Lend a paw (1941)
Starring: Pluto, Mickey Mouse and Figaro
Setting: Mickey’s House
Plot: Pluto rescues an abandoned kitty cat floating down an icy river. But when Mickey takes the kitten in, Pluto becomes jealous of the attention he receives.
This short is actually a remake of Mickey’s Pal Pluto (1933).
This cartoon won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
As seen in the opening credits, “This picture is dedicated to the Tailwagger Foundation in recognition of its work in lending a paw to man’s animal friends.”
In the promotional poster (seen above) the kitten is drawn as Figrao but, within the actual cartoon, it’s a different cat.
The kitten is stuffed in a sack that’s tied to an iron. Was whoever left him there trying to kill him???
This is Mickey’s pet goldfish, Bianca’s, second appearance after Mickey’s Parrot (1938).
Putting a Bow on It:
I love the inclusion of Pluto’s dueling consciences because it offers the best insight into this complex character. Pluto also learns that you can’t just save the kitten and then leave it to its own devices… it’s kinda like the Pottery Barn rule: “you break it, you buy it.” Also, as is the case with all rescues, we are left with the enduring question: “who saved who?”