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The Clock Watcher (1945)

Donald Duck shirks his duties while working as a gift wrapper in a department store.

Director:

Jack King

Writers:

Harry Reeves (story), Rex Cox (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Donald Duck is late to work, he works for Royal Bros gift wrapping. He plays with the toys and breaks many of them as he gift wraps them, he yells at his boss. His biggest challenge is getting Jack-in-the-box closed which he struggles with it and fails many times including sliding across the table through gift boxes, clamping it with the clamp tool but ends up getting a pie piece in his head, finally he is hammering stakes on the floor, only to have it break through the floor, Donald pulls it out and manages to switch his clothes with Jack-in-the-box wearing his shirt and hat while Donald wears Jacks clown costume and quits work. Written by CrosswalkX

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aku pakkaamossa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The sound effect used for the Jack-in-the-box in Donald Duck "The Clock Watcher" 1945, is also used in the 1994 Living Books PC game "Little Monster at School" when on page 17, the player can click on the school roof, the roof changes color and uses the exact same sound effect that this cartoon uses. See more »

Goofs

When Donald Duck receives the Jack-in-the-box toy and sets it down to wrap. The toys box lid strains until Donald removes the pin and opens it from the right side, but the box pin holder moves in front of Donald and the lid opens back away from Donald as Jacks head pops open. When Donald tries to close the lid. Jacks head gets caught in Donald's blue shirt as it bounces with Donald hugging it. But when Donald jumps off, his shirt is no longer caught with Jacks head. Also when Donald Duck quickly gift wraps the box and flips it around, Jacks head somehow manages to burst at the top through the box Donald is sitting, sending Donald sliding across the table through the gift boxes to the sand dumper toy. See more »

Quotes

Donald Duck: That'll hold ya!
[Donald Duck hammers the Jack-in-the-box to the ground with stake pegs. But then the head goes right through the floor. Donald looks out the window and at the lower window surprised to see Jacks Head go through the floor. He runs downstairs and pulls the head trying to get it out of the floor. The box comes out and pulls Donald in and gets trapped inside the box. The box falls on the floor and he wrestles in the box]
Donald Duck: I am stuck!
[...]
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Alternate Versions

In the 1983 "A Disney Channel Christmas Special." The Clock Watcher has been cut down to 5 minutes and 10 seconds with scenes cut out including,
  • The clock bell ringing and Donald Duck running late to work.
  • Donald Duck clocking into work with a magnet.
  • Donalds head transforming into a wolf head howling at the woman statue.
  • The Royal Brothers boss singing the Royal Loyal Work song and Donald Duck losing his temper.
  • The part where the Royal Brothers boss says "Yes sir, and we're gonna do something about it." has been cut out.
  • Donald Duck running upstairs in his clown costume excited to leave only to find out he has to finish wrapping the gifts, runs upstairs to beat up his boss and the speaker pipe falls apart, has also been cut out.
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Connections

Featured in Little Monster at School (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Royal Work Song
Music by Oliver Wallace
Lyrics by Rex Cox and Oliver Wallace
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One of my favourite childhood memories
5 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

This classic Donald Duck cartoon featured on a video I had that also had Once Upon a Wintertime and Pluto's Christmas Tree, as well as excerpts from films such as Bambi, Peter Pan and Cinderella that I watched every single Christmas. I loved it then, and at 17 I still love it now. The Clock Watcher hasn't got the best story in the world, but it is a fun one, with some good gags such as the speaker that won't shut up and the jack-in-the-box that won't stay closed. Donald is funny here, and even loses his temper once or twice. Also assisting him are some excellent animation and some very good music. The title of the cartoon may be a little misleading to those not familiar with it, but regardless this is really something. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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