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Sleepy Time Donald

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : July 11, 1947

Running Time : 7:14

Synopsis

Donald sleepwalks through a date with Daisy.

Characters

Donald Duck
Daisy Duck

Credits

Director
Jack King
Animation
Don Towsley
Fred Kopietz
Paul Allen
Ernie Lynch
Backgrounds
Ernie Nordli
Layout
Ernie Nordli
Story
Roy Williams
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Daisy
Germany
That's Donald
Donald Ich bin der Größte
France
Donald Vedette de Television
Italy
Io Paperino
Pippo Pluto Paperino Supershow
Paperino Piume Guai e Simpatia
La Storia de Paperino
Pippo Pluto Paperino Supershow
Paperina
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Paperina

CED

United States
Limited Gold Editions - Daisy

Laserdiscs

Japan
Donald Duck and His Duckling Gang
This is Your Life Donald Duck
Daisy : Limited Gold Edition

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 7 : The Chronological Donald Volume 3
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 10 : Best Pals : Donald and Daisy
Germany
Disney Treasures : Wave 7 : The Chronological Donald Volume 3
Donalds Spassfabrik
France
Walt Disney's Rigolons avec Donald
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 11 : Best Pals : Donald and Daisy
United Kingdom
Walt Disney's Laugh Factory with Donald

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 46: Disney Dreams
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 43
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 5, 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 Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : It’s very difficult to come up with new ways to talk about Donald Duck every day, when you write about his shorts 2-3 times a week. So I sort of understand what the Disney animators had to be going through when creating Donald Duck cartoons during the mid-1940s. It had to be a problem to find new things for him to do, but Sleepy Time Donald was not the answer.

This is a short of Donald sleepwalking. That’s it. There is not much more to it. Now, I know I have seen this sort of thing before in shorts, even if it may have been something that came after this. There is no originality or fun in this short that we have seen in the recent efforts of 1947.

Instead, we are treated to scene after scene of Donald walking blindly into trouble, while Daisy chases after him to try and save him. It makes for some less than inspiring humor. We have Daisy keeping Donald out of traffic, getting him down from walls and making sure that he doesn’t walk off a building. All of this because of the premise that waking him up would be more dangerous!

This leads to another question: how does being asleep help Donald defy the laws of physics? For some reason, Donald the sleepwalker is able to walk on buildings, walk upside down on the roof and basically defy gravity. How is that even possible? Is it because he is unaware that he’s supposed to fall? While that brings up a great philosophical argument, it is strange in the concept of a cartoon.

The basic problem, though, comes back to the fact that this short is just not interesting. For a short diversion to watch Donald be silly, it’s fine. Unfortunately it doesn’t measure up to the things we have seen Donald experience in the past. I think back to things like Modern Inventions and even the recent Straight Shooters, and Sleepy Time Donald doesn’t measure up.


From Ryan : I have not seen this short for a long time. Nevertheless, I remember quite a bit of it. I enjoyed the part where Donald is sleepwalking through the zoo and Daisy is running after him. The ring that Donald was giving to Daisy lands on a female ape's toe. Daisy pulls it off but the female ape thinks her husband is trying to pull the ring off and gets upset. Daisy follows Donald through many other obstacles such as heavy traffic. Daisy has to jump on the traffic light and change it to STOP. Great short with lots of fun gags.
From Candi Bear : This short is really funny. I liked the way Donald seems to know where his walking with his eyes closed and he can just slip through troubles that are like, YOU CANT DO THAT, like walking upside down and walking on the wall. But over all its a good short its a classic.
From Baruch Weiss : I think that this short's okay. I enjoyed the scene where Donald puts a ring on a tree branch and it lands on a female monkeys finger who thinks that her husband gave it to her, then Donald takes it off and of course the monkey thought it was her husband that did that then she smacks him!

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