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Pluto's House Warming

A Pluto Cartoon

Release Date : February 12, 1947

Running Time : 7:01

Synopsis

Pluto's brand new beach house is invaded by a wandering turtle, and then Butch the Bulldog, who are both looking for new homes of their own.

Characters

Pluto
Butch, the Bulldog
Turtle (unnamed)

Credits

Director
Charles Nichols
Animation
George Nicholas
Marvin Woodward
Jerry Hathcock
Blaine Gibson
Backgrounds
Maurice Greenberg
Layout
Karl Karpe
Story
Eric Gurney
Bill de la Torre
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Pluto
Germany
Plutos Tollkühne Abenteuer
France
Les Aventures de Pluto
La Collection en Or des Studios Disney Volume 3
Italy
Le Avventure di Pluto
Pluto
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Pluto

CED

United States
Limited Gold Editions - Pluto

Laserdiscs

Japan
Pluto : Limited Gold Editions

DVD

United States
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 11 : Best Pals : Mickey and Pluto
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Germany
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 12 : Best Pals : Mickey and Pluto

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 17: Pluto's Rival Butch
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 60
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 23

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 : It's hard to believe that we are starting 1947 on Disney Film Project, covering 25 years of Disney films and shorts in about two and a half years. But that’s where we are, as we take a look at Pluto’s Housewarming, the first short in 1947’s slate of Disney projects.

As Pluto shorts go, this one is pretty standard fare, with Pluto trying to move into a new doghouse but getting some resistance along the way. Apparently this new doghouse is right on the beach, so kudos to Pluto for scoring some fine real estate. Seriously, though, the entire background consists of a couple of scenes of sand, which is kind of weird.

The first obstacle to Pluto’s move is a turtle that takes up residence in the house first. The plucky little turtle conveys a sense of attitude and confidence that makes him endearing, even as he is shoving the “hero” of the piece out of the way. It’s a problem that Disney has always had with Pluto.

When Pluto is behaving himself, he’s not that exciting. When Pluto is being a little more mischievous, he is not the hero of the piece so it’s difficult to root for him. So the question becomes how to toe the line between those two things and make Pluto a compelling character? Pluto’s Housewarming does a good job of that with the turtle and then turning right around and introducing someone who is worse than Pluto.

Butch the bulldog returns to the scene in this one, as a squatter in Pluto’s new home. His introduction right in the middle of the short gives a better villain to deal with, but it’s not Pluto who does it. Instead, the turtle takes issue with the bulldog rather than Pluto. This David v. Goliath sort of confrontation adds some real humor and excitement to the proceedings.

It’s fairly easy to see where this is going, right? Pluto and the turtle end up together, because they have a common foe. It makes Pluto more sympathetic and preserves the turtle’s energy from earlier in the short. That’s fun. And it makes Pluto’s Housewarming into an enjoyable, but predictable little short.


From Ryan : I enjoy this short, but it isn't one of my favorites. In this short, Pluto has to deal with a turtle who keeps coming into his house. Then, Butch the bulldog invades it and the turtle bites butch, making him run off in agony. I do get a good chuckle at the end where the turtle has his own bed right under Pluto's. The turtle has some bones to munch on as well.
From Baruch Weiss : I too enjoyed this short, but it's not one of my favorites either. I've seen this plot before in the 1945 classic Canine Patrol.
From Mike : To me the funniest part of this cartoon is how the turtle manhandles Butch. It's absolutely hilarious.

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