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Old 16 September 2007, 09:18 PM
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I just saw this video on the main page of MySpace. I really wonder what the kid did that Pluto started chasing him. I'm sure we'll read about it soon.

ETA: There's another video posted up that explains what was going on.
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Old 16 September 2007, 09:35 PM
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You can run in those things? I'm impressed.
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Old 16 September 2007, 09:37 PM
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What's sadder still is that the Pluto probably got reprimanded or even fired. And, where was Pluto's assistant this time? The assistant should have stopped the kid right up front.

Don't all costumed characters get assistants? Even at the meet and greets, I saw the assistants right by their sides.

Stupid kid, Pluto should have bit him.
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Old 16 September 2007, 09:50 PM
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What's sadder still is that the Pluto probably got reprimanded or even fired.
Not really, I hope he/she was fired. The character violated so many Disney policies as to be funny.

If you can't stand the ears, get out of Disney (which I bet he/she did).
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Old 16 September 2007, 09:57 PM
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Not really, I hope he/she was fired. The character violated so many Disney policies as to be funny.

If you can't stand the ears, get out of Disney (which I bet he/she did).
How do you know what all the Disney policies are? And kids should know better than to pull on Pluto's ears. How would you like to be wearing an additional 5 lbs secured tightly on your head, and having your head yanked to the side repeatedly?
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Old 16 September 2007, 09:59 PM
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Not really, I hope he/she was fired. The character violated so many Disney policies as to be funny.

If you can't stand the ears, get out of Disney (which I bet he/she did).
Oh I so disagree with this it isn't even funny at all. He violated NO disney rules that I could see because it wasn't until the very end of the chase that people figured it wasn't "in fun". The mom didn't even get involved until the end.

In fact, Pluto makes sure he has witnesses because the mother shoved him down into the streets.

Now, I'm not advocating character violence at all, but I really think it is sad that Disney doesn't stand behind their characters when they've got kids doing these mean things to them (like standing up to the mom instead of cowering from her)...

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Old 16 September 2007, 11:38 PM
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What was really funny is that Pluto stops to, apparently, tell a couple what just happened.
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Old 17 September 2007, 06:58 AM
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I would have done the same thing if i was pluto. That kid deserved it!!!
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Old 17 September 2007, 12:07 PM
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I would have done the same thing if i was pluto. That kid deserved it!!!
Eventually, the kid will try to yank the ears of a pitbull, and then Darwin will take care of the problem.
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Old 17 September 2007, 12:14 PM
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Give Pluto a break. He's still reeling from the news that he isn't a planet any more. That's got to be a major downer. No wonder the guys a little upset.
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Old 17 September 2007, 12:21 PM
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I have no idea what happened in this particular incident just from a video and an alleged explanation but, if the costumes themselves are heavy and unsafe, don't blame it on bratty kids. It's the park's responsibility to keep the workers safe and if pulling on an ear is so extremely dangerous that it supposedly warrants physical retribution on the child who does it, then the parks should redesign their costumes or otherwise make sure that the cast members are protected (for example by uncostumed escorts).
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Old 17 September 2007, 01:30 PM
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I have no idea what happened in this particular incident just from a video and an alleged explanation but, if the costumes themselves are heavy and unsafe, don't blame it on bratty kids. It's the park's responsibility to keep the workers safe and if pulling on an ear is so extremely dangerous that it supposedly warrants physical retribution on the child who does it, then the parks should redesign their costumes or otherwise make sure that the cast members are protected (for example by uncostumed escorts).
They do have escorts. And how do you suppose they should design Pluto's costume so his ears don't get pulled?
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Old 17 September 2007, 02:16 PM
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Other than the written description (which could have been written by anyone), is there any real support for what happened here? Has anyone seen a Disney statement or the like?

Assuming the incident happened just as the description says it did:

The Pluto actor is still in the wrong. He (or she) should have found a way to extricate himself from the situation. Yes, mom should have controlled her kid, and nothing steams me more than absentee parents who let their little precious little yard-apes get away with murder. But that doesn't remove responsibility from the actor to do the right-and the customer relations prudent-thing.

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They do have escorts. And how do you suppose they should design Pluto's costume so his ears don't get pulled?
The bottom line is that disney (in this case) DOES have the responsibility to keep their employees reasonably safe from injury. If Pluto's ears being yanked is a bad enough problem that personal injury results, then they need to either redesign things or remove Pluto from the bad, bad streets of Disneyland.

I am interested by the responses, both here and there, that the little brat deserved what he got... I can only hope they are in jest. I wonder: What would have happened, and what would the response here be, if Pluto had caught the little monster?

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Old 17 September 2007, 02:26 PM
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Give Pluto a break. He's still reeling from the news that he isn't a planet any more. That's got to be a major downer. No wonder the guys a little upset.
I have to admit, I thought the same thing before opening this thread.
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Old 17 September 2007, 02:28 PM
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I have to admit, I thought the same thing before opening this thread.
Yup, me too!
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Old 17 September 2007, 02:30 PM
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My response isn't in jest. Like I said to Doug, you try wearing 5 lbs secured to your head, and having your head yanked to the side repeatedly.

If you only knew what characters have to go through all the time, you'd be saying "Go get 'im" too.

Actually, there are some examples in another thread- here and here. Now tell me that getting that kind of treatment warrants no response? Trust me, I didn't respond the way Pluto did, but sometimes, I sure wish I could with the way kids act these days, the way parents egg them on, and the way they think it's sooooo hilarious.
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Old 17 September 2007, 02:41 PM
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I would put the onus on Disney to protect their employees, for example by instructing security guards at all their parks to actually intervene when an employee is getting hassle from customers.

that being said, there is a large part of me that hopes these kids get what's coming to them, whether that's being kicked out of the park or discipline from their parents (ha!) or something else. ****ing brats.
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Old 17 September 2007, 03:05 PM
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My response isn't in jest. Like I said to Doug, you try wearing 5 lbs secured to your head, and having your head yanked to the side repeatedly.

If you only knew what characters have to go through all the time, you'd be saying "Go get 'im" too.
No, I don't think I would. I think I'd say it's Disney's job to keep its employees safe, and to anticipate the behavior of children -- not just undisciplined bratty children, but also children who are tired and/or cranky and or frightened and/or confused. Note: I'm not saying those feelings justify misbehavior toward the characters, but they do help explain it.

If Disney cannot find a way to keep its costumed characters safe from the worst of the abuse, most of the time (nothing is perfect), then they should reconsider the practice of having costumed characters interacting with children. And people who accept the job of working as a costumed character and interacting with children need to understand that nothing is perfect and that every once in a while, a kid will mess with you, and that's part of the job.
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Old 17 September 2007, 03:08 PM
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My response isn't in jest. Like I said to Doug, you try wearing 5 lbs secured to your head, and having your head yanked to the side repeatedly.

If you only knew what characters have to go through all the time, you'd be saying "Go get 'im" too.
Yep, and if only I knew what babysitters have to go through every day, I'd be a little more understanding when they shake a little brat around once in a while, too.

Look, on a gut level, I agree that the kid should have some swift and strong retribution from mom (as if). There is no question he would have had it from me if he were my offspring. I don't, however, agree that Pluto is in his rights to assault a kid who was pulling on his ears, no matter how much it hurts. Can you imagine if the kid had fallen and busted his face open on the curb while running away from the character? And again, what do you suppose would have happened if Pluto had caught him? Is there anything he could have done to the kid that would be justified in your view?

The only response that is appropriate in the OP situation is for Pluto to remove himself, and (hopefully) for park security to intervene and boot the woman and her spawn out of the park. Make no mistake: mom, park security, and whatever character assistant was around failed to do their jobs, but just because Pluto plays a dog in the cartoons, doesn't give him the right to act like one in the parks.

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Old 17 September 2007, 06:54 PM
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FWIW, I've been attacked by a Disney character with no provocation. Not attacked, per se, but when my sister and I were 10 and 13, we went to breakfast with our cousins on a boat by Pleasure Island and we were the last table at the last seating. Donald was really weird and brusque and was very obviously annoyed, and he was wielding our autograph Plutos very aggressively. He dumped a whole carafe of OJ on my dad. I had it on video but we lost it.

Anyway, the grownups laughed for about 45 minutes but that duck was definitely pissed about something.
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