Poster

In Dutch

A Pluto Cartoon

Release Date : May 10, 1946

Running Time : 6:48

Synopsis

Pluto is delivering milk in Holland, falls for a pretty Dutch dog, and cries wolf but ends up saving the town.

Characters

Pluto
Dinah, the Dacshund
Mayor

Credits

Director
Charles Nichols
Animation
George Nicholas
Jerry Hathcock
Marvin Woodward
Brad Case
Backgrounds
Ray Huffine
Layout
Karl Karpe
Story
Harry Reeves
Jesse Marsh
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

United States
Sweetheart Stories
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 2 : Pluto
Germany
Micky Liebt Minnie
Hier ist Pluto
Plutos Tollkühne Abenteuer
Micky Liebt Minnie
France
Les Aventures de Pluto
Mickey et Minnie les Amours de Printemps
Italy
Le Avventure di Pluto
Topolino e Minnie Innamorati
Topolino and Co. : Avventure Tutte da Ridere

CED

United States
Cartoon Classics - Pluto

Laserdiscs

Cartoon Classics : Pluto
Japan
Mickey Loves Minnie

DVD

United States
It's a Small World of Fun Volume 1
Mickey and Minnie's Sweetheart Stories
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Germany
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Schmetterlinge in Bauch

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 12: The Many Loves of Pluto
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 2
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 : Seems like its all Pluto, all the time lately, but the next 1946 short features the main Disney dog again, this time in a different setting. In Dutch takes Pluto and moves him to a foreign setting, mixing things up a bit, and is much more cohesive and interesting than some of the more recent Pluto shorts.

That’s not to say that In Dutch is altogether great, but it does a good job of having one consistent story and serving the main character well. We get Pluto as a milk delivery dog here, making his deliveries in a small Dutch town. It’s an interesting choice, because we see Pluto as an independent dog, without an owner or a dog house to hold him back.

We get a complication, though, as a female dog shows up with a mind to get her paws on some of Pluto’s milk. Strangely, that is a literal statement, as the female gets Pluto to pour some milk in a bowl and eventually even in some flowers so she can get a drink. The interplay between Pluto and the female is fun and flirty. It’s very lighthearted and sets a nice tone for the short.

In their flirtation, however, the two get tangled up in the town’s warning alarm bell for the local dam, which every good Dutch town must have. Apparently there are a lot of Dutch towns built near flood plains, if cartoons are any example. When the villagers see that this is not a broken dam emergency, however, they get a little irritated.

You can see where this is going, and although it’s predictable, it’s still fun. The next time that the bell is rung, it’s Pluto ringing it on purpose because the dam is actually breaking. The nice twist that the animators put on the old “boy who cried wolf” tale here is that Pluto has to find a way to get the townsfolk’s attention. So, he decides to go through and destroy things to get them to chase him.

This little sequence of Pluto destroying things and causing havoc in the town is the most fun I have had watching a Pluto short in a long time. We get to see him being intentionally mischievous while still serving a higher purpose of saving the town. The damage he does is minimal, but it’s still fun to watch. The main complaint I have is that by the time Pluto arrives at the dam, his lady friend has already fixed things. If that was the plan, then why go get the townspeople? The logic doesn’t quite make sense, but that’s a minor quibble in an otherwise enjoyable short. My hope is that Disney keeps up this kind of sort with the remaining 1946 Pluto shorts.


From Ryan : This is one of my
From Michelle I. : "In Dutch is one of my favorite shorts ever, and certainly my favorite one from the 'Sweetheart Stories' videotape. For one thing, I love the Dutch setting. For another, I think that this Dinah the yellow Dachshund is the cutest female Pluto's ever courted (though apparently they didn't remain together forever.)
From Baruch Weiss : At one time I had this on the video "Sweetheart Stories" and it was pretty good. I probably can see why Goofy's music was used at the end, Pluto was acting pretty goofy in this cartoon!
From Dino Cencia : This Pluto cartoon is so sweet! "Raindrops" by Dee Clark from DTV has some scenes in this short. The scene is when Pluto is crying with tears coming down like raindrops falling from his eyes and Dinah is snuggling with Pluto to make him stop crying. My favorite part in the short is when Pluto and Dinah have saved the dike before there was a flood coming to the dike. This short was really good and I give it a 60.
From Bryce : Pluto's cocker spaniel girlfriend Dinah is so cute in this film.

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