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Nick George (story) &
Milt Schaffer (story)
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1 August 1953 (USA) See more »
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As the new neighbor on the block, Donald Duck tries to be courteous to the inconsiderate slob living next door; but eventually a feud erupts, and the television news covers it like a sporting event. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in alphabetical order)
Billy Bletcher ... Pete (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Hannah 
 
Writing credits
Nick George (story) &
Milt Schaffer (story)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edward H. Plumb  (as Edward Plumb)
 
Visual Effects by
Dan MacManus .... effects animator
 
Animation Department
Edwin Aardal .... animator (as Ed Aardal)
Al Coe .... animator
Yale Gracey .... layout artist
Volus Jones .... animator
George Kreisl .... animator
Thelma Witmer .... background artist
 
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7 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Narrator:It has been man's constant labor to live in peace with his next door neighbor. And on the newcomer falls the chore of getting along with the man next door.
Donald Duck:[excited] Okay!
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One of dozens and dozens of unregarded classics produced by Disney, 19 March 2002
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

Jack Hannah must be THE most underrated cartoon director of all time; in my estimation he is second only to Chuck Jones. In quality of output, that is. He MAY not have been as inherently talented as Tex Avery or even Friz Freleng (I must grit my teeth as I say this), but he had one inestimable advantage over them and all his other more highly regarded contemporaries: he worked for Disney, and so was allowed to direct the most rounded, passionate, comically inspired cartoon character of all time: Donald Duck.

Donald is not just, as popular belief would have it, someone who gets mad. He's someone with ungoverned, ungovernable passions, of which anger is just one: hunger, weariness, envy, spite, lust and love are some of the others. The humour comes (in part) from the fact that all along he thinks he's in control. And in fact, the resulting cartoons ARE more controlled. Donald does not break the laws of physics as often or as outrageously as Bugs Bunny does - he cannot pull a stick of dynamite out of nowhere just because it suits the plot - but when he DOES do the impossible, one feels the sheer force of his personality pushing him. It's like watching (and listening to) a jet as it crosses the sound barrier.

This cartoon proves my points as well as any other. It's one of Donald's and Hannah's very best. The 1950s could easily have been their finest decade together, if the economics of production hadn't cut Hannah's Disney career short in 1956. Very likely it WAS their finest decade even so. Even if "The New Neighbor" were the routine Donald outing you'd expect from reading a synopsis of the plot, which it isn't, the strength of Donald's character would be enough to make it funnier and more vibrant than the ritualised gaggery Warner Brothers was churning out at the time. -Except, that is, for the cartoons of Chuck Jones - another director who understood the value of building his humour on a strong foundation of character.

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