How Leela and 9 Other Cartoon Characters Got Their Names

There's a lot of intellectual depth to Futurama -- and not just in the math and physics. Even the names are subtle references, such as Leela's:

Leela’s full name, “Turanga Leela,” is a reference to Olivier Messiaen’s famous orchestral piece, the Turangalîla-Symphonie. Because — well, that 1948 symphony screams “purple-haired sexy cyclops chick,” don’t you think?


Jennifer Lewis researched the origins of the names of nine popular cartoon characters, including Scooby-Doo, Jon Arbuckle and Winnie the Pooh. Find out about these and others at the link.

Link -via Ace of Spades HQ | Image: 20th Century Fox

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