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The Wise Little Hen (1934)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 7 June 1934 (USA)
Donald and his friend Peter Pig try to avoid work by faking stomach aches until Mrs. Hen teaches them the value of labor.

Director:

Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
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Uncredited cast:
Florence Gill Florence Gill ... Wise Little Hen (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck / Peter Pig (voice) (uncredited)
Purv Pullen Purv Pullen ... Baby Chicks (uncredited)
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Storyline

The hen is looking for someone to help her plant her corn. Peter Pig and Donald Duck both feign belly aches to get out of the chore. So, with help from her chicks, she plants it herself. Harvest time comes; again, Peter and Donald claim belly aches. She cooks up a variety of corn dishes, and heads over to Peter and Donald, but before she can open her mouth, they already have their belly aches. Once she asks, they are miraculously "cured" but all she gives them is castor oil, for their belly aches. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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THE LITTLE WISE HEN with Clara Cluck, Donald Duck and PETER PIG, who is no relation to The Three Little Pigs but comes from the Back Bay Pigs! (original print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - Sept. 21, 1934)


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Trivia

The title/plot is based on the Russian folk tale of "The Little Red Hen". The best known version in the United States is that popularized by Little Golden Books, a series of children's books published for the mass market since the 1940s. See more »

Quotes

Donald Duck: Who me? Oh, no! I've got a belly ache!
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Connections

Referenced in Source Sort: Super Smash Bros. Retrospective (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Help Me Plant My Corn
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Larry Morey
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Wise viewing.
25 January 1999 | by SquonkSee all my reviews

While watching The Wise Little Hen, I had to keep reminding myself that this short was made in 1934. The animation has held up well over the years and is as good as anything you'll see. The colors paint a bright picture and the attention to detail is amazing. This film is also an important milestone as it marks the first appearance of Donald Duck, it remains one of his best films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Galinha Esperta See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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