Dragon Around

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : July 16, 1954

Running Time : 7:01

Synopsis

Construction worker Donald tries to oust Chip 'n' Dale out of their home to build a highway, so the chipmunks become knights in shining armor to fight back.

Characters

Donald Duck
Chip 'n' Dale

Credits

Director
Jack Hannah
Animation
Volus Jones
Bill Justice
Backgrounds
Ray Huffine
Effects Animation
Dan MacManus
Layout
Yale Gracey
Story
Nick George
Roy Williams
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

United States
Starring Chip 'n' Dale
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 1
Germany
Micky und Company
Das Große Micky Maus Festival
Bum, Bum, Bumerang
France
Mickey et Compagnie
Disney Parade 2
Italy
Cartoons Disney 5

CED

United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 4

Laserdiscs

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 1
Starring Mickey and Minnie / Starring Chip 'n' Dale
Japan
Starring Chip 'n' Dale
Cartoon Carousel
Mickey and Company
Disney Cartoon Festival 2

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 8 : The Chronological Donald Volume 4
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 4 : Starring Chip 'n' Dale
Germany
Chip 'n' Chap : Volume 2 : Die Hornschen Sind Los
France
Tout le Monde aime Tic & Tac Volume 2
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 4 : Starring Chip 'n' Dale
Sweden
Piff & Puff : Volume 2 : Traedtrubbel
United Kingdom
Chip 'n' Dale : Volume 2 : Trouble in a Tree

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 5: Chip 'n' Dale
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 48
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 58

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

Comments

From Baruch Weiss : I like this short. I also noticed that the explosion sound was similar to the ending in Up A Tree.
From Michelle I. : One of the good Chip and Dale shorts is 'Dragon Around,' where Donald's steam shovel terrorizes the chipmunk knights. Typically clever and entertaining.
From Bryan Hensley : This short from 1954 wrapped up volume 4 of Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites collection with a bang... quite literally! Chip 'n' Dale's home is in the shape of a castle this time, and after Dale reads a fairy tales book, Chip believed there was a dragon after them, after Dale convinced him! (Donald's steam shovel, that is.) Dale's horse-neighing sounds sound like they've been sped up for little guys like him. Donald tried to take the tree down, but ended up losing the "dragon's" tooth, and replaced it with a gold one. Once the shovel's mouth was stuck in tar, all its teeth came out! Donald tried to headbutt the shovel on the tree, but it wouldn't give. Thank goodness, Chip 'n' Dale found wrenches and unscrewed the shovel's parts, making it speed away to nothing! (Except Donald getting conked on the head on the tree, like in the short Working For Peanuts the previous year.) Did you notice the explosions Donald was going through had the same noises as the 1955 short Up A Tree? A blowtorch makes a good fire-breathing effect for a steam shovel that looks like a dragon. It nearly burned Chip 'n' Dale to pieces! I hope you enjoy this knight-and-dragon tale set in the mid-1950's! (Just look at the sign the shovel puts up. It says: "Another freeway for your safety.")
From DaVon : When I was little, I first saw this Chip and Dale vs. Donald Duck featurette on volume 9 of the second series of Walt Disney Cartoon Classics starring the eponymous chipmunk duo. The ninth volume was one of the few I had/owned and I rented most of the others. Anyway, this is another great one. I can't decide which of the shorts on the video is my most favorite nor any of these particular shorts in general. I concur that the majority of them are great. I really like the sound effects coming from that dragon-like vehicle in which Donald rides. The best part is near the end, when Chip and Dale really give Donald his comeuppance (and he'd really come up, sky high), when they replace the rungs of the ladder with dynamite sticks and light the fuses, and the duck is sent into the horizon as the dynamites go off almost like fireworks. I love it.

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