Mail Dog
Studio: Disney Release Date : November 14, 1947 Series: Pluto Cartoon

Cumulative rating:
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Pluto is pressed into duty to deliver a sack of mail to a remote arctic outpost, helped along by a playful arctic rabbit.





Jack Hannah


Robert W. "Bob" Carlson Jr.
William "Bill" Justice
George Kreisl
Volus Jones


Nick George
Bill Berg


Paul Smith (I)


Brice Mack


Yale Gracey

Effects Animation

Jack Boyd


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney


RKO Radio Pictures

Clips Used In:

The Coyote's Lament
How to Catch a Cold


  • The title card shown at right is incorrect although it is the one attached to the short currently (2009.) According to Dave Smith of the Disney Archives, the credits shown below are the correct ones.


The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 1, Episode 28)
The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 1, Episode 57)
The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 3, Episode 13)


United States

Here's Pluto!


Hier ist Pluto

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Here's Mickey / Here's Pluto


United States

The Complete Pluto - Volume 2

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 6:53
MPAA No.: 11472
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording

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From Ryan :

In this short, Pluto plays a "mail dog" in the Arctic. I enjoy the scene where Pluto runs into a totem pole and growls into it, thinking it's a monster. The totem pole appears to growl back (which of course is actually Pluto's echo). Perhaps a greater obstacle is a hare that Pluto encounters while delivering a package. Pluto tries to get rid of the hare, but after they both end up delivering the package, they become good friends. One of my favorite Pluto shorts that I enjoy watching every now and then.

From Erik Palm :

It seems that this cartoon got the wrong credits when its opening titles were remade. My version incorrectly has Jack Hannah as director, and also credits for effects animation (Jack Boyd, written in large letters). Otherwise, the credits are as above, though these credits seem to belong in a Donald Duck cartoon of the 1950's (since Bob Carlson, Bill Justice and Volus Jones were all Donald animators). Has anyone seen Mail Dog with the original opening titles (RKO Radio as distributor?)

From Baruch Weiss :

This is a good short but this time instead of the music, a scene won me over. It was the scene where Pluto turns blue.

From Stephen :

I like this short. Used to watch it as a kid, and my two favorite parts were when Pluto growled into the totem pole and it growled back and when he turned into an ice cube. I now own this on VHS, so I can watch it whenever I want. I give it a 7.

From Michelle I. :

This is a superb Pluto cartoon. His sled, the totem pole, and the cute bunny work together to make it highly enjoyable.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

We’re back to Pluto with Mail Dog as the latest short in 1947. And as if keeping with the theme so far in this year, it’s a bit disappointing. As we’ve said here before, Pluto is a difficult character to do well, since he does not talk and does not move or act in a human way. To make him interesting, the animation and story team has to deliver top notch work.

In Mail Dog, the concept is pretty good. Pluto serves as a dog in the winters of the North, whose sole purpose is to carry mail across the frozen tundra in storms where planes could not traverse. The short takes the first minute to set up this premise, without a sight of Pluto. That’s an interesting decision to take that much time, but it does set things up well.

From there, it’s a quick sprint through two confrontations where Pluto is trying to make his appointed rounds. The first of these is with an inanimate object, which is not bad. Pluto gets his mail bags stuck with a totem pole, and seeing him struggle against the inanimate faces is pretty amusing. This is the kind of thing that works with Pluto, seeing him struggle with things that should be routine. It plays to the fact that he is a dog, and not a person.

His second encounter, with a rabbit that must have lost its way a long way away, is less amusing While the rabbit is merely interested in getting warm, and goes to great lengths to do so, while Pluto is trying to simultaneously stay warm and deliver the mail. The problem is that the conflict between the two seems forced, and not natural other than the fact that both are freezing.

I’ll give the animation team credit for an ending that is heart warming and fun, but it doesn’t make up for a short that tends to drag through the middle. Without some real fun gags, the short doesn’t measure up to the type of work that we have seen in other Disney work of the previous years. Especially when you look at Fun and Fancy Free or other feature work, the shorts like Mail Dog are not in the same league.