Mickey and the Seal
Studio: Disney Release Date : December 3, 1948 Series: Mickey Mouse Cartoon
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted     

Synopsis

A zoo escapee finds refuge in Mickey's bath, despite Pluto's protests.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
(Voice: James "Jimmy" MacDonald)
Pluto

Credits

Director

Charles A. Nichols

Animator

Phil Duncan
Hugh Fraser
George Nicholas
Dan MacManus

Story

Nick George
Milt Schaffer

Music

Oliver Wallace

Backgrounds

Ralph Hulett

Voices

James "Jimmy" MacDonald
Van DeBar 'Pinto' Colvig

Layout

Karl Karpe

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Included in:

At Home with Donald Duck
King Larry Swings In

Awards

Nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Short Subject

Television

Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 45)
Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 36)

Video Information

VHS

United States

Special Edition
The Spirit of Mickey
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 5 : Disney's Best of 1931-1948
Cartoon Classics : Special Edition

Germany

Micky's Lustige Abenteuer
Hier ist Mickey
Mickys Sommerspa├č

France

Les Folles Vacances de Mickey
Salut Mickey

Italy

Topolino Superstar

Laserdisc (CAV)

Japan

Mickey Mouse: A Star is Born

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

The Spirit of Mickey
Disney's Best of 1931-1948
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : An Officer and a Duck
At Home with Donald Duck

Japan

Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show
Hello! Mickey
More Tales of Pluto
Mickey's Summer Madness

DVD

United States

Mickey Mouse in Living Color - Volume 2
Have a Laugh, Volume 1
Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Mickey

Germany

Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Micky's Ferienspass

Italy

Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)

United Kingdom

Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Have a Laugh : Volume 1

Sweden

Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)

Canada

Have a Laugh : Volume 1
Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Mickey

Netherlands / Belgium

Mickey Mouse In Living Color: Volume Twee

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 12840
Running time: 6:35
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Countrie: United States

Reviews and Comments

From Ryan :

I first saw this short when I was about six years old. It was one of my favorites back then. I still enjoy it quite a bit today. Mickey is feeding fish to seals at the local zoo. A baby seal stows away in his basket looking for more fish when Mickey is on his way home. Pluto, however, discovers the baby seal and doesn't take too kindly to him. After Pluto ends up chasing the seal around the kitchen, Mickey comes in and sees the basket with all the stuff in it knocked over and sends Pluto outside, thinking he made the mess. One of my favorite parts is where Mickey is taking a bath. While he is scrubbing his back, the seal (who has snuck into the tub) lies beside Mickey's back and enjoys having himself scrubbed. When Mickey picks up the soap, the seal, who is underwater, picks up Mickey's scrubbrush and Mickey wonders what's going on. Mickey soon discovers the seal after draining the bathtub and takes him back to the zoo. The ending of this short, however, was perhaps the funniest of all. After Pluto and Mickey get home from the zoo, they discover the older seals jumping into their tub and using an ironing board as a diving board. The cartoon ends with the baby seal waving from inside the shower. The animation of this short is excellent, especially the background art.

From Lee Suggs :

The Seal of the title is a very cute little fellow who sneaks out of a zoo in Mickey's picnic basket. When Mickey gets home Pluto immediately discovers the stowaway. What follows is Pluto's desperate attempts to tell Mickey about the Seal and Mickey's hilarious discovery of the little fellow. (In the bathtub, where Mickey is seen NUDE!) This is an amusing short with great sight gags and a fun ending. You just can't go wrong with the classics.

From Baruch Weiss :

Here is another cartoon where Pluto encounters another small animal but this time instead of befriending it he does not like it at all throughoutt out the short. Like other shorts(e.g. Lend a Paw) the opening titles feature Mickey but play Pluto's theme and the dog takes center stage in the cartoons.

From Grace :

I really found this short amusing. The seal escapes from the zoo and ended up in Mickey's house, Pluto knows the stowaway and tries to convince Mickey that there was a seal in the house, and then in the ending a group of seals inside Mickey's bathroom. This is a funny short and there is this one funny scene where Mickey is in the bathtub seen NAKED! Hey Mickey show the girls your birthday suit!

From Bryan Hensley :

This short started off Disney's Funny Factory collection on DVD, and boy did it start it off, since it was an Oscar nominee. At least when Mickey was in the tub and jumped out, you can't see anything private! (Thank goodness!) I'm sure the theme music for the start of this short was a new one for Mickey and not one for Pluto, like Mickey Down Under for instance. This short was also in an episode of Disney's House of Mouse. I'm sure the audience was amazed at this short, since they let out a thunderous applause all the way through the opening credits! I also remember it being a part of the 1998 VHS release "The Spirit of Mickey", along with 10 other cream-of-the-crop shorts! Near the end when Pluto was barking into the bathroom, he suddenly fell into the tub painfully and spotted Salty the seal in Mickey's arms when he came to. Boy was he mad! This short, Mickey and The Seal, was a worthy Oscar nominee to me! (It ended up losing to Tom and Jerry's original Thanksgiving short, The Little Orphan.) I'm sure all of you out there would like Mickey and The Seal despite it not being an Oscar winner.

From Hunter :

My favorite part of this short is probably the scene when Mickey comes home. Pluto comes to him, runs around his legs a bit and then jumps up and puts his paws on Mickey's shoulders, then gives him a big lick on the face. That knocks him to the floor and we get a nice little scene of Pluto giving Mickey's face a few big slurps. I liked the scene because it gave a good feeling of how Mickey and Pluto live together and how much Pluto loves Mickey. I mean, really. Mickey was only going to the zoo to feed the seals and he gets a face covered in slobber on his return.

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Sources

Charles A. Nichols: Director
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Phil Duncan: Animator
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Hugh Fraser: Animator
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George Nicholas: Animator
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Dan MacManus: Animator
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Nick George: Story
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Milt Schaffer: Story
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Oliver Wallace: Music
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Karl Karpe: Layout
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Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
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Ralph Hulett: Backgrounds
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James "Jimmy" MacDonald: Voices
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Van DeBar 'Pinto' Colvig: Voices
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