The Plumber (1933 film)

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The Plumber
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series
The Plumber.jpg
First scene
Directed by Walter Lantz
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Walter Lantz
Bill Nolan
Music by James Dietrich
Animation by Ray Abrams
Fred Avery
Bill Weber
Jack Carr
Don Williams
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) January 16, 1933
Color process Black and white
Running time 7 min
Language English
Preceded by Teacher's Pests
Followed by The Shriek

The Plumber, mistakenly called Oswald the Plumber in other media,[1] is a Walter Lantz animated short which features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Plot summary[edit]

Oswald is spending some time in a house with a girl beagle and a boy beagle. The girl beagle plays the piano while Oswald dances on top of it and sings the song It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'. Taking the idea too literally, the boy beagle throws a set of umbrellas out the window, much to Oswald's annoyance.

They then notice water dripping from the ceiling pipe of a nearby room. To check the problem, the boy beagle brings a ladder and Oswald climbs. Thinking of it more fun to create mischief than to help his friend, however, the boy beagle kicks and knocks down the ladder. Thus Oswald grabs and hangs onto the ceiling pipe which is very brittle. As a result the pipe breaks, and large quantities of water pour in and flood the house. The girl beagle was frightened by this and therefore takes shelter inside a grandfather clock. After the clock was submerged, she tries to come out but could not because of the enormous pressure exerted by the flood. Oswald then comes and tries to bail her out.

Enjoying the flooded indoors, the boy beagle rides on a tub and releases four fishes. Upon reaching Oswald who is still trying to free the other beagle still in the clock, he pulls the rabbit's shorts with a fishing rod and tosses a biscuit inside. The fishes aggressively go in, and Oswald is disturbed.

Having enough disturbance, Oswald scares the fishes away but a giant marlin didn't take his gesture too kindly. The marlin began wrestling Oswald as well as stinging him with its pointed nose. When the marlin's attack suddenly misses Oswald, its nose strikes a wall instead, causing the big fish to become stuck and incapacitated. Oswald uses this as an opportunity to hit back. Following a few moments, the marlin was able to break loose but without its nose which remained stuck to the wall. Being on the marlin's side, however, the treacherous boy beagle gives the big fish a saw.

In an attempt to put Oswald in much bigger trouble, the marlin saws a hole in the floor which starts to drain the water and anything nearby. This move, however, backfired as the marlin and the boy beagle were pulled into the opening. Fortunately, Oswald was able to keep himself in place until all the water disappears. The girl beagle finally comes out of the clock and embraces her boyfriend.

Characters[edit]

Oswald's two beagle pals make one of their best known appearances in this cartoon. Both characters made their debut in Day Nurse (1932).

The girl beagle serves as Oswald's third girlfriend, replacing the girl cat and the live stuffed doll respectively. Her typical outfit consists of a coif, coat, trousers, and high heeled pumps. Coincidentally, another female canine resembling her also appears in the Pooch the Pup cartoons but wearing different clothing.

The boy beagle plays a role as the series' trouble maker. He is smaller than the girl beagle, and his garment is a very long shirt that covers all the way to his ankles. His catchphrase is "Oh phooey!"

Miscellany[edit]

  • The Plumber ended up in the public domain in 1961.[1]
  • The cartoon is available in a Guild/Firelight reissue.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1933". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 

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