Poster

Mail Dog

A Pluto Cartoon

Release Date : November 14, 1947

Running Time : 6:53

Synopsis

Pluto is pressed into duty to deliver a sack of mail to a remote arctic outpost, helped along by a playful arctic rabbit.

Characters

Pluto
Flutterfoot, the Rabbit

Credits

Director
Charles Nichols
Animation
George Nicholas
Bill Justice
Jerry Hathcock
Jack Boyd
Backgrounds
Ray Huffine
Layout
Karl Karpe
Story
The Kingsmen
Eric Gurney
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

United States
Here's Pluto
Germany
Hier ist Pluto

Laserdiscs

United States
Here's Mickey / Here's Pluto

DVD

Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 2

Television

Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 28
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 57
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 3, 1957

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 : In this short, Pluto plays a "mail dog" in the Arctic. I enjoy the scene where Pluto runs into a totem pole and growls into it, thinking it's a monster. The totem pole appears to growl back (which of course is actually Pluto's echo). Perhaps a greater obstacle is a hare that Pluto encounters while delivering a package. Pluto tries to get rid of the hare, but after they both end up delivering the package, they become good friends. One of my favorite Pluto shorts that I enjoy watching every now and then.
From Erik Palm : It seems that this cartoon got the wrong credits when its opening titles were remade. My version incorrectly has Jack Hannah as director, and also credits for effects animation (Jack Boyd, written in large letters). Otherwise, the credits are as above, though these credits seem to belong in a Donald Duck cartoon of the 1950's (since Bob Carlson, Bill Justice and Volus Jones were all Donald animators). Has anyone seen Mail Dog with the original opening titles (RKO Radio as distributor?)
From Baruch Weiss : This is a good short but this time instead of the music, a scene won me over. It was the scene where Pluto turns blue.
From Stephen : I like this short. Used to watch it as a kid, and my two favorite parts were when Pluto growled into the totem pole and it growled back and when he turned into an ice cube. I now own this on VHS, so I can watch it whenever I want. I give it a 7.
From Michelle I. : This is a superb Pluto cartoon. His sled, the totem pole, and the cute bunny work together to make it highly enjoyable.

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