Lend a Paw
|Lend a Paw|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Clyde Geronimi|
Don A. Duckwall (uncredited)
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Music by||Leigh Harline|
|Animation by||Uncredited character animation:|
|Layouts by||Uncredited character layout:|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
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, William 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. It was the 115th short in the Mickey Mouse film series to be released, and the sixth for that year.
In the cartoon, which was largely a remake of the 1933 short 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 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942, the only Mickey Mouse short to win the award.
While out in the snow, Pluto hears meowing noises coming from a bag floating on a drifting ice floe. 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, knowing that he's the one trying to get the kitten into trouble in the first place. Mickey angrily kicks a guilty Pluto out of the house for the remainder of the day as punishment, and Pluto angrily blames his shoulder devil for getting him into trouble.
Eventually, the kitten ends up being outside as well while chasing a ball, accidentally falling into a well. The angel tells Pluto to save it, but the devil furiously tells him to let it drown as retribution for getting him kicked out. Finally having enough, the angel chases off the devil by punching him into oblivion and convinces Pluto to do the right thing, only for him to fall in too. Hearing Pluto's cries, Mickey saves them both and comforts a near frozen Pluto, feeling very remorseful for kicking him out. After receiving a nice hot bath from Mickey and a thank you kiss from the kitten, Pluto is told by the angel "Kindness to animals, my friend, will be rewarded in the end".
Pluto's angel and devil reappeared, played by Eric Idle and Penn Jillette respectively, in two episodes of Mickey Mouse Works -- "Pluto's Kittens" (1999) and "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto" (2000) -- as well as a 2002 episode of House of Mouse, "Pluto vs Figaro," and in the Mickey Mouse episode, Easy Street, however, the angel actually agrees with the devil's plan remarking "Amen".
- 1941 – theatrical release
- 1954 – Disneyland, episode #1.6: "A Story of Dogs" (TV)
- c. 1972 – The Mouse Factory, episode #29: "Consciences" (TV)
- 1981 – "Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume Three" (VHS)
- c. 1992 – Mickey's Mouse Tracks, episode #67 (TV)
- c. 1992 – Donald's Quack Attack, episode #15 (TV)
- 1993 – The Adventures of Mickey and Donald, episode #1 (TV)
- 1997 – "The Spirit of Mickey" (VHS)
- c. 2002 – Bonus on Oliver and Company (DVD/VHS, only in USA/Canada)
- 2004 – "The Complete Pluto" (DVD)
- 2005 – "Classic Cartoon Favorites: Holiday Celebration with Mickey and Pals" (DVD)
- 2006 – Bonus on The Fox and the Hound (25th anniversary edition DVD)
- 2009 – Bonus on Oliver and Company (20th anniversary edition DVD)
- 2013 – Bonus on Oliver and Company (25th anniversary edition Blu-ray)
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- Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 107–109. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
- "Pluto's Devil". Internet Animation Database. Retrieved February 15, 2020.