Poster

Springtime for Pluto

A Pluto Cartoon

Release Date : July 23, 1944

Synopsis

Pluto gets spring fever! But too much fever can be a bad thing as nature begins to intrude on his pastoral romp.

Characters

Pluto
Pan
Butterfly (unnamed)

Credits

Director
Charles Nichols
Animation
George Nicholas
Norman Tate
Marvin Woodward
Sandy Strother
Backgrounds
Leonard Kester
Layout
Charles Philippi
Story
Nick George
Eric Gurney
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

United States
Here's Pluto
Germany
Hier ist Pluto
France
Les Aventures de Pluto
Italy
Le Avventure di Pluto

Laserdiscs

United States
Here's Mickey / Here's Pluto

DVD

Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Germany
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1

Television

Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 17
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 17, 1956

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 Ryan : This is one of those Disney cartoons that I have not seen in a long time. I liked it when I first saw it and probably would now. One part I liked was the caterpillar scene where he spins a cocoon on Pluto's muzzle. He then turns into an attractive female butterfly.
From Baruch Weiss : I just like this cartoon. My favorite part is where the caterpillar makes a cocoon on Pluto's muzzle and after the song (where I don't understand one single word) he comes out and turns into a female butterfly. But what really won me over was the music done by Oliver Wallace and believe you me he does a very good job. I hope one day I see this short again.
From Candy : I've always liked this cartoon because of the female butterfly that dances for Pluto. She was drawn as a sexy Latino dancer. The music that she dances to has a Latin beat, and she was drawn with Hispanic features. I think that the Disney artists drew her that way because they wanted to depict her as a sexy, exotic creature that would fascinate Pluto, who was depicted in this as an all-American male. They might have been thinking of the way real dogs are mesmerized by watching butterflies float through the air. When she comes out of the cocoon, she gives him a knowing look, and he turns away and blushes, as if she's some kind of seductress. Then she flies on his nose and does a little dance, swinging her hips. She's very curvaceous and is wearing a short dress. This was an example of a Disney cartoon that had sexual elements, though it was done in a cute, Disney-like way.
From Michelle I. : I love this joyful cartoon, though it wasn't one of my favorites when I was younger. I now have a huge appreciation for it. Everyone seems to like the bit with the caterpillar turning into a sexy butterfly, and indeed that is a highlight of the short. Overall though, I really like the entire thing and all the small details, from the narrator's great voiceover to the little mushroom that pops up under Pluto's chin. As usual, the ending is clever and humorous.
From Trae Robinson : Here's a little known fact: This is the first Disney cartoon with credits. I think the narrator caught Pluto's cold at the end cause I heard him sneeze.
From Matthew Cooper : Although I don't normally watch Pluto cartoons (I myself am a Donald Duck fan,) I have seen this one but after seeing it at a young age, I nearly forgot it. Whoever is reading this right now, don't you think it's a bit bizarre that after the male caterpillar comes out of his cocoon, he's a female butterfly.
From Sydney Simmonds : One of my favorite scenes in this cartoon was the caterpillar turning into a butterfly woman. She kind of looks like Nani from Lilo and Stitch.
From Much ado about insects : This site has changed a lot since my last visit! I'm glad to see that the butterfly everyone talks about has her own character page. Although I'm wondering if the caterpillar should also have a character page, since it's even voiced and everything, or should the caterpillar and butterfly technically be the same character? I'm also starting to wonder if there are different versions of this short, since some people say that the cocoon was spun on Pluto's muzzle, but versions I'm familiar with have the cocoon on his tail like in the screenshots on this page. I've have also heard that the butterfly may also have been voiced, but I don't recall her every speaking at all, just the bouncy music playing in the background.

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