Pluto

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.....Mickey's famed pup Pluto has long been popular with audiences (and was in fact more popular than Mickey Mouse in the 1940's), and has assumed many roles since the generic bloodhounds seen in 1930's "The Chain Gang" were adapted into the loyal hound we know today. Pluto's solo series emerged in 1936 after two Silly Symphonies (the black and white "Just Dogs" and the color "Mother Pluto") and a co-starring role with "Donald and Pluto" (which, while labelled in the credits as a Mickey Mouse cartoon and considered by most to be the beginning of Donald Duck's theatrical series, was in fact a test to see if both characters could drive their own series), initially focusing on Pluto solo adventures and the occasional appearance by Minnie's dog, Fifi. However, with 1945's "Canine Casanova", the series came into its own when Pluto gained a new love interest, the dachshund Dinah, to go along with his recurring foe, Butch the bulldog. This collection was by all rights the least linear of all the video in either Limited Gold Edition series, including Donald's Bee Pictures (which seems to start over in terms of release dates midway through the cassette). Another problem is somewhat symptomatic of the entire Pluto theatrical series: while Pluto is eminently likeable, his solo efforts simply aren't as good as the Mickey shorts that featured him prominently. Add in an appearance by Figaro, and you have a tape with more collector appeal than mass appeal. Running Time: Approx. 47 Minutes

Contents


Introduction - The standard opening is once again present.
"Pluto, Junior" - An aged reissue print is used to present a short that focuses less on Pluto than on his son (presumably one of the five children from "Pluto's Quin-Puplets"). Very short by Disney standards, the film is cute, but begs the question: What makes such a tempermental dog as Pluto such a popular choice by the Disney staff for parenthood?
"Canine Casanova" - This faded reissue print introduces us to Dinah, Pluto's second (and still current) love interest. A lot of the humor in the short is derived from Pluto acting like a spaz while trying to attract Dinah. While a very familiar Disney storyline (lovable yet hapless hero gets the girl he shouldn't), it's executed to great effect here.
"Pluto at the Zoo" - One of Pluto's more imaginative solo efforts has him invading a zoo looking to upgrade his pea-sized bone to a much larger one belonging to a sleeping lion. Naturally, mayhem ensues. The print here is marked with scratches and other defects, but is bright and colorful.
"Pluto's Housewarming" - Pluto gets a new house, which is, suffice to say, a palace. However, a turtle throws a massive wrench into his plans (to say nothing of Butch) in this fun short, which looks absolutely perfect on this cassette.
"Pluto's Heart Throb" - Dinah gets her second introduction here, and the attraction is almost instantly mutual (and much more memorable). Butch is also present, adding another dimension to Pluto's rivalry with the thuggish bulldog. A sweet, entertaining short which is slightly faded, but well-presented nonetheless.
"Cat Nap Pluto" - Figaro's next-to-last appearance in the classic era sees Pluto trying to get some rest after an all-nighter while a playful Figaro sees things differently. While certainly dated (as the best joke of the short is a running gag involving a stereotypically Chinese "Sandman" version of Pluto), this short is still a fun one. Too bad the print used is so faded. :(
"Wonder Dog" - Pluto again tries to win over Dinah, this time by trying to be like her heartthrob-Prince, the Wonder Dog. This '50s-era short features plenty of music cribbed from Dumbo, this short is a bit of a curio, but still quite entertaining.

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