A little bird tries to fly too soon and lands in Pluto's water dish. Pluto saves it and returns it to the nest but soon the bird tries again. This time, Pluto decides to give flying lessons...
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The weather forces a mail plane to turn back. It drops the mail at Outpost #5, staffed by Pluto, who is to carry it to the next airport. His mission is briefly thwarted by a totem pole (... See full summary »
Pluto awakes to find no bone in his dish. It's off to the buried stash, but Pluto discovers that a gopher has been using the bones to support his tunnels, and doesn't want to part with them... See full summary »
Donald Duck arrives at Brownstone National Park. The park's ranger, J. Audubon Woodlore, asks the bears to participate with the tourists but...no stealing! Humphrey decides to pair with ... See full summary »
The boys are more interested in their comic book than the sights on their Florida vacation. When the car breaks down next to the spring "mistaken for the fountain of youth", Donald decides ... See full summary »
The same father-son coyotes seen in Camp Dog (1950) sneak into the hen-house that Pluto is guarding. A chicken yawns, putting junior to sleep, so dad comes in. Pluto wakes up and gives ... See full summary »
Mickey sends Pluto to the butcher store. Butch sees this and contrives to take Pluto's sausage, ultimately using some of his fleas to distract Pluto long enough. Pluto manages to retrieve ... See full summary »
Pluto and the cat, goaded by a TV commercial for turkey, raid the fridge and find a turkey inside. The cat gets there first and re-heats the turkey, first on the furnace duct, and then, ... See full summary »
It's Pluto's birthday party, but Mickey's dozen or so nephews seem to be having all the fun. Their present is a wagon so Pluto can pull them; the "Pin the Tail on Pluto" game doesn't go ... See full summary »
Donald spills some sugar on his sidewalk, and soon the ants are in complete control of his home, stealing the cake he was baking, building a pipeline from his maple syrup to their hill, and... See full summary »
A little bird tries to fly too soon and lands in Pluto's water dish. Pluto saves it and returns it to the nest but soon the bird tries again. This time, Pluto decides to give flying lessons, first pulling the bird like a kite, then launching him with an improvised slingshot. Written by
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Pluto's Fledgling (1948) is probably one of Walt's most viewed short animations (people just don't fully realize it).
The movie/short of Pluto playing mother/father to a small bird/fledgling that really wants to fly (so much so that it pesters Pluto to teach it how to do so) is shown in front of Disney's 2002 release Return to Never Land.
The short has a good story and good animation. It holds your interest for the 5 minutes or so its on screen and in many cases performs better than the movie that follows its 2002 re-release.
I don't know if the re-release is some way for Disney to hold onto its copywrite for Pluto for another 25-40 years (as it seems that this copywrite issue is why Disney is making a bunch of direct to video sequels), or perhaps they are trying to make the movie (Return to Never Land) have more monetary value (as all recent Disney/Pixar releases have had shorts in front of them).
In either case the short has nothing to do with the movie that follows (other than the Disney name of course) and it is good for those whom are interested, short enough for those who are not, and as usual will be missed/non-viewed by people whom are late for the movie.
It is a win-win-win situation.
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