Donald listens to a radio program that tells him how to make a fully-working airplane completely out of plastic.

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Donald is listening to a radio program that tells how to build an airplane from plastic, in a process much like baking a cake, cookies, and making toast. He takes it out for a test flight, still guided by the radio, and it works wonderfully. Until the radio interviewer asks if there's any problems: yes, it melts when it gets wet. Of course, Donald instantly flies into a rain cloud, and has to battle his plane as it disintegrates. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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How to build an airplane out of plastic
10 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The basic concept, with the radio giving instructions on how to do something, is not exactly new from Disney, but when the short in question takes this concept in a fresh and imaginative way this doesn't matter in the slightest. That is exactly the case with The Plastics Inventor. The animation as ever is beautifully done, the colours are luscious and very 1940s Disney(which is a great thing, as some of their best work came from this era) and the backgrounds are attentive to detail and does so with fluidity. The music is similarly wonderful, it is orchestrated in a way that gels perfectly with the action and it has a lot of character also. The story is simple, but charming and a lot of fun. In terms of the gags and humour, it is all very clever and inventive. It starts off very funny and gets even better once the plane is in the air. The lengths Donald goes through to keep things going without putting himself in mortal jeopardy makes for great comedy. The story works perfectly for Donald, and he is very funny as well as easily identifiable. All in all, enormously entertaining and imaginative, one of Donald's best and funniest of the early 40s. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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