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Well, not really. Donald plays the incompetent Officer 13 who cannot
apprehend Tiny Tom, a wanted local criminal. In an effort to sneak
himself into Tiny's dwelling Donald disguises himself as a baby,
abandoned child of Tiny's pal trigger. Being the generous type (?) Tiny
takes him in and, amidst lots of suspicion and almost exposures, Donald
tries in vain to slap the shackles/cuffs/ball and chain on him. Trouble
is, Tiny wants to play with him too much.
In the end Donald does manage to do the impossible and succeed at something by taking Tiny into custody (by default) but it's a funny cartoon with an unusually bleak-looking color pallet.
Donald Duck stars as a police officer assigned to arrest Tiny Tom, who
is none other than Pegleg Pete.
It was funny how the police dispatcher wakes up a sleeping Donald in his squad car and how Donald disguises himself as a baby to entice Tiny Tom and, eventually, lure him into arrest.
Great animation, great comedy, great slapstick action and great story. Donald gets the last laugh here, which is refreshing since he always get the bad luck. Clarence Nash once again does a nice job giving Donald Duck his classic persona and voice.
With the delightful pairing of Donald Duck and Pete, Officer Duck is an often hilarious and simply divine Silly Symphony gem. The animation is colourful and smooth, the music is very pleasant, and there are a ton of laughs, especially with Donald and his witty asides. There are many quotable lines too, and Donald himself, with the impeccable voicing of the one and only Clarence "Ducky" Nash, gives a very arresting performance. I was in tears of laughter when he disguises himself as a baby to fool the villain of the piece, Tiny Tom. Pete himself is marvellous as Tiny Tom, quite a dastardly villain, but a funny and charming one at the same time. If you come across this Silly Symphony, I strongly recommend you watch it. Tears and laughter are guaranteed. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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Police Officer Donald Duck is snoozing in his patrol car when suddenly the captain's voice came over the radio for Donald to go to 817 Gas House Gardens to arrest local crook Tiny Tom. With a name like Tiny, Donald figured it was a little guy. It would be a cinch. So he drives over to Tiny's and is all set to arrest him, when he meets "Tiny" Tom face to face. He stood over six feet tall, 300 pounds, and puffing a cigar. Tiny tied Donald to a clothes line and threw him away. Donald was determined to make the arrest, so he grabbed some clothes from the line and disguised himself as a baby. He rang the doorbell and when Tiny Tom saw the baby, his heart melted. Donald had disguised himself as Spike, the off spring of Tiny's pal Trigger. Tiny swings the "baby" through the air and even knocks Donald out of his clothes, which he quickly put back on. He did all he could to cover up the fact he was a cop. Then Tiny performs his own rendition of 'This Little Piggy' and gave Donald a very wild piggy back ride. Donald tried breaking a bottle over Tiny's head, but found it didn't hurt him a bit. So Donald hit him over the head with a pipe and Tiny burst into tears. His gun was visible so Donald tried to grab it numerous times. Pretty soon, Donald finally manages to slap the cuffs on Tiny and reveal himself as a cop. He even procured Tiny's gun after crying for it and the big lug just handed it over. Tiny knocks the gun from Donald's hands and chases him down the street when suddenly Donald is aided by a parade of cops who all cart Tiny off to jail.
Another classic Donald Duck cartoon! Tiny Tim is also known as Black Pete, or Peg Leg Pete, Mickey Mouse's arch nemesis, and he is now Donald's nemesis. He would appear to be Donald's bully in classic cartoons as "The Riveter", "Timber", and more! Pete is voiced by Billy Bletcher (1892-1979) who was very good at doing villain voices. The inimitatible Clarence Nash (1904-1985) voices Donald. In 1941, Donald becomes an officer again. A truant officer, who tries to procure Huey, Dewey and Louie and cart them off to school, but that's another review! For now, I recommend Officer Duck. Disney recently released a Donald Duck DVD! All of Donald Duck's shorts from 1934 to 1941. I hope they release another real soon! So sit back and enjoy the duck with all the bad luck. Wak!
This short is one of my favorite Donald vs. Pete cartoon, besides
"Timber" and "Trombone Trouble". In this short, Donald is a police
officer ordered to pick up "Tiny Tom" (Pete), and bring him into
custody. But Tiny Tom isn't so "tiny" as Donald thought and the arrest
didn't good so well. So Officer Duck use strategy and disguise himself
as a baby and soon big, tough Tiny Tom becomes a nice guy. Isn't is
funny? A cop and a crook play "baby and papa?" I love the part when
Donald hits Tom on the head with a pipe from the wall, and from the
blow the outline of Tom's face (from the side-view) is indented on the
I remember watching this short on TV - the edited version. Of course on TV, they didn't show how Tiny Tom lit a cigar with a plumber's torch and later shoots the door with a machine-gun. Overall, this short to me, is one of the best Donald Duck cartoons of 1939.
A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.
OFFICER DUCK must disguise himself as a baby in order to capture the notorious criminal, Tiny Tom.
This is a wonderful little film, hilarious & with excellent animation. Released in 1939, it more than compensated for Disney's not having a feature length animated picture during Hollywood's Golden Year. Clarence "Ducky" Nash, supplying Donald's voice, once again demonstrates his valuable contribution to The Duck's success.
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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