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19 August 1938 (USA) See more »
Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are crewing a whaling ship. Their mishaps include Donald fighting off some hungry birds... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Not politically correct, but a dandy short... See more (5 total) »


  (in alphabetical order)
Pinto Colvig ... Goofy (voice) (uncredited)

Walt Disney ... Mickey Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
David Hand 
Dick Huemer 
Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Original Music by
Albert Hay Malotte (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joshua Meador .... effects animator
Art Palmer .... effects animator
Animation Department
Art Babbitt .... animator
Preston Blair .... animator
Al Eugster .... animator
Eric Larson .... animator
Robert G. Leffingwell .... animator
Ed Love .... animator
Frank Oreb .... animator
Don Patterson .... animator
Milt Schaffer .... animator
Marvin Woodward .... animator

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8 min
Color (Technicolor)
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This is credited as a Mickey Mouse cartoon, but he never actually says a word.See more »
Goofy:[after the whale has destroyed the ship, Goofy emerges from the wreckage] Here he is! Ha ha!
[Pulls out a fish]
Goofy:Gosh, he must've shrunk.
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Not politically correct, but a dandy short..., 29 December 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Like all the Mickey Mouse films of the late 1930s, this one featured absolutely stunning animation—the sort that set Disney apart from all its competition. Mickey, Donald and Goofy are wonderfully animated but the backgrounds are what really stood out for me—with its exquisite details and colors.

This particular short features the trio involved in an especially politically incorrect job—whale hunting! I guess things were a lot different back then, as such behavior today would be seriously frowned on in a kids movie! Regardless, it's a lot of fun to see the three in action—in particular, Goofy. The Goof is up to his usual stupid hijinks and I found myself laughing out loud several times when he was trying to fire the harpoon gun. Overall, a lot of fun and well worth seeing.

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