As remarkable as it seems, there was a time that characters in a TV cartoon didn’t all move the exact same way. But I’m guessing it was a time that didn’t last very long.
There’s a funny cartoon called Hoodwinked Bear where George Nicholas did a little leap-walk with Boo Boo as he fills in for Red Riding Hood. I thought the bear was just imitating Red’s walk for the sake of comedy. But it turns out Nicholas used that as a standard walk; Yogi walks that way Lullabye-Bye Bear.
But only a couple of years earlier, Carlo Vinci developed a walk that only Yogi Bear could pull off, shifting Yogi’s bottom weight around in a 16-drawing cycle that has been dubbed “the bongo walk.” The moniker is based on the fact that, in most cartoons, the animation was accompanied by different pitches of a drum being banged by hand. Later, someone must have realised the banging distracted from the dialogue so it was not used which, unfortunately, lessened the effect of the animation.
I don’t know the last time Vinci used this, but below are all 16 drawings of the walk. This is from Be My Guest Pest. The animation was done on twos.
And, since you really want to know this, it took 124 frames for the background to repeat. Yes, I counted them all.