The New Neighbor

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : August 1, 1953

Running Time : 7:10


Donald moves into a new house and tries to get along with new next-door neighbor, Pete. If good fences make good neighbors, then Pete and Donald must be the best neighbors of all!


Donald Duck
Roving Reporter


Jack Hannah
Al Coe
George Kreisl
Volus Jones
Edwin Aardal
Thelma Witmer
Effects Animation
Dan MacManus
Yale Gracey
Nick George
Milt Schaffer
Edward Plumb

Inside Jokes

During a few of the opening scenes, Pete can be heard singing the tune from the previously released short "Lambert, the Sheepish Lion."


United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Donald
Alle Enten Fertig ... Los!
Donald Se Fache!


United States
Limited Gold Editions - Donald


Donald : Limited Gold Edition
Goin' Quackers


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 8 : The Chronological Donald Volume 4


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 32: Goin' to the Dogs
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 47
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 50

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


From Ryan : This cartoon focuses on two neighbors: Donald, the new neighbor and Pete, Donald's next door neighbor. Pete is willing to take advantage of the new neighbor by using any of his things, whether they be food or his garden tools. I enjoy the climax of this cartoon, the battle between neighbors. This ending, which, I will not give away, has somewhat of a twist to it.
From Ashley : Seeing Donald take on Pete is always a hoot, and I'm sure anyone who has had an obnoxious neighbor across the way shares our favorite duck's feelings on the matter. He really illustrates what we'd like to do... but can't in mixed company.

To see them go at it at the fence... well, let's just say you won't be able to stop laughing. The ending just makes it better, but I'm not telling! You'll have to see it for yourself.

From Jennifer : I always loved this one - well I loved all of them - back when the Disney Channel actually used to show the older cartoons. In fact, I named my cocker spaniel that I had as a child, Muncey - after Pete's dog in this cartoon!
From Baruch Weiss : Says the narrarator at the beginning of this short "It has always been man's constant labor to live in peace with his next door neighbor and on the newcomer falls the chore in getting along with the man next door." Such is not the case in this cartoon however as Fat Pete takes advantage of his "New Neighbor". In 8/1/53 there was such a thing as grocery and hardware stores so why didn't Pete just go there?
From Alexander Komar : The scene where the mother bluebird flies home and sits on her nest was reused in "The Rescuers" (1977)

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