Sunday, May 18, 2008

May 18: Pluto's Utopia

On this day in 1951, the Disney short Plutopia was released. Directed by Charles A. Nichols, it featured the voices of James Macdonald (as Mickey Mouse) and Pinto Colvig (as Pluto).
Plutopia finds Mickey & his dog Pluto on vacation at Camp Utopia. Pluto believes it really is a utopia (with trees everywhere and plenty of cats to chase) until Mickey learns of the camp's strict rule - all dogs must be muzzled and leashed! Poor Pluto falls asleep and dreams of "Plutopia" where dogs roam free and cats cater to his every need.
The short was written by Ralph Wright and Al Bertino. Wright would go on to voice the character of Eeyore in countless Pooh featurettes and Bertino would have a hand in the development of Disney's them park attractions.

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