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The Pelican and the Snipe

A Special Cartoon

Release Date : January 7, 1944

Running Time : 8:40


Monte is a sleeepwalking pelican whose talents come in handy when he has to rescue his friend, Vidi from a wartime bombing raid.




Hamilton Luske
Ward Kimball
Del Connell

Cut Scenes

A shot showing the pelican on the chopping block with an ax poised above his head has been cut.


Donald Macht nie Pause
Disney Parade 6
Disney Adventures


Disney Cartoon Festival 6


United States
Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts, 1920s - 1960s


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 56: Wartime Disney
The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 21: Goin' to the Birds

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 Marco Merkelijn : About the cut scene: I just saw the short, first time I saw it by the way. The cut scene is in there, the snipe thinks of a solution to protect his friend and get some sleep. You see the scene in a "thinking cloud."
From Jerry Edwards : Sterling Holloway narrates how Vidi, the snipe, spends his nights keeping his "sleep-flying" friend Monte, the pelican, out of harms way where they live - on top of a lighthouse near Montevideo, Uruguay. Monte does not realize that he sleep-flies and accuses Vidi of trying to kill him when an anchor attached to Monte's foot drags Monte underwater instead of keeping him from flying. Monte demands that Vidi leave, but then has no one to help keep him safe the next night. Monte realizes his error when he is almost hit by aircraft on night maneuvers and awakens just in time to save his friend Vidi from aircraft target bombing practice.

Nicely animated, but not that interesting to me.

From Ryan : This short was not all that interesting to me. I guess because I just found no humor in the poor snipe having to stay awake all night to keep the pelican from "sleepflying."
From Baruch Weiss : This short was not interesting to me either, I think I may have heard stories like this before. However, I did enjoy the scene where Monty sleep flies and the music from The Little Whirlwind is heard.
From Billy Joe : I actually love this short, so I guess I enjoyed it more than the other commentators. It is entertaining to watch with some nice artistry and narration by Sterling Holloway (he voiced the narration of other Disney shorts and Winnie the Pooh). This short was originally going to be a segment of "The Three Caballeros" because it takes place in South America.