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21 June 1961 (USA) See more »
A father tells his son the invention of the wheel was most important; to prove it, the two hipsters visit the inventor caveman Donald Duck... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Bill Cole ... (voice) (as The Mellomen)
Bill Lee ... (voice) (as The Mellomen)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... Spirit of Progress, Senior (voice) (as The Mellomen)
Max Smith ... Spirit of Progress, Junior (voice) (as The Mellomen)
Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hamilton Luske  (as Hamilton S. Luske)
Writing credits
Bill Berg (story)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Buddy Baker 
Art Department
McLaren Stewart .... art stylist
Special Effects by
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Joshua Meador .... effects animator
Animation Department
Les Clark .... animator
Don Griffith .... layout artist
Hal King .... animator
Fred Kopietz .... animator
Art Riley .... color stylist
Music Department
The Mellomen .... musician

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17 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Originally released on a bill with The Parent Trap (1961).See more »
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An educational short tour-De-force, 11 September 2012
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Ties with The Litterbug as the absolute best of the Donald Duck educational shorts. The animation is really impressive, from the vibrantly coloured backgrounds to some of the best character animation of Donald I've seen. The music is wonderfully jazzy and catchy, the orchestration has so much bite and pizazz to it and the singing is just brilliant. In particular from Thurl Ravenscroft, whose power on the basso notes of his singing is enough to make your jaw drop. The writing has a very witty rhyming structure, and the story is always interesting and educational, always moves and never stops doing so. It also makes its point about the wheel but not in an overly-didactic way. Donald is a great character to react to the educational aspect of Donald and the Wheel, and the short manages to play to his strengths as well. The voice work is impeccable. Overall, a tour-De-force of education in an animated short. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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