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December 5, 1941 – The Donald Duck Short Film Chef Donald is Released to Theaters

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“Cooking is as simple as A, B, C, with a Mother Mallard’s recipe!”

On December 5, 1941, the Donald Duck short film Chef Donald was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack King.

Donald is listening to the radio while adding pages to his cooking scrapbook with rubber cement, accidentally adding a recipe for roast duck. He removes it before his favorite cooking show starts, and he hears the recipe for the day: waffles. Hungry, Donald quickly sets aside the rubber cement and gets ready to cook. As he goes to add the baking powder, he accidentally adds the rubber cement. When he tries to add the batter into his waffle iron, the batter refuses to leave the bowl. He then gets the bowl and mixing spoon stuck to the iron, and as he tries to unstick them, he knocks over his ironing board, and the iron presses his chef’s hat flat. Once again, he tries to mix the batter, but the strength of the batter and the amount of turns he gave it with his spoon give the spoon a propeller effect, and the bowl chases Donald around the room. The bowl catches the cord of the waffle iron and takes it for a spin before wrapping it around Donald. After the bowl finishes flying, Donald angrily attacks the batter, and gets his head stuck in the bowl. As he wriggles around, he ends up getting his tail stick in the waffle iron, cooking his tail instead. Still unaware of his mistake, Donald uses desperate measures to separate the batter from the bowl, using an axe and various other tools. The axe bounces off the batter and sends Donald flying up to the ceiling, where the hit of the axe creates a crack that travels through the entire house, and goes far enough to send the bowl flying at Donald’s head. Donald tries throwing the batter out the door, only to have the batter get caught on the doorknob and flying back in, trapping Donald in a web of batter. Angry, Donald decides to go to the radio station and let his temper get the best of him.

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