February 10, 1950 – The Pluto Short Film Pluto and the Gopher Premieres in Theaters
“Pluto! Stop digging in my flowers!”
On February 10, 1950, the Pluto short film Pluto and the Gopher premiered in theaters. It was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Dick Kinney and Milt Schaffer.
Pluto is lounging in the garden out back, smelling the few flowers there are, when a lump under the ground creeps through, stealing each and every flower. Pluto tries to keep the flowers from being pulled away, when he realizes that he’s caught a gopher. The gopher bites Pluto’s nose before digging underground again, and taunts Pluto as it digs from one area to the next. As Pluto attempts to dig after him, he is caught by Minnie, who less than thrilled to find him digging up her garden. Minnie then takes a flower inside, unaware that the gopher has been carried in the flowerpot. He tries to run outside, but finds himself trapped in the house. As Pluto lounges on the rug, he gets a rude awakening when he finds the gopher again, and mimics the gopher’s earlier taunts as he chases the critter into the air vent. The gopher then hides in a glove and various other household objects, and ends up being sent all through the house before escaping through the dog door. He digs back outside and ties Pluto down by his own ears, with Pluto angrily muttering to himself as the gopher once again enjoys the flowers.