Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, is a fan of the Nickelodeons’ cartoon Animal House, a cartoon about an anthropomorphic cat named Mr. Tuff that appears in the show’s “Hot Cartoon Characters” series.
Tuff was originally designed by the late cartoonist John Landis and the character was initially released in 1994 to promote the Nickelo TV show, which aired from 1995 to 1999.
Mr. Trump, who is running for the Republican nomination for president, has been an avid supporter of the show.
In his new book, “The Art of the Deal,” Mr. Trump says that “Mr. Tuffs character was a perfect fit for the cartoon series” as a reference to the series’ “bizarre and outlandish” setting.
Mr Trump’s book is based on his own experiences working as an animator for the show, where he learned to make the characters he wanted to draw, the book says.
In the book, Mr. Landis writes that Mr. Burt, the animated character Mr. Toad, and Mr. Krusty, the anthropomorphic clown from the cartoon’s second season, were “the three biggest inspirations” for the character.
“Mr Tuffs was one of the original two animals that Mr Burt got his claws on,” Mr Landis wrote.
“It was the first one that Mr Toad gave to Mr. Mudd.”
Mr. Landi, who was also the executive producer of “Hot Comics,” a series of cartoon shorts, died in 2007 at age 66.
The book says that Mr Landi’s wife, Barbara Landis, also worked on the series and the couple also had two children together, Robert and Betty.
“I was a cartoonist, and I was an animators’ assistant, and my wife and I both did the ‘Hot Comics’ episodes,” Mr Trump wrote in the book.
“I was the voice, and she was the puppeteer.”
In the book he also describes how he learned the name Mr. Dummy.
Mr Dummy was the name of the character in Mr. Bugs, a series in which Mr. Donald Duck and his pals played Mr. Smurfs cartoons.
Mr Dummy, he wrote, “looked like a stuffed animal that I could put on my head.”
The book goes on to say that Mr Trump also learned about the “baldy” character in “Mr & Mrs. Muppet,” another cartoon series from the 1980s.
“My dad had this old house in Queens that he used to call the Baldy House, and he had this huge tree and a pond with a bald eagle on it,” Mr Dummies voice-over says.
“So I learned the nickname Baldy, which was derived from the real-life bald eagle.
The name Baldy is a reference, I think, to Baldy the Eagle.
So I thought, what would the name Baldies be, if I was a bird?
So I put it in.”
Mr Trump wrote that the character’s name came from “my father’s grandfather who owned this farm in Queens.”
“He used to say, ‘I am Baldy.
I can fly, I can walk, I’m a bird,'” Mr Trump recalled in the interview.
“And that’s exactly what I was.”
The cartoon character Mr Tuff appeared in “Hot Animatronic Animals” is seen in this 1995 cartoon, which Mr Trump described as “buzzing and fun.”
The cartoon characters Mr Tuffs and Mr Toad were originally designed and animated by John Landes and John M. Mower.
The book also includes a letter from Mr Trump, which says he learned about Mr. S.T.A.R. Labs, the company that created Mr. Duck, Mr Krustys, Mr Dumps and Mr Dums, from a book he bought for $1.99.
“You should really buy this book,” Mr Donald Trump wrote to a friend.
The letter also mentions that Mr Mower had given Mr Trump a book of drawings he drew in 1987 that Mr Dummys father, a retired railroad engineer, was a fan, which included drawings of Mr. Puff.
The interview with Mr Trump was published on Monday in The New York Times.
Mr Trump has also been an outspoken critic of Mr Landes’ work.
“The book was a bad book,” he wrote in a Twitter message on Tuesday.
“He was trying to get the name ‘Mr. Dumpster’ because his grandfather liked ‘Mr Pumpster.’
The book was like a bunch of bad jokes.
A terrible book.”
Mr Landis died in 2006, at the age of 92.