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The Fire Chief

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : December 13, 1940

Running Time : 8:22

Synopsis

Donald's fire department, manned by him and his nephews, are unable to cope when their own building goes up in flames.

Characters

Donald Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie

Credits

Director
Jack King
Animation
Ed Love
Paul Allen
Ted Bonnicksen
Story
Jack Hannah
Carl Barks

Bloopers

All through the short the nephews are seen in red uniforms with yellow collars. During the scene where Donald is riding the ladder up, one of the nephews comes around to raise it and we see him dressed in a blue uniform with a yellow collar; the same uniform as Donald. This then switches back to the red/yellow combination in a later scene.

Video

Germany
Donald Duck's Ferienabenteuer
France
Mickey, Donald, Pluto et Dingo en Vacances
La Collection en Or des Studios Disney Volume 3
Une Cervelle D'oiseau
Italy
Paperino Guai in Vista
Come Divertirsti Con Paperino & C.

Laserdiscs

Japan
Let's Relax
Donald Duck : A Star is Born

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Italy
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 20: Huey, Dewey and Louie
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 2
Walt Disney Presents: A Day in the Life of Donald Duck

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 : This was absolutely one of my favorite Donald/nephews shorts. The part where Donald hears the fire alarm and goes driving off in his fire truck, but realizes that it's his own fire station that is on fire is just hilarious. Well the fire seems to have gotten the better of Donald as his fire station and truck burn down to ashes. His hat burns down to nothing but the wire and that turns into a head of hair. Donald says "You can't win. You just can't win."
From Baruch Weiss : It is no wonder that Donald can not keep a job, he is so ignorant and he does not bother to listen to his nephews. But it is only a cartoon and I guess that is what makes it funny!

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