Poster

Orphan's Benefit

A Mickey Mouse Cartoon

Release Date : August 22, 1941

Running Time : 9:13

Synopsis

An ensemble performance emceed by Mickey includes piano playing, an adagio dance, an operatic number, and numerous attempts by Donald Duck to recite "Little Boy Blue."

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Clarabelle Cow
Horace Horsecollar
Goofy
Clara Cluck
Orphans
Donald Duck

Credits

Director
Riley Thompson
Animation
Jim Armstrong
Ed Love
Sam Cobean
Bill Dunham
Norm Ferguson
Arthur Elliot

Video

United States
Here's Mickey
Germany
Donalds Größte Hits
Donald Geht in die Luft
France
Le Meilleur de Donald
Italy
Topolino Lupo di Mare
I Capolavori di Paperino

Laserdiscs

United States
Here's Mickey / Here's Pluto
Japan
Donald's Greatest Hits

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 6 : Extreme Music Fun
Germany
Musik Spass Superstars
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Donalds Spassfabrik
France
Walt Disney's Rigolons avec Donald
Italy
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 6 : Extreme Music Fun
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : Mickey Mouse in Living Color (Volume 2)
Walt Disney's Laugh Factory with Donald

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 10: Mickey, Donald and Goofy : Friends to the End

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 Tom Wilkins : I have never seen the 1934 version, but Walt Disney probably pulls out one of the weirdest soundtracks in cartoon history, using the 1934 soundtrack with 1941 animation. (MGM did this a few times in the 1950's off late 1940's cartoons.) This film has an interesting comparison with Mickey's Amateurs (1937), only the acting was a little more elegant, Donald was being challenged to recite Mother Goose, and the audience was worse than unruly. After all, that describes Mickey's orphans. Donald gets the usual distraction performing the second of his nursery rhymes, Goofy gets his "bell rung" by Clarabelle after stripping her of her clothing, and Clara hits her high notes with Mickey on the piano (and an orphan's help). Donald finally completes his poem only to get the temporarily "angel" audience to clobber him with balloons holding up everything but the kitchen sink. Not a bad film, but Disney should be saying "aw nuts!!" after mixing the two tracks together.
From J. D. Weil : Fortunately for Tom Wilkins I did see the the 1934 original. The 1941 version is a frame-by-frame remake of the 1934 version even to the point of using the original soundtrack recording. The 1941 remake has the advantage of using updated graphics and Technicolor. There is, however, one minor difference in the animation between the two versions, Donald's Jimmy Durante impression (done to the words, "Am I mortified!") is missing in the 1941 remake. I guess that Durante's popularity wasn't as great in the 1940's.
From Ryan : I have never seen the original 1934 version of this short, but I think this short is okay. Again, as I have said in the past, I don't care much for those pesky orphans. I noticed one goof in the soundtrack. When Donald is in one of his hot temper modes, Mickey says "Pluto, behave yourself!" He's talking to Donald, not Pluto. And besides, Pluto never appeared in the cartoon.
From Rich : Here's another one of those fund-raising events for a bunch of hair-raising brats that Mickey holds. I must say that the most ridiculous part of this short is when Mickey tells Donald to behave himself. What did the duck do wrong?! He's trying to recite a little poem, and those little brat rats in the audience just keep on ticking him off. If you've seen "The Spirit of Mickey", you'll notice how similar this short is to Orphan's Picnic for two reasons. 1) Donald is constantly harassed by the orphans. 2) Mickey rarely appears! Altogether, this ain't that bad a cartoon. But someone oughta find those orphans a home, and fast! If anybody, Donald would be the first character in line for the job.
From Baruch Weiss : I haven't seen the 1934 version of this short, but this is a wonderful cartoon. I have watched it since I was a little kid!
From Michelle I. : A variety of great acts are performed at the orphans' benefit, but one must feel bad for poor Donald, who just can't get through 'Little Boy Blue' without having something thrown at or dumped on him by all those little Mickey orphans. By the end he's having a fit in which his words are even less decipherable than usual.

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