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The Vanishing Private (1942)

Private Donald Duck gets into trouble when he performs his camouflage painting duty too well with experimental paint that makes anything painted invisible.

Director:

Jack King

Writer:

Carl Barks
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Billy Bletcher ... Sgt. Pete (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Private Duck is a camouflage painter. He paints a giant cannon with some very gaudy colors, until Sergeant Pete explains that the point is to make it so the cannon can't be seen. Donald finds a bucket of experimental invisible paint and makes the cannon disappear. Pete isn't happy with this, and knocks Donald into the paint, then chases him, until he runs into the general. As Pete tries to explain, Donald prods him with a cactus, then goes off to steal some pies. Eventually, Pete goes berserk and starts throwing grenades willy-nilly and gets in more trouble with the general. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donald se camoufle See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening titles, Donald's sailor hat is replaced with a army hat for the war shorts. See more »

Goofs

The gun Donald is painting is at least 30 feet long at the beginning, but after it is painted invisible it appears to have shrunk considerably, as Pete only walks a few steps from the base to look into its mouth and blow Donald out the other end. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Pete: [Pete notices the cannon supposedly missing, when Donald simply painted it invisible] Sgt. Pete:
[shocked]
Sgt. Pete: The cannon! It's gone! A fifth columnist! He stole our cannon!
Donald Duck: [bumped into the cannon, with Donald inside] Hey? What's going on?
Donald Duck: [peaked out] Oh, hello, surg. I'm come out for a second.
[disappeared again]
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Connections

Featured in An Officer and a Duck (1985) See more »

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Donald in The Army
1 June 2008 | by ja_kitty_71See all my reviews

Like I said, Donald Duck has been one of my favorite characters from Disney. This short is my favorite W.W. II Propaganda cartoon along with "Home Defense" that also features Donald but with his nephews Huey, Dewy and Louie; also "Private Pluto" from 1943 starring well...Pluto the Pup of course.

I love it when Donald (I mean Private Duck) is invisible and he gets cover in flowers. But the flower petals show off his profile, also well as his eyes. And when Sgt. Pete sees him he scrapes them off and disappears. I also love it when the invisible Donald is skipping rope while singing "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush." So overall, I really love this cartoon.


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