Flying Jalopy

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : March 12, 1943

Running Time : 7:21


Donald buys a used plane from Ben Buzzard who tries to sabotage it in order to collect on a forged insurance policy.


Donald Duck
Ben Buzzard


Dick Lundy
Art Babbitt


United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 11 : The Continuing Adventures of Chip 'n' Dale
Pluto auf der Jagd
Donald Duck in die Größte Show der Welt
Donald Superstar
Video Parade 7


Donald's Golden Jubilee


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 54: More Goin' to the Birds
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 31, 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.


From J. D. Weil : This Donald Duck short is quite atypical of the series and this is why it stands out. The Flying Jalopy was Dick Lundy's last short for Disney and in a way could be seen as a resume for his later work at the other Walt's studio... Walter Lantz. In fact this cartoon runs pretty much like a Lantz cartoon from this time. It would not be hard to imagine Woody Woodpecker in place of the duck... right down to the laugh at the end of the short. Another telling feature is the character of Ben Buzzard. Lundy would later revive him at Lantz's as Buzz Buzzard, one of Woody's foils. In short, this cartoon is a strange blending of the two Walt's.
From Ryan : Donald Duck buys a dilapidated plane from Ben Buzzard, a crooked airplane salesman. As pointed out in previous comments, the Buzzard is similar to a character from the Woody Woodpecker series (I have never seen a Woody Woodpecker cartoon, but have just seen a similar character on Woody Woodpecker merchandise). I really enjoy the background art of this cartoon, especially the high mountain. That was so nicely done (and all by hand too.) I find this to be a funny Donald Duck short that I enjoy watching from time to time.
From Baruch Weiss : This is one of my favorite Donald Duck cartoons. I especially enjoy the part where he's flying and he blacks out!

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