The Dognapper

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For the 2013 film, see The Dognapper (2013 film).
The Dognapper
Mickey Mouse series
The Dognapper.jpg
Mickey and Donald
Directed by David Hand[1]
Voices by Walt Disney
Clarence Nash
Animation by Johnny Cannon
Clyde Geronimi
Hardie Gramatky
Dick Lundy
Bill Roberts
Bob Wickersham
Marvin Woodward
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)
  • November 17, 1934 (1934-11-17)
(USA)[1]
Color process Black-and-white
Running time 8 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Mickey Plays Papa
Followed by Two-Gun Mickey

The Dognapper is a 1934 animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. The cartoon stars Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as police officers who chase Pegleg Pete after he dognaps Fifi, Minnie Mouse's pet Pekingese. The film was directed by David Hand and features the voices of Walt Disney as Mickey and Clarence Nash as Donald.[2]

The Dognapper was Donald's third film and was the first adventure story to feature both Mickey and Donald. This was the second of only three B&W cartoons to feature Donald Duck (the other two being Orphan's Benefit and Mickey's Service Station). Because the color of Donald's feet doesn't show in black and white, his feet were black in these cartoons.

Plot[edit]

The plot is introduced in newspaper headlines that Fifi, Minnie Mouse's "prize pooch," has been dognapped, along with a description of the suspect, Peg Leg Pete. A radio transmission detailing the suspect's get-away car is heard by police officer Mickey Mouse and his sidekick Donald Duck. The pair soon see Peg Leg Pete speed by in the car and they chase after him, Mickey driving a motorcycle and Donald riding in a sidecar. Despite Pete's evasive maneuvers he is unable to escape from Mickey and Donald, and they eventually follow him to his hideout in an abandoned sawmill.

Inside, Pete chains Fifi to the wall and grabs a submachine gun. Mickey and Donald follow Pete into the sawmill and hold him at gunpoint. The film is filled with various gags showing the two law men as bumbling and incompetent, yet at every turn they are able to stay ahead of Pete, but not capture him.

Finally, while Mickey and Donald are standing on a log, Pete turns on a circular saw positioned to cut the log. Mickey and Donald run to stay ahead of the blade, but eventually the end of the log comes and the saw blade shakes loose and spins out of control. The blade proves a threat for all three of the characters, but eventually Pete gets his peg leg caught in the center hole and brings it to a stop. Mickey and Donald restrain him with a corset, and in the final scene Mickey and Donald march Pete off to jail with the now-free Fifi angrily barking at him.

Release history[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, Dave (1996). "Dognapper, The". Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Hyperion. p. 143. ISBN 0-7868-8149-6. 
  2. ^ The Dognapper at The Encyclopedia of Animated Disney Shorts