Max Hare and Toby Tortoise are having a foot race. Max has much more style, and is generally cocky. He pauses for a short nap, to chat up the bunnies outside a girl's school (and show off ... See full summary »
King Midas is visited by an elf; the elf turns his cat to gold, then claps his hands and it changes back. Midas begs for the golden touch, but the elf warns him it would be a curse to him. ... See full summary »
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are cleaning a large clock. Among the complications: Mickey fights a sleeping stork that doesn't want to leave, Donald gets tangled up in the main-spring, and Goofy is inside the bell when the clock strikes four.
Mickey hosts an amateur hour radio show. Among the acts: Donald forgetting the words to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"; Clara Cluck singing and chasing the microphone; and Goofy with an ... See full summary »
Mickey is a stage magician, and Goofy is a stagehand. Donald is sitting in a box seat, and soon starts heckling. Mickey retaliates, among other things by making him spit out playing cards, ... See full summary »
Mickey is preparing to conduct an opera when he chases Pluto away. Pluto crashes into a magician's props backstage and spars with the hat, its rabbits, and its doves. The opera begins: ... See full summary »
Mickey gets a package from Australia: a kangaroo, complete with boxing gloves. The 'roo moves into Pluto's brand new doghouse, much to his annoyance (which we actually hear voiced). Mickey ... See full summary »
The first cartoon in which Donald Duck loses his temper, and the first in which he does his trademark fighting stance (hopping in place with one fist forward and the other swinging back and forth). See more »
Very entertaining, I personally prefer this cartoon in black and white than in colour
Now I do very much enjoy Orphans' Benefit in colour, the colours are beautiful on the eyes, but I did and still do find the character designs on the stiff side. Although Donald and Goofy do look somewhat different with Donald's head I think elongated and Goofy doesn't have a chin the character designs generally are more fluid. The black and white animation is crisp and clear, and the music is wonderful, the Lucia Di Lammermoor sextet being clucked was a great touch but the best music for me was actually in the classic acrobatic dance between Clarabelle, Horace and Goofy. The story is well paced and never dull but for me it all feels on the routine side. The gags fare better, there are a few that are either over-familiar or some may not get(it took me ages to get the Jimmy Durante gag), but most of them are spot on, with the best being the Little Boy Blue gag between Donald and the Orphans. Of the cartoon, the least effective character was Mickey, who apart from introducing the acts and accompanying in the Lucia Di Lammermoor scene plays secondary to Donald's hilarious frustration and the cute yet bratty orphans. Even the acrobatic dance was more memorable than Mickey in all honesty. Just for the record, I like Mickey, but he is bland when sidelined. Overall though, this is a very good cartoon. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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