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Canine Casanova

A Pluto Cartoon

Release Date : July 27, 1945

Running Time : 7:28

Synopsis

Pluto's first meeting with Dinah, as he falls head over heels and tried to woo the cute, little dachshund.

Characters

Pluto
Butch, the Bulldog
Dinah, the Dacshund
Dog Catcher

Credits

Director
Charles Nichols
Animation
Jack Buckley
George Nicholas
Robert Youngquist
Hugh Fraser
Backgrounds
Al Dempster
Layout
Karl Karpe
Story
Harry Reeves
Jesse Marsh
Rex Cox
Music
Oliver Wallace

Cut Scenes

A short scene of a watchman sleeping next to his gun at the dog pound has been cut.

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Pluto
Germany
Happy Birthday, Pluto!
Donald Ich bin der Grösste
Mit Mir Nicht
Goofy und Pluto Total Verrückt
Donald und die Entenbande
France
La Bande a Donald
Disney Parade 3
Italy
Pluto
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Pluto

CED

United States
Limited Gold Editions - Pluto

Laserdiscs

Japan
Donald Duck and his Duckling Gang
Pluto : Limited Gold Editions
Disney Cartoon Festival 3

DVD

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

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 12: The Many Loves of Pluto
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 60
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 39
The Mickey Mouse Club : February 25, 1958

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 Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : Pluto is a difficult character to get right. If you are doing a Pluto short, you have to have humor, but also have some sort of compelling story. After all, the title character doesn’t speak, so the animation has to convey emotion and carry through some sort of thread in order to make the short work.

Canine Casanova was not one that worked for me. Pluto as a dog is definitely one who follows his impulses, so it makes sense that he chases after a dachshund named Dinah after passing her on the street. The problem I have with the short is that it just did not hold my interest beyond that simple premise.

The first half of the short is just a simple “hard to get” formula. Dinah continually rebuffs Pluto’s advances in a variety of ways. I give Pluto credit for continuing to try. It’s not until Dinah gets captured by a dogcatcher halfway through that things become somewhat interesting. When Dinah is thrown in the pound with other dogs, she suddenly realizes that Pluto is not so bad.

There should be more tension in Pluto’s rescue mission when he breaks Dinah out, but instead it falls flat. Despite a loaded gun in the lap of the dogcatcher, there’s never a moment where you feel like Pluto’s in real danger. Even his comedic twists and turns to try and make it to the cages don’t seem that funny.

I could possibly be too harsh on this short, but it doesn’t feel that funny to me. Pluto’s actions are predictable and don’t really hold my interest. Dinah as a new character doesn’t have anything that makes me care about her predicament. When the situation is resolved, and Pluto finally gets his kiss from Dinah, I was happy for him, but the short itself did nothing to make it enjoyable.

This is different for me, because I really like Pluto. Some of his shorts are very, very entertaining, especially when he’s playing the foil to Mickey or Donald. Solo, however, it takes a lot of work to make Pluto a funny character. I just didn’t see that in Canine Casanova.


From Calvin Daprice : I saw this short for the first time on the "Ink and Paint Club" with the editing. One time, however, I was flipping through channels and I came across a little boy popping out of a jack-in-the-box on the Disney Channel. This was the "Mickey Mouse Club" and the announcement of an upcoming cartoon. I watched it and I saw the scene with the sleeping dog catcher holding a gun in his hands. So if you want to see the Disney shorts without all that pesky editing, the "Mickey Mouse Club" is the best place.
From Ryan : This really isn't one of my favorite shorts, but I still enjoy watching it. Like Calvin Daprice, I saw this short on the "Mickey Mouse Club." When the pound scene came on, I did see the sleeping dogcatcher with the gun on his lap.
From Baruch Weiss : There's another way to see all your favorite classic Disney cartoons without that pesky editing. It's called Video and DVD. Anyway this was a nice cartoon, but nothing new; the plot seemed similar to earlier cartoons!
From Bryce : Dinah sure did tried to turn Pluto down at the beginning but at least they were together again at very end.

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