【tdr0045】 The Mickey’s pet Pluto originally had no name?


Pluto is well-known as Mickey Mouse’s pet dog now, but did you know that he was a nameless character when he debuted in the animation?

Pluto first appeared as a police dog in the film “The Chain Gang” which was released in 1930. At that time, he had no name.

He started to be called “Pluto” in the film “The Moose Hunt” released in 1931. He was finally given the name Pluto and the role as a Mickey’s pet in this film.

Then, don’t you wonder why he suddenly got his name and why he was named “Pluto”? Actually, his name was related to a big discovery that was made back then.

That was a discovery made in 1930 when Pluto debuted: the ‘Pluto’ was found as a new planet. Since everyone was talking about the new planet back then, they named him “Pluto”.

Unfortunately, however, the Pluto was demoted and reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006.

We can imagine that the Disney company was disappointed to hear that the planet which its character was named after had been downgraded, but the company commented “We would be happy if Disney’s Pluto would join us as an 8th dwarf”.

The company’s snappy and sophisticated comeback really impresses us.

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