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Canine Caddy

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : May 30, 1941

Synopsis

Mickey and Pluto are on the golf links. Pluto fights a mangy gopher and eventually reduces the highest hill on the course to a Swiss-cheese-like construct of holes.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Pluto
Chipmunk (unnamed)
Gopher

Credits

Director
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Asst. Director
Don Duckwell
Animation
Jack Boyd
Ken Muse
Morey Reden
Richard Brown
Andy Engman
Jack Huber
Reuben Timmins
Brad Case
Emery Hawkins
Edwin Aardal
Art Fitzpatrick
Ed Parks
George Nicholas
George Rowley
Frank T. Onaitis
Jack Gayek
Volus Jones
Paul B. Kossoff
Charles Nichols
Morey Reden
John F. Reed
Eric Gurney
Art Palmer
Chuck Otterstrom
Norman Tate
Layout
Bruce Bushman

Video

United States
Mickey and the Gang
On Vacation with Mickey and Friends
The Spirit of Mickey
Germany
Zeitungsjunge Pluto
Pluto Ein Schlappohr Hetzt die Meute
France
Les Nouvelles Aventures de Pluto
Italy
Pluto Amico Quasi Perfetto
Qua la Zampa Pluto
Le Nuove Avventure di Pluto
Topolino and Co. : Avventure Tutte da Ridere

CED

United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 1

Laserdiscs

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 2
Mickey and the Gang / Nuts About Chip 'n' Dale
On Vacation with Mickey Mouse and Friends
The Spirit of Mickey
Japan
Mickey and the Gang
More Tales of Pluto

DVD

United States
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 5 : Extreme Sports Fun
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Germany
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Sports Spass Superstars
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 5 : Extreme Sports Fun

Blu-Ray

United States
Bambi (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 52: Rah! Rah! Disney Goes Athletic
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 72
Walt Disney Presents: On Vacation with Mickey Mouse and Friends

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.

Comments

From Jake Orgman : I just watched this cartoon on "The Spirit of Mickey" and I think that out of those 11 cartoons on that tape that this is my favorite. The little run in with Pluto and the gopher was sweet and really kicked ass. While Mickey was trying to golf, Pluto chases the gopher and it chews holes in the hill, making it look like swiss cheese. "Aw you're just a mutt!" was all that Mickey could say at the end.
From Calvin Daprice : I am normally not a fan of golf. In fact, I think watching golf games on TV is boring, but if all golf games were like this, well, I'd probably change my mind.
From Ryan : This short was definitely one of my favorites. I loved the part where Pluto chases after the gopher while the gopher chews holes into the hill, making it look like swiss cheese. My middle school science teacher would probably love this short since he coaches golf.
From Baruch Weiss : Mickey plays golf while his caddy Pluto plays another game; gopher chasing. Okay for a short but it is not one of my favorites.
From Matt : The animation of Mickey at the beginning of this cartoon looks like Kenneth Muse's animation. He later worked at MGM on Tom and Jerry cartoons after 1941 (when he was apart of the Disney strike.)
From Jack Buckley : I just recently viewed this cartoon again for the first time in many years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can clearly recall seeing it in a downtown theater here as a child in the mid-60's. I think it was shown as a prelude to a Disney live-action feature, or possibly as part of a special Disney cartoon marathon. For some reason, it's always stuck in my mind. Upon my recent viewing, I found it as cute as I remembered it. For one thing, it was extremely pleasant to see Mickey Mouse again, the primary reason I wanted to watch it. He's presented at the top of his form here. He's seen as basically a "modern mouse", with his rarely seen three-dimensional ears, and occasional glimpses of 2 front teeth. I knew that Mickey had been drawn with three-dimensional ears for a limited period of time, but was caught off guard by the teeth. He's very human-like in all his movements, expressions, and mannerisms. He's extremely cute in this cartoon, with a very pleasing and likeable demeanor, accentuated by his oversize golf cap and comically disproportionate, and only, club. This short could be classified primarily as a Pluto cartoon, since the hapless hound occupies most of its running time, but since he's acting as Mickey's caddy, this is appropriate, as well as where most of the humor obviously lies. The funniest moment between Mickey and his faithful companion, probably is when Mickey shakily attempts to whack his golf ball off of a small pile-up of sand on Pluto's back. I especially liked Mickey's reaction after one golf shot, when he enthusiastically says, "Oh, boy, what a sock!" Such an old-fashioned or corny kind of exclamation as that seems to personify the mouse's good-natured, very American character. The scenes between Pluto and the gopher are delightful, with fast-moving action and great timing. The rodent's unique "voice" seems to suit the intruded-upon creature's temperament quite well. I wonder how these sounds were cr! eated. T he climax, of course, is when Pluto and his furry little enemy chase and gnaw there way through one of the course's hills that Mickey's about to take a shot from, causing it to collapse in a thunderous, dusty heap. Just when the viewer expects Mickey to severely scold Pluto for his carelessness, he laughs cheerfully, pets him, and says, "Aw, you're just a mutt!" It's a great Mickey line. I also have to applaud the short's artwork and musical score. There's beautiful color throughout, the golf course presented in a simple yet believable way. The music has a great, kind of old-fashioned-sounding, bounciness to it, subtly lending itself very well to the comical action taking place in the foreground. I was surprised to learn that Canine Caddy was made as long ago as 1941. As I watched it, I assumed it was from the very late 40's or very early 50's, but I was wrong. It nevertheless captures Mickey at his peak of likeability, and remains an exceptionally cute, creative, and just plain funny cartoon short!

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