The hen is looking for someone to help her plant her corn. Peter Pig and Donald Duck both feign belly aches to get out of the chore. So, with help from her chicks, she plants it herself. ... See full summary »
Mickey and an early version of Donald Duck are police officers chasing dognapper Pegleg Pete. Despite their bumbling, they manage to repeatedly get the drop on Pete at his sawmill hideout, ... See full summary »
Micky and friends put on a revue for the orphans. Donald recites nursery rhymes, but the orphans torment him. Horace, Goofy, and Clarabelle do a dance number. Donald tries again. Clara ... See full summary »
Mickey is looking after the orphans. He tells them the story of Gulliver (with Mickey in that role) in Lilliput, though without the satire and bawdy bits. The story ends with Mickey fighting a giant spider, about twice his size.
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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