This article is about the cat from Pinocchio. For the Gravity Falls character, see Li'l Gideon.
Gideon (or "Giddy") is the tertiary antagonist and the punch-drunk, dim-witted mute cat sidekick of J. Worthington "Honest John" Foulfellow the fox in Disney's 1940 film Pinocchio. He and Honest John are the first 2 antagonists featured in the film. He was going to be voiced by Mel Blanc, who voiced Dopey in the 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but the company decided to delete all of his lines preferring a mute sidekick performance though he has 3 hiccups in the film, all voiced by Mel Blanc, for which he did receive payment. He is said to be inspired by Harpo Marx, the silent member of the Marx Brothers.
Unlike his buddy, Gideon is very dimwitted and foolish. Without his boss Honest John, Gideon would most likely be performing petty theft and pick-pocketing. Like Honest John, however, Gideon has followed the 'easy road', having barely attended school and thusly cannot read or write.
Gideon's wardrobe describes that he is dimwitted, compared to Foulfellow. Although the attire of both crooks are equally ragged and worn-out (patches on their pants and elbow sleeves, and tearings on their hats, gloves, and capes, etc.). Gideon wears long, baggy clothing while Foulfellow wears more proper and civilized clothing.
In the film, Gideon is walking along the crowded streets of the village. In the village the duo find out their old friend, Stromboli, is back in town. In the conversation, it is revealed that Gideon was passed off as a puppet to swindle Stromboli. After the duo spot Pinocchio, Honest John insists they use the live puppet to earn money. While Gideon believes they should knock out and kidnap the boy, Honest John decided that there were more cunning methods of abduction. While Honest John persuades Pinocchio to join the world of showbiz, Gideon attempts to steal out of Pinocchio's pocket. Gideon along with Honest John walk Pinocchio to Stromboli. When their plans are almost thwarted by Jiminy Cricket, Gideon attempts to squash him, but misses and hits Honest John on the head, causing his head to get stuck in his hat, which moves Gideon to hit him once more in the head in order to free him.
Gideon reappears later on in the Red Lobster Inn with Honest John, enjoying their pay from the scam, and helps Honest John kidnap Pinocchio (and many other boys) to take him to Pleasure Island.
Gideon and Foulfellow were originally set to make an appearance in the Mickey and the Beanstalk segment of the film as con artist who sell Mickey the magic beans. However, since Walt Disney felt the scene was irrelevant, the scene was dropped.
Giddy makes numerous cameo appearances in the animated series, House of Mouse, usually alongside Foulfellow. He was seen in Jiminy Cricket, sitting alongside Lampwick and Foulfellow as the former begins to transform into a donkey. He was also seen in one of the crowd shots in Mickey's House of Villains.
Gideon and Foulfellow make an appearance in the fifth installment of the series Shell Game. Here, Giddy and Foulfellow are part of the Disney Villains legion known as The Overtakers, and battle Finn in chapter six.
In the ABC fantasy/drama, Gideon doesn't appear. However, the costume design for Myrna (portrayed by Carolyn Hennesy), a swindler and the mother of Jiminy before he was transformed into cricket, is reminiscent of Gideon.Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and Epcot. He is always seen with Foulfellow. He also makes a few appearances at Disneyland Paris.
Gideon makes a cameo in the dark ride based on the original film as an audio animatronic.
Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade
In the Magic Kingdom parade, Gideon can be seen with Honest John and the donkey boys following behind Mickey Mouse's float and right before Pinocchio/Snow White's.
In Epcot, Gideon can be found on occasion at the World Showcase pavilion with Honest John at the American Adventure pavilion
Gideon can also be found here for meet and greets at the World Bazaar and in Tokyo DisneySea at the Mediterranean Harbor.
- In Carlo Collodi's story, Gideon is an unnamed female cat and is also the sidekick of the sly Fox. She pretends to be blind, but later gets her comeuppance by going blind for real.
- Giddy was originally planned to appear alongside Foulfellow in the video game Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. For unknown reasons, Giddy was cut from the final game.
- Gideon is very similar to Dopey from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Both are mute, dumb and often do something stupid. However unlike Dopey who is good Gideon though not as evil as Honest John is still considered a villian.
Characters: Pinocchio | Jiminy Cricket | The Blue Fairy | Geppetto | Figaro | Cleo | Honest John and Gideon | Stromboli | The Coachman | The Coachman's Minions | Lampwick | The Stupid Little Boys | Alexander | Monstro
Objects: Stromboli's Puppets