Cartoon Parents We Always Wondered About

Cartoon parents. They raise our favorite cartoon children and walk our favorite cartoon dogs, but how much do we really know about these often elusive elders? And why are they so awful at monitoring their children? Every now and again, writers like to throw us for a loop, leaving us with some lingering questions about the fuzzily sketched parents on the cartoons of our ’90s youth. What’s up with Phil and Lil’s mom on Rugrats? Where’s Mr. Davis in Toy Story? Why is Patti Mayonnaise’s dad in a wheelchair? All of these mysteries and more after the jump.

Betty DeVille, Rugrats

As the mother of Phil and Lil and a lover of mud, sports, and woman-sign sweatshirts, we wonder about you, Betty DeVille. In fact, we aren’t the only ones — rumors have been flying for years that the twins’ mom is a lesbian. Hell, there’s even a Facebook group devoted to the theory. Don’t think we haven’t noticed how much time you spend with Didi Pickles as opposed to your husband, Howie DeVille. Just sayin’…