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While not the best Silly Symphony out there, this is still very good.
Pluto is the star of the show, and he really shines here. There were
times here when I felt really sorry for Pluto, who wouldn't when hell
was portrayed in a very scary way. And those felines... I wouldn't want
to mess with them.
The animation is terrific, in colourful and vibrant Technicolour and it hasn't aged a jot. The music, an element I always look out for is superb, and Walt Disney and Pinto Colvig provide the voices flawlessly. The story is well-told and simple, starting with Pluto chasing an adorable kitten, and then most of the silly symphony is spent with him in hell, being tried by cats, in the silly symphony's highlight.
All in all, not the best, but well worth the look. 9/10 Bethany Cox
This is another Pluto short I love. I know it is labled as a Mickey
cartoon, but I still think of it as a Pluto cartoon. In this well-known
short, after Pluto was scolded and reprimanded by Mickey for chasing a
cute little kitten, he dreams that he stands on trial in a hellish
court, before a jury...composed completely of cats! Of course when
Mickey said to Pluto "You're going have plenty more to answer on your
Judgement Day." I always thought of your 'Judgement Day' as in when you
had died, your soul will be judged whether you go to Heaven or to Hell;
and of course, I still question myself of the concept of Heaven and
Well anyway, this is a great Disney classic, and has been put into what Disney fans call the "Halloween Triple" with cartoons like Trick or Treat with Donald Duck, and Lonesome Ghosts with Mickey, Donald and Goofy. You can watch it either on Halloween or anytime of the year.
This is one of what I like to call, the Disney Halloween Triple. Among them are "Lonesome Ghosts" "Trick or Treat" and this one. In this cartoon Pluto is chased by cats into hell where he is tried by cats, do to his many crimes against the feline species. Kind of creepy!
What happens when you're put up for judgment for the things that you've
done? Pluto's Judgment Day is somehow a very funny short, but probably
the most darkly, savagely satirical one that Disney made at the time.
In Pluto's Judgment Day, Pluto gets scolded by Mickey for being the
dumb mutt that he is - chasing cats and causing mayhem. But of course,
that's what cartoon dogs do, right? The mention of judgment day puts a
dream into Pluto's mind, and he has a really dark dream - let's just
call it a nightmare - having to atone for his crimes against Cat-Kind:
the one that he let get squashed by the steamroller; the one who is
traumatized for life every time he hears a dog bark; the list goes on.
The scariest part though is how Disney and company make this into a tale of not so much injustice but how scary justice CAN be when there is no good defense. To be sure, this is set in hell, but I have to think the idea is to make it a cautionary tale for people as well - what you do now in life, the small things, may not seem to matter if you can get away with them... but after-life? In a way this is like the unofficial rehearsal for the 1943 short Der Fuhrer's Face, where Donald Duck had to face the nightmare-space of the Nazi world. In this short instead of Nazis we get the sense of brutal, pitch-black comic sense of justice: the cats on the jury who go round the door from one side to the other without missing a beat, and sing, "We find the defendant GUILTY, GULTY, G-U-I-L-T-Y!"
Is it Kafkaesque? Not exactly - Pluto knows what he's done wrong, and ultimately it's kind of a soft ending in the sense that Mickey makes Pluto and a little cat kiss and make up. But I think the terrifying part of the short are the implications that are set for this cartoon dog from these cartoon Cats From Hell. Maybe I read too much into Pluto's Judgment Day, but I found this short could apply to other cases, especially those where a "jury of your peers" is definitely not the case (ironic that there was a supposedly racist Uncle Tom bit that has been cut out of recent available copies, when I found that part of the satire is that this could apply to black people being on trial for whatever the case might be at the time).
This cartoon sees Pluto dream of a cat-controlled hell. After chasing a
cute little kitten about the house and throwing mud everywhere, Mickey
tells Pluto off and gives him some kind of Puritan Christian warning of
hell and damnation.
Once fallen asleep in front of the fire, Pluto's vision of cat-run hell and all the cats he's ever tormented coming back for vengeance quickly teaches him the error of his ways and he wakes up with a new-found love for felines.
Kind of cute if you can get around the not-so-subtle Christian values message.
A Walt Disney MICKEY MOUSE Cartoon.
After being unfriendly to one cat too many, PLUTO'S JUDGEMENT DAY finally arrives via a vivid nightmare.
This is a fun little film, with some good imagination used to depict the Afterworld Court - staffed entirely by felines. Walt supplies Mickey's voice, who makes little more than a cameo appearance.
Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi, Peter Pan and Mr. Toad. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.
This cartoon is completely sickening. Pluto is pretty much hazed, tormented, and chained up inside a Cat Hell. I was very surprised that Disney would make a cartoon like this. I have no respect for the animators who drew such a disgusting cartoon. I can remember watching this one Halloween, and my father yelled, "Poor Pluto!" during the scene when he is suspended on pitchforks by all the cats. We had to change the channel, we couldn't watch it anymore. One cat in particular, the huge cat in the red robes who makes Pluto swear on a phone book (rather than a Bible) is just down-right horrifying. (Might I add that Pluto's paw gets snapped by a mousetrap when his hand hits the book, & he yelps out in pain.) Whoever actually enjoys such a terrorizing, disturbing cartoon is definitely sick in the head. I don't recommend viewing this at all.
Whoever came up with the idea for this sick, twisted animated feature should be shot. I have no respect for any of the animators that were behind this disgusting tale of Pluto getting tortured by tons of cats. It disturbed me and my family so much we had to change the channel before it was over. All copies of this cartoon should be burnt and banned. If Disney wanted to send a message to little kids about respecting others, this certainly wasn't the way to do it. After Pluto chases a kitten & Mickey scolds him for it, Pluto has a nightmare about being trapped in a Cat Hell. He is put on trial for being mean to cats and is found guilty. When he is in court and "swears to tell the whole truth" on a Telephone book, his paw is snapped by a mousetrap and he yelps in pain. Whoever actually enjoyed this messed up fable needs some professional help.
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