Donald's Rocket Ruckus

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : May 22, 1999

Synopsis

Huey, Dewey, and Louie want to go on the best ride in the whole amusement park, The Rocket Ruckus - but Uncle Donald is the ride operator, and he alters the height-requirement sign so his nephews are too short to ride. When the angry boys finally succeed in getting past him, Donald spins the ride out of control and his nephews decide to take mischievous revenge.

Characters

Donald Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie

Credits

DVD

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

Television

Mickey Mouse Works: Season 1 - Episode 4
House of Mouse: Season 3 - Episode 7

Technical Specification

Comments

From Patrick Malone : An almost perfectly entertaining and enjoyable 7 minutes. It doesn't break any new ground, no major surprises as far as the characters go, but this one is probably the best so far in staying within the confines of the classic characters. For my money, Donald was never better than when he was up against his three nephews and in this short, they certainly do deliver the goods. A bunch of good gags as the nephews attempt to pass themselves off as taller in order to get ontop Donald's rocket ride (and one excellent payoff when one gag takes an unexpected turn.) While, as I stated before, the writers seem to have a problem ending these shorts well, this one ends perfectly. Note : the other time cards shown when Donald punches in are printed with names of other minor Disney characters including Practical Pig, Toby Tortoise, Max Hare and, in a possible crossover between Disney shorts and Disney comics worlds, Gladstone Gander.
From J. D. Weil : A good follow-up to Straight Shooters. Donald's a ticket taker at a rocket carnival ride and his nephews try sneak on board with hilarious results. Death scene doesn't quite come up to the standards set in "Truant Officer Donald", but then this is television.
From Tom : Donald, Hewey, Dewey, and Louie back together the way they should be. It caried on from the 1947 escapade, Straight Shooters. This is probably my favourite of the full length shorts thus far. Rating: A
From Juan F. Lara : I immediately noticed that the nephews looked like their versions from the classic shorts rather than their "Duck Tales" version, with longer limbs, longer necks and smaller heads. They looked brattier than they did on "Duck Tales", which fit this short very well.

The short's gags came from how Donald and the nephews were willing to be really mean to each other, making the short's central conflict racier than those from other "MouseWorks" shorts. Donald's stunt with the height sign seemed like the rotten thing he'd do in the old shorts just for the heck of it. The buildup from Donald turning up the ride's speed gave me a big rush, especially with Donald turning into the Devil in this scene. And I loved the mean trick the kids pulled on Donald at the end. I didn't think BSandP let through possum-playing gags, and the kids' poses looked really nasty.

The short had a couple of weak moments, though. After the big buildup, the gags the nephews do in the flying rocket felt anticlimactic. Similarly, the kids' first tries at getting past Donald were just silly. As for the "in drag" scene, the punchline shocked me as much as everyone else, but the setup was contrived: Someone really needs to see a doctor about a backbrace.


From Jon Cooke : Donald's Rocket Ruckus is one of the best short from MouseWorks so far. The background music was really catchy and the gags were funny. In addition to that, Huey, Dewey, and Louie were back to their old selves again.
From Kyle Toles : I really liked this cartoon. It was good to see Huey,Dewey and Louie tormenting Donald. Huey Dewey and Louie all see this advertisement and they are excited. They come up to the rise and Donald won't let them get buy. They come up with a whole bunce of disguises, they don't work. Donald sees a woman who is tall and has trouble staying on balance he thinks it his nephews he rips he clothes off!!! She Punches him and he ends up in the taffy machine. Donald hears all these tools at work. Then the nephews pull him in to the ground. they finnaly get on then donald using the control panel makes them go really fast they get off the hinges. Donald tries to catch them. they finnaly come to a stop at a hot dog stand. Donald is knocked out. Huey Dewey and Louie see ketchup and use it as blood. Donald wakes up and sees them covered in ketchup which he thinks is blood. he cry's his eyes out and says he'd give anything to hear their voice again. They stun him by asking him to go on the ride again. He chases them out of the Park.
From Thad Komorowski : One of the best 'modern' Disney shorts. Very remiscent of the old Donald vs. Huey, Duey, and Louie cartoons, I'm sure it would make Jack King and Jack Hannah proud.

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