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Donald Duck writes to his diary about how he met and fell in love with Daisy Duck.He gets to meet Daisy's family, including her brothers who look a lot like Huey, Dewey and Louie.He has a nightmare about their marriage before he pops the question and he decides to run off when he wakes up.Jack Kinney's Donald's Diary (1954) is 7 minutes of pure fun.It's awfully hilarious when the newly wed Donald carries Daisy all those stairs to get her in the house.Clarence Nash is the voice of Donald Duck but Ronald Colman speaks with his sophisticated voice the words written in the diary.June Foray does the voice nagging Donald about chores.Watch this cartoon and have fun with Donald and Daisy.
A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.
DONALD'S DIARY chronicles his meeting with Daisy...and his descent into the horrors of matrimony.
Daisy gives a terrific performance in what would prove to be her final significant role in a Disney cartoon. Huey, Dewey & Louie play her little brothers this time around, not Donald's nephews. Careful watching of the film shows that Donald & Daisy finally met in the Japanese Tea Garden of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Clarence Nash provides the voice for the male Ducks, but the entries to the Diary are read with a Ronald Colman-style sophistication, a nice touch.
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.
Elegant, funny and really nice to watch, Donald's Diary was thoroughly enjoyable. Gloria Blondell is terrific as Daisy, the girl of Donald's dreams, and Clarence Nash once again provides the voices of Donald and the three nephews Huey, Duey and Louie and as always does impeccably. Leslie Denison, in a very Ronald Colman-like style, gives a very sophisticated account of himself as the narrator. Along with beautiful animation, wonderful music and a very nice concept, it is just a nice cartoon to watch. There are also some funny moments, Donald carrying Daisy up all those stairs was hilarious, though I did feel sorry for Donald, he goes through such a lot here. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this. 10/10 Bethany Cox
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Time for a little change of pace. Donald's inner monologue narrates
this cartoon as we learn that the thoughts in his head sound very
different than when they come out of his mouth. So as Donald writes in
his diary, the day in question had begun as normal: walking down the
streets of San Francisco, not having a care in the world. That's when
he's spotted the young, lonely and vivacious Daisy, who in this cartoon
is pink for some reason and has hair, but no matter, she becomes
smitten and instantly changes into a dress and sprays on a dangerous
mixture of perfume then runs outside to try and get Donald's attention.
She does everything from pretending to faint to pretending to drown.
Donald never noticed. However, catching him in a bear trap does the
trick. Thwey begin dating, going to the drive-in in the rain, chipping
their names on a tree, which also holds the names of Daisy's previous
boyfriends. Finally, Donald is invited to meet her family, consisting
of her wacky father who resembles Ludwig Von Drake, her senile mother
who resembles Whistler's, and three bratty little brothers resembling
Huey, Dewey and Louie. This is when Donald decided his days as a
carefree bachelor were over, as he was going to pop the question. Don't
do it, Donald!
He buys a ring and waits patiently for Daisy as she takes forever to get herself ready. Eventally Donald falls asleep and dreams of his wedding day, and from there, it all goes down hill. First, Daisy's brothers sneak into the car and Donald has to kick them out, then Daisy questions the stone in her wedding ring, and Mumsy apparently moves into their dream cottage with them. What follows is all the reason one needs to get to know their partner BEFORE they get married, rather than after. Donald learns some unsettling things about Daisy, that she looks like hell first thing in the morning, she can't cook to save her life, she picks her husband's pockets the moment he walks through the door, and even invites the whole family to dinner without telling him, resulting in everybody but Donald getting to eat. It doesn't stop there, however. Daisy becomes an overbearing shrew who makes Donald do all the housework. He goes out of his mind! Thankfully Donald wakes up from his nightmare and runs the hell away from Daisy, and joins the French Foreign Legion, which was a safer alternative.
Classic satire about married life. It's funny how that can change a person so much. Though the premise of this cartoon was nothing new, it was still fun to put Donald Duck through it and even hear the thoughts in his head are completely different than when they come out his mouth. I guess if Donald narrated this cartoon in his usual voice, well, nobody could understand him, I guess. I believe Popeye had a similar spin on this premise, where he and Olive Oyl are about to be married, when she falls asleep and dreams they have obnoxious, bratty children and her life is miserable. She wakes up and beats up Popeye for no reason. Bride and Gloom, I believe it's called. But anyway, if you like Donald, you like cartoons that feature people getting married and a once happy couple turns into a dysfunctional duo, then I recommend Donald's Diary. A classic from Disney's golden age... or would this be the silver age? I get them mixed up.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I first watched this Donald Duck cartoon when I was a little kid, and
remember it for being serene, pensive and having a hopelessly romantic
feel to it. ***spoiler*** Here, Donald dates Daisy and, after a long
while of courtship, he proposes to her. Before the wedding date, Donald
dreams of the post-wedding blues, with Daisy's family moving with them
and then Daisy herself becoming demanding toward Donald. As a result,
after Donald awakens, the prospects of marriage frightens him away and
he joins the French Foreign Legion (as a kid, I was wondered what the
final scene was all about, with Donald doing some called of guard
mounting on top of a tower)***spoiler ends***.
It's a fun cartoon with brilliant and detailed animation filled with classic style drawings, with a suave a charming voiced narrator and romantic and atmospheric settings. Great chemistry between Donald and Daisy and a funny cameo by Huey, Duey and Louie, who this time play Daisy's little brothers. It's not one of the more usual Donald Duck cartoons where you would normally see Donald running in wild misadventures, but it's a funny one to enjoy.
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