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Donald Duck and the Gorilla

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : March 31, 1944

Running Time : 6:57

Synopsis

Donald's nephews get revenge on Donald by dressing up in a gorilla suit, when a real escaped gorilla breaks into the house.

Characters

Donald Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie
Ajax, the Gorilla

Credits

Director
Jack King

Video

United States
Donald's Scary Tales
Disney's Halloween Treat
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 3 : Scary Tales
Germany
Tick, Trick und Tracks Größte Hits
Das Große Micky Maus Festival
Die Drei Kleinen Schweinchen und der Böse Wolf
France
Une Cervelle D'oiseau
Le Meilleur de Riri, Fifi, LouLou
Disney Parade 4
Italy
Paperino Guai in Vista
Paperino un Disastro di Eroe
I Capolavori di Qui Quo Qua
Paperino e i Racconti Misteriosi

CED

United States
Cartoon Classics - Scary Tales

Laserdiscs

Donald Scary Tales / Halloween Haunts
Cartoon Classics : Scary Tales
Japan
Disney Cartoon Festival Volume 4
Scary Tales

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2
Mickey's House of Villians
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2
Verschworung der Superschurken Verschworung der Superschurken
Donalds Spassfabrik
France
Walt Disney's Rigolons avec Donald
Italy
Topolino E I Cattivi Disney
United Kingdom
Walt Disney's Laugh Factory with Donald

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 34: Donald's Nephews

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 : I first saw this short on a video called "Disney's Halloween Treat." I enjoy this short quite a bit as I'm a fan of the Donald/nephews shorts. It sure would be scary for one to have a gorilla in their house. That's exactly the way Donald and his nephews felt. I liked the part where Donald is reading his book and licks his sucker. The gorilla takes a bite of it, leaving an impression of vampire fangs. Donald turns around and of course thinks the gorilla is his nephews playing a trick on him as they did earlier. This is quite similar to the Mickey Mouse short The Gorilla Mystery.
From Baruch Weiss : This is one of my favorite Donald Duck shorts. I enjoyed the part where one of his nephews burned his fanny and his head turns into a teapot.
From Andrew Collins : This is probably my favorite Donald Duck short. When I was younger, it was on a VHS tape entitled "Scary Tales", followed by Duck Pimples, The Skeleton Dance and a lot more. I always enjoyed the Donald Duck shorts in which Huey, Dewey, and Louie were featured as well. It's typical Donald -attitude, temper, the whole nine yards.
From Happy : Another cartoon I haven't seen in years, until a couple of years ago. I remember being afraid of this short, as a kid, because of the gorilla's roar and his scary teeth. However, I finally managed to watch it and overcome being afraid of it. I did find it funny in a way because of their attempts to get the gorilla while tiptoeing around with an axe and a candle. I laugh when I see Donald coaxing his nephews onward as he is ready to smack their butts.
From Jeff Keene : I have a question, probably of historical context. After the radio announcements made in this Disney short, the announcer says, "Breckinridge" (or "Breckinridge" of a different spelling) with no other reference as to what that meant. Does anyone know what this refers to? I know that J.C. Breckinridge was the 14th vice president of the US, but what that has to do with anything, I can't tell. HELP! It's one of those "have to know because it's killing me" things. Thanks in advance.
From Billy Joe : On a rather spooky night, Huey, Duey and Louie hear the radio annouce that a gorilla has escaped from the zoo. They play a prank on Donald using a gorilla costume. The funniness comes when the real gorilla enters Donald's house. Donald could not prove that the real gorilla is his newphews.

I especially love the ending where the gorilla and Donald sniff tear medicine and begin to cry together, which saved Donald from being killed. This short reminded me of a Tom & Jerry cartoon. Donald Duck and the Gorilla gets an easy 10 out of 10.


From Bryan Hensley : I currently own this short on the VHS version of Mickey's House of Villains. It seems perfect for a Halloween cartoon, since it can get creepy. One time, the gorilla (named Ajax) ran up a ladder and broke through many layers of floors and through a mattress in the attic. How big was Donald's house anyway? Donald's tailfeathers act as a third hand twice in this short: once to tell Donald how to get away from Ajax and the second to poke Ajax in the eyes. Reminds me of something any of the Three Stooges would've done! At least the tear gas stopped Ajax from murdering Donald and made both of them cry their eyes out. This short was also on Volume 13 of Disney Cartoon Classics VHS collection, entitled "Donald's Scary Tales", also a Halloween video, only 12 years older than Mickey's House of Villains!
From Mike : I always loved this cartoon. Huey, Dewey, & Louie were hilarious when they dressed up in the gorilla costume, and eat Donald's lollipop. Also the end with Donald & the gorilla crying still makes me laugh really hard.

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