The Talking Dog was an unfinished, and lost Disney animated Mickey Mouse short produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios (Walt Disney Productions) in 1951. It was directed by Milt Schaffer who have directed Pluto's Party.
Pluto gets roped into becoming a ventriloquist's dummy in a circus sideshow. When Mickey figures out that his dog is missing, he starts looking for him and finds him in the hands of Pete. Mickey battles Pete to get Pluto back.
- Some animation that was done on this short was dropped. It was animated for a pencil test.
- The animators, Fred Moore and Norman Ferguson would have both animated Pluto and Mickey.
- Pinto Colvig, who had voiced Goofy and Pluto was upset for Pluto in the circus. Disney will not have the animated short, The Talking Dog and he wanted the animated short with Schaffer to Pluto's Party in 1952. Colvig's son, Vance Jr. told the crew of the studio (Ward Kimball, Fred Moore, Norman Ferguson, The Sherman Brothers, Thurl Ravenscroft, Jimmy MacDonald, Don DaGradi, Bill Walsh, John Lounsbery, George Nicholas, Jack Hannah, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Clarence Nash, George Kreisl, Jerry Hatchcock, Bill Justice, Robert W. Youngquist, Jack Boyd, Charles Nichols, Clyde Geronimi, Cliff Edwards, Lee Millar, and Paul Frees) that they wanted to do the animated TV musical film with Mickey Mouse and Jiminy Cricket. Disney told them and said, "All right. Do it for The Talking Dog in the feature movie with Mickey, Pluto, and Jiminy Cricket." He walked out the hallway in anger.
- Cliff Edwards who had voiced Jiminy Cricket in the 1940 animated feature, Pinocchio, wanted to get on the animated feature film, The Talking Dog and he didn't know about to do anything to Pluto.
- Walt told an interviewer in 1951, "I'm tired of Mickey now. For him, it's definitely trap time. The Mouse and I have been together for about 22 years. That's long enough for any association."