Disney Holiday Pluto the Pup Funko POP
From Disney Holiday, Pluto, stylized as a Funko POP! Pluto is a cartoon character created by The Walt Disney Company. He is a yellow-orange color, medium-sized, short-haired dog with black ears. Unlike most Disney characters, Pluto is not anthropomorphic beyond some characteristics such as facial expression. 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 6 are non-human animals, Pluto alone 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), and 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, by expressing personality through animation rather than dialogue. Like all of Pluto’s co-stars, the dog has appeared extensively in comics over the years, first making an appearance in 1931. He returned to theatrical animation in 1990 with The Prince and the Pauper and has also appeared in several direct-to-video films. Pluto also appears in the television series Mickey Mouse Works (1999-2000), House of Mouse (2001-2003), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006-2016), and the new Mickey Mouse shorts (2013-2019) along with its successor, The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse (2020-present). Pluto first appeared as a nameless bloodhound tracking the escaped convict Mickey in the film The Chain Gang, which released on August 6, 1930. On October 23 of that same year, The Picnic was released. Pluto was Minnie‘s dog and was named Rover.
In The Moose Hunt, which came out on May 3, 1931, Pluto appeared as Mickey’s pet, and was given the name “Pluto“. Several months had passed between the naming of what was then classified as the 9th planet, Pluto, on May 1, 1930, and the attachment of that name to the dog character. Disney animator Ben Sharpsteen said “We thought the name (Rover) was too common, so we had to look for something else… We changed it to Pluto the Pup…”. Some Disney animators reportedly believed that Walt Disney chose the name to capitalize on the sensation of the newly named Planet. Perhaps, the name’s author was a good connoisseur of Latin, because Sextus Pompeius Festus, a Roman lexicographer and grammarian of the II century a.C., so wrote: “Plauti are called the dogs whose ears are languid and flabby and appear to extend more widely”. …anyway for me Pluto is still the 9th planet.
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