Bill Posters

A Donald and Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : May 17, 1940

Running Time : 7:39


Donald and Goofy attempt to post bills; Goofy gets into it with a windmill while Donald has it out with an angry goat.


Donald Duck
Goat (unnamed)


Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Asst. Director
Errol Grey
George Rowley
Larry Clemmons
Eddie Strickland
Rex Cox
Ed Love
Ray Patin
Grant Simmons
Ken Peterson
Lloyd Harting


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United States
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United Kingdom
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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.


From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : Yesterday, I mourned the end of the trio shorts, where Mickey, Donald and Goofy gathered together to do a job. Fortunately, though, it was not the end of distinct pairings of those characters, as today’s subject – Bill Posters – pairs Donald and Goofy in a similar style of short.

Goofy and Donald are posting advertisements for soup all around what appears to be a medieval town. Of course, things don’t go smoothly, and hilarity ensues. What’s great about the short, though, is seeing these two put through their paces in a way that is logical to their character. That hasn’t always been the case, as I pointed out about Donald in Donald’s Dog Laundry.

Goofy gets involved in a struggle with an inanimate object, which has been the norm for him. My favorite was the ship’s masthead in Boat Builders, but there’s been furniture, clock gears and more that have vexed the Goof. Here, it’s a windmill that causes the problem. The gags here are pretty clever, if predictable. The windmill “grabs” Goofy’s brush and his glue and even knocks off his trademark hat.

The best thing, though, is Goofy’s confused reaction. When he gets the brush back in his hands, seemingly out of nowhere, he turns to the camera and gives a shrug and a smile. It’s a perfect image for his character. Goofy is always confused, but takes it in stride and moves on.

Donald, on the other hand, gets involved with a goat, that is eating everything in sight, including Donald’s posters. We get to see Donald angry and irritated, trying to get his brush and posters back from the goat. But we also get to see a different side of Donald, as the brush gets stuck in the goat’s horns and Donald is cornered against a wall.

What I loved was that unlike Mickey or another character, Donald is sweating, but doesn’t think for a second that he can’t get out of it. He reaches over, figures out there’s a hole in the wall and shoves the brush handle into the hole before running away. Donald always thinks he knows best, which is often what gets him in trouble.

Another fun part of this short is the music. Not so much the score, but the tune that Goofy and Donald are whistling as they come into view and as they work. Yes, it’s “Whistle While You Work,” from Snow White. It’s a fun nod to the film that was such a big part of Disney history.

I enjoy seeing the characters put through their paces on various jobs. Even though it’s a formula that could easily grow old (and some may argue it already had at this point), it’s nice to see characters you love struggling through the work day just like you do.

From Trae Robinson : This is the funniest Donald/Goofy cartoon ever. Donald Duck has theme music in this cartoon, but it doesn't have those singers. The ending is funny when the goat kicks Donald and Goofy on the windmill and carnival music plays.
From Baruch Weiss : This short is the first DD cartoon to use his first theme song and it would be used from this cartoon until the 1947 short Sleepy Time Donald. This short is okay and I enjoyed the scene where a bucket of paint falls off from Goofy's head and it makes him look like and elephant. Music mavens will recognize the song that Donald and Goofy sing as they perform their task. Here's a hint, it was three years before this cartoon was made.
From Matthew Cooper : This is the best cartoon teeming up Donald and Goofy that I've ever seen! The music is great (especially Donald and Goofy whistling "Whistle While You Work" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.) I also like the gags but my ultimate favorite is the one with the goat eating the posters and that is a joke because the goat was eating the posters because they showed tin cans. Great short, 100%!

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