Pluto's Blue Note
Studio: Disney Release Date : December 26, 1947 Series: Pluto Cartoon
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating:
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Synopsis

Pluto loves to sing, but no one, not even the radio will sing along with him. But success comes when he finds that his tail makes an excellent phonograph needle.

Characters

Pluto

Credits

Director

Charles A. Nichols

Animator

Jerry Hathcock
George Kreisl
George Nicholas
Dan MacManus

Story

Milt Schaffer
Jack Huber

Music

Oliver Wallace

Backgrounds

Art Landy

Layout

Karl Karpe

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Included in:

At Home with Donald Duck

Awards

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

Trivia

  • The song "You Belong To My Heart" which Pluto "sings" at the end was originally written and used in the feature film "The Three Caballeros."

Television

Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 29)

Video Information

VHS

United States

Starring Pluto & Fifi
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 2

Germany

Bum, Bum, Bumerang
Plutos Größte Hits
Das Große Micky Maus Festival
Pluto Präsentiert
Happy Birthday, Pluto!
Pluto's Größte Hits

France

Le Meilleur de Pluto
Disney Parade 2

Italy

I Capolavori di Pluto
Cartoons Disney 5
Sono Io ... Pluto
Video Parade 19

CED Disc

United States

Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 4

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Disney's Best of 1931-1948
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : Donald's Bee Pictures
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day / Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Starring Donald and Daisy / Starring Pluto and Fifi
At Home with Donald Duck
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 1

Japan

Minnie's Greatest Hits / Pluto's Greatest Hits
Disney Cartoon Festival 2
Donald Duck Goes West
Mickey and His All Stars

DVD

United States

The Complete Pluto - Volume 2
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 6 : Extreme Music Fun

Germany

Musik Spass Superstars

Italy

Extreme Music Fun

Canada

Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 6 : Extreme Music Fun

Technical Specifications

Running time: 6:49
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 Ryan :

When I first saw this short as a kid, I thought Pluto was actually singing. I later found out that it was just the record and that Pluto was just mouthing the words. Yet, Pluto has spoken in at least two shorts. There is the usually censored scene in "Mickey Steps Out" where Pluto shouts "Mammy!" after popping out of the pot-bellied stove and there is "The Moose Hunt" where he says "Kiss me!" So I guess it wouldn't surprise me if he did speak in this short.

From Baruch Weiss :

I think that this short is OK.

From Denise Santschi :

The background was drawn by my late grandfather, Art Landy. Growing up with Pluto was a godsend to all those less then perfect people in the world. He makes me laugh because he has a heart of gold .

From Michelle I. :

This never was one of my favorite Pluto cartoons, but it's certainly not bad. The end is quite funny.

From Grace :

That was the sweetest Pluto cartoon ever! It really made me dream every single night that my idol Mickey singing " You Belong To My Heart" to me and dressed as the god of the sun.

From Gabe Bennett :

Trivia: the name of the bouncy song that is heard when Pluto first figures out he can use his tail as phonograph needle in the music store is called "Escravos de Jo" ("Slaves of Job"). From what I've been able to find out about it, it's a traditional Brazillian melody.

From Dino Cencia :

I loved the part when Pluto was singing at the end lip-syncing the words of the song. His tail becomes a record player needle. "You Belong To My Heart" is a great love song for Pluto's sweethearts. I give this cartoon a 600.

From Mike :

I always liked this cartoon. I really liked it for the song at the end but I always wondered who that singer was.

From Bryan Hensley :

Some of the music in this short was from Disney works earlier in the 40's; The Three Caballeros and South of The Border With Walt Disney. When Pluto listened to the radio in front of a music shop, the music playing from the radio was background music from the South of The Border documentary! Near the end, the song "You Belong To My Heart" was from The Three Caballeros! I bet this short inspired what Experiment 626 (Stitch) would do with record-players. Pluto's tail is a good record needle as well as Stitch's index fingers! Both of them had music coming from their mouths like a stereo system! Pluto never actually speaks or sings like a human in this short; he just lip-sync's really well! I hope you enjoy this wonderful Oscar-nominated short that's somehow from south of the border!

From Diana Netland :

My grandfather , Art Landy, aka Arthur Landmesser did the background on the Disney films some of the animation but did not get the credit . It was an honor to be raised knowing my grandfather spread so much laughter in the world.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

We’re wrapping up 1947 in the Disney canon with a Pluto short. I’ve said before that my feeling on Pluto is that he is a difficult character to do well. Doing Pluto correctly leads to some great gags and animation, as he is able to stretch and contort unlike many of the other characters. When this doesn’t happen, though, it’s a little more routine, and that’s the case with Pluto’s Blue Note.

There are two basic gags in the short, and they each do the work in approximately half of the short. The first one is Pluto’s desire to sing like the birdies sing, so to speak. He wakes up in the morning, hears the birds chirping and attempts to join in, much to the chagrin of the birds. The gag here is that Pluto, a dog, cannot sing as well as a bird. Do you see the funny?

The problem with this gag is that it doesn’t take advantage of one of Pluto’s best assets, which is his physicality. The movements and slapstick comedy of Pluto makes him funny, so if he’s standing still trying to sing, it takes some of the fun out of things. However, he does get some action going when he tries to imitate the bees (flapping his ears like wings) or the grasshoppers (rubbing his legs together). Those are decent pieces, but not Pluto’s full potential.

The second half of the short deals with Pluto’s revelation that he can use his tail and mouth to create a record player of sorts. After wandering into a music shop when trying to sing like the radio, our favorite dog discovers that if he places his tail on the record, then the sounds come out of his mouth. While it’s a decent gag, it again relies on Pluto being still to work.

The coda to this gag is when Pluto installs the record player into his dog house, and woos the lady dogs of the neighborhood with his crooning. I’ll be honest, I expected a gag to come out of this, like the record skipping (which it does) and a revolt among the animals. But for the most part, Pluto sings the whole song, winks at the camera, and ends the short. It’s a slow, disappointing ending to the short, and honestly not that funny. Pluto’s Blue Note serves as an example of paint by numbers style filmmaking, and it suffers in comparison to most of the earlier Pluto shorts.


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    Sources

    Charles A. Nichols: Director
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    Jerry Hathcock: Animator
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    George Kreisl: Animator
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    George Nicholas: Animator
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    Dan MacManus: Animator
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    Milt Schaffer: Story
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    Jack Huber: Story
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    Oliver Wallace: Music
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    Karl Karpe: Layout
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    Art Landy: Backgrounds
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    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
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