Shade #5: Society Dog Show (1939)
Starring: Mickey Mouse, Pluto and Fifi
Setting: A Dog Show
Plot: Mickey enters Pluto into a ritzy dog show whereupon they stick out like a sore paw. Meanwhile, Pluto falls for a cute Pekingese named Fifi.
Box of Chocolates:
This is Mickey’s one hundredth appearance and the last one drawn in his classic, pie-eyed design.
The judge and most of the attendants are anthropomorphic dogs… of course.
It’s a good thing the judge had a “Public Hero No. 1” medal on hand.
Fifi’s last appearance before this had her playing Pluto’s wife and mother to their quintuplets in Pluto’s Quinpuplets (1937).
The Morning After:
Mickey and Pluto were known to represent the every man and had always been on the outside-looking-in when it comes to high society and the bourgeoisie. They had an almost Chaplin-esque quality of underdog heroism about them. This short definitely plays into that theme but it is also marks one of the last times we would see Mickey reduced to riding around in an old, wooden soap box or see Pluto portrayed as a mangy, flea-ridden mutt. In real life, Mickey and Pluto were big stars and it became less and less believable to see them as common “riff raff.”