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The Vanishing Private (1942)

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Private Donald Duck gets into trouble when he performs his camouflage painting duty too well with experimental paint that makes anything painted invisible.



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Uncredited cast:
Sgt. Pete (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)


Private Duck is a camouflage painter. He paints a giant cannon with some very gaudy colors, until Sergeant Pete explains that the point is to make it so the cannon can't be seen. Donald finds a bucket of experimental invisible paint and makes the cannon disappear. Pete isn't happy with this, and knocks Donald into the paint, then chases him, until he runs into the general. As Pete tries to explain, Donald prods him with a cactus, then goes off to steal some pies. Eventually, Pete goes berserk and starts throwing grenades willy-nilly and gets in more trouble with the general. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Release Date:

25 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Donald se camoufle  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Donald sings (among other popular army ditties) "The Army's Not the Army Any More" from his first war picture "Donald Gets Drafted (1942). See more »


The gun Donald is painting is at least 30 feet long at the beginning, but after it is painted invisible it appears to have shrunk considerably, as Pete only walks a few steps from the base to look into its mouth and blow Donald out the other end. See more »


Donald Duck: [Reading sign] "Experimental Laboratory, Camouflage Corps. Keep out"
[Goes in]
Donald Duck: It didn't say "positively."
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Donald in The Army
1 June 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Like I said, Donald Duck has been one of my favorite characters from Disney and this short is my favorite WW II Propaganda cartoon; along with "Home Defense" (starring Donald again but with his nephews Huey,Dewy and Louie),and also "Private Pluto" from 1943 with...umm...Pluto the Pup.

I love it when Donald (I mean Private Duck) is invisible, and he gets cover in flowers (showing off his profile) but when Sgt.Pete saw him he scrapes them off and disappears; and also I love it when Donald the invisible Duck is skipping rope while singing "Here we go 'round the Mulberry Bush."

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