Trombone Trouble

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : February 18, 1944

Running Time : 7:03


Pete's trombone playing is so awful and loud that it even incurs the wrath of the Gods. Donald Duck is eventually called in to help, but as it turns out, his playing is even worse!


Donald Duck


Jack King
Paul Allen
Andy Engman
Jack Hannah
Carl Barks


Donald Präsentiert
Donald Duck's Ferienabenteuer
Mickey, Donald, Pluto et Dingo en Vacances
Come Divertirsti Con Paperino & C.


Starring Donald
Let's Relax


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


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 11: The Many Lives of Pegleg Pete
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 48

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 Tom Wilkins : Don't even ask me how loud Peg Leg Pete is playing if it's loud enough to wake up the mythological Gods. As a trombonist, I can tell you already that Pete sounds like he is spazzing out on the instrument! Donald's plea falls on deaf ears when Pete uses the trombone as a prop to assist in impersonating the Big Bad Wolf blowing the houses down! Devious Donald becomes electric thanks to the lightning quick thinking of the Gods, and after he takes care of Pete, takes over for him with the same dissonant tone. By the way, what song were those two playing anyway?
From Ryan : This is one of my favorite Donald Duck shorts. I enjoyed the part where the gods give Donald super powers so that he can take care of Pete, who has been annoying the gods by playing his trombone. At the end, Pete ends up in a mill pond with a wheel paddling his butt. Donald begins playing the trombone and the gods just fall over in frustration.
From Gijs Grob : A quite silly cartoon (Greek Gods on a cloud above the States?) with some wonderfully awful trombone playing (Peg leg Pete himself wears corks in his ears). The cartoon contains good gags, but is rather slow.
From Steve Faul : Writer Carl Barks had a knack for exploring the darker side of Donald Duck's personality. In this cartoon we see Donald at his darkest. Check out the extreme character animation when he discovers he has God-like power and tell me you don't feel it along with him. Contrast that to the close-up of Pete's placid gaze as he honks on his trombone. Who's the villain here anyway? Anybody who thinks all Disney shorts are bland needs to see this.
From Baruch Weiss : I love this short because it deals with something I bet everyone has to put up with an annoying neighbor. I loved the end where Donald wins (one of the few times that he does) and plays the trombone himself.