Poster

Donald's Gold Mine

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : July 24, 1942

Running Time : 7:15

Synopsis

Donald attempts to dig for gold with difficult equipment and an uncooperative donkey.

Characters

Donald Duck
Jenny, the Burro

Credits

Director
Dick Lundy
Animation
Bob Carlson
Andy Engman

Video

Germany
Winnie Puuh und Donald auf Heißer Fährte
Italy
Troppo Vento Per Winnie Puh
Paperino nel Far West

Laserdiscs

Japan
Donald Duck Goes West

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2

Television

Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 40
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 22
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 15, 1956

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 is one of those shorts that I like, but it wouldn't fall into my "favorites" category. I only saw this short once on the Disney Channel as a "time-filler." This short is similar to The Village Smithy, as there is an uncooperating donkey in this short as well.
From Erin : I vividly remember this cartoon short from my childhood, because it made me feel physically uncomfortable! I felt so awful for Donald, and the whole short was tense and painful, as I watched him move from one uncomfortable position to another. I was probably a weird kid, but I just recall pitying Donald-- not finding the cartoon very funny at all!
From Ajisai : Like Donald's Dog Laundry, the best parts of this cartoon are near the end, when Donald gets mixed up in the mining equipment, and there are some great gags. The rest of it, I could really do without.
From Baruch Weiss : This short was okay, but I would not call it one of my favorites. Donald's donkey refuses to cooperate with him and in the end he ends up getting caught in the tools and ends up looking like a bar of gold. In addition, I noticed how Donald was acting out of character. When he gets two pieces of the gold he goes crazy and acts like he found a million bucks, but Leonard Maltin noted how Donald has more to offer than just one emotion so I guess it is not surprising.
From Ralph W. Daniel : For some reason, Donald is not his usual pure white self; his body is cream-colored. I don't believe this was done in any other Donald cartoon short.