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Pluto's Kid Brother

A Pluto Cartoon

Release Date : April 12, 1946

Running Time : 6:51

Synopsis

Pluto and his little brother steal some weiners and have to elude other dogs and the dogcatcher.

Characters

Pluto
Butch, the Bulldog
Pluto's Kid Brother

Credits

Director
Charles Nichols
Animation
George Nicholas
Jerry Hathcock
Robert Youngquist
Jack Boyd
Backgrounds
Nino Carbe
Layout
Karl Karpe
Story
Harry Reeves
Jesse Marsh
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

Germany
Happy Birthday, Pluto!
Plutos Tollkühne Abenteuer
France
Les Aventures de Pluto
Italy
Le Avventure di Pluto

Laserdiscs

Japan
Pluto's Tales

DVD

United States
Lady and the Tramp II : Scamp's Adventure
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Germany
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Susi und Strolch 2
Italy
Lilli e il Vagobondo 2

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 27: Meow! The Disney Cats
The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 17: Pluto's Rival Butch
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 9, 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 Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : There seems to be a glut of Pluto shorts as we delve deeper into the 1940s here, and I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing. As discussed before, Pluto is not easy to do well, and is very easy to do in an offhand way, where the shorts are not very good. Pluto’s Kid Brother unfortunately falls into the latter category, which is kind of sad.

There is definitely some possibility in giving Pluto a little sidekick, which is what this short attempts to do. Since Pluto is generally rather irresponsible, it seems like having a younger dog around might be a good thing to shock him into a different kind of behavior that would be a new twist on the character. The key, though, is that the younger character needs to be compelling, and K.B. (yes, they named the character K.B. for Kid Brother) is not great.

The short is not helped by the fact that the story of this short is all over the place. Things boomerang from Pluto’s point of view to K.B.’s and back, but never with one coherent through line. It doesn’t really make sense what the main plot of the short is, other than K.B. getting into things.

If that was the main idea, that would be okay, but there is a whole section of the short where we deal with Pluto running away from a cat. If it sounds weird, that’s because it is. There is no involvement of K.B. in the cat storyline, other than the fact that he gets the cat riled up in the first place. Once the cat gets on Pluto’s case, however, it’s a long diversion from K.B. to Pluto’s losing war with the cat.

Then we have a bulldog that enters the picture, and K.B. decides to follow him, leading to another strange story. We see the bulldog and K.B. deciding whether or not to invade a butcher shop, ending up with the little dog entering through a delivery chute and pulling out a bunch of sausages. Pluto comes to stop him, but even that is strange, as at first he’s gung ho with the bulldog and then backs away.

The whole short is disjointed and not well constructed, which is very odd for a Disney short. We all know that Disney prides itself on a well told story, especially when Walt was around. It seems this was an attempt to create a new character, but not neglect the old one. In the end, Pluto’s Kid Brother services neither, and creates a muddled mess.


From Laura Cross : The funny thing is that there are no comments whatsoever here. I wonder why…