Sunday, November 7, 2010
A Dog Named Pluto
Whew! That's a complicated way to get your name if you are just a cartoon dog. Anyway, on August 18, 1930, Pluto got to be in his first Disney cartoon, which was called The Chain Gang. At that time, he was just a bloodhound without any name at all. Then on October 23 of that same year, he was in a film called The Picnic, and he played the part of Minnie Mouse's dog, Rover.
But even before this, Pluto the planet was discovered, and it got its name on March 24, 1930. Of course, like I mentioned before, we now know that Pluto is not a real planet, but only a dwarf planet. I'm just trying to explain how all these Plutos came along at the same time.
So on May 8, 1931, the Disney people made a cartoon named The Moose Hunt, and it had "Pluto the Pup" in it. This was the same dog that had already shown up as the nameless bloodhound and then as Rover. But the animators thought the name "Rover" was too common, so they changed the name to Pluto. They said this had nothing to do with the planet named Pluto, and maybe they are right about this, or maybe they are lying. It was way before I was born, so I do not know the real truth about it.
Anyway, Pluto became a very important and popular character in the Disney world. He was in a lot of cartoons as Mickey Mouse's dog, but he also got to have a starring role in 48 short films during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. He is the fifth most popular Disney character of all time, after Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy. And he was awarded the #1 prize in The 100 Greatest Animated Pets of All Time.
Like a real dog, Pluto does not talk or wear clothes or act like a human. Goofy does stuff like this, but Pluto doesn't. Pluto is just a dog. But he is a very smart and creative dog who can communicate by using facial expressions, barks, whimpers, mumbles, and sign language.
A later love interest for Pluto was Dinah the Dachshund. I couldn't find a whole lot of information about her, except for the fact that sometimes she also dates Butch the Bulldog.