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Donald has to get up early, but everything seems to be working to keep him awake. His loudly ticking alarm clock resists several attempts to quiet it. Donald ultimately swallows it; the glow-in-the-dark dial can be seen through his feathers. Then his folding bed folds up on him. Springs start popping out of it; Donald builds an elaborate framework to hold it down. Finally, enough of the clock reassembles itself to sound the alarm and night is over. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The title takes its name from the Benjamin Franklin proverb "Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise" which appeared in his Poor Richard's Almanack. See more »

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The hands on Donald's clock keep changing position. See more »

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Who knew that going to sleep was such a big chore?
8 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I may be biased in loving Early to Bed as I love most of the Disney shorts and Donald Duck. But I do find it a fine short, that will make you sympathise with insomniacs and with Donald as he tries to go to sleep and it is made as a big chore. The animation is colourful and fluid, and the music is orchestrated beautifully and brims with character. The story is not particularly innovative, but that doesn't matter at all when you are constantly entertained watching. Early to Bed really puts Donald's personality to great use, it shows him easily frustrated and his mumbled asides are hoots. The gags are a great many, and from Donald's attempts to stop the sounds from the clock and Donald looking like a snake charmer to Donald's struggles with the mattress and when the bed folds up on Donald. Clarence Nash is impeccable, making the most of Donald's asides. All in all, a very fine short. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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