wacky personality, and is very good-natured enough to be a character you can root for.
    9. He has his funny moments. Especially when having his moments of spouting witty one-liners here and there.
    10. He serves as a perfect foil to Lucky Piquel, a serious-minded cop, where he gets along well with him and shows how much Bonkers can be a good friend to Lucky thoroughly.
    11. Alongside Freakazoid, he's a wacky lunatic that is done in a comedic and cartoonish fashion, which makes him entertaining to watch.

    "Bonkers" Qualities

    1. His designs may have effort and creativity, but they seem to lack anything related to a bobcat, despite that being his surname.
    2. In the Miranda Wright episodes, his Flanderization is a lot more obnoxious than one would think.
    3. He can come off as fairly annoying when he gets reckless and overly talkative with his strange shrill voice, as well as his moments of being very immature, being so impulsive that he doesn't think about his actions sometimes, or doing irritating things because of a brief misunderstanding.
      • When he portrays childish behavior like pointlessly wailing or arguing for example that is mostly played for laughs, it gets extremely obnoxious and unfunny.
      • Occasions of partaking in clueless yet sometimes cocky & harebrained behavior.
      • His sense of humor can be generally passé, uninspired, and at times bland.
      • An example of this was one of his utterly impulsive actions such as the episode "Color Me Piquel", where he was pretending to act as an officer despite being hired as one, which demonstrates irresponsible behavior when he does it without any civilized or understandable reason to do so, which isn't the most mature or rational idea to do, especially when he was tasked with solving real-life crimes showing his unwary nature (e.g Retrieving a lost relative with Lucky & Fall Apart in the episode 'Color Me Piquel', and demonstrating with chasing him with Lucky & Fall Apart like it's all a game and letting him get away because of one of Bonkers forcing Lucky [a realistic human] into one of Bonkers's obviously flawed plans, based on cartoon logic, as a showcase of the annoyance that Bonkers' decisions can lead to at times.)
        • He often gets his partners into destructive misadventures (and Lucky was even cartoonishly murdered once, on-screen). Not to mention the pointer shown above is an example of this.
      • In the Raw Toonage version, he can be very unreasonable and also misguided at giving morals to the viewer in bad episodes that appear in a way that shows how his fourth-wall breaking can be very bland and predictable to the point that it feels unnecessary. (e.g The How to be a Deliver episode, for example, where Bonkers tells the viewer to never deliver anything to anyone on Saturdays all because of Bonkers blundering himself with his nonsensically foolish decisions on one delivery just to watch his favorite show, then it mixes up its message at the ending when Fawn Deer smooches him & says it can be ok, which seems very vague. It's harmless as a wacky character, but it can be quite questionable why he attempted to tell morals to kids that most people won't take seriously or would it find a bit misleading to kids).
    4. His voice (if interestingly done) can be rather grating to listen to compared to Roger Rabbit's seemingly dorky voice.
      • Especially when it sounds as if Marvin the Martian became an absolute chatterbox who never stopped talking or sounds like a coincidental rip-off of Dr. Otto von Scratchansniff from the Animaniacs, except with no accent to balance out the tone of his voice, which adds an irritating pitch when Bonkers gets a heck of a lot more talkative to the point it can be pretty hard to listen to when he speaks insanely fast-paced.
    5. Just like Roger Rabbit, his voice and over-the-top clumsy antics can either range from being charming or on the Jar-Jar-Binks levels of annoying.

    Trivia

    • In the Lucky episodes, whenever Bonkers made a cat noise, he sounded too much like a real-life house cat which Bobcats in real life don't make regular cat noises at all. Some of them even seem to make some REALLY strange sounds & noises, which probably explains why Bonkers' voice sounds so fever-dream-esque.
    • Bonkers made cameos in two episodes of Ducktales (2017).
      • He first made a silent cameo in the series' Season 3 Episode 12 Let's Get Dangerous!, in which he was portrayed as a comedic klutz.
      • He also made a cameo in the series finale.
    • Because his show was having difficulties with production, it was canceled and Disney attempted to scrap the character from all public consciousness.
    • Bonkers is positively besieged by Italian and Japanese fans (even in Tokyo Bonkers).

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