Lend a Paw (1941)

Lend a Paw poster

Walt Disney Productions
Starring:
 Pluto, Mickey Mouse
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Pluto rescues a kitten from drowning but begins to regret his kind deed when the kitten steals his place in his home as well as Mickey’s affection.

Cartoon Kitty: The kitten in this short appears to be unnamed but apart from his brown color he is very similarly drawn to Figaro from Pinocchio, which came out the year before.  Pluto has to wrestle with his conscious about saving the kitten a second time as his good side and bad side argue in the classic angel / devil on either shoulder scenario.

Lend a Paw - cute kitten

While Pluto’s frustration is somewhat understandable it’s still strange that apart from rescuing the kitten from an icy river (where some heartless soul has thrown him in a bag with a flatiron attached) Pluto immediately shows disdain for the kitten, even disappointed that a cat is what he’s rescued.  Dogs may not care for cats but it’s hard to understand why the kitten wouldn’t have immediately won Pluto over.

Lend a Paw - Pluto and kitten

Fortunately Pluto’s good side wins the day and in the end it looks like Pluto and the kitten will be friends after all.

Lend a Paw - kitten and Pluto friends

Final Mewsings: Always lend a paw to help a fellow animal!


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