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Can You Solve a Tokyo Disneyland Mystery?

posted on April 15th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


When we were sorting through images to use in today’s coverage of the 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland, one image in particular caught my eye – it’s a shot of a huge group of Disney characters assembled for the opening ceremony.
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One character in this group caught my attention: It’s the pink character on the very far right, wearing a blue hat. I didn’t recognize him, and neither did a few of my coworkers. Pretty soon, a whole cluster of Disney friends were surrounding my computer tossing out guesses.

After a call to the Disney Archives, we finally found the answer. Can you identify him? Leave your guess in the “Comments” section below. I’ll update the post later with the answer – it may surprise you!

Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog later today for a look at the 30th anniversary festivities.


ANSWER: This cat character was a member of Scat Cat’s jazz band in “The Aristocats.” In addition to an appearance at Tokyo Disneyland, all three band members used to appear for meet and greets at Walt Disney World Resort years ago. Who knew?

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Julianne on April 15th, 2013 at 9:05 am

Is it Breir Fox?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on April 15th, 2013 at 11:00 am

Nope.

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Jesselynn on April 15th, 2013 at 9:07 am

I am fairly certain that it’s one of the Jazz cats from the Aristocats, isn’t it? I could be wrong, though.

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Steven on April 15th, 2013 at 9:09 am

It looks like one of the cats from the Aristocats. They appeared at WDW in the ’70s.

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Erica from NM on April 15th, 2013 at 9:09 am

I think it’s Dumbo. =)

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on April 15th, 2013 at 11:01 am

I think Dumbo’s ear is peeking out from behind him. :)

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Paige on April 15th, 2013 at 9:09 am

Could it be a heffalump? It’s hard to see!

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Katherine on April 15th, 2013 at 9:09 am

One of the: “Pink Elephants on Parade” from Dumbo.

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Barbara from MI on April 15th, 2013 at 9:10 am

Is it one of the 3 Little Pigs? I see the Big Bad Wolf in the center back.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on April 15th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Yep, the wolf is there…

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Johanna from CA on April 15th, 2013 at 9:11 am

it’s one of the three little pigs from the 1930-something cartoon?

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Barbara from MI on April 15th, 2013 at 9:11 am

Nevermind…I see the actual Pigs now…LOL.

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Keith on April 15th, 2013 at 9:12 am

It’s one of the AristoCats … I believe Scat Cat.

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Philip on April 15th, 2013 at 9:12 am

That “pink character” is a member of Scat Cat’s band from The Aristocats.

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Rich from IA on April 15th, 2013 at 9:12 am

I’m not sure either, but I’m pretty sure that we saw this character make a cameo at the end of Roger Rabbit.

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Brandon on April 15th, 2013 at 9:12 am

It’s Peppo, from the Aristocats!

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Danielle from FL on April 15th, 2013 at 9:14 am

Definitely one of the Aristocats from “Everybody wants to be a cat”

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Kuleen on April 15th, 2013 at 9:20 am

The hat and scarf look the Aristocat Cat, but why is it pink? It also looks like Cubbi the Gummi Bear to me.

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Sam on April 15th, 2013 at 9:20 am

Definitely from the Aristocats. Peppo who plays the accordion. You Can see his hat and neck scarf.

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Jim on April 15th, 2013 at 9:21 am

I feel like its one of the aristocrats but I don’t remember them being pink.

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Meredyth from ON on April 15th, 2013 at 9:22 am

I’m thinking one of the cats from Aristocats as well.

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Ramon from NC on April 15th, 2013 at 9:23 am

it’s one of the 3 little pigs

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on April 15th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I think the Pigs are elsewhere in the pic. (But that was one of our first guesses, too!).

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Johanna from CA on April 15th, 2013 at 9:31 am

It can’t be a pig because they are in the center of the photo… Hard to believe that would be an Aristocat because they were not pink… so I really don’t know!

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Sean on April 15th, 2013 at 9:33 am

It’s Peppo from the Aristocats. During their song “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat”, each cats’ fur color changes from the lights changing colors in the room.

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Wendy on April 15th, 2013 at 9:47 am

My only guess was a pink elephant on parade…. or a heffalump.

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Robert on April 15th, 2013 at 9:55 am

It’s a heffalump. The blue hat is actually on the character behind him, which is Dumbo – you can see his ears jutting out.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on April 15th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Hmm…

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Eric from CA on April 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am

It’s Peppo from the Aristocats. In the movie he is brown but in the parks he was pink.

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David on April 15th, 2013 at 10:01 am

At first glance, I thought it was a heffalump, but on further examination, I’m not so sure.

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Mai on April 15th, 2013 at 10:02 am

It comments from Japan.
He is “Peppo Cat”(The Aristocats).
I still have an old guidebook.
There was his photograph.
Thank you for celebrating the 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland.

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Steve on April 15th, 2013 at 10:08 am

It is Peppo the Italian cat from Aristocats

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Leslie on April 15th, 2013 at 10:27 am

I’m reluctant to say an aristocat as well, even though the hat and scarf could match, because it’s pink!

Perhaps they have the jazz cats in bright colors because the lights go crazy at the end of the scene? Still, the costume doesn’t look as furry as the one in the pic I found. Also the hat doesn’t look quite the same. Maybe it’s an updated costume?

I would’ve guessed Henwen from the Black Cauldron but she’s not as pink either and never had a hat or scarf. It’s the wrong kind of hat for Cubby the Gummi Bear as well… hhmm… this is a stumper!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on April 15th, 2013 at 10:51 am

Isn’t it?

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Sharon from VA on April 15th, 2013 at 10:29 am

Giuseppi Cat!!!

He’s in the Life magazine article for the opening of Disney World as well.

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Joey on April 15th, 2013 at 10:54 am

One of Scat Cat’s band members rendered in those blacklight-y colors of “Everybody Wants to be a Cat”. Before Disney latched onto Marie and the kittens, those characters were how Aristocats was represented in the parks.

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Michael on April 15th, 2013 at 10:57 am

I think it’s Peppo too. I have a picture (yeah, an actual printed picture) from back in the day of Peppo and Hit-cat together at DLR when I was 8-9 and I’m almost positive its the same costume/color.

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Julie on April 15th, 2013 at 10:57 am

How about Lots O’ Huggin Bear from Toy Story?

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Rhonda on April 15th, 2013 at 11:12 am

It is one of the three pigs? Love all of these characters together!

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Philip on April 15th, 2013 at 11:12 am

Don’t even think about that, Julie, as Lotso did not exist in the 1980′s, due to Toy Story 3 not being released until 2010!

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Stephen on April 15th, 2013 at 11:13 am

Sometimes, character’s skin or clothing colors were a little off in the 70s. LOL, I wasn’t around back then, but Pinocchio’s hat used to be green. :)

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Julie on April 15th, 2013 at 11:20 am

I thought about that, Philip, but then thought that could be “any” opening ceremony, not THE opening ceremony…. Maybe I’m over thinking it…for a Monday that could be possible. :-)
Then sometimes I think characters “have always existed”, we just may have not been introduced to them….now I’m being overly philosophical…..

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Amy from GA on April 15th, 2013 at 11:33 am

It’s a Little Pig!

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Jennifer from SD on April 15th, 2013 at 11:40 am

Giuseppi Cat from the early 70′s!

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Ashley on April 15th, 2013 at 11:45 am

It is absolutely Peppo from the Aristocats. :) 100%!

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Megan on April 15th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Is it a Gummie Bear?!

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Garrett on April 15th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Is it one of the pink elephants on parade??

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Quinten on April 15th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

The scarf and the hat, It looks like peppo from the Aristocats to me.

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BJ on April 15th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

pink elephant from Dumbo!

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Stan on April 15th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

If it’s not Cubbi, it should be. Pink bear with blue hat and blue collar/kerchif thing. Absolutely…maybe.

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Michael on April 15th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

It is Peppo from Aristocats…he and Hit Cat are day-glo.

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Michael on April 15th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

It’s Jaq from Cinderella!

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Sam on April 15th, 2013 at 1:52 pm

It’s a Gummi Bear

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Michael on April 15th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Behind Jac is Dumbo.

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Andie on April 15th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

It’s Peppo!!!!!!

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Eric from MA on April 15th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

A closeup would help, but that definitely looks like an Aristocats jazz-cat. (Sorry if I don’t know their names, but don’t think Scat Cat was orange)
It always used to bug Disney that the overseas parks remembered the Aristocats more than the American park fans did. ;)

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