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Lend a Paw is an Academy Award-winning Mickey Mouse cartoon short that was released on October 3, 1941.

Plot[]

Pluto is sniffing around outside when he hears a noise. It's coming from a bag floating on an ice flow in a creek. Pluto rescues it, then loses interest when it turns out to be a kitten. The kitten follows him home and Mickey takes a liking to it, much to Pluto's disgust.

Pluto's devil and angel sides give him conflicting advice; Pluto puts the cat up to mischief, but Bianca the goldfish fingers Pluto as the real culprit, getting him thrown outside; this causes Pluto to feel bad about what he did.

When the kitten plays with a ball, it rolls and bounces right outside and into a well. The kitten follows and falls in, so it's now up to Pluto to either save it or leave it, but after a push and demand from the angel (and beating the devil), Pluto does his part and saves it.

Mickey, meanwhile, had fallen asleep and is awakened by the sound of Pluto calling him. After getting the kitten out of harm's way, he lifts up the pulley to rescue a now-frozen Pluto, Mickey then forgives Pluto and brings him back inside to warm him up in a tub of hot water.

After warming up, the Kitten gives Pluto a sweet little lick to thank him; this time, Pluto smiles, not minding a bit. His angel side reminds him that kindness to animals is a reward that will be cherished in the end.

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Other Information[]

  • This is a color remake of the 1933 Mickey Mouse short Mickey's Pal Pluto. In this one, however, there is only one kitten and Minnie Mouse doesn't appear.
  • This short won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short of 1941. To date, it is the only cartoon featuring Mickey Mouse to have won that award.
  • Despite the short being part of the Mickey Mouse series, the pre-1947 Pluto theme music is heard playing over the opening credits.
  • Although Figaro from Pinocchio is seen on the short's theatrical release poster (pictured above), Figaro does not appear in this short at all, instead he is replaced by an unnamed orange kitten. However, both Pluto and Figaro would appear together for the first time in the Pluto cartoon "First Aiders" (1944) three years later.
  • As indicated by the title card, this short is dedicated to the TailWaggers Foundation, an organization that is still around today that provides funding to 501(c) non-profit organizations to help heal injured and sick animals in need.

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1920s
Plane CrazyThe Gallopin' GauchoSteamboat WillieThe Barn DanceThe Opry HouseWhen the Cat's AwayThe Barnyard BattleThe PlowboyThe Karnival KidMickey's FolliesMickey's Choo-ChooThe Jazz FoolJungle RhythmThe Haunted HouseWild Waves
1930s
Fiddling AroundThe Barnyard ConcertThe Cactus KidThe Fire FightersThe ShindigThe Chain GangThe Gorilla MysteryThe PicnicPioneer DaysThe Birthday PartyTraffic TroublesThe CastawayThe Moose HuntThe Delivery BoyMickey Steps OutBlue RhythmFishin' AroundThe Barnyard BroadcastThe Beach PartyMickey Cuts UpMickey's OrphansThe Duck HuntThe Grocery BoyThe Mad DogBarnyard OlympicsMickey's RevueMusical FarmerMickey in ArabiaMickey's NightmareTrader MickeyThe Whoopee PartyTouchdown MickeyThe Wayward CanaryParade of the Award NomineesThe Klondike KidMickey's Good DeedBuilding a BuildingThe Mad DoctorMickey's Pal PlutoMickey's MellerdrammerYe Olden DaysThe Mail PilotMickey's Mechanical ManMickey's Gala PremierPuppy LoveThe Steeple-ChaseThe Pet StoreGiantlandShanghaiedCamping OutPlayful PlutoGulliver MickeyMickey's Steam-RollerOrphan's BenefitMickey Plays PapaThe DognapperTwo-Gun MickeyMickey's Man FridayThe Band ConcertMickey's Service StationMickey's KangarooMickey's GardenMickey's Fire BrigadePluto's Judgement DayOn IceMickey's Polo TeamOrphans' PicnicMickey's Grand OperaThru the MirrorMickey's RivalMoving DayAlpine ClimbersMickey's CircusMickey's ElephantThe Worm TurnsMagician MickeyMoose HuntersMickey's AmateursHawaiian HolidayClock CleanersLonesome GhostsBoat BuildersMickey's TrailerThe WhalersMickey's ParrotBrave Little TailorSociety Dog ShowMickey's Surprise PartyThe PointerThe Standard Parade
1940s
Tugboat MickeyPluto's Dream HouseMr. Mouse Takes a TripThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe Little WhirlwindThe Nifty NinetiesOrphan's BenefitA Gentleman's GentlemanCanine CaddyLend a PawAll TogetherMickey's Birthday PartySymphony HourPluto and the ArmadilloSquatter's RightsMickey and the BeanstalkMickey's Delayed DateMickey Down UnderMickey and the Seal
1950s
R'Coon DawgPluto's PartyPluto's Christmas TreeThe Simple Things
1980s-Present
Mickey's Christmas CarolThe Prince and the PauperMickey And The Goat Man [Mickey and The Goat Man] • Get a Horse!Mickey in a MinuteOnce Upon a Studio
See Also
The Mickey Mouse ClubThe Mouse FactoryGood Morning, MickeyMickey's Mouse TracksMickey Mouse and Friends (TV Series)Disney's The Twelve Days of ChristmasMickey's Fun SongsMickey's Once Upon a ChristmasHouse of MouseMickey Mouse WorksMickey's Magical ChristmasMickey's House of VillainsMickey's Twice Upon a ChristmasMickey Mouse ClubhouseMickey MousekersizeMickey Mouse (TV series)Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up AdventuresMickey's 90th SpectacularThe Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse


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Pluto Short Logo
1930s
Just DogsMother PlutoPluto's Quin-puplets
1940s
Bone TroublePluto's Dream HouseMr. Mouse Takes a Trip Pantry PiratePluto's PlaymatePluto JuniorThe Army MascotLend a PawThe Sleep WalkerOut of the Frying Pan Into the Firing LineT-Bone for TwoPluto at the ZooPluto and the ArmadilloPrivate PlutoSpringtime for PlutoFirst AidersDog WatchCanine CasanovaThe Legend of Coyote RockCanine PatrolPluto's Kid BrotherIn DutchThe Purloined PupA Feather in His CollarPluto's HousewarmingSquatter's RightsRescue DogMail DogPluto's Blue NoteBone BanditPluto's PurchaseCat Nap PlutoPluto's FledglingPueblo PlutoPluto's Surprise PackagePluto's SweaterBubble BeeSheep Dog
1950s
Pluto's Heart ThrobPluto and the GopherWonder DogPrimitive PlutoPuss CaféPests of the WestFood for Feudin'Camp DogCold StoragePlutopiaCold Turkey
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