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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Donald's first date with a suitable woman

Author: dimadick from Alexandroupolis, Greece
28 October 2001

The character that is in this short is not Daisy but Donna Duck who briefly appeared in comic strips even meeting Daisy in one of them,which means they are not the same person.Donald first dates this woman who temper matches his own and Daisy's.This woman doesn't need the protection or help of her partner like Minnie.In this movie the male and the female character are alike in so many aspects it gets intriguing.Too bad Disney didn't oftenly use srong female characters.Easily one of the most interesting Donald shorts and the first to portray him as a lover.

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Craziness and Insanity South of the Border!

Author: ( from U.S.A
7 June 2004

*** This review may contain spoilers ***


Donald Duck, on his burro, head south of the boarder to visit Donald's senorita, Donna Duck. Donna is thrilled to see him and the two do a song-and-dance routine around Donald's sombrero. Donna ends up tripping and crashing, which Donald found incredibly amusing. So she pushed Donald into a fountain and broke his guitar over his head and stormed inside. Donald jumped up, wanting to start a fight, but backed down when Donna came back out. Donald's burro laughed itself silly. Then Donald looked across the street to El Trading Post. He saw they were willing to trade a shiny car for a burro. Donald thought it over, then grabbed his burro and made the trade. So as Donna was ripping up Donald's pictures, he drove up in his new car. She jumps in the rumble seat (For those of you who don't know what a rumble seat is, it's a fold-out seat located behind the driver's bench seat that was found on old cars circa the 1930's to the 1950's). Anyway, Donald and Donna drive up to the burro, back fire in its face and go for a drive across the desert. They go faster and faster. Then, all of a sudden, the car breaks down. It just stops dead right in the middle of the desert and deflates. Donald tries to start it back up, but it won't go. Donald was getting impatient. So was Donna.

The car would not cooperate. But suddenly, it began back firing and jumping all around. The rumble seat folded up on Donna, trapping her inside the car, which, without a driver, took off. Donald raced after it. Then, it turned on Donald. Pretty soon the car crashed, sending Donna flying. Donald found it simply hilarious. So she beat him with the car horn, then took a unicycle out of her purse and rode away. The burro, who had been following them, found it all very funny. And so do we.

I believe this was Donald Duck's first solo cartoon. He starred the previous year in "Donald and Pluto" where Donald was a plumber and Pluto was his assistant, who swallows a magnet and drags Donald all over the house. This is also the screen debut of Daisy Duck, who was called Donna at the time. She would not reappear until 1940's "Mr. Duck Steps Out" when she was called Daisy from then on. Clarence Nash voices both Donald and Daisy, who would get a clear, female voice later on. So fans of Donald Duck, to you I recommend Don Donald. It's simply hilarious!!


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Donald meets his match

Author: Squonk from Denver, CO
26 January 1999

This very funny Donald Duck short puts the feathered one south of the border as he tries to woo an attractive young female duck. This film marks the first appearance of the character that would become Daisy Duck, but it's not the Daisy we've come to know. This duckette has a temper to match Donald's. Watching this made me wish they had left the Daisy Duck character like this, making her a much more suitable match for Donald.

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Not a promising start...

Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia
30 March 2002

"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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Donald and Daisy's first cartoon.

Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA
20 December 2015

This is the first cartoon that features Donald Duck's girlfriend, Daisy, though she is called Donna in this short and her voice is similar to Donald's. It is also the first cartoon starring Donald Duck as top billing. Here, he arrives in his burro and tries to court Donna in Mexico, but things don't go well at first, leaving the two ducks quarreling and fighting, with Donna getting the upper-hand. She proves to be an aggressive snob and, in my opinion, unlikable in this story.

There are funny moments though, which includes Donald's classic temper and frustrated demeanor, and his car breaking down, throwing Donna around left and right. Donna's voice being similar to Donald's was also somewhat funny; it's like hearing two Donald Ducks bickering with each other. Donald's burro is a bit annoying though, not cooperating with Donald and causing him to get in trouble with Donna.

Overall, not one of the better Donald/Daisy cartoons. Donald was OK in this one, but Daisy was unlikable.

Grade D

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Master Donald

Author: RasAlBane from Iceland
10 August 2005

well my favorite Disney character Donald Duck here in his first official show!. in this show we got to meet daisy(Donna) for the first time and that daisy is better then the real Daisy. and well I'm from Iceland and im only 13 so my English ain't that great. I went to vacation to Spain and bought the Tresures Donald and was very happy that i found it.

I think that Donald and Goofy are much more funnier Then Mickey he is not so good even though he is the first Disney character.

that is at least what i think, And Srooge Mcduck is a very good character too and the Ducktales show boy that was good. But Donald Duck is always numero uno! This was a great cartoon showing when Donald met Daisy.

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Interesting cartoon for fans of Donald and Daisy

Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
25 October 2009

Don Donald was very interesting. The animation is very well done and colourful, and the music is stylish. The story is rather routine and the middle half of the short is rather slow. But it is funny, the two duck stars are very appealing, and one of the main reasons why I like this short is because Donald finds love. There are some good jokes like Donald's attempts to mend the broken down car, Donald laughing whenever Daisy does something funny much to her annoyance, and Donald's hat shrinking when it fills with water. And Clarence voices Donald to perfection. I have always thought this Donald Duck cartoon as an interesting one, it isn't the best, but it isn't the worst either. But it is one of the better ones. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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Donald's Date Disaster

Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra
6 June 2004

Donald plays some sort of traveling Banjo player who comes into (an apparently Mexican) town on a pitiful, lazy, dying Donkey and tries to serenade the lovely Daisy Duck (called Donna in this short). She's not too impressed with his wooing skills and quickly becomes bored with him.

Desperate not to lose her attention Donald trades his worthless mule in for a car (these were new-ish creations back in the 30s). Daisy is interested once more and they go out for a ride.

Well, Donald is no boy racer that's for sure. Following Daisy's orders, Donald pushes the car to its limit on the rough desert terrain and it's not belong before it falls apart and fights back against its enraged owner.

Another perfect example of the highly irritable duck being pushed to the point of a nervous-breakdown. Which, when you think about it, is quite cruel entertainment.

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When Donald Met Daisy

Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA
2 March 2003

A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.

In Old Mexico, DON DONALD learns what it takes to impress a temperamental señorita.

Daisy Duck made her movie debut in this very enjoyable little film, which features good animation and funny performances from both Ducks. Strangely, it would be another three years before Daisy returned for her second appearance, in MR DUCK STEPS OUT (1940). At this point in her career, Daisy received her unique vocalization from the same source as Donald - talented voice artist Clarence Nash.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew comic figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work will always pay off.

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