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Eric Gurney (story) &
Bill de la Torre (story)
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Release Date:
19 May 1950 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)

Pinto Colvig ... Pluto (voice) (uncredited)

Paul Frees ... Primo (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles A. Nichols  (as Charles Nichols)
Writing credits
Eric Gurney (story) &
Bill de la Torre (story)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Oliver Wallace 
Animation Department
Ralph Hulett .... background artist
Karl Karpé .... layout artist
George Kreisl .... animator
Dan MacManus .... animator
George Nicholas .... animator
Robert W. Youngquist .... animator (as Robert Youngquist)

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6 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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A great idea done really well, 23 November 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

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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