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I'm always partial to the Disney cartoons set in winter with the quaint
Victorian looks to the countryside and enchanting atmosphere (such as
1935s 'On Ice'). It looks brilliant here in this cartoon and I'm
pleased to say it's one of the more inventive and clever Donald Duck
This time round the irritable duck is skating around on a frozen lake when his nephews appear for a game of hockey. He shows off to them his hockey trophy (kept in his jacket) and brags about how he's the best hockey player in the world. As you can guess already, he gets too big for his boots (err...webbed feet) and Huey, Duey and Louie play no end of tricks on him.
If only he would keep his big mouth shut once in a while huh?
Not that it is a bad thing of course! My concluding thoughts after
seeing The Hockey Champ.. I liked it! It is rather routine and
predictable in terms of story and the pacing isn't always secure, but
what does compensate is the lovely atmosphere the animation gives, a
very Christmassy and nostalgic atmosphere. The music is also absolutely
gorgeous, lyrical, smooth and whimsical. There are some good gags, if
nothing particularly groundbreaking. Donald is excellent as usual, and
his three nephews are as dastardly as ever. Clarence Nash once again
does a stellar job with the voicing.
Overall, pleasant but not a classic! 8/10 Bethany Cox
This Donald Duck short is wonderfully animated and very entertaining. The story is simple, Donald challenges his nephews to a game of ice hockey leading to all sorts of winter hi-jinks. The winter setting inspires many creative sight gags, and the Disney gang uses them to the extreme. Donald's opening figure skating scene is a great piece of animation.
Donald Duck is out by himself, skating on his pond having a good time
when his three little kids come racing out onto the surface, ready to
play hockey. Donald is arrogant and tells the kids they know nothing
about the game, they he will have to show them. He takes them on: one
and against three, and kills them. He hams it up so bad it's
embarrassing - the ultimate showoff. He rubs it in afterward, too. The
kids are not happy. Donald then offers to play the kids again, this
That turns out to be a mistake as they beat him around like a hockey puck.
This animated short is really for little kids, and no one else. The humor might make them laugh a lot but I doubt older kids and adults wound find much funny. I know I didn't.
A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.
Donald, THE HOCKEY CHAMP of Duck Swamp, gets himself into trouble when he brags of his prowess on the ice to his Nephews.
This enjoyable little film boasts fine animation & a funny storyline. Early on, Donald does an impression of Norwegian skating queen Sonja Henie, a big movie star at the time, even replicating her trademark tiptoe ice dancing. Clarence "Ducky" Nash supplies the unique voices of Donald & the Nephews.
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 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 simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.
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