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Donald is washing windows on a high-rise; Pluto is his assistant, hauling the rope for the platform and refilling buckets but mostly sleeping. And when things are finally going well, Donald makes the mistake of tormenting a bee. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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This is the first 1940 Donald Duck cartoon to feature Spike the Bee who's a rival of Donald Duck. When Donald Duck teased him, he would get his revenge by attempting to sting Donald Ducks tail feathers which he finally did at the end. Spike the Bee would be in later Donald Duck Cartoons such as "Inferior Decorator" 1948, "Honey Harvester" 1949, "Slide, Donald, Slide", 1949. "Bee at the Beach" 1950 and "Let's Stick Together" 1952 always attempting to sting Donald Ducks tail feathers which Spike the Bee does in the end. See more »

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While Donald Duck is hoisted up on a platform singing, the person with the garden shears clips Donalds hat and his tail feathers exposing his tail. In the next shot Donald Ducks tail feathers appear as though they have never been cut. See more »

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Donald Duck: How am I doing? Heh, heh.
[Donald Duck dries the window with his rag and shapes the window to look like he's wearing a uniform. He wipes the rest of the water off and hums his song and lowers the empty bucket to get the bucket of water but can't hook it on]
Donald Duck: Yoo hoo! Pluto! Come on, wake up. You lazy mutt. Wake up!
[Donald Duck tries to lift Pluto the Dog on his feet but falls down]
Donald Duck: Hey! Wake up! You dumb for nothing mutt. You old sleepyhead. Sleeping all the time. Exploiting, Very exasperating! ...
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Out On A Ledge With Mr. Duck
1 July 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.

Donald & Pluto are WINDOW CLEANERS on a large skyscraper, but the Duck's day comes unstrung when he plays a joke on a very belligerent bee...

This was one of a small handful of cartoons to co-star the Duck and the Pup, their very different personalities bouncing well off of each other. The addition of the Bee to the mix only adds to the vertiginous hilarity. The legendary Carl Barks wrote the story; Clarence Nash supplied Donald with his unique voice.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & 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 comic 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 childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.


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