Playful Pluto

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Playful Pluto
Mickey Mouse (Pluto) series
Directed by Burt Gillett
Produced by Walt Disney
Voices by Walt Disney
Pinto Colvig
Music by Frank Churchill
Larry Morey
Paul J. Smith
Animation by Norman Ferguson
Dick Lundy
Art Babbitt
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) 1934
Color process Black and white
Country United States
Language English
Playful Pluto (1934); Pluto struggles with a piece of flypaper

Playful Pluto (1934) is a classic Walt Disney cartoon, directed by Burt Gillett. It was the first cartoon to showcase Pluto as a major character.


While Mickey Mouse is working in his garden Pluto keeps bothering and interrupting him. After a while Pluto swallows a flashlight and gets stuck on a piece of flypaper.


The cartoon is well known for a classic scene where Pluto gets stuck on a sticky piece of flypaper. This scene, animated by Norm Ferguson, has been described as vital in the history of character animation, because for the first time an animated character really seemed to think and have a mind of his own. The segment is also classic because it demonstrated how Disney artists were able to take a simple circumstance and build humor through a character.

Clips from the cartoon, including the flypaper scene, were also used in the Preston Sturges film Sullivan's Travels (1941), in which the title character (Joel McCrea) has a revelation while viewing Playful Pluto alongside an audience of church-goers and chain-gang prisoners.

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