Pluto's Kid Brother
Studio: Disney Release Date : April 12, 1946 Series: Pluto Cartoon
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted

Synopsis

Pluto and his little brother steal some weiners and have to elude other dogs and the dogcatcher.

Characters

Pluto

Credits

Director

Charles A. Nichols

Animator

George Nicholas
Jerry Hathcock
Robert ("Bob") Youngquist
Jack Boyd

Story

Harry Reeves
Jesse Marsh

Music

Oliver Wallace

Backgrounds

Nino Carbe

Layout

Karl Karpe

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Television

The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 2, Episode 30)

Video Information

VHS

Germany

Plutos Tollkühne Abenteuer
Happy Birthday, Pluto!

France

Les Aventures de Pluto

Italy

Le Avventure di Pluto

Laserdisc (CAV)

Japan

Pluto's Tales

DVD

United States

The Complete Pluto - Volume 1
Lady and the Tramp II : Scamp's Adventure

Germany

Susi und Strolch 2
Disney Treasures : The Complete Pluto Volume 1

Italy

Lilli e il Vagobondo 2

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 10460
Running time: 6:51
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 Laura Cross :

The funny thing is that there are no comments whatsoever here. I wonder why…

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

There seems to be a glut of Pluto shorts as we delve deeper into the 1940s here, and I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing. As discussed before, Pluto is not easy to do well, and is very easy to do in an offhand way, where the shorts are not very good. Pluto’s Kid Brother unfortunately falls into the latter category, which is kind of sad.

There is definitely some possibility in giving Pluto a little sidekick, which is what this short attempts to do. Since Pluto is generally rather irresponsible, it seems like having a younger dog around might be a good thing to shock him into a different kind of behavior that would be a new twist on the character. The key, though, is that the younger character needs to be compelling, and K.B. (yes, they named the character K.B. for Kid Brother) is not great.

The short is not helped by the fact that the story of this short is all over the place. Things boomerang from Pluto’s point of view to K.B.’s and back, but never with one coherent through line. It doesn’t really make sense what the main plot of the short is, other than K.B. getting into things.

If that was the main idea, that would be okay, but there is a whole section of the short where we deal with Pluto running away from a cat. If it sounds weird, that’s because it is. There is no involvement of K.B. in the cat storyline, other than the fact that he gets the cat riled up in the first place. Once the cat gets on Pluto’s case, however, it’s a long diversion from K.B. to Pluto’s losing war with the cat.

Then we have a bulldog that enters the picture, and K.B. decides to follow him, leading to another strange story. We see the bulldog and K.B. deciding whether or not to invade a butcher shop, ending up with the little dog entering through a delivery chute and pulling out a bunch of sausages. Pluto comes to stop him, but even that is strange, as at first he’s gung ho with the bulldog and then backs away.

The whole short is disjointed and not well constructed, which is very odd for a Disney short. We all know that Disney prides itself on a well told story, especially when Walt was around. It seems this was an attempt to create a new character, but not neglect the old one. In the end, Pluto’s Kid Brother services neither, and creates a muddled mess.


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History

5/10/2012

  • Home video info added by eutychus

8/20/2012

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9/11/2013

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3/26/2017

  • Television info added by eutychus

6/14/2017

  • Credits added by kintutoons32

4/28/2018

    Sources

    Charles A. Nichols: Director
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    George Nicholas: Animator
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    Jerry Hathcock: Animator
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    Robert ("Bob") Youngquist: Animator
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    Jack Boyd: Animator
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    Harry Reeves: Story
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    Jesse Marsh: Story
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    Oliver Wallace: Music
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    Karl Karpe: Layout
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    Nino Carbe: Backgrounds
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    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)