Poster

The Clock Watcher

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : January 26, 1945

Running Time : 7:35

Synopsis

Donald takes a job as a gift wrapper in a department store.

Characters

Donald Duck

Credits

Director
Jack King
Animation
Don Towsley
Bill Justice
Judge Whitaker
John Meador
Backgrounds
Howard Dunn
Layout
Ernie Nordli
Story
Harry Reeves
Rex Cox
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

United States
A Disney Christmas Gift
Germany
Walt Disney's Lieblingsgeschichetn Zu Weihnachten
Donald 50 Verrückte Jahre
France
Bon Anniversaire Donald
Italy
I 50 Anni Folli di Paperino

CED

United States
A Disney Christmas Gift

Laserdiscs

A Disney Christmas Gift
Japan
Donald Duck : A Star is Born
Donald Duck's 50 Crazy Years

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 8 : Holiday Celebration with Mickey and Pals
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 8 : Holiday Celebration with Mickey and Pals
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 14, 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 : I enjoy this Donald Duck short quite a bit. It shows how well Donald can take orders from a loudspeaker. One fun gag I enjoy is when Donald takes a trombone and tries to fit it in a box. It is too large, so he shapes it into a French horn. One part that was rather unusual for a Disney short was where Donald sees a sexually attractive female model and his face turns into that of a Tex Avery-type of wolf.
From Baruch Weiss : Like Ryan I liked this short quite a bit as well. However it's been a long time since I've seen it and I did not see Donald's face turn into a Tex Avery type of wolf. I believe throughout most of the cartoon he does not talk. The last time I saw this short was on "Donald's Quack Attack." For some reason Disney does not play their shorts on TV anymore and I wonder why.
From Trae Robinson : This is my favorite Donald Duck cartoon. Donald works in a huge store and he goofs instead of working. I wonder why Donald is all by himself in this cartoon. It's kind of like Early To Bed, Chef Donald and Donald's Tire Trouble where Donald is the only character.
From Matthew Cooper : I first saw parts of this short on a small Disney Christmas Special on television, when I was young. It was not till my mom and dad bought me "The Chronological Donald, Volume II" that I saw the full cartoon. Anyway, this short is full of nice gags like the one where Donald is to wrap a football and ring and he puts the ring in the football box and then deflates the football when it wont fit in the ring box, or when he's wrapping a rocking chair and gets stuck in the wrap, with his head and arms sticking out. Best of all is the end gag, where Donald is trying to squeeze a jack-in-the-box into its box, and finally gets in contact with it, ending up in the jack's clothes while the jack is wearing his!
From Abigail Watson : This cartoon was so funny! I loved the part where Donald sprays the perfume into the loudspeaker (it was called "Come Hither # 5"), and then there's the part where it smells the coffee, and then sneezes the coffee all over Donald! Plus, I love where Donald puts the ring in the football box and then deflates the football so it'll fit in the ring box. That, in itself, was pretty funny as well! I give this short a 10 out of 10!
From Bryan Hensley : This short wasn't supposed to be about Christmastime, but it was featured in A Disney Christmas Gift in the 80's and volume 8 of Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites collection. Donald tries wrapping presents in his own unique ways, and watches the clock, and still goofs off by having a "brunch break" without permission. He sure had lots of trouble wrapping the Jack-in-the-box, even with the loudspeaker being a chatterbox. By the time the short ends, Donald and the Jack-in-the-box's clothes switch, and Donald thought it was quitting-time for him. But he had to still had to wrap more presents. Donald sure gave the guy behind the loudspeaker everything he had. The fight ended up destroying the loudspeaker! That reminds me of what happened to Mother Mallard in the 1941 short Chef Donald! I hope you folks enjoy this short, whether it's meant for Christmas or not.

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