How to Have an Accident in the Home

An Educational Cartoon

Release Date : July 8, 1956

Running Time : 6:38


J. J. Fate follows Donald through his day, showing how accidents can lurk in everyday occurences.


Donald Duck
J. J. Fate


Charles Nichols
Jerry Hathcock
George Nicholas
Volus Jones
Anthony Rizzo
Effects Animation
Jack Buckley
Lance Nolley
Ernie Nordli
Jack Kinney
Bill Berg
Franklyn Marks


United States
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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 : Despite the poor animation of this cartoon, I rather enjoyed it. It was full of humor. I enjoyed the character named J.J. Fate, who pointed out the accidents that were bound to occur in the cartoon.
From Jamie Innes : For years and years I\'ve had this on video, since around 1986 when my father recorded it off the TV.

Only today upon writing this review have I learned the name of the short, until now, I've called it the "JJ fate safety film."

JJ fate (A little dude, kinda like a small dwarf), show us the ways we can end up having accidents in the home. And what better person to show us, than Donald Duck.

In this rather brutal yet outright hilarious short, we see Donald...

Dodge a falling piano, fall from a rocking chair while trying to hang a painting, try to use an electric shaver in the bathtub, try to stick a knife in a live toaster, overload electrical appliances and plugs, use flammable cleaning liquid near a stove, ignite an explosion from neglecting a gas leak, burn his hand over an element, fall down the stairs (7 times), burn his backside on a heater, slip on an unfastened rug... and slip on a bar of soap (twice).

This short is fantastic in it's visual comedy. if you love seeing Donald learn things the hard way, this will go down a treat.

"An awkward attitude, by an inattentive, accident prone individual" - JJ Fate, referring to Donald.

From Trae Robinson : The 2 "how to have an accident" cartoons with Donald really should starred Goofy in them because he always have accidents happening to himself. Goofy was the "how-to-do something" character in cartoons.
From Baruch Weiss : Since the sequel to this cartoon How to Have an Accident at Work is identical to this one, I'll be speaking for both shorts.

I'm no fool could of very well been the inspiration for these cartoons. J.J. Fate takes the place of Jiminy Cricket and Donald represents the "Common Ordinary Fool" in these two hilarious cartoons.

From J. P.Hope : Boy, Donald Duck can't get himself out of trouble, especially when it comes to house accidents: Donald mixing water and electricity together to get zapped and exploded, falling down the stairs one too many imes, and he still blames J. J. Fate for the accidents!

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