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Donald is digging in his gold mine, mostly generic looking dark rocks, and being clumsy, to the great amusement of his burro, when he accidentally fills his cart with a load of pure gold. The burro takes off and dumps the cart, Donald and all, into a scary looking crusher. Donald barely makes it through the machinery. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Donald in understated mode
27 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While Donald's Gold Mine is not one of my favourites, it is one short that I like quite a bit. It does however not see Donald at his best, he is always fun to watch but, while I can understand why they did it this way(an attempt somewhat to do something different) the way he reacts to what is happening to him in the latter part of the short and towards his donkey counterpoint is I feel too understated for Donald. Whereas his trademark was his temperament and how he reacted so much to even the smallest thing, while he was clearly annoyed this is not him all hopping mad as he usually is. While the contortions in the scene that Donald did were interestingly funny, the pick segment just didn't have the impact it could have done because of his understated personality. However the gags and action are very funny, especially in the very adventurous latter part of the short. The animation is wonderful, full of detail and vibrant colouring, and the music is beautifully orchestrated and energetic. The donkey is an amusing enough counterpoint to Donald in a role that is like what an audience would be like, and Clarence Nash's vocals and delivery of his asides are spot on. Overall, Donald's Gold Mine is a good short but Donald is not at his best. A friend who saw it with me who's also a Disney fan reckoned that Goofy would have been a better character in this particular situation, and as much as I love Donald I'm afraid I have to agree. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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