The Army Mascot (film #2 on Disc 1 of Walt Disney on the Front Lines DVD (Disney, 2004)). [Category: Military & Propaganda]

This Disney cartoon tells us where all that rationed meat went––it went to feed the dog mascots of various army divisions. Pluto understandably wants a share of this bounty so he gets into a conflict with a goat (that’s right––a goat) for the role of mascot of a nearby army post. This involves, among other things, tobacco chewing, and it only gets weirder from there when Pluto accidentally swallows a whole plug. One of the weirder WWII, as well as Disney, toons I’ve seen, and that makes it essential.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: *****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: *****.

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