Anthropomorphic Antics

In this post, I’m going to look at the age-old question about how the talking Goofy and non-talking Pluto can both be dogs in the same universe.

This kind of thing often seems to happen with anthropomorphic animals. Hey, in Animal Crossing, there are frogs who live in houses and dress in clothes, but also others you can catch in the river. So are Goofy and his ilk super-intelligent animals, or just people who look like animals? Is there some kind of cross between the DNA of both? And how does reproduction work among such beings? I’ve noticed that creators of fictional worlds usually avoid this issue by making most couples two of the same sort of animal: Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Porky and Petunia Pig, Pete and Pelly (both pelicans) from Animal Crossing, Buster and Babs Bunny, etc. On the other hand, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow were together, and much more famously Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

I remember in A Muppet Christmas Carol, in which the two of them played the Cratchits, their male children were frogs and their female children pigs. I know this wasn’t really canonical (as far as the Muppets can be considered to have a canon), but those are some pretty insane genetics, I must say. Why doesn’t their being together count as bestiality? Or maybe it does, and it’s just that nobody cares. Come to think of it, aren’t Gus Goose and Gladstone Gander Donald Duck’s cousins? Ducks and geese belong to different subfamilies! The whole thing is so confusing that the Pluto/Goofy issue merely scratches the surface. I guess there really are areas in which man and manimal aren’t meant to pry.

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10 Responses to Anthropomorphic Antics

  1. vilajunkie says:

    Maybe Goofy is an Animal but Pluto is an animal, a la the Wicked books.

  2. vilajunkie says:

    Well, Dog and dog, respectively, but you know what I mean.

    In the Duck Tales universe, ducks seem to be a higher social class than dogs, like with Uncle Scrooge having a dog-person butler and the Beagle Boys as criminals rather than upstanding citizens.

    • Nathan says:

      That’s a good point. I think we also occasionally see a pig-person, but I’m not sure what their social rank is.

      • vilajunkie says:

        Probably even lower than the dog-people, since at least Pete and Goofy get to live in a nice suburb on the cartoons. I assume the pig-people live and work in the slums where the city dump and sewage plant are.

  3. Christmas Boy says:

    Did you know that Kermit and Miss Piggy were married by Henson but it’s been erased from history? When The Muppets Take Manhattan came out all the press releases (which treated the Muppets are real actors) stated Miss Piggy and Kermit were married in that final scene. When Jim died so did this thread in their careers but if you find material from the time it indeed has them married. Do you also know Miss Piggy’s last name? When she debuted she was Miss Piggy Lee after singer Peggy Lee. The Lee was dropped with time.

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