Release Date : July 8, 1938
Running Time : 7:39
It's truly a classic cartoon in which Donald's character is wholly epitomized
by the context in which director Jack King has placed him - as a stubborn,
adamant, overly pretentious, know-it-all scout leader for his nephews.
The introduction of Donald Duck's nephews was a perfect send-off in Donald's
early years as the characters play off of each other so well. Donald's egotistic
and domineering persona works perfectly in conjunction with his nephews
free-wheeling and unruly tendencies; and while Donald is best distinguished
as a conceited, uncompromising and narrow-minded character whose high-spirited
and dynamic nature is often the cause of many slapstick laughs - his nephews
tend to carry many similar traits, but in direct opposition to Donald's
perspectives which often makes for aggressive and humorous plot situations.
In my opinion, this cartoon absolutely defines the essence of Donald's
character disposition and serves as a masterful lay out for future cartoons
with his nephews, which will eventually carry into the 1950's with director
Jack Hannah (who worked with King as an animator on this particular short).
The short itself features a wide range of sight gags from Donald's mishaps
with pitching a tent, to an unexpected rendezvous with a disgruntled grizzly
bear and a conveniently faithful geyser, a painful wood-chopping segment
involving a petrified tree, and so on...
While much of these gags are predictable and easily forseen, the comedic
impact may not be extreme but the delivery is very much on point and the
end result offers quite a charming and fun short film.
I have very fond memories of watching this cartoon as a child as it was
one of the very first Donald Duck shorts I was introduced to and seeing
it always manages to bring a smile to face, however, like almost all Disney
shorts to date - this still holds up nearly 70 years later and I would recommend
that everyone make an effort to seek this out and watch it!
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