Mickey gets a package from Australia: a kangaroo, complete with boxing gloves. The 'roo moves into Pluto's brand new doghouse, much to his annoyance (which we actually hear voiced). Mickey ... See full summary »
Pluto rescues a bag of kittens from the river. He feels rejected, then, as Mickey ignores him and blames him for damage the kittens do. His angel and devil sides argue with him. Pluto gets ... See full summary »
Mickey is stranded on an island. He runs into some cannibals who are about to cook a fellow cannibal. Mickey scares them off and makes friends with the cannibal whom he calls Friday. ... See full summary »
Delivery boy Mickey encounters Minnie washing clothes and singing. He stops for a quick song and dance with her. Meanwhile, Pluto gets tangled up in tar. Mickey sends a beehive flying; it ... See full summary »
Mickey (and Pluto) are delivering a grocery order to Minnie. She pretends not to notice for a while, but when he gets hit on the head by an iron, she drops her pretense and rushes to his ... See full summary »
Mickey and an early version of Donald Duck are police officers chasing dognapper Pegleg Pete. Despite their bumbling, they manage to repeatedly get the drop on Pete at his sawmill hideout, ... See full summary »
Mickey has built a robot to compete in the boxing ring against the giant gorilla, the Kongo Killer. Whenever it hears Minnie's car horn, it goes crazy and starts punching any picture of ... See full summary »
Not one of my all-time favourites but worth noting for two great sequences especially
Playful Pluto is a very enjoyable short. I personally would have preferred a stronger and more coherent story where everything wasn't so randomly structured. Mickey is also a secondary character that you don't see very much. To his credit, he generally interacts with Pluto better than Donald, who is too different in personality for my tastes. The main focus this said is Pluto, and he is on top form. Playful Pluto does play to his strengths and to his character, which always did work best when he is curious, causing chaos or wanting fun. However, the animation is crisp and clean as you would expect, with Pluto especially well drawn, while the music is catchy and upbeat while also being beautiful and successfully enhancing the action. The gags are imaginative and funny and helped by lively pacing. However two sequences in particular stand out. One is when Pluto swallows the torch and it turns on so you can see his bones which is hilarious. The other is when Pluto tries to get unstuck from the flypaper, a gag repeated in Beach Picnic but in a tiring fashion, which is an outstanding piece of character animation where the audience can see clearly what Pluto's thoughts and reactions are. Overall, an enjoyable short with two truly great sequences and Pluto on top form. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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