Lighthouse Keeping

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : September 20, 1946

Running Time : 6:39


Donald stoically tries to keep his lighthouse light lit, much to the chagrin of Marblehead the pelican, who is trying to get some sleep.


Donald Duck


Jack Hannah
Hal King
Bob Carlson
Judge Whitaker
Fred Jones
Howard Dunn
Yale Gracey
Harry Reeves
Jesse Marsh
Oliver Wallace


United States
Pete's Dragon
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Donald Ich bin der Grösste
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Donald Superstar
Paperino Piume Guai e Simpatia
Buon Compleanno Paperino
Pippo Superstar


Donald's Golden Jubilee


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2
Pete's Dragon
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2
Elliot der Schmunzelmonster
Pete's Dragon


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 21: Goin' to the Birds
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 37

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 Ryan : This short is okay, but I wouldn't call it one of my favorites. It gets pretty tiring after the pelican has kept blowing out the fire that Donald lit.
From Tadhg Christopher Bird : In this post-war cartoon, you can see that Disney was still trying to make its animation as cost-effective as possible. The cheap animation however does not distract from the fun gags of Donald trying to keep the lamp of his lighthouse lit.
From Baruch Weiss : This short's not that good at all, all that pelican wanted was some sleep and Donald had to start the trouble!
From Bryan Hensley : I don't remember seeing this short anywhere else but Pete's Dragon: High-Flying Edition Disney DVD, which came out in August. That poor pelican just wanted to go to sleep, but Donald kept bugging him! Ain't he a devil? Donald kept trying to keep the lighthouse lit, but the pelican kept blowing out the candle, over and over again! They suddenly realized it was morning by the end! Donald put down all the shades to make it dark, and the lighting and blowing happens all over again! I hope all of you enjoy this classic short between the wants of a duck and a pelican at a lighthouse!
From Brad Bethel : I've been revisiting this one, along with many other Donald Duck cartoons recently. This is a lot funnier and more clever than I remember. By now, Donald should know better than to tease someone when they're just going to get up and fight back. But since the battle is on, there's a lot of funny stuff that goes on between their back-and-forth with the light, as Donald is up against a pelican who's every bit as crafty and stubborn as he is. The ending, I thought, was a bit of a stalemate. Donald no longer had to keep the light lit, and Marblehead lost a good night's sleep. Jack Hannah should have made more cartoons like this. When Donald wasn't stuck with chipmunks and bees for so long, he came across quite a few worthy adversaries.
From Ryan : This is absolutely one of my favorite Disney shorts. I enjoy Figaro's bratty personality. After he is given a bath, Minnie ties a bow around his neck and sprays him with perfume. Figaro bats the bow around until it comes off his neck. He then goes outside and is confronted by a group of alley cats. I enjoy the scene where the tough alley cat tries to claw Figaro, but a pile of garbage cans fall all over him knocking him unconscious. The other alley cats think Figaro beat him up and back away from him when he hisses. I enjoy the part at the end when Minnie finds Figaro and says "Now you'll have to have another bath." Figaro is depicted as a skunk.

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