Grand Canyonscope

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : November 23, 1954

Running Time : 6:47

Synopsis

The Ranger takes a tour group on a guided tour of the Grand Canyon. However, Donald is in the group and gets into a tussle with Louie to environmentally disastrous results.

Characters

Donald Duck
Louie, the Mountain Lion
Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore

Credits

Director
Charles Nichols
Animation
John Sibley
Julius Svendsen
Backgrounds
Eyvind Earle
Effects Animation
Dan MacManus
Layout
Lance Nolley
Story
Milt Schaffer
Nick George
Music
Oliver Wallace

Video

Germany
Donald Duck Geht Nach Wildwest
France
Mickey, Donald, Pluto et Dingo en Vacances
Italy
Paperino nel Far West

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 8 : The Chronological Donald Volume 4
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 9: Woodlore and Humphrey
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 61

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1 - Cinemascope
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Comments

From E. Penrose : The real genius of Disney animation, and the difference between them and, say, Warner Brothers, is in the time and effort allotted for characterization. Donald isn't just Woodlore's problem: he's the complete Ugly American as he bothers a sandpainting Indian who isn't in the final conflict. He even inadvertently dazes the harmless donkey who bears him. Bugs Bunny, vivid as he is, shows only one aspect of his personality at a time.

His personality shows itself mainly through dialogue, and through the motions as he bothers the villain of the piece. Donald's "life" goes beyond what he is doing at the moment.


From Ryan : This, I believe, is the only short that features Ranger Woodlore and not Humphrey. Instead of working as a ranger in Brownstone National Park, he is a ranger in the Grand Canyon National Park. I enjoy the background art of this short quite a bit. I also like how the ranger tells the tourists to spread out, explaining that this is Cinemascope, which is the process in which this cartoon was filmed. Definitely one of my favorite Disney cartoons of the 1950's.
From Eric Hernandez : I really liked this short a lot. I laughed when Donald saw an Indian costume when he was browsing past the gift shop and ends up doing a little rain dance. Basically, Donald plays the lone dumb tourist visiting the Grand Canyon, with Ranger Audubon impatiently trying to keep Donald from straying. I really dug the clothes Donald wore in this short, too. They made him look too cool. A very nice short.
From Baruch Weiss : This is the only cartoon where Ranger Woodlore is not working at Brownstone National Park. Instead he is working as a tour guide at the Grand Canyon while Donald rudely interrupts him at regular intervals. Donald sure got what he deserved after interrupting the ranger, especially when he asks him to take a picture of the burro while he is busy talking.