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Dug's Special Mission

Alpha tells Dug to remain in the hole.
Directed by Ronnie del Carmen
Produced by Galyn Susman
Pete Docter (executive)
John Lasseter (executive)
Written by Ronnie del Carmen
Bob Peterson
Starring Bob Peterson
Delroy Lindo
Jerome Ranft
Music by Michael Giacchino
Editing by Steve Bloom
Tim Fox (first assistant editor)
Studio Pixar Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios (2009 release with Up DVD)
Release date(s) November 10, 2009
Running time 4:40
Country United States
Language English

Dug's Special Mission is a short Pixar film, directed by Ronnie del Carmen. It is included on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Up.[1][2]



Jonas Rivera, producer of Pixar's film Up, revealed that Dug's Special Mission "is a little bit of the backstory of what Dug was actually doing out there on this mysterious mission when we meet him [in Up]".[2] In the short, Dug is instructed on how to catch the bird (Kevin) by Alpha, Beta, and Gamma, but his instructions are really intended to keep Dug away from them.[3]

In this short, it is revealed that the day Dug met Carl was his birthday. Dug wishes that it will be the happiest day of this life, when suddenly the bird runs over him, and Alpha, Beta, and Gamma run into Dug. Irritated with Dug getting in their way, they come up with "special missions" for Dug to capture the bird. It is shown, however, that these are just ploys to keep Dug out of their way. First Alpha (in his squeaky voice due to a collar malfunction) assigns Dug to watch a rock and make sure it doesn't move. Dug accidentally causes a pebble to roll down an incline and topple the large boulder, which nearly crushes Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. He is then told to sit and wait in a hole, "the bird's favorite hole." After the three dogs leave him there, it turns out to have quicksand in it. Dug falls through it and ends up falling on top of the three dogs right as they are stalking Kevin.

Dug is then assigned to "sit on that rock." When he jumps off the first rock to the second rock, the first rock starts teetering back and forth. It falls, along with the other three dogs that were on top of it. Numerous scenes follow of Alpha, Beta, and Gamma being caught or captured by traps intended for Kevin due to actions of Dug as a result of commands given to him by Alpha. The trio is scooped up in a net and fired upon with darts. (They skittishly dodge the darts, but Beta is tranquilized temporarily.) Dug runs across unstable rocks saying "Find the bird! Find the bird!", and the three dogs run after him screaming as the rocks topple down.

Alpha and the others are mildly injured after this. In anger, Alpha contacts Charles Muntz in his airship to report that Dug has caused them to not capture the bird and that he has been a "bad dog." Fearful of Muntz and emotionally hurt, Dug runs off. Gamma and Beta talk to Dug by radio and comment on how he is "gonna get it now"; Beta sarcastically wishes Dug a happy birthday. Sad and lonely, Dug runs off into a mist-laden rocky area. He sees a rock that resembles a turtle, and then one that looks like a man. When he hears a voice (Carl's), he asks if the man is okay. Dug then realizes that he has received his birthday wish: a new master. The clouds clear, the sun comes out, and Dug sits proudly on a flat rock. Russell notices him and briefly thinks Dug is a rock. After the credits are rolled Dug says ' Hi there ' to Carl and Russell; the scene cuts where Carl is going to say 'Did that dog just say "Hi there"?'.


  • In the film, Alpha's collar appears damaged before Dug meets Carl. This is when Beta and Gamma make note of it; however in the short it is broken before this and yet the two dogs make no reference to it.


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