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Mother Pluto

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : November 14, 1936

Running Time : 8:35

Synopsis

Pluto plays mother hen to a handful of chicks who have just hatched in his doghouse.

Characters

Pluto
Mother Chicken
Father Chicken

Credits

Director
Wilfred Jackson
Asst. Director
Lou Debney
Animation
Izzy Klein
Johnny Cannon
Bill Roberts
Archie Robin
Norm Ferguson
Marvin Woodward
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Nick George
Story
Earl Hurd
Music
Leigh Harline
Voices
Lee Millar
Florence Gill

Video

Germany
Pluto Präsentiert
Donald Total Verliebt
France
Disney Festival
Italy
Paperino Pippo Pluto e …

Laserdiscs

Japan
Disney Cartoon Festival 7

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Germany
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
France
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Italy
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 33: In the Nursery with the Silly Symphonies
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 33
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 52

Original Animator's Drafts


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Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
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 Rod Bennett : One might guess that Walt had a contract to deliver seven Silly Symphonies this year and only came up with six. Otherwise, how did this pleasant but unremarkable little Pluto short get the prestigious "Symphony" title attached to it?
From Jerry Edwards : Although there is no way it should be called a Silly Symphony, I find this an enjoyable short. But I do find it rather unsatisfying because of the unresolved ending. The supposedly happy ending has the chicks appearing from under the straw in Pluto's dog house, but you know the hen and rooster are going to arrive soon to continue the fight. This short sticks in my memory for an entirely different reason. The Mickey Mouse Club showed a short titled Pluto and the Baby, which wasn't listed anywhere as a short. I wrote Disney about this and their "official" information was that it was a shortened version of Mother Pluto. But, of course, it wasn't. Later I found the original short - the 1934 Mickey Plays Papa. All scenes of Mickey were cut so that only scenes of Pluto and the baby were kept. Many scenes of the baby reacting to Pluto were originally the baby reacting to Mickey.
From Baruch Weiss : I don't know why this cartoon is a Silly Symphony cartoon rather then a Pluto cartoon, but that's what it appears to be. Anyway this was such a great cartoon, I'll bet it was funny to see Pluto being a "Mother" to a bunch of cute little chicks.
From Matthew Cooper : I never thought there would be a Disney short I hated until I saw this one! The reason I hate it is obvious (isn't it?) The ending was so unresolved! The mother hen never got her chicks back, and don't you think she was the only bad-guy here (she was partly one though for trying to solve the problem with violence,) but it was also Pluto! He would not give them back to her! Anyway, the reason I hate this short so much is not only because the ending was unresolved but because while I was watching it for the first time, I kept hoping it would end the way I've written below, so when it didn't, I was really shocked

1. The mother hen would start to see that Pluto was protecting her chicks in her absence and break up the fight between him and the rooster.

2. The camera would cut to a scene in Pluto's doghouse where the chicks are playing in Pluto's paws and he and the mother hen are smiling.

Boo on Disney for making such an unresolved cartoon! I didn't think they had it in them!


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