Poster

The Flying Squirrel

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : November 12, 1954

Running Time : 6:33

Synopsis

Donald enlists the help of a flying squirrel to hang a sign in a nearby tree for his peanut stand, but the squirrel has to take revenge when Donald renegs on his half of the deal.

Characters

Donald Duck
Flying Squirrel

Credits

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

Cut Scenes

A scene where Donald pours gasoline into his popcorn machine and uses it as a machine gun was cut out.

Video

Germany
Happy Birthday, Donald!
Donald Total Verliebt
France
Disney Festival
Italy
Paperino 60 Anni in Allegria
Winny Puh a Tu Per Tu

Laserdiscs

Japan
Donald's Birthday Bash
Disney Cartoon Festival 7

DVD

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

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 30: 50's Donald
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 46
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 18

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 Kevin M. : I was stunned to read Ryan's comment above suggesting that this short (among others) were produced "cheaply". Nothing could be further from the truth. The Disney brand has been synonymous with high quality for decades. In Leonard Maltin's intros on the Chronological Donald, he clearly states that costs rose with a quality that Disney insisted on maintaining. You might have also heard Maltin say that Disney didn't do anything that wasn't "first class". Whether you like these shorts or not is entirely subjective, what's not is that their as high quality as any other short in Donald's filmography.
From Graham Hackett : This is another really neat short. In this short Donald is strolling through the park as a peanut seller.(of course this was during the days where not much people new about peanut allergies). He see's a flying squirrel nearby and since it can fly he enlists the help of it to hang up and advertisement banner. The squirrel refuses. Donald picks a peanut out of the peanut cooker and seeing the peanut, the flying squirrel then decides to help. The squirrel opens the peanut to eat it but the inside of it turns out to be a piece of coal. Feeling ripped off, the squirrel complains to Donald about the undercooked peanut. Donald just says "Sorry! the complaint department is closed!" then laughs. Deciding to get even, the squirrel finds a box of "Quacker Jacks" pulls out the prizes which are two pistols and a Cowboy hat and gets an Idea and the war begins.
From Ryan : Donald is a peanut vendor working in the city park. A flying squirrel, who wants a peanut, agrees to help Donald hang a banner from one tree to another in exchange for a peanut. The peanut that the squirrel gets has nothing but an old peanut that turns to dust inside the shell and war pursues. I do not care for this cartoon at all for two reasons:

1. It is another one of those hero vs. cute animal shorts

2. The animation and background art was done very cheaply. I guess by this time, Disney was shutting down their shorts department and did not have the money to produce high-quality animation.


From Baruch Weiss : This short got old when the peanut the squirrel got was rotten and fights with Donald throughout the rest of the cartoon so I can't say this is my favorite Donald Duck cartoon. However, the squirrel was cute and I enjoy cute, but other than that I didn't like it, gets an F.