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Goofy & PlutoGoofy is a fictional character from the Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse universe. He is is one of Mickey Mouse's best friends. To some Goofy represents a dog though others were explained in their national version of Donald Duck magazine that he's a specific wild dog, a dingo. In cartoon shorts created during the 1950's, his name was given as both "George Geef" and "G.G. Geef", implying that "Goofy" was a nickname. Contemporary sources, including the Goof Troop television show and A Goofy Movie, now give the character's full name to be Goofy Goof.
Goofy first appeared in Mickey's Revue, first released on May 25, 1932. Directed by Wilfred Jackson this short features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow performing another song and dance show. Mickey and his gang's animated shorts by this point routinely featured song and dance numbers. At first, it starts out as a typical Mickey cartoon of the time, but what would set this short apart from all that had come before was the appearance of a new character, whose behavior served as a running gag. Dippy Dawg, as he was named by Disney artists, was a member of the audience. He constantly irritated his fellow spectators by noisily crunching peanuts and laughing loudly, till two of those fellow spectators knocked him out with their mallets. This early version of Goofy had other differences with the later and more developed ones besides the name. He was an old man with a white beard, a puffy tail and no trousers, shorts or undergarments. But the short introduced Goofy's distinct laughter. This laughter was provided by Pinto Colvig. He would serve as Goofy's voice actor until 1965. He was then replaced by (in order) George Johnson, Bob Jackman, Hal Smith, Tony Pope, Will Ryan, and currently, Bill Farmer.
Pluto (also known as Pluto the Pup) is a fictional character made famous in a series of Disney short cartoons. Pluto has most frequently appeared as Mickey Mouse's pet dog, although he has also been Donald Duck's pet, and occasionally as the pet of Goofy (who, notably, is himself a dog). He also had an independent starring role in a number of Disney shorts in the 1940s and '50s. Pluto is unusual for a Disney character in that he is not anthropomorphized beyond showing an unusually broad range of facial expressions; he is actually represented with the characteristics of his species. The only words he ever spoke were "Kiss me".
Pluto first appeared in the 1930 Mickey Mouse cartoon The Chain Gang as a bloodhound on the trail of escaped prisoner Mickey Mouse. The bloodhound character was adapted into Minnie Mouse's dog Rover. He later changed his name to Pluto and his owner to Mickey Mouse, making him Mickey's best pal.
Pluto is considered one of the first Disney characters to break out of the "rubber hose" and "circle formula" style the studio had relied on; the dog's design gave him the appearance of actually being round instead of flat. In addition, Pluto is one of the first cartoon characters that is actually shown to have thought processes through the use of character animation. The dog's thought processes are showcased in a landmark scene from 1934's Playful Pluto, in which Pluto becomes stuck to a piece of fly paper, and attempts to figure out ot a way to get himself unstuck.
In Pluto's own cartoons, his friends included Fifi the Peke, Dinah the Dachshund, and Ronnie the St. Bernard Puppy. His enemies included Black Pete, Donald Duck, Butch the Bulldog, Figaro the Kitten, Chip 'n Dale, Buzz the Bee, and other characters. Pluto was named after the planet Pluto which was discovered in 1930, the same year that the character was launched.
In Disney's 1942 animated short Pluto Junior, Pluto has a son who is simply referred to as "Pluto Junior." In the 1946 animated short Pluto's Kid Brother, Pluto has a younger brother named K.B. Pluto has also appeared in the television series Mickey Mouse Works and Disney's House of Mouse. Curiously enough, however, Pluto was the only standard Disney character not included when the whole gang was reunited for the 1983 featurette Mickey's Christmas Carol, although he did return in The Prince and the Pauper in 1990 and Runaway Brain five years later.
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