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Donald's Dream Voice (1948)

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Donald is trying to sell brushes door-to-door, but since nobody can understand him, nobody will buy anything. He happens across a street vendor selling voice pills. They work great, but ... See full summary »



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Uncredited cast:
Daisy Duck (voice) (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ...
Donald Duck (suave voice) / Cow (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)


Donald is trying to sell brushes door-to-door, but since nobody can understand him, nobody will buy anything. He happens across a street vendor selling voice pills. They work great, but he's only got a limited number so of course, the last pill ends up in various inconvenient places. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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21 May 1948 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[Donald ingests a voice pill and then tests it out on a mirror reflection]
Donald Duck: Well, why don't you...
[his voice deepens and is not just more understandable, but more suave]
Donald Duck's suave voice: ...say something?
[Donald jumps back in shock, then smiles]
Donald Duck's suave voice: One, two, three, four, testing. I can talk. I can talk! I can TALK! Oh, boy, I can talk! Hooray, hooray!
[He races down the street]
Donald Duck's suave voice: Daisy, Daisy! I can talk!
[He stops suddenly]
Donald Duck's suave voice: No, wait, I'll surprise her. I've got to sell all my brushes then, be a success and I'll ask ...
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A Mighty Big Change For Mr. Duck
18 June 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.

DONALD'S DREAM VOICE - and all of its benefits - comes from a precious box of little red pills.

There are a lot of laughs in this little film, especially as Donald frantically tries to retrieve the last of his pills. The Duck's splendid new voice is an obvious spoof of velvety-toned English actor Ronald Colman. The story was written by Roy Williams, later to be an important adult member of television's MICKEY MOUSE CLUB in the 1950's. Clarence Nash provides Donald with his ordinary voice.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & 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 comic 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 childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.

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