1953-Warner's "Cat Tails for Two" introduces Speedy Gonzales. Warners had a drawing quota for assistants and Frank Gonzales was always first done and out of his chair to go flirt with the ink & paint girls. The other guys would say:" There goes "Speedy" Gonzales again. When Chuck Jones & designer Hawley Pratt were thinking of new characters, the rest as they say, was history.
1989- Walt Disney company announced it was acquiring Jim Henson's Muppets.