Purple Pluto
Studio: Disney Television Animation Release Date : June 12, 1999 Series: Pluto Cartoon
Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted


Minnie is getting Pluto ready for the big dog show when she accidentally uses hair dye instead of shampoo! What will Mickey do when he finds out his true-blue friend is now purple?


Mickey Mouse
(Voice: Wayne Allwine)
Minnie Mouse
(Voice: Russi Taylor)
(Voice: Bill Farmer)


Story Editor

Kevin D. Campbell


Elizabeth Stonecipher

Included in:

Ladies' Night


Mickey MouseWorks (Season 1, Episode 7)

Technical Specifications

Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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From Patrick Malone :

Finally, Minnie begins to show some development (get your minds out of the gutter, I didn't mean it like that!) in her personality. And it's pretty much what we would expect from her. Always helpful, a bit flustered when things begin to go wrong, but a fairly quick thinker on her feet. And funny! Maybe I'm a little too easily amused these days, but this one had me almost on the floor a couple of times. ("Green paint, Blue paint, Pluto colored paint." "It's Paint brand shampoo!") Best of all was the series of gags as a painted Pluto is walked (dragged) down the street, running into obstacles along the way (klunk, spin, klunk, spin.) The only think I found wrong was that during the dog show the tail gag doesn't seem to deliver the idea that Pluto is really trying to break out of his cocoon at all. But still, a wonderful short.

P. S. Is this short finally an answer to Pluto's rejection in Society Dog Show?

From J. D. Weil :

A novelty! Minnie gets to star in a full-length short and guess what? It's good! In this one, Minnie accidently dyes Pluto purple while giving him a bath in preparation for a dog show. Lots of good action here, but the ending a bit contrived. Still, lotsa fun.

From Juan F. Lara :

Eh, I found this short unpleasant to watch. Now this short DID feature a Minnie that was the same as in "Maestro Minnie". We saw Minnie get angry in this short. Also, she tended to be very pushy. She butted in and just took Pluto away to bathe him, and she walked all over Mickey when she went to get the paint. She treated those two the way she's treated her orchestra. But the first time I saw this short Minnie came off as a shrill busybody to me. I softened to her after several other viewings, but she still comes off as unsympathetic to me.

The short's second half depended too much on idiot plot syndrome. All the time they dragged Pluto down the street I wondered how come Mickey didn't catch on. So the jokes of Pluto getting knocked around seemed stupid instead of funny. Likewise Minnie's reply about the paint.: "It's 'Paint'-brand shampoo." The ending was another contrived happy ending that depended on the judges being really gullible. And I was still wondering why Minnie had a bottle of purple hair dye to begin with.

DYN: The makers had a strange idea in having Pluto attack Minnie. But then Pluto stops being angry at Minnie in an instant.

From David Gonterman :

Note that this was originally presented afterMinnie Takes Care of Pluto; you might find a reason why Mickey dropped Pluto off at Minnie's doorstep on her cleaning day. This is the first main feature where Minnie really gets to shine, and she shows a very developed personality. ("Pluto is not purple!", "It's Paint-brand shampoo!", "It's only a beauty contest right, he's not going to have to do all those tricks?") Only one problem: Is there something about Minnie that can switch off some parts of Mickey's brain? Oh, another thing - Damage to Minnie: Gets chased around by a purple Pluto, but we don't see it.

From Lee Suggs :

I enjoyed this short throughly. I thought the premise was excellent, and it was played out very well. Seeing Minnie in action (and in her Disneyland House!) is just so refreshing. She had so little to do in the classic shorts. I enjoyed the gags in this short (particulary the rearranging of Minnie's house, and the "Pluto Colored Paint") and the ending was very satisfying. All and all one of the best shorts in the series.

From Thomas Mulligan :

I love it, I love it, I love it! "Disney Double Dyn-o-mite!"

From Kyle Wiggins :

Pluto turns purple. Minnie paints his fur yellow. When Minnie, Mickey, and Pluto get to the dog show, Mickey tries to get Pluto to shake. He tries to pull his paw up but the dry paint breaks. Minnie freaks out when Mickey found out that Pluto is purple. In the end, Minnie thinks that Mickey hates her forever. But she kisses him and Mickey becomes happy and still loves her.