Pluto at the Zoo

A Pluto Cartoon

Release Date : November 20, 1942

Running Time : 7:46


Pluto isn't satisfied with his little bone when he sees what the animals in the zoo get. So, he decides to steal one, but then has troubles hanging onto it.




Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi


United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Pluto
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Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Pluto


United States
Limited Gold Editions - Pluto


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Disney Cartoon Festival 3


United States
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1


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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 Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : Pluto at the zoo is not a complex premise for a short. However, since it is different from previous versions of Pluto cartoons, it’s pretty darn entertaining. Getting to see Pluto outside his normal habitat of Mickey’s backyard displays some fun and inventive ways of our favorite dog playing off other characters.

The one thing that is repetitive is Pluto’s constant fixation on bones these days. In many shorts from Sleepwalker to T-Bone for Two, the latest Pluto shorts are all about Pluto’s fixation on getting a bone to chew on. In past shorts, he fought rival dogs, be they female or bulldog or otherwise. Now, Pluto expands his horizons to different animals.

When passing the zoo, Pluto sees a lion with a giant bone, immediately sparking his interest. Pluto sneaks into the zoo and attempts to steal the bone, but finds himself intertwined with the sleeping lion instead. He eventually manages to get loose, but not before going through some quite funny contortions.

What follows is a procession of funny bits where Pluto proceeds from one animal pen to the next, trying to get his bone and get away. The first one is a kangaroo, which offered some great comedic opportunity. Pluto plays around with the joey in the kangaroo’s pouch, ends up in the pouch himself and then runs away.

Following the kangaroo was a gorilla, which was my favorite part. Pluto faints dead away, and the gorilla thinks he has a new toy. It was quite amusing watching the gorilla play with Pluto, plucking his lip like a guitar string, then winding up the sleeping dog and letting him run.

The frantic final scenes are quite amusing as well, as Pluto goes through a variety of animals trying to escape from some alligators. Pluto’s dash through the zoo is hilarious and a fitting end to this short. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Pluto put through his paces in this short.

From Ryan : The short starts off with Pluto walking down the sidewalk with a small bone in his mouth. He happens to spot a huge bone in a cage at the municipal zoo. He sees a lion asleep and decides to sneak in and steal it. I liked seeing Pluto's encounter with all the animals. The gorilla scene was one of my favorites. Pluto gets so scared of the gorilla that he faints. The gorilla puts the bone on Pluto's head and then puts Pluto on a unicycle. The gorilla then spins Pluto around. Wonderful short! Deserves a B+.
From Baruch Weiss : I can see why Pluto was jealous when he saw a huge bone in the Lions cage. What kind of a dog gets a bone that's the size of a pea?
From Mike : Pluto at the Zoo was always my favorite cartoon. The gorilla scenes were always hilarious, & I always got a kick out of Pluto defeathering the peacock at the end.
From Kristin : I thought it was so funny that Pluto had to go through all those obstacles just so he could chew on a bone. I felt sorry for Pluto when he fainted after seeing that giant gorilla. I'm glad he returned that bone to the lion he knows that you should be thankful for what you have. Animals rule!