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Don Donald

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : January 9, 1937

Running Time : 8:05

Synopsis

Donald attempts to woo the Spanish senorita Donna Duck (Daisy, in her first screen appearance) to the amusement of a jealous burro.

Characters

Donald Duck
Daisy Duck
Jenny, the Burro

Credits

Director
Ben Sharpsteen
Asst. Director
Lou Debney
Animation
Dick Heumer
Johnny Cannon
Fred Spencer
Milt Schaffer
Jack Hannah
Ugo D'Orsi
Al Eugster
Story
Webb Smith
Merrill de Maris
Otto Englander
Music
Paul J. Smith

Milestones

First appearance of Daisy Duck (although named Donna Duck.)

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 9 : Donald Duck's First Fifty Years
Starring Donald and Daisy
Germany
Donalds Größte Hits
Donald Duck Geht Nach Wildwest
France
Le Meilleur de Donald
Italy
Paperino un Disastro di Eroe
Paperino nel Far West
I Capolavori di Paperino

Laserdiscs

United States
Starring Donald and Daisy / Starring Pluto and Fifi
Japan
Donald's Greatest Hits
Starring Donald and Daisy
Donald Duck : A Star is Born

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 2 : Starring Donald
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Italy
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 2 : Starring Donald
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 4: Disney Firsts
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 12, 1955

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
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

Comments

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : Yet again, we’ve reached a milestone in our comprehensive review of the Disney films. 1937 is the year of Snow White, but there is a whole year’s worth of shorts to get through before Snow White. Don Donald is a landmark one, because it’s the first “official” Donald Duck short, and it features the debut of Daisy (though she’s not called such in the short).

Donald Duck would eventually become the most popular of the Disney characters, leading to the longest lasting series of shorts among the Fab Five. From 1937 going forward, we see Donald, Goofy and Pluto becoming more and more prominent, while Mickey becomes less so. For Donald, that begins here.

The short is all about Donald wooing Daisy, however unsuccessful that might be. It’s Donald’s ultimate fate to always be falling short. After all, the humor of Donald is in his frustration. If he’s happy, then he’s not funny. He gets plenty of frustration here.

First, he tries to woo Daisy with a song, riding up on his burro and serenading her. But when Daisy gets on the burro and gets bucked off, Donald can’t help but laugh. Bad move, man. Daisy gets irritated, and storms off.

Donald being Donald, it can’t be his fault, so he puts the blame on the burro, and trades the burro in for a new car. Right here is the difference between Donald and Mickey. Donald can trade in the burro and leave it, but we still like him as a character. Mickey could never do something like that.

I’m sure you can figure out where this is going – Daisy is intrigued by the car and jumps on board. But then, something goes horribly wrong, and the car takes off with Daisy, then ends up throwing her into the mud. Instead of ending up with Daisy, Donald ends up alone, with the car spraying hot water on him, and the escaped burro laughing at him.

In watching this short, I found myself struggling for something to compare Donald to – I knew the comparison was there, but I couldn’t figure it out. Then it hit me – George Costanza. Just like George, Donald shouldn’t be a character that we like. He’s mean, always trying to find the easy way out, and treats people horribly. He laughs at his girlfriend rather than help her out, for example.

But, like George, Donald’s charm lies in his frustration. Watching his blood pressure rise and how things never work out for him is what makes him funny. I know that Donald came first, but that was the comparison I came up with. Is there more here? Goofy as Kramer? I don’t know, but it hit me while watching this short. A great start to Donald’s solo career, to be sure.


From Mac : This is another cartoon I'd love to see the original titles for, as I wonder what the original titles read and looked like. Did the titles on screen mention Donald and feature his face, or did they just feature Mickey again?

This cartoon is a lot of fun not least because of the character of Daisy (or Donna as she's called here). She proves to be just as fiery as Donald and it's hilarious to see the pair wind each other up. It's also worth paying attention to the backgrounds in this one - there's a lot of neat little comic touches hidden in them throughout the cartoon.


From Samuel E. Lago : Quite a hilarious short with the first appearance of Daisy, although her voice isn't very female, It's exactly like Donald's.
From Lee Suggs : Donald as a Latin Lover trying to catch the eye of Donna Duck. This is a funny short with Donald making a mess of everything by trying to impress Donna by getting rid of his faithful mule for a bright and shiny red car. This of course is the first time we see a female love interest for Donald. After a change in voice, disposition, and appearance Donna Duck would become Daisy Duck. Daisy had little personality in the classic shorts, but did appear to be more a spoiled rich girl than the self centered twit she is today. I wonder if Daisy is going to stay such a negative character, maybe that's why we never see her in the Parks.
From Jerry Edwards : Released as a Mickey Mouse cartoon - of course, Mickey doesn't appear. Donald's first "solo" short (not appearing as a bit player or one of the gang), although Daisy (as Donna) is introduced in this short. Enjoyable Donald gets his "just desserts in the desert" short.
From Ryan : Here's where Daisy Duck made her film debut. She was different than she was in later shorts. She talked more and behaved more like Donald. She was Donald's perfect match! In fact, I think Daisy's personality should have remained this way because she and Donald would have made an excellent couple.
From Albert : Classic Donald Duck action. Loses points because he really doesn't throw as big a fit as in other shorts, Daisy seems to have him whipped. One thing I did notice: When Donald gets mad at the donkey, he calls it a "Jackass." Not very crude by past standards, but I'm surprised that present day censors didn't have it edited out.
From Gijs Grob : Very funny early Donald Duck short. Contains some wonderful animation of a slightly humanized car, which swings on the Mexican music in a very odd way, and which later seems capable of laughing. The short also has a great ending, with Donna Duck suddenly producing a unicycle and cycling to the horizon, and Donald's sombrero shrinking to a tiny format. Donald's defeat couldn't be worse. Donna's temper is awful, and she acts much the same as Donald. No wonder he later turned to Daisy.
From Frank : Note that Donald already owns his "313" car in this short! Its creation is usually attributed to the great comic strip artist Al Taliaferro, who first used it one year later, but this is definitely the same car (if a tad longer.)
From Baruch Weiss : There was such a nice musical score during the title and end presentation of this short. Anyway as Jerry Edwards mentioned this cartoon was released as a Mickey Mouse cartoon although he doesn't appear, but he's wrong. I've seen this short on "Starring Donald and Daisy" Donald Duck's First 50 Years" and on "The Chronological Donald" and I saw them released as a Donald Duck cartoon.

This short marks the first appearance of Donna Duck who would get her name Daisy in a 1940 cartoon titled Mr. Duck Steps Out. I also agree with Ryan on how Daisy and Donald were a perfect match in this cartoon. In fact, in a later Mickey Mouse Works episode Donald is out on a date with Daisy and at the end when the Ducks receive their bill they both start to loose it, then Goofy sees this and says "A huck, they shure do make a good couple!"


From Mike : To me the thing I'll never forget about this short is when I got Starring Donald & Daisy for Christmas the year it came out and watched it with my cousins. One of them pointed out to all the adults in the room that Donald called the donkey a jackass. That part made everyone else forget it was the first cartoon to feature Daisy. Overall it is a pretty funny short especially when Donald's sombrero shrinks at the end.

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