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.
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?
I think being it’s the opening in 1983, It may be one of the famouse Shinagawa Apartment 33 party lovers from Disney Staff dressed up in a TOHO creation.
This blog post from Disneyblogs clearly shows he’s from The Aristocats
This is definatly Peppo, one of the Alley Cats. In the 1970’s Disney released a Pan-a-vue set of pictures from WDW and he clearly seen as being an Alley Cat.
Maybe, Peppo Cat
I think it is a pink elephant from Dumbo.
Is he from the Aristocats? 🙂 What a neat photo!
The anticipation is killing me… who could it be??
Pink elephant from Dumbo?
Gotta be Peppo, when they sing “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” they all change colors.
Peppo the Italian Cat…..aristocats
ShellieMay, a pink bear created by Minnie as a friend for Duffy