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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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Appropriately named! A real whale of a tale! See more (10 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 (uncredited)
Dick Huemer (uncredited)
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 (uncredited)
Preston Blair .... animator (uncredited)
Al Eugster .... animator (uncredited)
Eric Larson .... animator (uncredited)
Robert G. Leffingwell .... animator (uncredited)
Ed Love .... animator (uncredited)
Joshua Meador .... effects animator (uncredited)
Lee Morehouse .... animator (uncredited)
Frank Oreb .... animator (uncredited)
Art Palmer .... effects animator (uncredited)
Don Patterson .... animator (uncredited)
Milt Schaffer .... animator (uncredited)
Louie Schmitt .... animator (uncredited)
Marvin Woodward .... animator (uncredited)

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8 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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Featured in DTV: Rock, Rhythm & Blues (1984) (V)See more »


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Appropriately named! A real whale of a tale!, 16 March 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Not a classic by all means, but great fun regardless. Mickey doesn't feature that much here, but Goofy and Donald have plenty to do and as pretty much always are peerless. The animation is done in a very nice fluid and colourful visual style, and the music is rousing and clever. Also prevalent are some interesting sight gags, and the whale is a great point of interest. When it comes to cartoon whales I prefer Willie from Willie the Operatic Whale and Spot from the Little Mermaid series, but this whale is memorable. The story is simple and a tad predictable but only occasionally, but it is effective mostly. The voice acting is well done, with Clarence Nash coming off best.

Overall, nicely done and entertaining. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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