The Whalers

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : August 19, 1938

Running Time : 8:15


While Captain Mickey struggles to empty a pail of water, Donald gets his head stuck in a boot that's tied to a harpoon rope, and in trying to save him, Goofy falls through the blowhole of the whale they're trying to capture.


Mickey Mouse
Donald Duck


Dick Heumer
John Meador
Ed Love
Marvin Woodward
John Morehouse
Robert Leffingwell
Art Babbitt
Frank Oreb
Louie Schmitt
Eric Larson
Al Eugster
Preston Blair
Cornett Wood
Bob Wickersham


United States
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 1
Happy Birthday Mickey
Mickys Größte Show
Joyeux Anniversaire Mickey
Topolino Apprendista Scalatore
Come Divertirsti Con Paperino & C.
Le Radici di Pippo
Buon Compleanno Topolino
Topolino : Un Eroe Mille Avventure
Storie Quasi Titaniche


United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 4


Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 1
Mountaineering Mickey
Let's Relax


United States
Have a Laugh : Volume 3
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
Have a Laugh : Volume 3
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 1)


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 10: Mickey, Donald and Goofy : Friends to the End
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 70
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 21

Original Animator's Drafts

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

Page 7

Page 8

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 Jesus Daprice : Watching this short made me think of the movie "Titanic" (the best damn movie ever made) probably because of the icebergs and the fact that the setting was in the cold north sea (I'm not sure whether it was the Atlantic or Pacific, it could've been the Arctic Ocean too). One scene that made me think of the people on the ship was where Donald fell into the ocean and was swimming away from the whale. Unlike the people in the movie, Donald didn't freeze to death and he certainly showed no signs of coldness. (but that's the cartoon world for ya) Later when the whale destroyed their ship, all that Mickey, Donald, and Goofy had was a wooden raft. How are they going to get help? Let's hope they have a good communication system or they're going to end up victims of the sea just like the people on Titanic did.
From Andrew Nielson : Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are wonderful together and I always like it when they're together better than when they're separate. But if you're against the killing of whales like I am, you probably wouldn't want to watch this short.
From Dustin Hatfield : I liked the part where the water kept coming back to Mickey after he threw it out to the sea.
From Jerry Edwards : Some fun gags, but the short gets tiresome for me very quickly. Several scenes seem all too familiar from previous shorts.
From Ryan : This is another one of those famous "trio" cartoons. Each character is facing a situation: Mickey is throwing a bucket of water overboard, but the water keeps coming back to him. Donald is sitting in the crow's nest keeping watch whales. A pelican comes up and eats his sandwich. Goofy is preparing the harpoon for when a whale is sighted. One scene I liked was where Goofy's pants caught on fire and he quickly went to the bucket of water, but the ship slanted and so he ended up sitting in GUN POWDER! As Jesus Daprice pointed out above, this movie is quite similar to that famous James Cameroon film "Titanic." Their ship does get wrecked, but not by an iceberg a whale (who looks quite similar to Mostro from "Pinnocchio"). I always get a good laugh at the end when Goofy picks up a fish, thinking it's the whale and says "Gawrsh! He must've shrunk!"
From Ross : This cartoon is very wonderful and full of good comedy, just compare this to the Three Stooges. But there is something else about The Whalers that you should know, Mickey may be the star of this cartoon, but he doesn't talk in the cartoon. All the lines of dialogue go to Donald and Goofy. Still, I think it's awesome. Something else, this cartoon may similar to the movie "Titanic," but it's also similar to Herman Melville's classic, "Moby Dick." Just like in the story, the whale destroys the ship. Just absolutely filled with good comedy.
From Baruch Weiss : I like the music that plays over the beginning and ending titles of this short.
From Severin : I'm not sure why, but this has been my personal favorite of the M/D/G series, next to Clock Cleaners. The big chase scene at the end bares some resemblance to the chase at the end of Pinocchio, as does the whale bare resemblance to Monstro. Also, did people REALLY think whales were man-eaters back then?
From Andrew : I really enjoyed the spooky sound effects made when the whale opened its mouth just behind Donald. How were those likely made? They were probably working on "Pinocchio" at the same time as this one; perhaps the creators were inspired by the whale scene there for this cartoon.
From Mike : I always liked this cartoon. I still get a laugh out of the very end where Goofy holds up a regular fish & thinks he caught the whale. True genius.
From Andy : I think the real interesting thing about this particular short is the public acceptance of whaling in 1938 compared to today. A great potential study in perceived changing values in our country.

Referenced Comments