121. Lend a Paw – Clyde Geronimi

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SUMMARY: Pluto rescues a kitten from drowning but quickly becomes jealous of it after Mickey takes it in.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘Lend a Paw’ is a good little anti-animal-cruelty cartoon which built on the artistic excellence seen in ‘The Pointer’ but added a better plot. Pluto particularly looks amazing in this one, going through a range of beautifully rendered emotions as he fights against his inner demons when he becomes jealous of a kitten he has rescued from drowning. Pluto’s psychological state proved a surprisingly fertile subject matter, with ‘Lend a Paw’ exploring some similar ground to ‘Pluto’s Judgement Day’, if not in nearly as terrifying a manner. After its first year of not winning the Best Animated Short Oscar, ‘Lend a Paw’ saw Disney back on the winner’s podium for that year.

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