Squatter's Rights (film)

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Squatter's Rights
Mickey Mouse series
Squatter's Rights.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack Hannah
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Rex Cox
Harry Reeves
Voices by Pinto Colvig
Walt Disney
Dessie Flynn
Jimmy MacDonald
Music by Oliver Wallace
Animation by Bob Carlson
Rex Cox
Hugh Fraser
Blaine Gibson
Murray McClellan
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 7, 1946 (1946-06-07)
(USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by In Dutch (1946)
Followed by The Purloined Pup (1946)

Squatter's Rights is an animated short film produced in Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions and released to theaters on June 7, 1946 by RKO Radio Pictures. The cartoon is about a confrontation between Pluto and Chip and Dale who have taken up residence in Mickey Mouse's hunting shack. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1947, but ultimately lost to The Cat Concerto, an MGM Tom and Jerry film.

The film was directed by Jack Hannah and features the voices of Dessie Flynn as Chip and Dale, and Pinto Colvig as Pluto.[1] Mickey Mouse was voiced by both Walt Disney and Jimmy MacDonald making this the debut of MacDonald as Mickey. He would go on to provide Mickey's voice for over 30 years.[2] It was also Mickey's first post-war appearance. With the exception of a very brief cameo in The Three Caballeros (1945), Mickey had not appeared in a theatrical film since Pluto and the Armadillo in 1943.[3][4][5]

Synopsis[edit]

The chipmunks Chip and Dale wake up one winter morning inside the wood stove they have made their home. The stove is located in Mickey Mouse's hunting shack (called "Mickey's Hydout") which appears to have been unoccupied for a while. Soon Mickey and Pluto arrive for the hunting season.

Pluto soon discovers that the stove is occupied by the chipmunks and helps Mickey build a fire to smoke them out. Chip and Dale realize what is happening and blow out Mickey's matches and roll of newspaper before they can catch the wood on fire. Finally Mickey is about to use a can of kerosene which the chipmunks can't blow out. From a hiding place underneath the stove, the chipmunks burn a hole in Mickey's boot with a match. Mickey assumes that Pluto is to blame and scolds him. Mickey remains unaware of the chipmunks throughout the film.

After Mickey leaves to get more wood, Pluto chases Chip and Dale across the room. They lead Pluto across a table and mantle above the fireplace. Pluto accidentally gets his nose stuck in the muzzle of Mickey's rifle which is hanging over the fireplace. As Pluto tries to pull is nose free, he realizes that one of the hooks on which the rifle is mounted is directly in front of the trigger; the more Pluto pulls the more he will cause the gun to go off in his face. Gradually the table which Pluto is standing on with his hind paws starts to slide back. Pluto falls and makes the rifle fire, but rifle's delay is just long enough that Pluto narrowly avoids the bullet. Pluto lands on the floor where the rifle hits him on the head momentarily knocking him unconscious. From the table above Chip and Dale pour ketchup over the dog to make it look as if he is seriously wounded.

Suddenly Mickey returns having heard the gunshot, and when he sees Pluto he thinks he is dead. Pluto comes to and first starts to comfort Mickey. But when he sees the ketchup he starts to panic. Mickey hurriedly carries him off to find help. Thus Chip and Dale regain working ownership over the property.[6]

Releases[edit]

  • 1946 – theatrical release
  • 1955 – Disneyland, episode #2.5: "Adventures of Mickey Mouse" (TV)
  • 1975 – "Walt Disney's Cartoon Carousel" (TV)
  • 1984 – "Cartoon Classics: More of Disney's Best 1932-1946" (VHS)
  • c. 1992 – Mickey's Mouse Tracks, episode #72 (TV)
  • 1997 – The Ink and Paint Club, episode #1.5: "Chip 'n' Dale" (TV)
  • 2004 – "The Complete Pluto" (DVD)
  • 2010 – iTunes (digital download)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Squatter's Rights Colvig provides a very rare case of Pluto actually speaking. When Mickey asks "You wanna build a fire, don't ya?" Pluto responds "Yeah!"
  2. ^ It was not, however, the last time Mickey was voiced by Walt Disney. Disney again partly voiced Mickey in Fun and Fancy Free and later in The Mickey Mouse Club.
  3. ^ Squatter's Rights at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Squatter's Rights at the Big Cartoon DataBase
  5. ^ Squatter's Rights at The Encyclopedia of Animated Disney Shorts
  6. ^ This transfer of ownership is the reference of the film's title "squatter's rights" which is a form of adverse possession.