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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:

The Vanishing Private  »

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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 »


[last lines]
Sgt. Pete: [Pete is in a cell, trapped in a straitjacket] I ain't crazy. You know I ain't crazy! Go tell the general that I ain't crazy.
Donald Duck: Do you think *I'm* crazy?
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Donald as The Vanishing Private
10 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Vanishing Private is yet another example of why I love Disney and Donald Duck so much. It is not one of my favourite Donald cartoons, but it is still great, with beautiful animation and catchy, jaunty music promising to draw you right in and doing so. The story is slightly routine, but fast-paced and interesting, and the physical humour and gags are funny and imaginative. Donald is likable and well drawn and Pete is a great contrast, managing to even have more of a temper than Donald. The voice acting is spot on, both from Clarence Nash and Billy Bletcher. All in all, fun, entertaining, slightly routine and technically impressive. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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