Figaro is Geppetto's mischievous pet kitten in Pinocchio. He later appears as Minnie Mouse's pet kitten in the Classic Disney Shorts, as well as the TV series House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.Originally intending Figaro as a minor character in Disney Animated Canon feature film Pinocchio, Walt Disney took note of the cat's popularity and placed him in three shorts of his own. Figaro often acted as a rival of Pluto the Pup.Not to be confused with the main character of The Barber of Seville or its sequel The Marriage of Figaro.
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1943Figaro and Cleo (one of Figaro's own three shorts)
1946Bath Day (one of Figaro's own three shorts)
1947Figaro and Frankie (one of Figaro's own three shorts)
1948Cat Nap Pluto
Media Featuring Figaro:Feature films:
- Pinocchio: Debut
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
- Aladdin TV Series
- Mickey Mouse Works/House of Mouse
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Minnie's Bow-Toons
- Mickey and the Roadster Racers
Tropes That Apply to Figaro:
- Adaptational Jerkass: In Pinocchio he was rather spoiled but still adorable despite his bratty streak. In the shorts, he becomes more of a malicious Jerkass.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Starting in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, Figaro began acting sweeter and nicer compared to his Jerkass behavior in his shorts and in Pinocchio. This is especially notable in Minnie's Bow-Toons and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Figaro wears a red bow in Bath Day. In the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Minnie's Bowtique", he wears a pink bowtie.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Non-anthro example, being a rambunctious kitten.
- Breakout Character: A bit player in Pinocchio, and even less important in the original tale where he didn't even have a name. Figaro appeared as lead character in at least three Classic Disney Shorts.
- Canon Immigrant: From previous Disney Animated Canon feature film Pinocchio.
- Cats Are Mean: He sure looked that way in Figaro and Frankie, but to be fair, Frankie's singing irritated Figaro. But in the end, he saves Frankie.
- Cute Kitten: One of Disney's earliest cat characters.
- Foil: To Pluto.
- Furry Confusion: When he's Minnie Mouse's pet kitten. Also, if he and Gideon ever appeared together. Speaking of Gideon, there is a cat in "Bath Day" who looks a lot like Gideon down to his facial features, but has yellow fur, is wearing nothing, and is barely less anthropomorphic.
- Hates Baths/Cats Hate Water: In Bath Day.
- Screwy Squirrel: Figaro acts as this at times around Pluto. The latter's own occasional Jerkass traits can lead to an Escalating War, however.
- Smelly Skunk: He imagines himself as one at the end of "Bath Day."
- Spin-Off: His three theatrical shorts that he got to himself.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Downplayed. The eyes were likely to help evoke the stereotype of cunning cats, but Figaro himself is not particularly crafty.