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Donald Duck shirks his duties while working as a gift wrapper in a department store.



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


Donald Duck shirks his duties while working as a gift wrapper in a department store.

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Release Date:

26 January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Clock Watcher  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Boss through the speaking pipe: Attention, Royal Workers, I have some good news!
Donald Duck: Wow!
[a thought appears over his head with the word BONUS and a sack filling with money]
Boss through the speaking pipe: Production has increased in every single department.
Donald Duck: Oh!
[smiles and rubs his hands together]
Boss through the speaking pipe: Except one.
Donald Duck: [the sack in his thought stops filling] Huh?
Boss through the speaking pipe: The gift wrapping department.
Donald Duck: [the sack of money in his thought empties and the thought disappears as he looks to the speaking pipe angrily] Is that so?
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Featured in A Disney Christmas Gift (1983) See more »


Royal Work Song
Music by Oliver Wallace
Lyrics by Rex Cox and Oliver Wallace
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Donald Wraps It All Up
9 October 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.

As the unappreciated gift wrapper for a large department store, Donald can hardly wait for five o'clock to roll around so he can go home.

While the animation is routine, THE CLOCK WATCHER is still an enjoyable little film, with the focus on Donald's growing frustration. His interaction with his peppy manager's speaking tube is very humorous. Clarence "Ducky" Nash supplies Donald's voice.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.

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