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Lend a Paw (1941)

Pluto saves the life of a kitten, and later feels jealous towards the kitten after Mickey Mouse takes the kitten in.

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Clyde Geronimi (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ... Pluto (voice) (uncredited)
Walt Disney ... Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Winter. Pluto is sniffing around outside when he hears a noise. It's coming from a bag floating on an ice floe in a creek. Pluto rescues it, then loses interest when it turns out to be a kitten. But the kitten follows him home, and Mickey takes a liking to it, to Pluto's disgust. Pluto's devil and angel sides give him conflicting advice. Pluto puts the cat up to mischief, but Bianca the goldfish fingers Pluto as the real culprit, getting him thrown outside. The kitten falls into a well, and the angel beats up the devil, convincing Pluto to save the kitten. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der herzlose Retter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

It was the only Mickey Mouse cartoon to win an Academy Award. See more »

Quotes

Pluto's Angel: Kindness to animals, my friend, will be rewarded in the end.
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Crazy Credits

On the opening title card: "This picture is dedicated to the Tailwagger Foundation in recognition of its work in lending a paw to man's animal friends." See more »

Connections

Featured in Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (1986) See more »

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Could have been longer, but cute and touching
4 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Lend a Paw is a great cartoon. Perhaps not one of my favourites, it definitely could have been longer by two minutes I think. However, it looks beautiful, everything looks fluid and Mickey's intense look was a great piece of character animation but what was special was the use of colour, blue for when Pluto is frozen, green to signify the devil's jealousy and yellow for when the devil is confronted by the angel. The music is lovingly orchestrated and does wonderfully yet again in enhancing the action. There are a few humorous moments, but it is the poignant pathos and strong suspense that made an even bigger impression. Pluto rescuing the kitten was by far the most memorable scene. The story while somewhat obvious has much cuteness and charm with a great, subtly used message and don't be prejudiced. It does use the angel vs. devil scenario but is one of the better and most interesting cases of it. Mickey is likable but plays second fiddle to Pluto, one of those characters who looks and acts like a dog(which he is) but unlike Goofy, Mickey and Donald he doesn't act human which is part of his charm, as well as his ability of being telling in his facial expressions without saying a word. The kitten and the goldfish are very cute and the angel and devil are an amusing contrast with the devil all tough and the angel more shrill. Overall, cute and touching, well worth seeing. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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