Release Date : October 3, 1941
I like this cartoon because it really draws you into the story. The storymen
were able to make the audience experience Pluto's feelings. They used music
and color to enhance the story. When Pluto falls in a well of freezing water,
he turns a cold blue color. Pluto becomes jealous of the kitten he has saved,
and a devil springs from his head, and he is colored green to symbolize jealousy.
When the devil is confronted by Pluto's angel he turns yellow to symbolize
cowardice. In another part of the cartoon, Pluto tries to get the kitten
in trouble by making it look like he has been bothering the goldfish. Mickey
comes in and tries to figure out who's to blame. He stares at the kitten
and then at Pluto, with one eyebrow raised in an intense look. This was a
caricature of Walt Disney's famous expression. When he was mad at someone
or was concentrating intently on something, he would get this intense look
on his face. If he looked at you that way it sometimes meant that you were
in trouble. Many Disney characters gave that same look when they were mad.
At this point in the cartoon, Mickey asks the goldfish "Who done it?" and
the fish tells on Pluto. Pluto looks up in fear, sweating. He's afraid of
what Mickey will do. In the next scene, Pluto is shown getting thrown out
of the house by Mickey. This scene was funny because it played on the emotions
of the audience. Almost everyone can relate to this situation...being mean
to a brother or sister, trying to cover it up, and being afraid of getting
caught. This cartoon was great because it drew the audience into the story
in a personal way.
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