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Pluto has a tussle over a bone with a female dachsaund named Dinah unaware that he is actually giving her the bone whenever he walks in his sleep and presents it to her. However, each time ... See full summary »

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Pluto has a tussle over a bone with a female dachsaund named Dinah unaware that he is actually giving her the bone whenever he walks in his sleep and presents it to her. However, each time he awakens, he angrily demands it back until he discovers Dinah's puppies at which point he feels bad and offers up his entire collection of bones to Dinah's family as well as his doghouse. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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Can two dogs and one bone ever agree?
24 December 2004 | by (East Anglia, UK) – See all my reviews

'The Sleepwalker' is probably the one single Disney short which, for me anyhow, best epitomises everything that kept their classic workings head and shoulders above most of Warner Bros' output. Not that Bugs and his posse weren't slick enough in their own right, but, with a few exceptions, it wasn't often that they deviated from their standard dog-eat-dog routines, what with always being so intent on blowing each other up with dynamite or pulping each other with mallets – entertaining when you're in the right frame of mind, but so, so formulaic, and I always found it a lot harder to warm to the characters.

Walt's short films, while still blessed with their fair share of calamity, were never as dependant on that constant slew of matches, TNT and anvils to keep things going – just straightforward yet engaging stories all chiefly driven by the characters behind them. Above all, the Disney ensemble had a real sense of heart that you rarely detected in the Warner Bros creations, and this may well be the most potent example I've ever seen. I had 'the Sleepwalker' - concerning Pluto's dispute with a pretty female dachshund named Dinah over the ownership of a bone - somewhere on videotape when I was very young, so I sorta grew up watching it, and really came to appreciate the heartfelt messages it contained about redemption, sharing and selflessness.

It's hard not to be swayed by the charming simplicity of Pluto's own non-dialogue cartoons – the orange-coloured mutt may have lacked the same power of speech of most of his Disney comrades, but he was easily as expressive and well-defined, and you could always count on his shorts to achieve that exemplary balance between slapstick and warmth. As a character, he could be naïve, self-centred and even outright aggressive at times, but deep down Pluto was always a friendly and sensitive dog, as 'the Sleepwalker' deftly showcases. Whilst awake, he viciously guards that bone of his, but when asleep, almost willingly carries to the hungry Dinah, much to her confusion, because (I presume), subconsciously, he wants her to have it.

The entire story is lovingly crafted, the 1940s animation top notch, and the lively instrumental score suits the action perfectly. The end result is one of the most thoroughly touching and feel-good little films to arise from the Disney canon. Well, what can I say – Pluto and Dinah were a winning combination.

Grade: A+


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