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It's bath day for Pluto; we open with him already being scrubbed. He gets out, and his tug of war with Mickey and the towel lands Mickey in the tub. The soap jumps out, and Pluto swallows ... See full summary »

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Mickey Mouse / Dog-catcher (Peg-leg Pete) (voice) (uncredited)
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It's bath day for Pluto; we open with him already being scrubbed. He gets out, and his tug of war with Mickey and the towel lands Mickey in the tub. The soap jumps out, and Pluto swallows it, hic-cupping soap bubbles as Mickey chases him. Pluto gets out, and the people on the street think Pluto is rabid and start hiding and throwing things at him. Dogcatcher Pete comes along, and prepares to shoot Pluto. Mickey catches up to him just in time. He tries pleading, then fighting, but they get away when Mickey throws a kitten into Pete's pants. In the ensuing chase, a fruit cart provides more diversions, and ultimately they manage to crash Pete into his own truck. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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It's enjoyable but the plot is rather dark, to say the least.
29 April 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Mad Dog" begins with Mickey giving Pluto a bath. However, Pluto is a bad dog and fights from getting bathed. In fact, he's so bad that he eats the bar of soap. Then, when he runs away, folks think he has rabies and begin to panic. When the dog catcher (Pete) arrives, he pulls out a gun and tries repeatedly to shoot the mutt. Thankfully, Mickey is eventually able to calm everyone down and takes Pluto back home to finish the bath.

This is an odd cartoon and one I liked, but have reservations that keep me from enthusiastically recommending it. On one hand, it's very well animated and quite clever--so there's a lot to enjoy. But, on the other, it's a very dark idea for a story if you think about it--rabies and putting down a dog suspected of having this terrible disease!! This might upset small kids but otherwise it's worth seeing, though dark...dreadfully dark.


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