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Test Pilot Donald (1951)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  8 June 1951 (USA)
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Donald files his model airplane into Chip 'n Dale's tree. Dale climbs in and proceeds to cause trouble.

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Chip and Dale, the pesky chipmunks, meet up with Donald Duck as he is flying a model airplane with a gas engine. Dale gets into the model and pilots it through a series barrel-rolls and spins, with Donald hanging onto the tail. Donald gets the controls when Dale bails out, but a line from the plane catches the spire if a tall building and Donald and the plane spiral around the skyscraper far into the night. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Duck Tale With Chipmunks
23 October 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.

TEST PILOT DONALD is appalled to see that his highly expensive toy plane has been appropriated by Chipmunk Dale.

Here is another standard Duck versus Chipmunks film; the plot is routine, but the antagonists are always enjoyable to watch. Notice the subtly animated background behind the title - a very rare effect in a Disney cartoon short. 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.


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