Release Date : February 23, 1935
Running Time : 9:18
And just to clarify, a commenter was confused about the fact that the
film starts with the Overture to Zampa, but for the rest of the film features
the William Tell Overture. This is because as the film starts, Mickey's
band has just concluded Zampa. He then changes the card to "William Tell",
the next number in the concert. This is, though, the composer's (Leigh Harline?)
arrangement of William Tell, mixing the various movements in that Overture
together, condensing it for one reel.
I've always felt that Donald Duck seems to work better when his grating
nature is balanced by another character who is a bit more easy going, which
is why he worked so well as a supporting character for Mickey.
In this short, Donald is enjoying the orchestra so much and is so eager
to join in the fun that he pulls out a flute and starts playing along. It's
just unfortunate that he only knows one song... He's not mean-spirited or
abrasive, just incompetent, and quite charming.
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