Donald's Penguin

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : August 11, 1939

Running Time : 7:45


Donald receives a strange gift; Tootsie, a baby penguin, who turns out to be more trouble than she is worth.


Donald Duck
Tootsie, the Penguin


Jack King
Johnny Cannon
Jack Hannah
Al Eugster
Paul Allen
Jim Carmichael
Carl Barks

Cut Scenes

A scenes where a gun discharges after falling from Donald's lap was cut out at one time.


Donald Ich bin der Größte
Donald Vedette de Television
La Storia de Paperino


This is Your Life Donald Duck


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 36
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 14
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 11, 1956

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 Ajisai : A very sweet little short, although the scene with Donald pointing a shotgun at the penguin is really random and scary! But it has a cute ending, and is one of my favs.
From Julie Arsenault : Donald's my favorite Disney character, and this is one of favorite shorts from the 1930s. In this short Donald doesn't get just an Ostrich (Donald's Ostrich); but a Penguin. I have ordered "The Chronological Donald Duck #1" on DVD from, and this short is on it. Like all theatrical short I've watched, it's both cute and funny at the same time.

The funny parts is when Tootsie (the Penguin) woke up with a start, and slaps Donald on the face. And also every time Donald turns around, the goldfishes disappear suddenly. The sweet part is when Donald just can't shoot Tootsie (for eating the goldfishes),and when the gun accidentally fell and blasted the wall, Donald thought the gun shot Tootsie and he looks for her; but she was really hiding in the closet, Donald found her, and all was forgiven.

From Baruch Weiss : Wonderful cartoon except that I hate to see how Donald attempted to shoot Tootise (penguins name), but thank G-D he didn't otherwise he'd be reported to the SPCA. The penguin was sure cute!
From Mike : This is a nice cartoon. I didn't know what to make of Tootsie at first. It just seemed like he wanted nothing to do with Donald. The fish scenes were worth a chuckle, and the ending was pretty good.