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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 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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