There actually was a cartoon character named Buddy who, in the mid 1930s, had his own series of cartoon shorts at Warner Bros. Unfortunately, this character was so bland and so boring that Warner Bros. quickly sought to replace him. After Buddy was fired WB released a cartoon called "I Haven't Got A Hat" that starred a variety of cartoon characters, among them Porky Pig and Beans the Cat. The cartoon was to let the public decide who should be the next star, and Beans was picked with Porky as his sidekick. However after a few cartoons Porky proved to be more popular, and so Beans was fired and Porky was made the star. On a side note Buddy was a replacement of the more popular Bosko, who stopped being a WB star when his creators Harman and Ising left the studio in 1933.