Squatter's Rights (1946)
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A couple of chipmunks believe they have SQUATTER'S RIGHTS in Mickey's mountain cabin.
This enjoyable, albeit unremarkable, cartoon was the second to feature the Chipmunks - although they had yet to completely metamorphose into Chip 'n' Dale. Their dialogue is almost completely unintelligible. Pluto gets most of the screen time - Mickey is left with just the bits & pieces. The last gag is strangely cruel. Nominated for an Academy Award.
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.
It's the typical Chip 'n Dale vs. somebody cartoon short, with just a bunch of running around, slapstick jokes and the chipmunks getting away with everything. When I was a kid, I always felt sorry for Pluto when he thought he shot himself and Mickey thought the dog was laying on the ground in a pool of blood. Turns out, it was ketchup - poured on there by those chipmunks! There were some funny stuff here and there, but Chip 'n Dale are just a bunch of greedy brats who get away with murder too much!