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Donald's Camera (1941)

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Inspired by a store display, Donald decides to "hunt" some wildlife with his camera. First, he encounters a too-friendly chipmunk, then a large group of shy animals, then some animals in a ... See full summary »

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Inspired by a store display, Donald decides to "hunt" some wildlife with his camera. First, he encounters a too-friendly chipmunk, then a large group of shy animals, then some animals in a dark cave. But his biggest challenge is a woodpecker, who finds a number of ways to torment him, even though Donald does manage to trick him briefly using some toothpaste that pretends to be a worm. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Aku Ankan kamera  »

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A wonderful Donald Duck short
17 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Donald Duck is one of the most iconic animation characters and certainly one of my personal favourites. So maybe I am at a risk of being biased in finding Donald's Camera wonderful. The animation is crisply detailed and vibrantly coloured, and the whole short is beautifully scored, which also succeeds brilliantly in enhancing the action. The story is not the most original there is, but the energy and the constant sense of fun more than compensates, while Donald's asides continue to delight and the gags, especially the easy but classic one where the woodpecker lures Donald off the end of the branch, are at least imaginative. The ending with Donald in a more hunter's role than that of a nature lover rounds things off more than satisfactorily without it ever feeling mean-spirited. The part where the camera falls into the pond I did find somewhat moving, which is sort of a little thing that I picked up on repeat viewings. Donald is just great here, helped by the humour and the fact that Donald's Camera takes good advantage of what he does best, which is how he reacts to an initially innocent turned into frustrating scenario. The chipmunk is a cute if minor annoyance to Donald, but the foil for Donald here is the woodpecker, and here is an example of an adversary that is Donald's equal rather than one that either means well or just wants to have some fun. Clarence Nash's vocals impress as ever. All in all, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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