Orphan's Benefit

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : August 11, 1934

Running Time : 9:06


An ensemble performance emceed by Mickey includes piano playing, an adagio dance, an operatic number, and numerous attempts by Donald Duck to recite "Little Boy Blue."


Mickey Mouse
Clarabelle Cow
Horace Horsecollar
Clara Cluck
Donald Duck


Wilfred Jackson
Hamilton Luske
Art Babbitt
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi

Cut Scenes

When cartoon was remade in 1941, Donald's final comment of "aw... nuts!" was redubbed to "aw... phooey!" New prints of the 1934 version - even on laserdisc and video tape - make the substitution, too.


United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White: Volume 1
Mickey Mouse : The Black and White Years
Mickey Mouse: A Star is Born


United States
Mickey Mouse in Black and White
Mickey Mouse in Black and White
Extreme Music Fun


Walt Disney Presents: The Donald Duck Story

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by United Artists Pictures


From Jerry Edwards : Mickey and the gang, which now includes both Donald and Goofy, put on a benefit show for the orphans. The mischievous orphans delight in taunting the performers - especially Donald - with the orphans easily winning the conflict. I especially enjoy Donald impersonating Jimmy Durante with Donald's beak changing to a large nose and Donald exclaiming, "Am I mortified!" This scene is not in the 1941 remake. I love what both my wife and I consider to be an audio goof. Mickey tells Donald to behave, but we both hear "PLUTO, behave!" Hear this also in the 1941 remake. First appearance of Clara Cluck. Second appearance of Donald and his first appearance with Mickey and the gang. Although it is now usually titled Orphans' Benefit, the original title was incorrectly titled Orphan's Benefit.
From Gijs Grob : Mickey and the gang are giving a theatrical performance for the orphan mice we know from Mickey's Nightmare (1932) and other cartoons. We see Donald Duck reciting "Little Boy Blue", Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow and Goofy as acrobats and Mickey and Clarabelle Cluck giving a recital. Donald's looks are still a bit awkward: he has black feet (because of his transition from color to black and white), an elongated bill and he is very small compared to the rest of the gang. Nevertheless, Orphan's Benefit marks the real birth of Donald Duck: he's cast outside the Silly Symphonies along Mickey and his co-stars, and he's really stealing the show. Moreover, for the first time he's showing his temper and his typical 'dance of anger' (created and animated by Dick Lundy). Besides Donald Duck this cartoon introduces Clara Cluck, the opera-singing hen. Mickey's role is reduced to a scarcely visible and embarrassingly unfunny straight man. Therefore Orphan's Benefit marks as much the start of Donald's career as the beginning of Mickey's demise.
From Steven : This is one of my favorite Mickey cartoons. I'm a big fan of the Mickey's orphans cartoons. The scene with Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, and Goofy is classic. A very delightful cartoon, ten out of ten.
From Maxwell Morton "Max" Goudiss : This is the very first cartoon with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in it. Before "The Mickey Mouse Club" (1955-1994), Mickey and Donald become good friends. But by the time "The Mickey Mouse Club" came out on ABC-TV in 1955, Donald Duck became jealous of Mickey Mouse, just like Daffy Duck being jealous of Bugs Bunny, that happened at least four years before Mickey and Donald's rivalry began. This cartoon will also be the same in 1941, but with the remodeled version of the Disney characters who appeared in this cartoon.

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