Relaxing with Von Drake

A Von Drake Cartoon

Release Date : December 4, 1999

Synopsis

Ludwig Von Drake uses Donald as a guinea pig to demonstrate various methods of stress management.

Characters

Donald Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie
Willie, the Whale (Voice: Nelson Eddy)
Ludwig von Drake

Credits

Television

Mickey Mouse Works: Season 2 - Episode 8
House of Mouse: Season 3 - Episode 13

Technical Specification

Comments

From Patrick Malone : Now, this is what we remember about Von Drake. Not an inventor, but just a professor using applied knowledge on his subjects; in this case, Donald, who could certainly use a bit of stress management. Von Drake takes Donald through various methods of dealing with his stress, none of which seem to work too well. The short wasn't outrageously funny, although it did have it's good bits here and there (my favorite being the "origami massage.") And I thought the short was going to veer into the "invention land" again at the end, but they seemed to handle it nicely and not let the invention take over the short as has happened before. It was nice to see Willie the Whale make a short cameo as well; more and more of these peripheral characters seem to keep creeping in, and you have to keep on your toes to catch them. A nice, "relaxing" short.
From J. D. Weil : Relaxing With Von Drake: This is on of Ludwig Von Drake's full length lectures (on relaxation) and the client/victim is Donald Duck. Funny, I didn't seem at all relaxed looking at it but the closing gag was funny.
From Davey-kins : Make Mine Music Reference! However, somehow I don't think that Willie doing his demo tapes while you're listening in through a stethoscope does not constitute as relaxing sounds. Nevertheless, the short was relaxing, if only for the viewers.
From Lee Suggs : I don't like the Von Drake character, but I have to admit this is a clever short. It makes great use of sight gags (Whale Songs with Willie the Whale who Wanted to Sing at the Met, origami Donald, and several others) and the premise is quite amusing. That being said I only found this short slightly amusing, and that was because of the sight gags, and the excellent ending. I just can't get over my distaste for the Von Drake character.