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Pluto's Christmas Tree is a Mickey Mouse short that was released on November 21, 1952.


Mickey and Pluto go out to get their Christmas tree. While out in the forest, Pluto tries to sniff one out and catches the attention of Chip and Dale, who toss one of their acorns at his rear end. They began to mimic Pluto with their barking and sniffing. Thinking that their act is funny, Pluto gives chase after them and they hide in a nearby fir tree. To their surprise, Mickey has picked this as his Christmas tree and chops it down. Mickey and Pluto drag it home, unaware that they're bringing Chip 'n' Dale with it.

At home, Mickey and Pluto decorate the tree, inside which Chip 'n Dale walk around, amazed at the sight of the ornaments and lights. Dale notices Mickey hanging a candy cane and sticks out a twig for Mickey to hang one, but ends up receiving a round blue ornament, to his surprise. After Mickey finishes decorating the tree, Pluto sits down to admire their work when he suddenly notices one of the lights is blinking. He sticks his nose close by and finds that Dale was messing around with it. Chip pulls Dale back in the tree, while Pluto and Dale bark at each other, and then Dale taunts Pluto by tossing some of the ornaments at the floor, making the dog dive to catch them. Mickey comes in to put some wrapped gifts under the tree and, thinking Pluto's messing around, puts the ornaments back on the tree, unwittingly placing one of them on Dale's nose. Dale scurries up the tree with the ornament, and when Pluto tries to point it out to Mickey, Dale disappears into the tree with it before Mickey can notice.

Pluto then sees that Dale has sneaked out of the tree to go take some nuts from a bowl on the table nearby and then stands guard in front of the tree, preventing Dale from going back in. He chases Dale to the chimney, where the chipmunk tries to disguise himself as one of Mickey's miniature Santa candles, but Pluto sees right through his disguise. Mickey comes back in with another present and Pluto tries to point Dale out to him, but Mickey thinks Pluto is begging for him to light the candles. After Mickey applies the flames to them, Chip notices his pal is in trouble again, uses Pluto's tail as an elevator, extinguishes the fire on Dale's hat, and runs off with him. Pluto chases them again, during which he gets his feet caught in some of the gift boxes, and climbs on Mickey's ladder that he left by the tree. The chipmunks close up the ladder and cause Pluto to fall off of it. Furiously, Pluto jumps into the tree to attack them.

Mickey runs back in to find Pluto messing up the tree and, despite his effort to pull him out, all the needles and decorations are broken and shaken off the tree. Mickey is about to punish Pluto for ruining the tree, but then suddenly notices Chip 'n' Dale on one of the remaining branches, much to Pluto's frustration that Mickey didn't understand him pointing out that Chip 'n' Dale had been in the tree the whole time. Although Pluto still wants to get rid of them, Mickey is willing to have them stay for Christmas. Just then, they hear singing outside and go to the nearby window, where they see Minnie, Goofy, and Donald caroling "Deck the Halls". Chip 'n' Dale sing along with them, and then Pluto tries to do so as well, but he sounds so bad that the chipmunks slap a "Do Not Open Til Xmas" sticker on his mouth.

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  • The footage for this short was used in the Disney's Sing-Along Songs volume, Very Merry Christmas Songs for the song "Deck the Halls".
  • This is one of the few Disney shorts directed by Jack Hannah to not star Donald Duck, though Donald makes a cameo in the end.
  • Over the years, people stated this cartoon as a Pluto cartoon (as stated on the original theatrical poster), but was discovered in recent years that it was originally a Mickey Mouse cartoon all this time. YouTube user Erik posted a video of the original RKO titles of the cartoon in 2017.[1]
  • This short is the first complete Mickey Mouse cartoon to be shown on television in color, airing on BBC1 Christmas Day of 1970, despite the color strike causing Christmas programs that year to air in black & white.
  • This is Mickey Mouse's first animated interaction with Chip 'n Dale, and their only on-screen interaction during the original run of the Mickey Mouse cartoons.
  • The Christmas tree and fireplace from the short are featured in the queue of the Disneyland version of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway as part of the Mickey Mouse history exhibit.
  • Ironically, although Goofy makes a cameo appearance in this short, it is in his traditional 1930's-40's design, and not his 1952 redesign.


  • At the end, when Pluto attempts to join the singing and Chip 'n Dale cover their ears, Chip goes running off-screen, but it is Dale who slaps the sticker onto Pluto's mouth.



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