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Mr. Duck Steps Out

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : June 7, 1940

Running Time : 8:12

Synopsis

Donald wants to take Daisy jitterbugging, while Huey, Dewey and Louie find devious ways of tagging along.

Characters

Donald Duck
Daisy Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie

Credits

Director
Jack King
Asst. Director
Bob Newman
Animation
Les Clark
Paul Allen
Phil Duncan
Ken Peterson
Eddie Strickland
Emery Hawkins
Larry Clemmons
Don Towsley
Judge Whitaker
Lee Morehouse
Rex Cox
Ray Patin
Volus Jones
Ken Muse
Dick Lundy
Jim Armstrong
Layout
Bill Herwig

Video

United States
Love Tales
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Daisy
Germany
Micky im Siebten Himmel
Donald Ich bin der Grösste
Donald und die Entenbande
Donald Duck in die Größte Show der Welt
France
Donald Superstar
Italy
Topolino Amore Mio
Da Disney con Amore
Buon Compleanno Paperino
Paperina
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Paperina

CED

United States
Limited Gold Editions - Daisy

Laserdiscs

Japan
Mickey Be Mine
Donald's Golden Jubilee
Donald Duck and his Duckling Gang
Donald Duck : A Star is Born
Daisy : Limited Gold Edition

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 10 : Best Pals : Donald and Daisy
Mickey and Minnie's Sweetheart Stories
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Alle Lieben Donald
France
Tout le Monde aime Donald
Italy
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Il Mio Eroe Paperino
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 11 : Best Pals : Donald and Daisy
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Alla Alskar Kalle
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Everybody Loves Donald

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 40: Crazy Over Daisy
The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 20: Huey, Dewey and Louie
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 31
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 45

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 Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : Donald continues to be the main Disney star of 1940, as he was in 1939. In Mr. Duck Steps Out, though, we in many ways get a flashback to earlier times of Disney shorts, as we see Donald playing off a conceit that many times would have been used for Mickey.

Donald has plans to “step out” and go visit Daisy, who we have not seen for quite some time (I believe since Don Donald, but not 100% sure). Unfortunately for him, Huey, Dewey and Louie decide that they want to get in on the action as well, trailing him out of the house.

The “Mickey goes to woo Minnie” plot sustained many of Disney’s early shorts, but we have not seen it used for Donald as of yet. It’s an interesting twist on the typical Donald short. This could easily be a Mickey short, with Daisy swapped out for Minnie and the nephews swapped for Pluto.

As such, it plays somewhat different than a typical Donald Duck short. It maintains a fun, light hearted tone, but still peppers in some of the frustration that Donald is known for. It’s a delicate balance, but one that is pulled off very well.

Where I think this short excels is in the flashback to the old, all-singing, all-dancing shorts of the early Mickey days. We’ve never seen Donald in that sort of situation, so watching he and Daisy cut a rug while the boys play music is a fantastic treat. This being Donald, though, there has to be a little twist to it.

This time, the dancing gets started before the nephews start playing, and they’re not happy about it. So, they resort to trickery, as they are wont to do. The boys put an ear of corn on the stove, then knock it into Donald, causing him to shake violently and spew popcorn everywhere. It’s a hilarious gag that gets funnier and funnier as the short goes along.

This is very much a throwback to me, but it seems fresh because we have not seen Donald in this role before. Donald’s nephews and Daisy again add to the sense of family that has been around our main duck since almost his first appearance. It definitely seems as though he is building his own supporting cast, and in Mr. Duck Steps Out, it works beautifully.


From Calvin Daprice : Daisy sure had an awfully big house for just one person (herself) living there. You don't suppose that she planned on getting married to Donald soon, do ya?
From Bert Schaapsmeerders : Great cartoon: humour, rhythm (in more ways than one) and excellent drawing (especially when you compare it to cartoons from other studios in the 1940's). Too bad I always compare DD cartoons with Carl Barks comics, which cannot be bettered by anything. P.S. I'll always the swinging finger of Donald at the beginning!
From Ryan : Donald is off to Daisy's for a little visit. Like another person who sent in comments above, I noticed that Daisy had an awfully big house for just herself. This short had several fun gags like when the nephews hit a cob of corn into Donald's mouth causing him to pop out popcorn when he goes near the fireplace. In this short, I also noticed that Daisy's voice was identical to Donald's, but she did not have a short temper.
From Dino Cencia : This Donald and Daisy Duck cartoon is the best! Donald is going to Daisy's house to hang out with her and dance with her. But his nephews wanted to come too. So Donald sees Daisy sitting on the couch and he sits next to her trying to give her a little kiss and she's shy and she wags her tail to come closer. The nephews pushes Donald into the radio and music comes on. So Donald asks Daisy to dance. (It be funny if they were dancing to an Elvis Presley song.) The funny part is when the nephews put a corn on the stove and they hit into Donald's mouth and he pops and dances with popcorn out of his mouth. Then Donald and Daisy dances really fast like on DTV song Little Richard's "Tutti Fruitti." Then when the dance was over, Daisy thought Donald was a real jitterbug and says ''Whoopee!'' and kisses him everywhere as the cartoon closes. That cartoon is really good. Also, me and my dad like Donald swinging his finger and the music going: da da da da da tat tat. I give this cartoon a 80.
From Baruch Weiss : This is one of my favorite Donald cartoons. Gotta love that Music! I enjoyed the ending where Daisy exclaims "Oh Boy what a Jitterbug!" When I first saw this cartoon on the Limited Gold Edition "Daisy", I thought she said "Oh boy what a gentleman!"
From Bryan Hensley : Remember in the 1937 Silly Symphony Woodland Cafe, every last bug in the cafe kept on truckin' (Get it?). This is what Donald and his nephews were doing with Daisy in this short! (Hence Donald's line "Truck on down!") Anytime I see this short, it makes me want to boogie. So much in fact, that I can dance like I have a popping corncob in my tummy, like what happened to Donald! This marks the only time I know of that Clarence Nash provided the voices of all 5 characters in this short! (Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey, Louie) I wonder if 3 cones of ice cream costed a half-dollar nearly 70 years ago. It looked as if Donald was holding a coin bigger than a quarter! This short is seen unrestored in Mickey and Minnie's Sweetheart Stories, and restored in volume 11 of Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites collection! Sometime after this short, and The Nifty Nineties, Daisy started speaking like a normal girl; right to this day, in fact. I hope you enjoy this jitterbug-a-rama that only Disney would give you; around the time Universal was making "Swing Symphony" cartoons from Walter Lantz! This is not a joke. "Keep on truckin'!"
From Louis Perez : Just watching a version of this now from the "Donald Loves Daisy" episode of The Wonderful World of Disney. They did a dub over Daisy's voice to make her sound normal instead of the Donald-like voice she originally had in this short. That always confused me as a kid since I had seen both versions.

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