Lend a Paw

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Lend a Paw
Mickey Mouse series
Lend a Paw.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Clyde Geronimi
Produced by Walt Disney
Voices by Pinto Colvig
Walt Disney
Music by Leigh Harline
Animation by George Nicholas
Kenneth Muse
Nick Nichols
Bill Sturm
Eric Gurney
Norman Tate
Chick Otterstrom
Morey Reden
Emery Hawkins
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 3, 1941 (1941-10-03)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8:12 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Orphans' Benefit
Followed by Mickey's Birthday Party

Lend a Paw is an animated short film produced in Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions, distributed by RKO Radio Pictures and released to theaters on October 3, 1941. Lend a Paw was directed by Clyde Geronimi and features original music by Leigh Harline. George Nicholas, Kenneth Muse, Nick Nichols, Bill Sturm, Eric Gurney, Norman Tate, Chick Otterstrom, Morey Reden, and Emery Hawkins animated the film. The voice cast includes Walt Disney as Mickey and Pinto Colvig as Pluto.[1]

In the cartoon, which was largely a remake of Disney's 1933 film Mickey's Pal Pluto, Pluto saves the life of a kitten, and later feels jealous towards the kitten after Mickey Mouse takes the kitten in. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942.

Plot Summary[edit]

While out in the snow, Pluto hears meowing noises coming from a bag floating on a drifting ice flow. He saves it, only to lose interest when he finds an orange kitten inside. The kitten follows him home and Mickey immediately adopts it. Pluto becomes jealous of all the attention the kitten gets and is coerced by his shoulder devil to get it in trouble. Despite his shoulder angel's attempts to talk him out of it, Pluto tries to trick the kitten into attacking Mickey's goldfish Bianca, only for it to accidentally knock down the fishbowl. When Mickey demands answers from Bianca, she points to Pluto, getting him kicked out of the house. Later, while chasing a ball outside, the kitten falls into a well. The angel tells Pluto to save it, while the devil tells him to let it drown. Finally having enough, the angel chases off the devil and convinces Pluto to do the right thing, only for him to fall in too. Hearing Pluto's cries, Mickey saves them both and revives a near frozen Pluto. After getting a thank you kiss from the kitten, Pluto is told by the angel "Kindness to animals, my friend, will be rewarded in the end".



  1. ^ "Lend A Paw". www.bcdb.com

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