Sunday, 1 April 2012

Fictional dog of the week #12: Pluto

Walt Disney’s Pluto has been around a long time. He first appeared in 1930 as Minnie Mouse’s dog, but at the time he was called Rover. After that, he was most often seen with Mickey Mouse and his name was changed to Pluto. He also sometimes went around with Donald Duck.

I always liked Pluto best out of the Disney dogs because he’s a proper dog, not a clothes-wearing pretend human in the shape of a dog like Goofy. Pluto is yellow with black ears and a long black skinny tail. He walks on all fours and generally doesn’t speak, and although he is of no specific breed, he often points (apparently Disney artist Norm Ferguson owned a Pointer). He has great facial expressions and a range of noises to convey his thoughts.

Pluto starred in some of Disney’s ‘Silly Symphonies’ animated cartoons before being given his own films. He often works in the slapstick comedy tradition and gets himself tangled up with inanimate objects. He also has adventures with other critters, often running up against rivals such as Butch the Bulldog and the annoying chipmunks, Chip ‘n’ Dale. Later, he appeared in a number of TV series and films starring Mickey Mouse, and he had a cameo role in the 1988 film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Pluto is a timeless wonder in the world of dog animation. Here’s a brilliant Pluto episode, Bone Trouble, for you to watch.

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