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Figaro the Kitten

GENUS PEDIGREE: Kitten
KNOWN ALIASES: none
KNOWN RELATIVES: Minnie Mouse (owner); Gepetto the Toy-Maker (former owner).
KNOWN PETS: none
CITIZENSHIP: Mouseton, USA
KNOWN CONFIDANTS: Minnie Mouse (owner); Gepetto (former owner); Pinocchio; Mammie Two-Shoes.
KNOWN RIVALS: Pluto the Pup; Butch the Bulldog; Frankie the Canary.
PARAPHERNALIA: unknown
1st PRINT APPEARANCE: Possibly: "Mickey Mouse Magazine" V5 #1 in the "Pinocchio" serial, and later in V5 #8 (1940) in his first non-Pinocchio story: "Figaro and Cleo."
1st FILM APPEARANCE: "Pinocchio" (Feb. 7, 1940); "All Together" (wartime propaganda film -Jan. 13, 1942); "Figaro and Cleo" (Oct. 15, 1943 -his first spotlight).
VOICE ACTOR: Clarence "Ducky" Nash ("Pinocchio"); Kate-Ellen Murtaugh (thereafter).
SIGNATURE: "meee-ow" & "pffft"
BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: Though Figaro started out as Gepetto the Toy-Maker's kitten in "Pinocchio," this cute little kitten proved to be a popular character. The Studio decided to take Figaro and give him to Minnie Mouse as her pet and a rival for Pluto and Butch the Bulldog. Figaro's first appearance outside of "Pinocchio" was in a commercial for war-bonds ("All Together" - 1942), after that he starred in the short film called "Figaro and Cleo" (1943) where he was being cared for by a large black woman whom we hear, but we only see her legs and feet called Mammy Twoshoes (Mammy also appeared in the Silly Symphony "Three Orphan Kittens" -1935). In this tale Figaro is hungry, but Mammy is angry at him for trying to eat Cleo (the same goldfish also from "Pinocchio"). Figaro's temperment changed considerably from "Pinocchio" to the shorts. He became meaner and much more cat-like. In "First Aiders" (1944) we are first introduced to the fact that Figaro is now Minnie's pet, and he and Pluto do not get along. In fact Figaro is rather sadistic toward the bound and gagged Pluto (a victim of Minnie's attempts at learning first aid). Figaro went on to star in four other shorts ("Bath Day" -1946, "Figaro and Frankie" -1947, "Cat Nap Pluto" -1948, and "Pluto's Sweater" -1949), and even made a cameo (with Cleo) in "Fun and Fancy Free" -1947, where, again, he was not very cute when he attacks Jiminy Cricket at the beginning of the film. In comics, again Figaro first appears in the comicbook retelling of Pinocchio, like in the Dell "Four Color" #252 in "Pinocchio." Later he appeared in many comic book versions of the his and Pluto's film shorts and even some original stories. One comic seems to indicate that Daisy Duck owns Figaro ("Vacation Parade" #4 in the "Huey, Dewey & Louie" story - 1953), though she was probably just cat-sitting for Minnie. Daisy did own a kitten named Trixie according the "Minnie 'n Me" storyline). Some other stories to feature Figaro can be found in "Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Figaro: First Aiders" (WDC&S #42, Mar. 1944); "Pluto's Sweater" (WDC&S #98, Nov. 1948); "Figaro Earns His Vacation" (WDC&S #119, Aug. 1950); "Pluto and Jiminy Cricket" (Four-Color" #654, Oct. 1955); and in "Figaro's Fidgets" (WDC&S #270, Mar. 1963) and many others.
HISTORICAL FACTS: unknown
LITTLE KNOWN SECRETS: unknown
WORKING THEORIES: none

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