Pluto can still be in our gang: Seven Dwarfs

LOS ANGELES, Aug 25, 2006 (AFP) – Pluto may have been cast out to the darkest reaches of the Solar System but will always be a friend to the Seven Dwarfs. The Walt Disney Co. characters have issued a hard-hitting statement after the world’s top astrononomical body decided on Thursday to relegate Pluto to the lowly status of a “dwarf planet”.

School textbooks will have to be rewritten — and Mickey Mouse’s faithful companion is said by Disney insiders to be anguished over the fate of his planetary namesake.

But the Seven Dwarfs are not taking it lying down.

“Although we think it’s DOPEY that Pluto has been downgraded to a dwarf planet, which has made some people GRUMPY and others just SLEEPY, we are not BASHFUL in saying we would be HAPPY if Disney’s Pluto would join us as an eighth dwarf,” they insisted.

“We think this is just what the DOC ordered and is nothing to SNEEZE at.”

Pluto the dog made his debut in 1930 — the same year that a 24-year-old American astronomer, Clyde Tombaugh, discovered what until now was called the ninth and outermost planet.

A white-gloved, yellow-shoed source close to Disney’s top dog said: “I think the