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A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.
Hunting for the raw materials to make Daisy a fur coat, Donald becomes the DUMB BELL OF THE YUKON when he separates a bear cub from its enraged mama.
This is a standard little Duck film, but Donald is always fun to watch. Daisy makes a very brief cameo appearance as a figment of Donald's imagination. Clarence "Ducky" Nash supplies Donald's unique 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.
Donald Duck is one of Disney's greatest creations, and this is an enormously enjoyable short with him in. He, helped by priceless facial expressions and witty asides, himself is on top form with the simple but crisply paced story playing strongly to his personality as well as making his motivations crystal clear. Clarence Nash's vocals are impeccable as per usual. The animation is vibrantly coloured and fluid, and there is some lushly orchestrated and very characterful-of the action, gags, story and characters and their expressions- music. The gags manage to be hilarious, Donald's attempts to shoot the baby bear and to keep the mother's rage at bay are fun to watch without being too cruel or creepy(so there isn't really anything to be upset over, or at me in my view). I also liked how the adorable baby bear didn't seem to understand that Donald was trying to kill him, shown clearly through his eyes and face, giving us a somewhat psychological portrait of someone innocent against someone dastardly. And as sweet as the baby bear is, at the end of the day Donald is the one we root for in a sense. In conclusion, a beautifully produced and very funny short, recommended highly. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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