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A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.
Donald's latest business enterprise - a roadside shop to make & sell his homemade walnut butter - attracts the hungry attentions of Chip 'n' Dale.
ALL IN A NUTSHELL is a humorous little film, but no different from the many others that pit the temperamental Duck against the feisty chipmunks. Clarence Nash provides Donald with his unique voice; Chip 'n' Dale are largely unintelligible.
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 will always pay off.
I think that this story with Donald is as entertaining as any other with Donald in the cast. I love Chip and Dale! How lovely those animated productions really were! I only wish I had the chance to collect them.
I love Disney, and I also love the Donald Duck/Chip 'n' Dale cartoons. No matter how routine in the story they are, they never fail to charm and amuse me. All in a Nutshell is not only one of their best, but also one of their funniest. I especially love the part where Donald was shot out of the log cannon doing Goofy's famous yell. Is the story routine? Yes in a sense it is, but this doesn't matter, when All in a Nutshell is so well paced and funny. The animation is typically wonderful, all three characters are beautifully drawn, and there is so much detail in the backgrounds. The music is enough to lift even the heaviest hearts, from the jaunty motifs of the background music to the spirited opening credits song that you can find on other cartoons of theirs and on those with Donald on his own. Donald is a great foil to them, witty and cantankerous, and the chipmunks are cute in appearance but man can they be quite antagonistic. I have to say though, they sure like their nuts don't they? Overall, one of the best Donald Duck/Chip 'n' Dale cartoons, shows you are never too old to love Disney. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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