Polar Trappers

A Donald and Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : June 17, 1938

Running Time : 8:20

Synopsis

The "Donald and Goofy Trapping Co." Donald tries to catch himself a penguin supper while Goofy tries to "bring 'em back alive."

Characters

Goofy
Donald Duck
Penguin (I)
Penguin (II)
Walrus (unnamed)

Credits

Director
Ben Sharpsteen
Animation
Art Babbitt
Stan Quackenbush
Al Eugster
Win Hoskins
Ed Love
Wolfgang Reitherman
Cornett Wood
Seamus Culhane
Bob Wickersham

Video

United States
The Importance of Being Donald
Germany
Donald Ich bin der Grösste
Die Drei Kleinen Schweinchen und der Böse Wolf
Donald und die Entenbande
France
Disney Parade 4
Italy
Paperino e la Sua Banda di Paperi
Paperino e Soci a Caccia di Guai

Laserdiscs

United States
Mickey Knows Best / The Importance of Being Donald
Japan
Donald Duck and his Duckling Gang
Disney Cartoon Festival Volume 4

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
It's a Small World of Fun Volume 4
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Italy
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
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 25: Goofy Goofs Around
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 24

Original Animator's Drafts


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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.

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : Most of this short is boring and the gags just don't work for me. The special effects of Goofy in the ice cave is nicely done.
From Ryan : I thought that this short was pretty good. The animation was wonderful. I liked the part where Donald put on a tuxedo to disguise himself as a penguin in order to catch a penguin to eat. He then presents a female penguin with a fish. The penguin plays "hard to get" and runs away home where a whole bunch of penguins can be seen. Donald sees this and is probably thinking "no more beans." Donald takes a flute out (this time it isn't breakable like the various ones in The Band Concert were) and begins playing a march to get the penguins to follow him. Donald sees a baby penguin behind him and knows that it won't be much to eat so he pushes him out of the way. The penguin just keeps on going, but Donald just leads the penguins in another direction, but the baby soon meets up with them. Donald kicks him into the snow and a tear begins to roll down the penguin's eye (the Disney animators were quite good at showing a character's emotions and causing the viewers to feel sorry for the penguin) landing in the snow. This tear turns into a big snowball, which crashes into Donald and lands him right in the cage that Goofy was using to try to get a walrus from. Looks like it's back to eating beans. Another scene in this short that I liked was when Goofy was in the ice cave. That was some high quality animation.
From Baruch Weiss : I enjoy this short. I liked the song Goofy sang at the beginning.
From HeNK! : This is an incredibly funny cartoon! Especially the march of the penguins (on 'Parade of the Tin Soldiers' music) and this specific moment when Baby Penguin starts crying and his tears cause a gigantic snowball. Very special sound effect when the tears evolve into the snowball! It's such a laugh! I have seen this cartoon a zillion times and still find it so very funny. A true piece of art!
From Sarah : My family has seen this cartoon so many times, my dad has "We Bring 'em Back Alive" memorized! I always got a kick out the penguin parade.
From Mike : I do think this cartoon is funny. I do think the scene of Goofy emerging from the ice looking like the statue of liberty was great. I would like to know how Donald was gonna eat a penguin.
From Al Galen : I saw this animated short in the Disney Channel's television special "The Roots of Goofy" in the early 1990s. Gary Owens was the host. The penguins in this cartoon are not entertaining as the penguins in "Mary Poppins". Donald Duck and Goofy are a pair as they were in "Frank Duck Brings 'em Alive".

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