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Famous Dogs

Pluto

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Pluto, also called Pluto the Pup, is a cartoon character created in 1930 by Walt Disney Productions.

He is a red-colored, medium-sized, short-haired dog with black ears.

Unlike most Disney characters, Pluto is not anthropomorphic beyond some characteristics such as facial expression, though he did speak for a short portion of his history.

He is Mickey Mouse’s pet. Officially a mixed-breed dog, he made his debut as a bloodhound in the Mickey Mouse cartoon The Chain Gang. Together with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Goofy, Pluto is one of the “Sensational Six”—the biggest stars in the Disney universe. Though all six are non-human animals, Pluto is not dressed as a human.

Pluto debuted in animated cartoons and appeared in 24 Mickey Mouse films before receiving his own series in 1937. All together Pluto appeared in 89 short films between 1930 and 1953.

Several of these were nominated for an Academy Award, including:
The Pointer (1939)
Squatter’s Rights (1946)
Pluto’s Blue Note (1947)
Mickey and the Seal (1948)
One of his films, Lend a Paw (1941), won the award in 1942.

Because Pluto does not speak, his films generally rely on physical humor. This made Pluto a pioneering figure in character animation, which is expressing personality through animation rather than dialogue.

Pluto is generally a cheerful and adventurous dog, although he can be given to sheer panic when confronted with something unknown. Common themes in Pluto’s stories involve him becoming jealous of Mickey getting another pet, accidentally and unwittingly swallowing something and panicking when he realizes it, getting entangled with something lifeless, or Pluto being annoyed by a smaller animal.

In many of his appearances with Mickey, Pluto will get himself into trouble and cause Mickey to get angry at him. Mickey however, often cheers up quickly and often telling Pluto “I can’t be mad at ya.”