Bath Day
Studio: Disney Release Date : October 11, 1946 Series: Figaro
  1. General Info
Cumulative rating:
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Synopsis

Ever try to give a cat a bath? Minnie did, but Figaro didn't appreciate it!

Characters

Minnie Mouse
(Voice: Ruth Clifford)
Figaro
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)

Credits

Note: "Unverified" credits may not be correct and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Director

Charles A. Nichols

Animator

Marvin Woodward
Murray McClellan
George Nicholas
Brad Case
Ward Kimball (unverified)

Story

Eric Gurney

Music

Oliver Wallace

Backgrounds

Karl Karpe
Merle T. Cox

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (unverified)


Distributor(s)

RKO Radio Pictures

Television

Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 23)
The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 3, Episode 8)

VHS

United States

Minnie

Germany

Die Popcornschlacht
Figaro und Cleo

France

Le Meilleur de Minnie
Disney Parade 1
La Bande a Donald

Italy

I Capolavori di Minni
Minni
Minni
Gli Aristogatti

CED Disc

United States

Minnie

Laserdisc (CAV)

Japan

Minnie
Mickey and the Gang

Laserdisc (CLV)

Japan

Minnie's Greatest Hits / Pluto's Greatest Hits
The Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons
Disney Cartoon Festival 1

DVD

United States

The Complete Pluto - Volume 2
The Aristocats (Special Edition)
The Aristocats
Best Pals - Mickey & Minnie

Canada

Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 10 : Best Pals : Mickey and Minnie

BluRay Disc

United States

The Aristocats
The Aristocats (Blu-Ray / DVD Combo)

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 6:35
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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From Thad Komorowski :

I always had some sort of fascination with Figaro, he seemed to be Disney's only 'nice' cat. I love Figaro's reactions of realizing he looks like a sissy, and the ending is cute too.

From Baruch Weiss :

In this short Minnie gives Figaro a bath (cats usually give themselves a bath so what was the point?) and then dresses him up in a bow. He then goes outside and gets made fun of by a group of alley cats. This cartoon was ok, but I'm not going to call it one of my favorites. In fact, any kid who's been bullied in school or at home can really relate to this short!

From Dino Cencia :

My favorite part was the ending Minnie saw Figaro and she picked him up and said: "Figaro, where on earth have you been? You're all dirty." And then Figaro imagined himself as a skunk. Then last Minnie said: "Now you've got to have another bath." Minnie Mouse is awesome and sweet in this short. This short was really good and I enjoyed it. I give it a 600.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

Disney shorts in the 1940s are quite a mixed bag. While the energy of the Mickey shorts from the 30s is not there, the focus shifted to Donald Duck mostly, and partially some Goofy exploits. There are some notable exceptions, though, and one of them is Figaro. The cat from Pinocchio featured in an earlier short, Figaro and Cleo, and returns with Bath Day.

Figaro was never going to be a star on the scale of the bigger Disney characters, but he’s not terrible. The acting and animation of the character are perfectly fine, about on par with that of Pluto in some of his shorts. The problem is that there is not a good reason to have Figaro about. He doesn’t fit in any real niche that is underserved by the other Disney characters.

In Bath Day, Figaro interacts with Minnie, and the beginning of the short makes you think this will be a fairly typical idea. Figaro doesn’t want to take a bath, and Minnie is trying to make him do so. He puts up a little bit of a fight, but within two minutes, he’s bathed and ready to go. His big worry is not so much the bath but how the bath makes him look.

In short, it makes him look like a bit of a fop. Figaro is concerned that his looks will not serve him well in the world at large. He is right about that, because he immediately encounters some alley cats that threaten him. Seeing Figaro interact with the other cats is somewhat fun, but ultimately it lacks a little heart that we’ve seen in other shorts.

Figaro is the hero here, but as a viewer, I’m not familiar enough with him to really root for him like I would the other characters. It’s a catch 22, because if he doesn’t appear that much then you won’t develop familiarity, right? But the story here doesn’t do much to help matters. I don’t feel for Figaro or care what he ends up doing.

I’ll admit to enjoying the ultimate ending, when Figaro gets the best of the alley cat through no fault of his own. Seeing the cat get clobbered by the garbage around Figaro is fun, but it does nothing to further Figaro’s character. When he ends up strutting back to his house, he’s rather arrogant and not endearing.

Sure, that’s probably the point of Figaro, but it doesn’t make him likeable. I can see why Figaro is not in the pantheon of Disney characters, because in Bath Day, I just didn’t care what happened to him. That may be the modern viewer looking back, but for some reason, I don’t connect to Figaro.


Credits

Note: "Unverified" credits may not be correct and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Director

Charles A. Nichols

Animator

Marvin Woodward
Murray McClellan
George Nicholas
Brad Case
Ward Kimball (unverified)

Story

Eric Gurney

Music

Oliver Wallace

Backgrounds

Karl Karpe
Merle T. Cox

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney (unverified)

Screenshots

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Sources

Charles A. Nichols: Director
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Marvin Woodward: Animator
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Murray McClellan: Animator
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George Nicholas: Animator
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Brad Case: Animator
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Eric Gurney: Story
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Oliver Wallace: Music
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Karl Karpe: Backgrounds
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Merle T. Cox: Backgrounds
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Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
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Ward Kimball: Animator
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