Bugs Bunny and company skew darker and edgier than boring ol' nice guy Mickey Mouse. That's what I thought and that's what I figured others thought too, but the 1951 Pluto short "Plutopia" changed my opinion. Pluto's dream about an effeminate, masochistic cat gets real weird, real quick. Whether it's the cat's total subservience to Pluto or his earnest pleas of "Bite me, bite me," this relationship hints at themes that must have disturbed a few adult viewers back in the day, to say nothing about the sex-addled gutternauts who happen across it today. Doubtlessly, "Plutopia" transformed countless children into sex criminals.
It doesn't take a dirty mind to question the way the cat reacts so delightedly to Pluto's every chomp and then rewards the dog with meat for his efforts. And when they dig a hole together and strike a bone well and geysers shoot forth delivering more bones? That noise you just heard was Sigmund Freud rising from his grave to drive the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile through a tunnel decorated with Georgia O'Keefe prints. Extra awkward: Pluto just barely averts Mr. BDSM Kitty from blowing his brains out, plus the fact that the short's title suggests that this strangeness represents some kind of idea situation for Pluto. Porky in Wackyland and Bugs's cross dressing have got nothing on this cartoon.
And yes, the cat does occasionally sound like an in-character Jon Lovitz, no?