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Down and Out with Donald Duck (1987)

This "duckumentary," done in the style of "60 Minutes," traces the life of Donald Duck. As Donald's fame grows, so does his ego. While hosting a variety show one night, Donald snaps and ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Stan Freberg ... Narrator (voice)
Tony Anselmo ... Donald Duck / Daisy Duck / Huey / Dewey / Louie (voice)
Albert Ash Albert Ash ... Ludwig Von Drake (voice)
Les Perkins ... Mickey Mouse (voice)
Will Ryan ... Pete / Goofy (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walt Disney ... Mickey Mouse (voice) (archive footage)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (archive footage)


This "duckumentary," done in the style of "60 Minutes," traces the life of Donald Duck. As Donald's fame grows, so does his ego. While hosting a variety show one night, Donald snaps and fires a gun at the audience for misbehaving. This leads to a series of problems that eventually cause Donald to seek psychiatric help from Ludwig Von Drake, who uses an insult machine as part of Donald's therapy. Then, after a long night of bizarre dreams, Donald learns the error of his ways and vows to reform. Written by Anonymous

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25 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le disavventure di Paperino See more »

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Did You Know?


Ludwig Von Drake: I was determined to penetrate his mental blockhead.
Ludwig Von Drake: I mean block. No, come to think of it, I mean blockhead.
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Alternate Versions

In the German-language version, all songs have been replaced by generic yet similar-themed background music. See more »


Edited from Sleepy Time Donald (1947) See more »


You're No Good
Written by Clint Ballard Jr.
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
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Really interesting "duckumentary" done in the style of "60 minutes"
15 May 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I admit before two days ago I knew nothing about Down and Out with Donald Duck, until I saw it by chance on YouTube. And I found it very interesting, done as a "duckumentary" done in the style of "60 minutes" it is an affectionate tribute to everyone's favourite cantankerous quack. The animation is very good, lively, bright and colourful, and the music is excellent. And so is the witty script, and the inspired plot, where as Donald rises to fame so does his ego, and after having bizarre dreams after having therapy(involving Professor Von Drake and his insult machine) he vows to reform. Stan Freberg does a stellar job as the narrator, and Tony Anselmo is fine as Donald, with Clarence Nash even better in the archive footage. I for one found Mickey's voice here distracting, but everyone else is fine. What made Down and Out with Donald Duck though was the archive footage. What a delight to see Magician Mickey, Moving Day, Donald's Nephews and Donald in Mathmagic Land all but to name a few. Overall, if you love Donald, this is likely to be a real treat. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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