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Canine Patrol

A Pluto Cartoon

Release Date : December 7, 1945

Running Time : 7:35

Synopsis

As a member of the Coast Guard, Pluto tries to keep a newborn turtle from off-limits beach territory.

Characters

Pluto
Turtle (unnamed)

Credits

Director
Charles Nichols
Animation
Marvin Woodward
John Lounsberry
Norman Tate
Andy Engman
Backgrounds
Nino Carbe
Layout
Karl Karpe
Story
Harry Reeves
Tom Oreb
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

United States
Canine Commando
Germany
Plutos Tollkühne Abenteuer
France
Les Aventures de Pluto
La Collection en Or des Studios Disney Volume 2
Italy
Le Avventure di Pluto

Laserdiscs

Japan
Pluto's Tales

DVD

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

Television

Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 57
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 54

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 definitely not my favorite character in the Fab Five, no doubt about it. The problem I have is that he can be a great character if done well, showing fantastic emotion and movement in the animation. The problem, though, is that if it’s not done well, if any one piece of the equation fails, then a Pluto short can be pretty awful.

While Canine Patrol is not awful, it’s definitely not good. While the facial features and actions of Pluto, the animators did good work, but they were not given much to work with here. The basics are that a turtle shows up at the beach that Pluto is guarding, to keep swimmers out. Hilarity ensues as Pluto tries to keep the turtle out of the water.

It’s a well trod path at this point in Pluto’s career to keep him vexed with a smaller animal. We’ve had puppies, chipmunks and now a turtle get in Pluto’s way, all with the same result. He gets upset, does some rather nasty things to the little critter, gets his comeuppance and then changes his mind. It’s predictable, which is the problem I had with Canine Patrol.

When you think of what might happen when Pluto encounters a turtle, it likely happens here. Pluto turns the poor guy around, so that he is headed the wrong direction. He puts him on his back, so the turtle can’t get up. Obvious gags, so I guess you could make a case they had to be in there, but they just don’t seem that entertaining in the course of the short.

That’s a disappointment for a short that could offer different possibilities. After all, it’s not often that we get to see Pluto outside his comfort zone of suburban life, or farm life in his earlier career. Taking him to the ocean could have been a stroke of genius, but it just did not pan out the way I had hoped.

My problem is that there was humor to be had in Canine Patrol, but it never came through for me. The ending, with the turtle and Pluto both in the water, was sort of cute, but nothing in this short really made me laugh or smile. It was mediocre at best, and I hold Disney to a higher standard than that.


From Ryan : Pluto has a run-in with a little turtle and Butch the bulldog. While this cartoon is beautiful to look at (as most of Disney's cartoons are), it really isn't one of my favorites. I'm not too big a fan of Pluto shorts.
From Baruch Weiss : Yes Pluto has a run in with a turtle in this cartoon but not Butch (that's in Pluto's Housewarming.) One thing puzzles me however. In the sequence when Pluto is in the sandtrap the turtle bites him on his tale and we see his teeth. Turtles do not have teeth; in real life they have sharp beaks.

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