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May 30, 1947 – The Figaro Short Film Figaro and Frankie is Released to Theaters


“Figaro, you fiend! You’re terrible! Of all the unspeakable, inhuman, barbaric, dreadful things!”

On May 30, 1947, the Figaro short film Figaro and Frankie was released to theaters. It was the last of the short series of Figaro cartoons, with the first being 1943’s Figaro and Cleo and 1946’s Bath Day. It was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Eric Gurney and Bill de la Torre.

Frankie the canary is singing in his cage, waking poor Figaro, who is desperately trying to nap. He attacks Frankie’s cage and stops him for a brief moment, but he fights back with birdseed. When Figaro tries to get back at him, Minnie finds the kitten climbing up to the cage and rebukes him. Figaro walks away, but then decides to go after Frankie again and manages to knock over the cage. When Minnie runs in again, she thinks that Figaro has eaten Frankie, and chases him with the broom out of the house. After Minnie rushes Figaro out, it’s revealed that Frankie is indeed alive, and stares out the window, wishing he could fly now that he is free. Unfortunately, Frankie is unable to fly, and nearly falls into Figaro’s mouth, until Figaro is chased away by Butch the bulldog. Butch nearly eats Frankie, and is stuck between being eaten by Figaro and by Butch. Figaro’s conscience tries to convince Figaro to save Frankie, but to not avail, until he hits the cat with his halo. Figaro pushes a potted plant onto Butch’s head, driving the bulldog away. The two manage to make up, and Frankie goes back to annoying Figaro with his singing.


April 29

April 29, 1949 – The Pluto Short Film Pluto’s Sweater Premieres in Theaters


“You can go outdoors now, and your sweater will keep you so warm and comfy!”

On April 29, 1949, the Pluto short film Pluto’s Sweater was released to theaters. This is one of the few shorts that features both Figaro and Butch with Pluto. It was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Eric Gurney and Milt Schaffer.

Pluto and Figaro are quizzically studying Minnie’s new knitting project, which Pluto thinks is a long john for Minnie. However, Figaro corrects him: the sweater is for him. Minnie forces Pluto to wear the sweater, which he finds incredibly itchy. Although Pluto doesn’t want to be seen in the pink monstrosity, Minnie insists that he go outside, and throws him out the doggie door. As he stands outside, Butch and his gang come across him, and laugh hysterically. Pluto tries to hide, but the pink makes him stand out. The sleeves on the sweater are also too big, and Pluto finds himself completely tied up at one point. Pluto tries to free himself and ends up in a pond; when he gets out, the sweater shrinks at an alarming rate, and Pluto heads home with the sweater around his head. When he arrives, Minnie is distraught and begins to cry, and Pluto feels guilty about upsetting her – until he realizes that the sweater is the perfect size for Figaro, who puts up a fight when Minnie places it on him.

October 15

October 15, 1943 – The Figaro Short Film Figaro and Cleo is Released to Theaters


“Although she’d make a dainty little dish…”

On October 15, 1943, the Figaro short film Figaro and Cleo was released to theaters. This is the first of a handful of shorts that features the popular character from the animated feature film Pinocchio, with Figaro continuing to star in an additional six short films. The short was directed by Jack Kinney.

Figaro is waiting to be fed his supper, and is angered that more attention is being paid to Cleo, the goldfish. Hungry, Figaro eyes Cleo, but tells himself that he’d rather die. However, his hunger gets the best of him, and he decides to hunt after her. He then decides to play with the broom instead, much to the annoyance of the maid. He tries to get her attention, but she brushes him away. He lands in the living room and decides to play with a ball of yarn instead, finding himself in more trouble; when the maid punishes him by giving him no milk, Figaro decides that now is the time to eat Cleo. He waits until the coast is clear, then approaches Cleo with a makeshift fishing rod that uses his tail. When the maid catches him, he accidentally hooks the side of the fishbowl, but she frees him and scolds him again. Tired, the maid decides to take a nap, leaving Figaro with nothing to do but to go after Cleo. She wakes up to find him face-first in the bowl, and she ties his tail to her chair to keep him out of trouble before nodding off again. Unfortunately, her snoring causes the bowl to travel closer to the trapped Figaro, and he ends up freeing himself and falling into the bowl. The maid wakes up to find him in drowning in the bowl, and she quickly pulls him out and revives him. She makes sure that the two of them finally get along, and Cleo and Figaro seal their friendship with a kiss. In the end, the maid gives Figaro his milk.

September 22

September 22, 1944 – The Pluto Short Film First Aiders is Released to Theaters


“Now, don’t you two get into any trouble while I’m gone.”

On September 22, 1944, the Pluto short film First Aiders was released to theaters. This short features an appearance of Figaro the cat from Pinocchio; thanks to his popularity, he would also have three shorts in a series of his own. The short was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Harry Reeves and Rex Cox.

Minnie is reading a first aid manual, trying to create a cravat bandage on her own eye. Pluto uses his own ears to bandage himself as he hears Minnie read out the directions. Minnie’s efforts on herself fail, however, and she asks Figaro and Pluto if one of them would like to help her. Pluto volunteers, as does Figaro, although Pluto is able to push the kitten away into a wash bucket. Minnie then blames Figaro for the mess, and starts to work with Pluto, asking him to hold a bandage. The bandage rolls from Pluto’s mouth, and Figaro chases after the strip, attempting to bring it back to Minnie. As Pluto and Figaro play tug-of-war, Figaro is sent flying across the room into the first aid kit. Minnie once again blames Figaro for the mess.

Figaro gets thrown into the first aid kit, and is blamed for making a mess

Figaro gets thrown into the first aid kit, and is blamed for making a mess

Minnie then attempts to learn about artificial respiration with Pluto as her partner. Pluto lets out large amounts of air as she does so, and accidentally ends up with a cork from a nearby bottle of smelling salts in his mouth. He breathes in the smelling salts uncomfortably, but is unable to breathe out due to the cork. As Figaro laughs at Pluto’s predicament, the cork finally bursts out from Pluto’s mouth, hitting the kitten in the backside. As Minnie’s practice continues, she starts using splints and bandages. As she has him completely splinted, she has to go out and get more bandages. She asks the two to stay out of trouble, and Figaro angelically agrees until Minnie close the door. The kitten then begins to taunt Pluto, who is barely able to stand as he is in the splints. Figaro continues his torture, although he ends up getting beaten up slightly. As they escape outside, Pluto is able to break free of the splints, and the two chase each other around the house. Minnie returns from the store and, seeing Pluto is hurt, begins to use her first aid skills to tend to the dog. Figaro laughs from the stairs, but ends up falling into the splint, bandaged tight. The two end the short making nice, only because Minnie asked them.

October 11

October 11, 1946 – The Figaro Short Film Bath Day is Released to Theaters

“Figaro…time for your nice warm bath.”

On October 11, 1946, the Figaro short film Bath Day was released to theaters. A handful of shorts for the kitten from Pinocchio were released, this time being seen as Minnie’s pet. The short was directed by Charles Nichols, with the story by Eric Gurney.

Figaro is taking a nap, when someone off-screen calls for him. He looks up to see Minnie Mouse waiting to give him a bath. Hearing this, Figaro hides and fights with Minnie, refusing to get into the tub. Minnie grabs some bubble bath, and begins to wash the cat, who is less than thrilled. She finishes the wash with a bow around his neck and some perfume. Minnie calls him beautiful, which Figaro interprets as looking like a sissy. Angered, he throws a tantrum, and falls out the window.

As Figaro tries to trace the fish he smelled, he runs into a mean alley cat instead

Outside, he gets caught by the aroma of fish, and follows it into the trashcan, where he runs into a mean alley cat. The cat looks at Figaro, and calls over his gang of cats, who all proceed to laugh at Figaro and his bow. Figaro tries to attack the alley cat, but is unable to lay a punch on him. The cat then pretends to be scared by Figaro, then gets the upper hand of the fight. When the alley cat places the shaking kitten against a mountain of trashcans, the shaking causes the entire mountain to fall, knocking the alley cat out cold. The gang is surprised to see Figaro walk unscathed, and run away from the kitten. Minnie finds him after this fight, and is given another bath, against his will.