Donald's Vacation

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : August 9, 1940

Running Time : 8:15


Donald decides to vacation in the great outdoors, but the denizens of the great outdoors are less than co-operative.


Donald Duck
Bear (unnamed)


Jack King
Jack Hannah
Ed Love
Paul Allen
Jack Hannah
Carl Barks
Larry Clemmons

Cut Scenes

For some reason, the very start of Donald's paddling his canoe was cut off at one time.


Donald Ducks Tolldreiste Abenteuer
Sono Io ... Paperino
Cartoons Disney 4


Starring Donald and Daisy
Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show
Disney Cartoon Festival 1


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 2 : Starring Donald
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 2 : Starring Donald
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 43: On Vacation
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 56
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 18

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 : I noticed that many of the animals in this short looked like the ones from "Snow White." Perhaps it was because Disney was trying to connect this short with the success of that movie. Anyway, I liked this short quite a bit. It had a good storyline and something exciting happened to Donald. He had a run-in with a bear. This made a better story rather than having the little woodland critters stealing his food through the whole cartoon.
From Baruch Weiss : This is a great Donald cartoon. I loved the opening where he sings and in doing so goes through a waterfall and a fish somehow gets in his guitar, but then strums (no pun intended) his way out. Then, he falls and comes out with the boat on him looking like a turtle. His run in with the bear was also exciting and I agree with Ryan that it made a better story rather than having all the woodland creatures steal his food throughout the short. Besides, Donald did not do anything to those little creatures in contrast to his later cartoon Tea for Two Hundred where he does start the trouble.
From Bryan Hensley : This short can be seen in volume 2 of Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites collection on DVD (which stars Donald), or maybe even Disney's newest short series "Have A Laugh!" on Disney Channel. Anyway, I'd hate to be in Donald's shoes when he fell down a waterfall and his canoe was on top of him. "No respect for a human body!" He also had a hard time with his E-Z folding chair. He even imitated Jimmy Durante's famous line once again: "Am I mortified!" (The first being Orphan's Benefit in 1934, but his beak never bends in this short, or in the former's remake in 1941.) You should've seen Donald falling asleep while the army of chipmunks stole his food, until the pineapple stabbed his bottom, and he woke up! Just as Donald was about to get revenge on the chipmunks, he suddenly ran into a bear! You know, the bear looked similar to the one in the Silly Symphony Little Hiawatha 3 years earlier. Whether you have a vacation in the forest, or the beach, beware of any hungry critters! I hope you enjoy this classic vacation gone awry.
From Mike : This is definitely one of Donald's most exciting cartoons. The run-in with the bear make it enjoyable. A very good short all around.

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