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Western Animation: Pluto The Pup

"Kiss me."
—One of two lines ever spoken by Pluto, from "The Moose Hunt".

"Mammy!"
—The second of two lines ever spoken by Pluto, from "Mickey Steps Out"—although it's technically a shout out to The Jazz Singer.

Pluto The Pup is an animated cartoon character from the Walt Disney cartoon studio, the loyal pet of Mickey Mouse and, for a while, the star of his own series of short subjects during The Golden Age of Animation. At one point, he even overshadowed the mouse in his own cartoons. He is notable for being one of the few recurring classic Disney animal characters who is not anthropomorphized.

He acted as a foil for Donald Duck, Figaro, Butch the Bulldog, Chip 'n Dale, and sometimes Salty the Seal and Milton the cat. He also occasionally has a Love Interest in the forms of Fifi the Pekingese in the 1930s and Dinah the dachshund in the 1940s and '50s. In some comic stories he is also the official mascot for the Junior Woodchucks.

For a full history of the character, go here.

Oh yes, and don't confuse him with the former Planet, that other Pluto, the god also known as Hades, and especially not that Pluto. And no, he is not expendable. (Though he sure is treated that way)


     Filmography 

1930

  • The Chain Gang: Pluto's official debut.
  • The Picnic: Pluto—er Rover appears here as Minnie's Pet.

1931

  • The Moose Hunt: Pluto's first appearance as Mickey's pet, and first one where he is officially named.
  • Blue Rhythm (The cartoon where Pluto is portrayed as a Funny Animal)
  • Mickey Steps Out
  • Fishin' Around
  • The Beach Party
  • Mickey Cuts Up
  • Mickey's Orphans

1932

  • The Duck Hunt
  • The Grocery Boy
  • The Mad Dog
  • Barnyard Olympics
  • Mickey's Revue
  • Just Dogs: A Silly Symphonies short where Pluto stars in his first role without Mickey.
  • Mickey's Nightmare
  • Trader Mickey
  • The Wayward Canary
  • The Klondike Kid
  • Parade of the Award Nominees: Makes a cameo at the end.
  • Mickey's Good Deed

1933

  • Building a Building
  • The Mad Doctor
  • Mickey's Pal Pluto
  • Mickey's Gala Premiere
  • Puppy Love

1934

  • Playful Pluto: Noteworthy for the famous "Flypaper Sequence".
  • Mickey Plays Papa

1935

  • Mickey's Kangaroo
  • Mickey's Garden
  • Pluto's Judgement Day: One of the first Mickey cartoons where Pluto is given the major role, with Mickey only briefly appearing in it.
  • On Ice

1936

  • Mickey's Polo Team (cameo)
  • Mickey's Grand Opera
  • Alpine Climbers
  • Donald And Pluto
  • Mickey's Elephant
  • Mother Pluto: A Silly Symphonies short centered around the pup.

1937

  • The Worm Turns
  • Hawaiian Holiday
  • Pluto's Quin-Puplets

1938

  • Mickey's Parrot

1939

  • Society Dog Show
  • Mickey's Surprise Party
  • Beach Picnic
  • The Pointer

1940

  • Donald's Dog Laundry
  • Bone Trouble: Pluto's first standalone short.
  • Put-Put Troubles
  • Pluto's Dream House
  • Window Cleaners
  • Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip
  • Pantry Pirate

1941

1942

  • Pluto Junior
  • The Army Mascot
  • The Sleep Walker
  • T-Bone For Two
  • Pluto At The Zoo

1943

1944

1945

  • Dog Watch
  • The Eyes Have It
  • Canine Casanova
  • The Legend of Coyote Rock
  • Canine Patrol

1946

  • Pluto's Kid Brother
  • In Dutch
  • Squatter's Rights
  • The Purloined Pup
  • A Feather In His Collar (commercial short)

1947

  • Pluto's Housewarming
  • Rescue Dog
  • Mickey's Delayed Date
  • Mail Dog
  • Pluto's Blue Note

1948

  • Mickey Down Under
  • Bone Bandit
  • Pluto's Purchase
  • Cat Nap Pluto
  • Pluto's Fredgling
  • Mickey and the Seal

1949

  • Pueblo Pluto
  • Pluto's Surprise Package
  • Pluto's Sweater
  • Bubble Bee
  • Sheep Dog

1950

  • Pluto's Heart Throb
  • Pluto & The Gopher
  • Wonder Dog
  • Primitive Pluto
  • Puss Cafè
  • Pests of The West
  • Food For Feudin'
  • Camp Dog

1951

  • Cold Storage
  • Plutopia
  • R'Coon Dawg
  • Cold Turkey

1952

  • Pluto's Party
  • Pluto's Christmas Tree

1953

  • The Simple Things

1990

1995


Tropes:

  • Balloon Belly: In "Plutopia".
  • Big Friendly Dog: Most of the time. He has a temper and an occasional selfish streak, but is loyal to Mickey and has more limits in his Jerkass tendencies than, say, Donald.
  • Breakout Character: Yes, even Pluto was more popular than Mickey Mouse at some point. Poor rodent can't catch a break, can he?
  • Butt Monkey: On occasion, but especially later on in many shorts. Sometimes, like in "Pluto's Judgement Day," it went too far.
  • The Cameo: Pluto makes a brief appearance in the Recess episode "Rainy Days".
    • He also makes an appearance in the Goofy short "Victory Vehicles", a Wartime Cartoon. This cartoon shows alternate modes of transportation (since gas and rubber were rationed). One vehicle is powered by a dog (hence, Pluto) that chases after a cat (a scraggly-looking black cat that bears a passing resemblance to Figaro), when it's put front of him.
  • Cats Are Mean: If "Pluto's Judgement Day" is any indication. The same goes somewhat with the dog's run-ins with Figaro.
  • Character Focus: After Mickey's Flanderization, Pluto pretty much became the star of Mickey's cartoons.
  • Chaste Toons: Averted. Pluto has five puppies in "Pluto's Quin-Puplets" and a son named Pluto Jr.
  • The Chew Toy
  • Deranged Animation: "Plutopia", which was infamous enough to get a Homage in Epic Mickey.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Plutopia".
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: In "Pluto's Judgement Day".
  • Funny Animal: Oddly portrayed as one in the B&W cartoon, "Blue Rhythm."
  • Furry Confusion: An age old question which has plagued mankind since the 30's; how can Pluto and Goofy share the same universe, if Goofy is also (allegedly) a dog?
    • Not just that, but how can a mouse, even a giant housecat-sized one like Mickey, own a dog?
    • The most common answer to the former question is that Goofy is to Pluto what a human is to a chimpanzee.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Pluto's become recurring characters in the shorts.
  • Hypno Fool: Donald Duck hypnotizes Pluto into acting like a bunch of different animals on command in "The Eyes Have It".
  • Jerkass: It shows up, but not as much as in Donald.
  • Love Interest: He has two of these: first, Fifi the Pekingese in the 1930s, and then, Dinah the dachshund in the 1940s and '50s.
  • Love Triangle: The main plot of "Pluto's Heart Throb", in which he and Butch vie for the affections of Dinah.
  • Out of Focus: Thus far, he's only made one appearance in the newest Mickey Mouse series from 2013, and then only very briefly.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: A year prior to Pluto getting his own individual shorts, one Silly Symphonies cartoon, "Mother Pluto", was centered entirely around him, having virtually nothing in common with the typical Silly Symphonies short.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Occasionally displayed towards Dinah, such as in "Canine Casanova".
  • Strictly Formula: Many of the shorts are centered around Pluto either befriending another animal or becoming an enemy of another animal, with the gags ensueing from his botched attempts to deal with them—sometimes a combo of both is used.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: In "The Army Mascot", Pluto turns green after swallowing a plug of chewing tobacco. He tries to swallow the green away, but it just comes back up. He then turns other colors as well, including, yes, plaid. Even his tongue!
    • In cartoons that are set in some snowy region, such as "Alpine Climbers" and "Mail Dog", there are instances when Pluto gets so cold he turns blue.
  • The Voiceless/The Speechless: Sans his sole words in "The Moose Hunt" and "Mickey Steps Out", unless you count barking as dog talk. Occasionally, he would make panting sounds that sound similar to "yeah, yeah!"
    • Hilariously lampshaded in the 50's-era MAD spoof "Mickey Rodent" in which Pluted Pup laments being the only animal in the Walt Dizzy universe who can't talk, by way of holding up signs.
    • In Mickey's last black and white short, "Mickey's Kangaroo", the viewers get to hear what Pluto's thinking throughout the short.
  • White Gloves: Shown wearing them in the B&W cartoon, "Blue Rhythm."

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