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Mickey and the Seal is a 1948 animated short film (6 1/2 minutes) from Disney, directed by Charles Nichols.

Mickey Mouse is visiting the zoo. He stops at the seal exhibit and chucks some fish at the seals. One seal, a particularly cute little one (named in outside materials as "Salty") decides he wants more fish so he hops into Mickey's picnic basket and gets a ride home. Pluto the Pup sees the seal in the picnic basket and tries to warn Mickey, but to no avail. Salty then causes havoc.


  • Beast in the Building: A baby seal follows Mickey home from the zoo. Only Pluto is aware of the intruder but fails to get his master to notice it until he finds it in the bathtub during his bath. He returns the pup to the zoo, where he tells the other seals about all the fun he had at Mickey's house; Mickey and Pluto return to find the seals having a wild party at their home.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Salty looks straight at the camera at the end.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The white ovals of Salty's eyes as he peeks out of the picnic basket at Pluto.
  • Cardboard Prison: Salty escapes his cage by simply lifting a bar out of its hole in the ground. He later shows his fellow seals this method to get them to Mickey's.
  • Cassandra Truth: Pluto tries to warn Mickey of the presence of the seal, but Mickey doesn't believe it at first.
  • Death Glare: Pluto gives a well-placed one to Mickey when the latter suggests keeping Salty, and again at the end when they come home to find seals have taken over the bathroom.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: A comic one, as a cute escaped seal makes havoc at Mickey's house.
  • Get Out!: When Mickey sees the mess Pluto had made in chasing the seal, he points his dog out of the house as punishment with this command.
  • Impairment Shot: Pluto is seeing double after crashing into the empty bathtub.
  • Oh, Crap!: Mickey after he sees the scrub brush floating around by itself and realizes he is not alone in the tub.
  • Sweet Seal: Just the cutest seal you'll ever see, even if he does cause problems for Mickey and Pluto.
  • Took a Shortcut: Somehow the seals from the zoo are able to beat Mickey and Pluto home after they return Salty to his enclosure.
  • White Gloves: Mickey keeps his white gloves on while bathing.