Society Dog Show

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : February 3, 1939

Running Time : 8:09


Mickey enters Pluto in a ritzy dog show where they are hopelessly outclassed and have little chance of winning until the building catches on fire and Pluto saves the day.


Mickey Mouse
Fifi, the Pekinese


Bill Roberts
Les Clark
Seamus Culhane
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Al Eugster
Cy Young
Milt Schaffer
Dick Lundy
Marvin Woodward
Norm Ferguson
John Walbridge
Ray Patin
Fred Moore
John McManus
George Rowley
Win Hoskins
Lee Morehouse
Cornett Wood


United States
Mickey Loves Minnie
Starring Pluto and Fifi
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 2
Käpt'n Donald
Pluto Präsentiert
Les Aventures de Mickey et Minnie
Video Parade 15
Sono Io ... Pluto
Cartoon Festival 2
Cartoons Disney 2


United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 4


Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 1
Starring Donald and Daisy / Starring Pluto and Fifi
Mickey and His All Stars


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Mickey and Minnie's Sweetheart Stories
Schmetterlinge in Bauch
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 37: Mickey's Pal Pluto
The Mickey Mouse Club : January 28, 1958

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 RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From Ryan : While watching this short, I noticed that all of the "people" at the dog show were actually dogs themselves (except for Mickey). That seems quite ironic. This is one of those shorts where a character is rejected by the group until they save someone's life. In this case, Pluto saves Fifi who is trapped in the building while it is burning. Pluto certainly deserved that big medal labeled PUBLIC HERO NO. 1 (rather than the usual PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1). The short itself was full of humor and the animation was wonderful, especially the burning building scene.
From Baruch Weiss : I like this short a lot but I hated when the building got on fire thanks to that stupid photographer who used to much flash powder, but Boruch Hashem (that means Thank G-D in Hebrew) that no dogs were killed.
From Michelle I. : Being a dog show fan myself, I quite like this short. As someone pointed out, it is very ironic that most of the handlers and judges at this show seem to be dogs themselves. A few pretty show dogs are seen, and out of them Pluto chooses the future wife, Fifi the Pekingese. Other than that, his luck isn't so hot at the show, until he winds up saving Fifi from the burning building.
From Jeff Wiener : This short displays a very good example of the sympathetic relationship between Mickey and Pluto. I think that this is the last cartoon where Mickey's eyes took the form of two big black ovals. After this short was produced, the Disney artists altered Mickey's design. Mickey had pupils in his eyes in all of the subsequent shorts. Like all of of the other Disney cartoons of this period, the technical quality of the animation is superb.
From Bryan Hensley : Pluto was proclaimed "Public enemy #1" in the 1935 short Pluto's Judgement Day. But at the end of this short from 1939, he was proclaimed "public hero #1" for saving Fifi's life! You wouldn't believe what he went through to save her, and on roller skates yet! So much for Mickey and Pluto being "riff-raff" when they arrived at the dog show at the beginning! Nearly all the dog owners were dogs themselves (except Mickey of course!), as well as the judge! Don't try to use too much flashpowder in an old-fashioned camera, or a whole building will burn to the ground! This is Mickey's last short for him to have Oswald-esque eyes. The next shorts in 1939 featured Mickey very much as he looks today. (The Pointer and Mickey's Surprise Party.) Pluto had trouble with ice-skating 4 years earlier in On Ice, but he didn't have quite as much trouble in roller-skating in this short. I hope you enjoy this "wags to riches" story from 70 years ago, as of 2009!

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