Canine Casanova
Studio: Disney Release Date : July 27, 1945 Series: Pluto Cartoon
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted

Synopsis

Pluto's first meeting with Dinah, as he falls head over heels and tried to woo the cute, little dachshund.

Characters

Pluto

Credits

Director

Charles A. Nichols

Animator

Jack Buckley
George Nicholas
Robert ("Bob") Youngquist
Hugh Fraser

Story

Harry Reeves
Jesse Marsh
Rex Cox

Music

Oliver Wallace

Backgrounds

Al Dempster

Layout

Karl Karpe

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Cut Scenes

  • A short scene of a watchman sleeping next to his gun at the dog pound has been cut.

Television

Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 60)
Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 39)
The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 3, Episode 29)

Video Information

VHS

United States

Pluto

Germany

Donald und die Entenbande
Goofy und Pluto Total Verrückt
Mit Mir Nicht
Donald Ich bin der Grösste
Happy Birthday, Pluto!

France

Disney Parade 3
La Bande a Donald

Italy

Pluto
Pluto

CED Disc

United States

Pluto

Laserdisc (CAV)

Japan

Pluto

Laserdisc (CLV)

Japan

Fun and Fancy Free
Disney Cartoon Festival 3
The Three Caballeros
Donald Duck and his Duckling Gang

DVD

United States

The Complete Pluto - Volume 1

Germany

Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 9948
Running time: 7:28
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

Reviews and Comments

From Calvin Daprice :

I saw this short for the first time on the "Ink and Paint Club" with the editing. One time, however, I was flipping through channels and I came across a little boy popping out of a jack-in-the-box on the Disney Channel. This was the "Mickey Mouse Club" and the announcement of an upcoming cartoon. I watched it and I saw the scene with the sleeping dog catcher holding a gun in his hands. So if you want to see the Disney shorts without all that pesky editing, the "Mickey Mouse Club" is the best place.

From Ryan :

This really isn't one of my favorite shorts, but I still enjoy watching it. Like Calvin Daprice, I saw this short on the "Mickey Mouse Club." When the pound scene came on, I did see the sleeping dogcatcher with the gun on his lap.

From Baruch Weiss :

There's another way to see all your favorite classic Disney cartoons without that pesky editing. It's called Video and DVD. Anyway this was a nice cartoon, but nothing new; the plot seemed similar to earlier cartoons!

From Bryce :

Dinah sure did tried to turn Pluto down at the beginning but at least they were together again at very end.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

Pluto is a difficult character to get right. If you are doing a Pluto short, you have to have humor, but also have some sort of compelling story. After all, the title character doesn’t speak, so the animation has to convey emotion and carry through some sort of thread in order to make the short work.

Canine Casanova was not one that worked for me. Pluto as a dog is definitely one who follows his impulses, so it makes sense that he chases after a dachshund named Dinah after passing her on the street. The problem I have with the short is that it just did not hold my interest beyond that simple premise.

The first half of the short is just a simple “hard to get” formula. Dinah continually rebuffs Pluto’s advances in a variety of ways. I give Pluto credit for continuing to try. It’s not until Dinah gets captured by a dogcatcher halfway through that things become somewhat interesting. When Dinah is thrown in the pound with other dogs, she suddenly realizes that Pluto is not so bad.

There should be more tension in Pluto’s rescue mission when he breaks Dinah out, but instead it falls flat. Despite a loaded gun in the lap of the dogcatcher, there’s never a moment where you feel like Pluto’s in real danger. Even his comedic twists and turns to try and make it to the cages don’t seem that funny.

I could possibly be too harsh on this short, but it doesn’t feel that funny to me. Pluto’s actions are predictable and don’t really hold my interest. Dinah as a new character doesn’t have anything that makes me care about her predicament. When the situation is resolved, and Pluto finally gets his kiss from Dinah, I was happy for him, but the short itself did nothing to make it enjoyable.

This is different for me, because I really like Pluto. Some of his shorts are very, very entertaining, especially when he’s playing the foil to Mickey or Donald. Solo, however, it takes a lot of work to make Pluto a funny character. I just didn’t see that in Canine Casanova.


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    Sources

    Charles A. Nichols: Director
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    Jack Buckley: Animator
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    George Nicholas: Animator
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    Robert ("Bob") Youngquist: Animator
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    Harry Reeves: Story
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    Jesse Marsh: Story
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    Rex Cox: Story
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    Oliver Wallace: Music
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    Karl Karpe: Layout
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    Al Dempster: Backgrounds
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    Hugh Fraser: Animator
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    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
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