Drip Dippy Donald

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : March 5, 1948

Running Time : 6:45


Poor, tired Donald is kept awake by a dripping faucet.


Donald Duck


Jack King
Don Towsley
Edwin Aardal
Paul Allen
Sandy Strother
Howard Dunn
Don Griffith
Nick George
Oliver Wallace


United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Donald
Donald Duck's Ferienabenteuer
Donald Macht nie Pause
Disney Parade 6
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Paperino


United States
Limited Gold Editions - Donald


I Love Donald
Disney Cartoon Festival 6
Donald : Limited Gold Edition


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 7 : The Chronological Donald Volume 3
Disney Treasures : Wave 7 : The Chronological Donald Volume 3


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 45: More Donald
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 9
Walt Disney Presents: A Day in the Life of Donald Duck

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 Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : The gag of having Donald unable to fall asleep because of some external stimuli is not a new one. It’s been done a few times, in a myriad of settings. Honestly, though, it seems to work every time. In the case of Drip Dippy Donald it works beautifully, as the short encapsulates the experience perfectly with just the right amount of hyperbole mixed with realism.

This really is the exact kind of thing that Donald excels at, and the animators put him through his paces in this short. He is in bed when a light shines through the window to keep him up, but that problem is really just a set up for the real one. The dripping faucet in Donald’s kitchen is the real irritant and the source of the title.

The fun of this is seeing the various ways that the dripping faucet causes Donald to go nuts. It really is like Chinese water torture as the drips keep making noise, and the noise keeps getting magnified. From dripping into a bowl of water to dripping onto a spoon that rattles the other dishes, it’s a scenario that I imagine a large number of viewers could relate to. I know it’s happened to me before.

Where this short turned from run of the mill Donald fun to brilliance for me was when we started getting the hyperbole. The drips of the faucet go from a normal perspective to one that looks like the water is falling from miles above. The rattling dishes seem to shake the entire house. The drips turn from harmless water into huge bombs. It’s an amazing sequence that shows how these things can grow in your mind, but does so without going off the deep end of surrealism.

Even more fun comes at the end, as Donald sets up an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine to catch the water. He gives in at the end, but is literally saved by the bell in a nice twist that I will not ruin. Donald is frayed, anxious and a little out of his mind. That’s when he works the best, and it’s why this short works so well.

From Ryan : I enjoy the opening scene of this short where Donald is riding home in a bus and the bus looks as though it is snoring. After Donald gets off the bus when it stops by his house, he gets ready for bed. Unfortunately, a leaky faucet is keeping him awake. While I find myself laughing at the different strategies Donald uses such as lying across a chair with his tongue under the faucet so that it can catch the water drops, I also find myself feeling sorry for Donald. This short has a happy ending, however, when the water company calls Donald and tells him that they're shutting off his water supply until his water bills are paid. Donald couldn't be any more overjoyed. The animation used in this short is wonderful as Disney artists put a lot of work into their background art in the late 40's.
From Baruch Weiss : This short is ok, but it isn't one of my favorites. I've always called these kinds of cartoons "shut eye" cartoons where the character (in this case Donald Duck) goes to sleep, but can't due to loud noises, among other problems. These get tiring for me and besides, I've seen that kind of plot in Early to Bed and Wide Open Spaces not to mention some Warner Brother cartoons such as "Good Night Elmer" and "Tick Tock Tuckered".