February 18, 1933 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Mickey’s Pal Pluto Premieres in Theaters
“Go chase them kittens out of here, or you’ll get thrown out on your ear.”
On February 18, 1933, the Mickey Mouse short film Mickey’s Pal Pluto premiered in theaters. This is one of the few shorts that was later remade, much like the Academy Award winning Silly Symphony The Ugly Duckling. It was remade in 1941 and renamed Lend a Paw which, like The Ugly Duckling, won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The original short was directed by Burt Gillett.
Pluto is outside in the snow, sniffling around, when he finds a sack floating on a patch of ice. He retrieves it and brings it back to Mickey and Minnie, who open it to reveal a sack full of abandoned kittens. The three take the kittens home to dry them off and give them some milk. As Pluto follows the kittens, he is scolded by Mickey and Minnie as they worry that he is hurting them. As Pluto sulks, a devil version of Pluto appears, and tells him he needs to chase the kittens away, or he’ll be sent away. The angel version of Pluto soon appears and warns him not to listen to devil Pluto. Pluto decides to follow the angel’s advice and play nice, but when he tries to get Mickey’s attention, he is ignored. The devil Pluto comes back and tries to persuade him again, especially after Pluto sees the kittens eating his dinner and tearing up his bed.
A kitten knocks into the goldfish bowl on a nearby pedestal, spilling water on the floor before leaping under the couch. As Pluto chases the kitten, Mickey sees the water and assumes Pluto is to blame. He then rubs Pluto’s face in the water before sending him outside. Minnie then rocks the kittens to sleep, but they escape the crate through a hole in the corner and start tearing up the house again before disappearing under the floorboards. As Pluto sits outside, he is surprised to see the kittens running outside and leaping into the bucket for the well. The kittens get stuck in the well, and Pluto rushes to save them, although devil Pluto tells Pluto to let the kittens drown. Angry, angel Pluto beats up devil Pluto and throws him into the trash. Pluto saves the kittens, but ends up falling down the wall himself. Minnie and Mickey pull the kittens to safety, unaware that Pluto is trapped in the well. When Mickey hears Pluto’s cries, he runs back and quickly saves his pal. Inside, everyone warms themselves by the fire, and Pluto is rewarded with a giant roast chicken for his bravery.