Donald's Ostrich

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : December 10, 1937

Running Time : 8:51


Donald is the announcer of the Wahoo train station dealing with a troublesome piece of cargo : an ostrich.


Donald Duck
Hortense, the Ostrich


Jack King
Jack Hannah
Paul Allen
Johnny Cannon
Carl Barks


United States
Here's Donald
Hier ist Donald
Donald Superstar and Co.
Disney Adventures


United States
Here's Donald / Here's Goofy
Hello! Donald
Disney Cartoon Festival 5


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 54: More Goin' to the Birds
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 54
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 17, 1957

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 RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From Jerry Edwards : When an ostrich (Hortense) gets free of her shipping crate and swallows everything in sight, including a radio, train station agent Donald is in for a hilarious, hectic day. A cute idea but the gags get old real fast for me.
From Ryan : It's been quite awhile since I have seen this short. I used to own it on a video that I received for my 7th birthday, but we donated it to the library where my mom used to work at several years ago. I had temporarily lost interest in the Disney shorts, but now I'm crazy about them. There were quite a few fun gags like when Hortense (which is also the nickname my aunt gave to a surly hotel woman) the ostrich swallows the radio and every time she hiccups, the stations change (from a boxing match to some music). The funniest part was at the end where the boxing announcer on the radio said "What a crackup and no one was hurt!" Donald, who had a black eye from trying to catch Hortense, says "Oh yeah?"
From Baruch Weiss : I enjoyed the musical score during the title presentation of this cartoon, but I guess it is not one of my favorites. That Ostrich just ate up everything in sight and I don't mean food! We do not see Donald's boss in this short, but I am sure that Donald would be fired if the boss saw the big mess that was made!
From Maxwell Morton "Max" Goudiss : At about 9 minutes, this is, indeed, the most longest Donald Duck cartoon.
From Klaus Disney : German Title: Donald und der Vogel Strauss

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