I said on the home page that I would provide information on Mickey's pals, and provide information I shall. As much as I love Mickey, they're WAY too lovable to leave out!
I tried to include pictures of the characters, but neither Yahoo! or Google gave me anything nearly good enough. So I'm just going to put in information. I'm pretty sure you know what they look like, anyway.
Personality: He is Mickey's pet dog and faithful companion. He likes digging, going for walks, and fetching the paper for Mickey. He's eager to please, and he hates it when Mickey scolds him or punishes him. He has run away from home a couple times, but always come back. Although he often makes messes, he always has good intentions, and Mickey doesn't always understand, but it all turns out good in the end! He is extremely lovable, and usually doesn't get along with Figaro or a bulldog named Butch.
Screen appearances: Pluto's first appearance was in the 1930 cartoon The Chain Gang, as one of the bloodhounds. He was named after the (dwarf) planet, which was also discovered in 1930 (bonus!). He played Minnie's pet dog, Rover, in Picnic (1930). When he was named in the 1931 cartoon Moose Hunters, he became a pernament member of Mickey's gang, and he appeared in lots of Mickey Mouse cartoons from then on. He now has his own MouseWorks cartoons.
Personality: She is Mickey's girlfriend and has been so since 1928. (Shouldn't Mickey have proposed by now?) She is very sweet and kind, though sometimes she gets mad at Mickey. She is very stubborn, and once she's determined to do something, she always finds a way to do it, no matter what's trying to hold her back. In one cartoon (Mickey and the Goat Man), Mortimer describes her as "spunky." Figaro is her kitty and Fifi is her dog (though we rarely see her). She's good at baking, gardening, and knitting, and she likes to sing and dance. She's always getting clever ideas that save the House of Mouse from being shut down.
Screen appearances: Like Mickey, Minnie made her debut in Steamboat Willie, although her first appearance was in Plane Crazy. Steamboat Willie's commercial success helped introduce Mickey and Minnie to the audience, and they continued to appear in various Disney cartoons. They soon became famous. In some cartoons, Pete and Mortimer try to steal Minnie from Mickey - of course, they never win, because Mickey's the only one for her. Sometimes she is portrayed as a damsel in distress, soon to be rescued by Mickey. And all the other times, she simply has hilarious adventures with Mickey, like in her MouseWorks cartoons!
Personality: He is one of Mickey's two best friends. He has a fiery temper that he often loses, but he usually has good intentions. He hates troublemakers and likes peace and relaxation. He is easily annoyed, and he gets jealous sometimes because of Mickey's fame and popularity that makes him feel left out. Little does he know that everyone loves him just as much!
Screen appearances: Donald Duck was created by Walt Disney when he heard Clarence Nash reciting "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in his "duck" voice. Besides, he needed a new character that could portray some of the more negative character traits he couldn't do with Mickey anymore. Donald's first appearance was in a Silly Symphonies cartoon called The Wise Litte Hen (1934). He later appeared in Orphan's Benefit and various other Disney cartoons, even Mickey Mouse cartoons. He was a hit! Eventually, he, Mickey, and Goofy appeared in cartoons and movies together, and today Donald has his own MouseWorks cartoons, as well as Mickey, Donald and Goofy cartoons. They're a trio.
Personality: Goofy is Mickey's other best friend. He, too, has good intentions, but something always goes comically wrong. He is clumsy and often breaks things. He is hilarious and is always making jokes and remarks that never fail to make me laugh. Sometimes he takes things literally and not how they're meant, and messes up in ways that only HE could. But he has his serious moments too. Every once in a while you see him crying, and it's impossible not to feel sorry for him.
Screen appearances: The first time audiences saw Goofy was in the audience in the 1932 cartoon Mickey's Revue. Back then, his name was Dippy Dawg instead of Goofy. He was old too. When he appeared in the 1932 cartoon The Whoopee Party, he was younger. From 1932-33 he made six appearances, most of them being cameos. But he was named Goofy and made a member of Mickey's gang when he appeared in Orphan's Benefit (1934). Since then, he has joined Mickey and Donald in cartoons, and he has a bunch of HILARIOUS MouseWorks cartoons!
Personality: She is Donald's girlfriend and Minnie's best (female) friend. She is very carefree and usually very silly. She loves shopping. She has a temper like Donald's, but she doesn't often go crazy like he does, because she can control hers a lot better. She is waiting for her big break - her chance to perform on stage and be a star. And sadly, that's about all I know about her character.
Screen appearances: She first appeared in Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940). She did not appear regularly like Donald did. The next time she appeared was in A Good Time for a Dime (1941), as a temptation threatening to separate Donald from his money. That same year, she made a cameo appearance in The Nifty Nineties, which indicated that she was a permanent addition to the supporting cast of Donald, but she didn't appear again until 1945, in the short Donald's Crime. Over the years, audiences saw her more often, and now she is a well-known member of the classic Disney gang. She has also appeared in movies.
Personality: Horace is a character from classic Disney cartoons, the boyfriend of Clarabelle Cow, and one of my favourite Disney characters. He's very funny and often lost in his own little world. He's more of the quiet type, but I have collected a lot of his quotes. He actually has quite a few. He's good with technical stuff, and he likes to build little models of things he dreams up - such as Horaceland!
Screen appearances: The first time audiences saw Horace was in The Plow Boy (1929) as Mickey's plough horse. Later that same year, he appeared in The Jazz Fool. After that, he became a regular member of the Disney supporting cast, along with other minor characters. He appeared in 29 cartoons from 1929 to 1942, and later he made cameos in Mickey's Christmas Carol and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In 1990, he was given the role of Mickey's pompous tutor in The Prince and the Pauper. Nowadays he appears in Mickey Mouse Works (if it still comes on...) and House of Mouse, where he works as the technician.
Personality: Clarabelle is another character from classic cartoons, and she's also Horace's girlfriend. She knows her classics! In older cartoons, she reminds me a lot of Minnie. She loves being the center of attention and the life of the party! Sometimes she mishears things and then tells everyone what she heard, and it causes trouble.
Screen appearances: She first appeared in the 1928 short Plane Crazy as a farm horse. After that, she was seen in 36 cartoons from 1928 to 1942. Like Horace, she was given small cameos in Mickey's Christmas Carol and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and also The Prince and the Pauper. She has made a few appearances in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and she plays Pete's lieutenant in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers.
Sadly, that's all I know about her.
Personality: Pete Mickey's main enemy. He is greedy, and often violent in the old black-and-white cartoons. He used to try to steal Minnie from Mickey, but Mortimer has taken over that job. Pete loves money and is not above turning to crime to get it.
Screen appearances: Pete has been around sine the beginning, even before Mickey. He has many names, including Peg-Leg Pete (sometimes he really does appear with a peg leg), Black Pete, Mighty Pete, Bad Pete, Big Pete, Big Bad Pete, Bootleg Pete, and Peter Pete. Lots of names. I just call him Pete. He has existed since the Alice Comedies series from the 1920s. When Walt Disney needed a villain to place against Owsald the Lucky Rabbit in 1927, Pete was used. Then when Oswald was lost and Mickey Mouse was born, Pete rivaled Mickey, beginning at the 1928 short The Gallopin' Gaucho. He has been his enemy ever since. These days he can be seen in Goof Troop and many episodes of House of Mouse, as well as a few movies too.
Personality: Mortimer has been Mickey's rival since 1936. He is annoying and he constantly tries to win Minnie's love. Unfortunately, he lives right next door to Mickey, so he can bother him more easily. One time, he even framed Mickey for stealing a baseball and got poor Mickey thrown in jail, even though Mickey had a date with Minnie that night!
Screen appearances: As you might have guessed, Mortimer was introduced in the 1936 cartoon Mickey's Rival. After that, he appeared in Disney comics, where the Disney dudes tried to change his name in order not to confuse him with Minnie's uncle, who shares his name, but it didn't work. In MouseWorks cartoons, he is still competing with Mickey for Minnie's affections (although it never works, thankfully). Sometimes he attends the House of Mouse. Scary, I know. He appears as Minnie's boss in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas and every once in a while appears on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.