Bonkers D. Bobcat (Miranda Wright episodes)

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Bonkers D. Bobcat (Miranda Wright episodes)
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Another annoying bobcat?!
Gender: Male
Type: Irritatingly Hyper, Comic-Relief Schlemiel
Species: Bobcat
Portrayed by: Jim Cummings
Status: Alive
Media of Origin: Bonkers
Raw Toonage


Bonkers D. Bobcat is the titular protagonist of the Disney 1993-1995 animated television series with the same name.

Originally featured on Raw Toonage, he is a former star of cartoon shorts at Wackytoon Studios. He is an overly energetic and hyperactive, out-of-work, somewhat foolish, and not-so-bright Toon bobcat who works in the Toon Division of the Hollywood P.D. as a police officer. In the 'Miranda' episodes, he's portrayed as a rather clumsy, somewhat foolish character who ends up being the shows' punching bag. In the Lucky episodes, he's less of a buffoon and more of an Inspector Clouseau-type, in control of himself (though still hyperactive), and carries extensive knowledge about the Toons and their behavior, which is an asset on cases dealing with rogue Toons (Lucky would very rarely acknowledge this, although he knows it deep inside). The joke is his lack of law enforcement experience and procedure is still his "Achilles' heel."

He is voiced by Jim Cummings.

Bad Qualities

  1. He's a Roger Rabbit clone, albeit he lacks Roger's competence and likeability.
  2. Unlike his more likeable inspiration, he is quite the goof. He is a complete fool who's always blundering himself with ideas or decisions that make no sense whatsoever, especially when his antics always reach to Jar-Jar Binks levels of annoying.
    • Whenever he does make sense, it comes out of nowhere and is ultimately useless (mainly because of poor writing since Bonkers is supposed to be similar to a dumb clown) and it makes him seem dumber than how he made it himself out to be resourceful.
  3. His oddball voice can still grate on the nerves when excessively talkative. It especially becomes pretty hard to listen to when he speaks insanely fast-paced that can be incomprehensible or when he portrays childish behavior like pointless wailing and complaining for example, that is still played for laughs.
  4. Everything he does is generally very weird, senseless more often than not, somewhat annoying or even unlikable at times, and simply unfunny. Not to mention that several characters like Lucky and some cop characters demonstrate how irritated they are with Bonkers around when in a problem (even around Miranda at times, she's usually levelheaded and tolerating, compared to other cops).
  5. His sense of humor can be generally passé, uninspired, and at times immature.
  6. In many episodes, he gets all of his partners into tons of destructive misadventures, either on purpose or not.
  7. He has had moments where he was significantly more childish than usual.

Good Qualities

  1. Just like Jar Jar Binks: He means well, and Bonkers has shown to care a lot about his friends most of the time even if he is sometimes childish, pitiful, or annoyingly passive around them. He can also be quite compassionate and pleasant to those he interacts with (when he isn't annoying other characters). Not to mention he can be supportive to those with rather serious problems or when it comes to trying to help. This is also shown in his cutesy, albeit somewhat vague, brother-sister relationship with Miranda, and he's shown to care a lot about her.
    • Speaking of which, when Bonkers isn't relying on dumb luck to get him out of situations, he can pull through to save the day when it counts the most and can be practical when he needs to be, albeit seldom when it does occur.
    • While he happens to be the brunt of the slapstick that ensues, he is still earnest about his screwups.
  2. With that said, he isn't as atrocious or as aggravating as Bubsy.
  3. Speaking of cute, his design still has effort put into it (even if he still looks like a bland yet bizarre Looney Tunes character).
  4. There are fans who support this character throughout.
  5. In spite of his apparent unfunny sense of humor and clumsiness, his special moments of klutziness and general buffoonish behavior can be genuinely entertaining to some. And just like Roger Rabbit, Bonkers can provide some amount of fun and charm every once and a while.
  6. His appearance in Ducktales (2017) [when he was mute or not] was done a lot better and was more likable in the Lucky episodes and his Raw Toonage counterpart.

Trivia

  • Bonkers made a cameo in Ducktales (2017). In Season 3 Episode 12 Let's Get Dangerous!, in which he was mute while portrayed as a comical klutz. He also made a cameo in the finale.
  • Because his show was having difficulties with production, it was cancelled and Disney attempted to scrap the character from all public consciousness.

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