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Primitive Pluto (1950)

Pluto's primitive wolf nature emerges and berates him for going soft. But their little hunting trip goes bad when Pluto encounters a rabbit and bear that give him some trouble.


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Uncredited cast:
Pluto (voice) (uncredited)
Primo (voice) (uncredited)


Hearing the wolves howl while he stays in Mickey's Wildlife Retreat makes Pluto's ancestral lupine instinct awake, personified and determined to make the desperately domesticated city canine catch up with his wild hunting roots. Alas the dog bumbles at every skill a hunter needs, from tracking to handling a bunny. Yet the wolf instinct sends Pluto on the tracks of a bear, so frightening that even the instigator... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

19 May 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alkukantainen Pluto  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A great idea done really well
23 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Of the 1950 Pluto shorts Primitive Pluto came across as one of the cleverest and one of the best as well. You do have a relatively good idea of how the short's going to end, but Primitive Pluto still had a great idea(Pluto exploring his long-gone wild side, after being so content indoors) that comes off excellently. The animation is bright and colourful with each character design and frame moving fluidity and with attractive backgrounds. The music still bursts with energy and synchronises with the visuals with no problem at all, that it's beautiful to listen to as well is another bonus. Primitive Pluto, how Pluto deals with his conflict between his reason and primal pursuits is the driving force in a way of the story and it is very humorous to watch. The funniest moments were with Primo's commentaries, which are both hugely entertaining and a little educational as well. Some may consider Primitive Pluto routine, not to me it wasn't, in fact it's the most different a Pluto short has been in quite a while. The encounter with the bear is somewhat nightmarish albeit not in a too scary way. Primitive Pluto is actually plays to Pluto's strengths as well as stretching them, he's still very physical and as cute and likable as ever but you'd be hard pressed to see Pluto this wild in any other of his shorts, it's brilliant. He counterpoints wonderfully with his instinct Primo(voiced by one of the greatest voice actors Paul Frees, and he doesn't disappoint here). In conclusion, the idea is great, the execution is as well. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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