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Large, muscular and obese, Pete is a renowned scoundrel. Although not very bright, Pete has nonetheless often succeeded in forming criminal organizations, though he can also 'work' on his own or with his closest accomplice, Scuttle, when he isn't simply being obnoxious at some legal job. Pete is one of Mickey Mouse's oldest nemesises, though their relationship is not as hateful as it was in the earlier days, Mickey having gradually realized Pete actually had some good in him (as demonstrated by his having a girlfriend, Trudy Van Tubb, and even having been married and retaining a son and a daughter from this marriage).
Behind the scenesEdit
Pete first appeared in 1925 in Alice Solves the Puzzle, where he was depicted as a peg-legged, eye-patched anthropomorphic bear. He remained a recurring character of the Alice Comedies cartoon series throughout its run and was carried over into the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon series, gracing both as an anthropomorphic bear.
His origins as an anthropomorphic cat may be traced to Alice the Whaler, where a feline cook appears on a ship along with an anthropomorphic mouse, clearly foreshadowing the events of Steamboat Willie, the first widely distributed instalment of the Mickey Mouse cartoon series. Pete appeared, in cat form, in Steamboat Willie and many later episodes of the Mickey Mouse cartoon series, taking on a role as a recurring antagonist. His role in this series would lead to him being introduced into and appearing in many comics and appearing in spin-off series such as Donald Duck and Goofy.
Despite his role as a recurring antagonist for Mickey and his friends, he would also, in his bear form, maintain a role as a recurring antagonist in Oswald shorts produced by Charles Mintz and Walter Lantz, maintaining a recurring role there until the 1940's, after which he became an exclusive antagonist of Disney-owned characters in all form of media.
- Walt Disney (Classical voice from 1928 to 1932)
- Billy Bletcher (Classical voice from 1933 to 1954)
- Pinto Colvig (Mickey's Amateurs)
- John McLeish (Bellboy Donald)
- Will Ryan (Classical voice between 1983 and 1986)
- Arthur Burghardt (The Prince and the Pauper)
- Jim Cummings (Classical voice since 1992)