Squatter's Rights

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : June 7, 1946

Running Time : 7:06


Chip 'n' Dale take up residence in Mickey's stove while Pluto vainly attempts to chase them out.


Mickey Mouse
Chip 'n' Dale


Jack Hannah
Rex Cox


Nominated for an Academy Award (Short Subjects - Cartoons)

Cut Scenes

Some scenes with Pluto's nose stuck in a rifle, and the resulting gunshot, have been cut.


United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 7 : More of Disney's Best 1932-1946
Les Aventures de Mickey et Minnie
Video Parade 16


Cartoon Carousel
Mickey and His All Stars


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


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 5: Chip 'n' Dale
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 72
Walt Disney Presents: Adventures of Mickey Mouse

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.


From J. D. Weil : A changeover is marked with this short, Squatter's Rights is the first cartoon that features Jimmy MacDonald as the voice for Mickey. The last time that Walt would speak for the Mouse would be in the Mickey and the Beanstalk segment from "Fun and Fancy Free" which was also in production at this time.
From Ryan : This short was okay, but I wouldn't call it one of my favorites. It really makes me feel sorry for poor Pluto whom Chip and Dale torture so much. The scene that is frequently shown censored where Pluto has his nose in the rifle and the gunshot goes off adds a little suspense to the story. Mickey hears the gunshot and comes back to the cabin shortly after Chip and Dale dump ketchup on Pluto. Mickey comes inside and of course thinks it's blood so he rushes Pluto to the animal hospital. Isn't it odd that the Disney Company didn't censor the scene with ketchup on Pluto? Chip and Dale could not yet be distinguished from each other so I just don't know who is who.
From Grace : The short was well okay, but I kinda felt sorry for Pluto because he got punished, teased and has to chase Chip and Dale. Same goes for Mickey. I kinda laughed on the scene when Mickey's foot got burned, but I knew it was a mean trick for Chip and Dale to do.
From Dino Cencia : This Mickey and Pluto cartoon is okay, but is almost my favorite. I didn't like the part when Pluto got his nose stuck in the gun rifle and he pulled the trigger but he didn't get shot. And the part when Chip and Dale put ketchup on Pluto, Mickey comes in and thinks that Pluto got shot by a gun. Also, the image with Mickey and Pluto with ketchup and the gun it's kinda a sad picture to look at. I give this cartoon a 10.
From Baruch Weiss : I'm surprised that this cartoon won an Academy Award. It was another Pluto vs Chip and Dale cartoon with the chipmunks getting the upper hand. Anyway as mentioned by J.D. Weil Jimmy MacDonald starts doing the voice for Mickey in this cartoon even though there is one line that was recycled from the 1939 short The Pointer where Mickey says "Aw shucks Pluto, heh I can't be mad at ya!"

When the Disney Channel was playing the old cartoons on TV this one was missing the scenes where Pluto's nose gets stuck in a rifle (to say nothing of the part where he envisions his head mounded on the wall in place of a moose which really is extreme) is deleted. Like Ryan these edits don't make any sense to me either. Are children really that stupid? As Leonard Maltin says "They were never meant to be taken as encouragement to use firearms." Which implies that this short was not trying to tell kids that they should stick their noses in guns!

From Trae Robinson : I got this cartoon and the cartoon has no credits on it! 1944 was the year Disney started to make cartoons with credits. I wonder what's up with that. And Pluto's theme music sounds different in this short. It was used in Springtime For Pluto and In Dutch.

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