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Modern Inventions (1937)

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Donald Duck visits a museum of modern inventions; among the inventions he struggles with: a robot butler who keeps taking his hat; a package wrapping machine; a robot nursemaid; an automated barber chair.



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Uncredited cast:
Robot Butler (voice) (uncredited)
Robot Barber Chair (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)


Donald Duck goes to a museum of modern inventions. After getting in without paying, he meets a robot butler who takes Donald's hat every time he sees him. Donald is very annoyed by this and magically fixes himself a new hat every time this happens and strolls on. Ignoring the sign not to touch it, Donald starts playing with a wrapping machine and ends up being wrapped himself. He also encounters and tries out a robot nursemaid and a fully automatic barber chair. They both don't do him much good. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Release Date:

29 May 1937 (USA)  »

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Modern Inventions  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Inventive Donald Duck cartoon
25 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really liked this cartoon, it is inventive and very funny. The animation is nice and colourful, though the character animation of the robots was a little stiff. And the cartoon does start off a little slow. The music is top notch, very playful and pleasant. Donald is as cantankerous as ever, especially when voiced by Clarence "Ducky" Nash, who captures the character perfectly.

On the whole, the cartoon is very funny, from the ongoing joke about the robot(voiced by Billy Bletcher, original voice of Pete) taking Donald's hats, to the part when Donald disguises himself as a baby and gets more than he bargained for. Modern Inventions is an inventive and fun cartoon, and for fans of the cantankerous quack, this is definitely worth the watch. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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