Poster

Old MacDonald Duck

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : September 12, 1941

Synopsis

Farmer Donald goes through his farmer day until a fly causes him to lose control while milking a cow.

Characters

Donald Duck
Cow (unnamed)

Credits

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

Video

Germany
Donalds Größte Hits
France
Le Meilleur de Donald
Italy
I Capolavori di Paperino
Video Parade 14

Laserdiscs

Japan
Donald's Greatest Hits
All Star Cartoon Review

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 2 : Starring Donald
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Italy
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 2 : Starring Donald
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1

Television

Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 32
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 8, 1957

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

  • A part of this short was used in the feature film, "The Reluctant Dragon."

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : We’ve seen Donald in many different roles – Romeo, “loving” uncle and performer to name a few. In Old MacDonald Duck, though, we see him as a farmer, another role for this versatile duck. It’s an interesting take on Donald, but one that lends itself to his ideal situation – to get increasingly frustrated throughout the short.

The opening scenes of this short are simply a “music video” with Donald singing “Old McDonald.” As he sings, he tends the farm, wiggles his tail feathers, and exhorts the pigs and other animals to join in the song. It’s a cute piece, and does the job of setting the scene very well. You get a great sense of Donald the farmer as a carefree guy just enjoying the fresh air and tending his livestock.

It’s when Donald gets entangled with his dairy cow, Clementine, that things get interesting. The animation does a fantastic job of setting up Clementine as a character. We first see her up in a tree, which seems so odd, but then seeing her float down to Earth, you instantly get an idea of who this character is. Clementine is a gentle cow, happy to help, but as you can see from her expressions, always ready to cross over the line to mischievous.

The milking goes fine for a moment, until a fly shows up to bother both Clementine and Donald throughout the rest of the film. The fly is a daring antagonist, buzzing around Clementine’s nose until she ultimately swats at him, hitting Donald instead. As usual, though, Donald escalates things to a dangerous level.

The funniest bit is when Donald starts getting mixed up, and ends up with his straw hat under Clementine, the stool on his head and sitting on the milk bucket. You can see where this is going, right? Sure enough, the milk ends up dumped all over Donald’s head, after some hilarious quick switcheroos.

My favorite bit, though, was when Donald began aiming the cow’s udders at the fly, shooting milk like weaponry. It’s so ridiculous that it is perfect for Donald. Only he could get away with something like that. In real life, cows would knock you senseless if you tried that.

Donald ends up as usual, knocked silly because he overdoes it. The fly manages to get loose and bite Clementine, forcing her to kick Donald and send him flying into the barn. The closing scenes show both Clementine and the fly laughing. It’s a classic end to a short that is quite funny throughout, and well worth watching.


From Ryan : This is definitely a classic Donald short. I love the part where he milks his cow Clementine (who has been up in a tree eating leaves) and a bee keeps bugging them. The animation was also nicely done, especially the drawing of the barn when Donald calls for Clementine. It was a wonderful perspective drawing. I have only seen the black and white version of this short on the "Mickey Mouse Club." I bet the original color version would look a lot better.
From Baruch Weiss : I thought that this short was okay. I enjoyed the scene where Old MacDonald Duck (hence the name of this cartoon) is looking for Clementine who was up in a tree eating leaves. She seemed to have gotten down okay, but how she got up there in the first place is an enigma to me; perhaps she climbed up. After all, in a cartoon anything is possible! I also enjoy the scene where a fly bothers the cow and as she swishes her tale it ends up on Donald's head appearing as if he has a tuft of hair!

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