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A very early black-and-white Pluto cartoon in which he is locked in a
cage in a dog pound. His little cage-mate manages to escape and takes
Pluto with him. Pluto doesn't seem too grateful but the rest of the
pound puppies are only to happy to have their freedom.
The little doggie still wants to be Pluto's pal though, despite the lack of interest. The other newly-liberated dogs eventually turn on him too, leading to Pluto sharing a big bone with his new pal. And that's pretty much all there is to it.
An animation showcase made slightly more bearable by the presence of a familiar character. Other than this Just Dogs is forgettable.
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This Disney cartoon finds Pluto locked in a cage at the dog pound.
However, his cage-mate, a Boston Terrier, is very resourceful and
escapes. Fortunately, this is a very nice and non-self-centered dog,
and it soon frees Pluto and the other dogs. As for Pluto, he's VERY
self-centered and wants nothing to do with this dog--even thought he
saved him. And when Pluto finds a big bone, he won't share it with the
cute little Boston Terrier. However, soon all the other dogs notice
Pluto's bone and give chase. Ultimately, the Boston comes through and
saves the bone for nasty old Pluto. Fortunately, in the closing frames
Pluto has learned his lesson and he and the other dog are now friends.
This film shows an atypical sort of Pluto--a very self-centered one. He's not the sweet guy you'll see in later films. However, the cartoon is very enjoyable and well animated--so even if its message comes off as a big heavy-handed, it's still worth seeing.
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This is a short in the Silly Symphonies series produced by Disney.
There will be spoilers ahead:
This is a rather simple short, with a large group of dogs in various cages at the dog pound, among them Pluto, who is in a cage with another dog. Despite the other dog's attempts to befriend Pluto, Pluto continually blows him off, literally and figuratively.
The smaller dog manages to get out of his cage and frees Pluto, who sprints for freedom with no regard for any of the other dogs. The smaller dog opens the other cages and sets the other dogs free.
Naturally, they all make a bee-line for the park, where "No Dogs Allowed" signs are everywhere. The smaller dog once again tries to befriend Pluto, only to be rejected. When the smaller dog finds a huge bone and offers to share it with Pluto, Pluto is nice to him until he manages to get the bone, then keeps the bone for himself.
The other dogs learn of the bone and all chaos breaks out. The smaller dog gets away with the bone and he and Pluto get away from the other dog, where Pluto finally befriends the other dog and they share the prize.
This short is available on the Disney Treasures Silly Symphonies DVD set and the short and the set are worth finding.
I've always loved and enjoyed Disney, and Just Dogs is no exception. Even with the slightly routine story and heavy-handed message, the cartoon is still well-animated with great interaction between Pluto and the Boston Terrier, crisp pacing and that it has a fun and cute tone all the time. The Boston Terrier is adorable, and Just Dogs shows a refreshingly different side to Pluto, there is no Mickey, Figaro or Chip 'n' Dale in sight and while I do prefer the cuter and more energetic Pluto, his self-centered side contrasted well with the Boston Terrier. All in all, Just Dogs is not a favourite of mine but it is enjoyable and I do recommend it. 8/10 Bethany Cox
A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.
It's JUST DOGS escaping from the old pound, into the park across the street. Once there, two of the mutts find a huge bone - which quickly becomes the object of desire for the entire pack...
Lots of canine activity in this fun little black & white cartoon. Yes, that's Mickey Mouse's Pluto the Pup as one of the stars here.
The SILLY SYMPHONIES, which Walt Disney produced for a ten year period beginning in 1929, are among the most fascinating of all animated series. Unlike the Mickey Mouse cartoons in which action was paramount, with the Symphonies the action was made to fit the music. There was little plot in the early Symphonies, which featured lively inanimate objects and anthropomorphic plants & animals, all moving frantically to the soundtrack. Gradually, however, the Symphonies became the school where Walt's animators learned to work with color and began to experiment with plot, characterization & photographic special effects. The pages of Fable & Fairy Tale, Myth & Mother Goose were all mined to provide story lines and even Hollywood's musicals & celebrities were effectively spoofed. It was from this rich soil that Disney's feature-length animation was to spring. In 1939, with SNOW WHITE successfully behind him and PINOCCHIO & FANTASIA on the near horizon, Walt phased out the SILLY SYMPHONIES; they had run their course & served their purpose.
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