The Dognapper

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : November 17, 1934

Running Time : 7:44

Synopsis

Officers Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck have to capture Pegleg Pete, who's stolen Minnie's dog and is holding it for ransom. A wild chase in a sawmill (including an extended battle to avoid the saw itself) is soon in order.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Pete
Fifi, the Pekinese
Donald Duck

Credits

Director
Ben Sharpsteen
Animation
Marvin Woodward
Hardie Gramatky
Dick Lundy
Johnny Cannon
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Bob Wickersham
Bill Roberts

Cut Scenes

Cuts include some gunplay scenes and Pete backhanding Fifi when Fifi bites him.

Video

Italy
Topolino Pesca Guai

Laserdiscs

United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White: Volume 1
Japan
Fisherman Mickey
Mickey Mouse : The Black and White Years

DVD

United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White
Germany
Mickey Mouse in Black and White

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 32: Goin' to the Dogs
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 28
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 54
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 1, 1955

Original Animator's Drafts


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Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by United Artists Pictures

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : An exciting cartoon with lots of actions and gags - full of gun play. The colorized version keeps the newspaper info and picture in black and white.
From J. D. Weil : At the time this cartoon was in production, Walt was traveling in Europe and was unavailable to record Mickey's voice. So for the first (and only) time in his career, Clarence (Ducky) Nash spoke for Mickey.
From Ryan : Here we've got Donald Duck in his third appearance (after The Wise Little Hen and Orphans' Benefit). Mickey and Donald follow Pete to an abandoned saw mill and some action begins. I found it quite interesting reading JD Weil's comment on this short. I had no idea that Clarence Nash did the voice for Mickey in this short. I guess Mickey's voice isn't very hard to do. I can do it myself.
From Patrick Uhr : This short was shown in a continuous loop of films at the orientation building at Disneyland (California), back in the 80's.

After a long hard day of going all over Disneyland my wife and I happened to go into this building right at the entrance. We noticed the old cartoons that were playing on a screen and started to watch.

We had no idea of what we were seeing exactly except that it was a Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoon in some kind of big hassle with Black Pete (Pegleg Pete), and they were having an even bigger hassle with a buzz saw which was after everybody.

My God, you have no idea how hard we were laughing watching this spectacle. I laughed so hard my whole body hurt. My belly hurt, my back hurt, and I got a headache from laughing, with tears pouring down my face. It was simply the funniest cartoon I've ever seen and nothing else even comes close.

I've been wanting to buy it ever since and just tonight I finally found it in a two-disk DVD collection from 2002, which I'm going to have to pay dearly for, but I don't care. That's one bad thing about the Disney corp. -- they put something out for a short time and then they simply quit producing it. You either buy it early, or pay through the nose to get it later.

But hooray for The Dognapper -- it is in a class by itself!!


From Bill : A simple story, but one action packed, gag filled short! There are so many great gags it's hard to name 'em all. The short starts out with a bang and never stops. Some of the funniest gags: Mickey splitting the cycle and sidecar to run up the sides of the bridge Pete tore up; the gags with the sawmill blade chasing Pete, Donald And Mickey; and don't forget the great animation shot when the cycle with Mickey and Donald hits the rail on the bridge and spins round and round. This short also had a great amount of slapstick. If you are a Three Stooges fan or Abbott and Costello, you'll see that they copied a lot from this short, especially when Mickey and Donald keep going ahead of each other to avoid the sawblade. The parts when Mickey or Donald get the drop on Pete, one gets hit with the coal chute, Mickey gets clobbered with the ladder, etc. The nice thing about this short is that Mickey gets almost all the gags, while Donald basically watches, which is reversed years later. It just goes to show that with the right storyline, Mickey is just as funny as any of the "five." Best action short!
From Maxwell Morton "Max" Goudiss : This short could also be called "The Great Mouse Detective" as they went to save the dog from a tough bad guy.