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Donald is courting Daisy (called Donna, here in her first appearance) Duck in Mexico. He arrives on a burro, which doesn't get along at all well with her; she convinces him to buy a car. ... See full summary »

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Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck / Donna Duck (voice) (uncredited)
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Donald is courting Daisy (called Donna, here in her first appearance) Duck in Mexico. He arrives on a burro, which doesn't get along at all well with her; she convinces him to buy a car. They head through the desert, but the car breaks down, and throws Donald out, then takes off on its own with Daisy trapped inside the rumble seat. The car hits a rock, throwing Daisy into a mud puddle, to Donald's excessive amusement. Daisy pulls a unicycle from her purse, and rides off. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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9 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Aavikon Aku  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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Trivia

Not only is this the first official Donald Duck cartoon, it also marks the first appearance of his girlfriend. Here, however, she is called Donna, and her voice is the same as Donald's, just sped up slightly. See more »

Quotes

Donald Duck: So you jackass, I'm gonna knock you good! Uh oh.
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Referenced in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (2010) See more »

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Not a promising start...
30 March 2002 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

"Don Donald" has the distinction of being Donald's first solo cartoon. That's its only distinction. It offers no more than occasional, incomplete glimpses of Donald's personality, which had been far more fully developed in his cameo in "The Band Concert" (1935) and the ten or so cartoons that had been made since in which he had co-starred.

The basic problem is one of casting. Donald may be the greatest, richest cartoon creation of all time, but there are some things he can't do, and role-playing song-and-dance is one of them. This is more the kind of cartoon that was assigned to Mickey at the start of HIS solo career. Mickey was born to play roles. Donald was always best as himself. (That's one of the reasons why Mickey's segment in "Fantasia" would be, if it were separate, one of the best short cartoons ever made, while the best that can be said of Donald's segment in the generally ill-conceived "Fantasia 2000" is that it was a game but doomed effort.) It's surprising that a director as talented and astute as Ben Sharpsteen could have made so elementary a mistake.

Donald's solo career would soon take off. Later in 1937 he'd appear in "Modern Inventions" and "Donald's Ostrich", both the real thing.


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