December 24, 1948 – The Donald Duck Short Film Tea for Two Hundred is Released to Theaters
“Come out of there, you rats! I’ll get ya!”
On December 24, 1948, the Donald Duck short film Tea for Two Hundred was released to theaters. It was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to the Tom & Jerry short film The Little Orphan. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Nick George and Bill Berg.
On a beautiful day in the mountains, Donald sets up his picnic at his campsite, when the attention turns to the line of ants marching past his picnic blanket. He starts having a bit of fun with one of the ants, with the poor ant struggling to carry all the weight Donald places on its back. The poor ant finally falls, but realizes that Donald is in the possession of some wonderful food. He tells the other ants, and they all set forth to claim the food Donald has laid out. As Donald is taking a nap, the ants stage their attack, working as a team to carry Donald over a cliff while they claim his picnic basket as their own. Donald chases after the ants, trying to reclaim his food, although he struggles as they smartly make their way past him and into their anthill. When he reaches into the anthill, the ants steal his shirt, leaving him embarrassed. As a last resort, he sticks several sticks of dynamite in their anthill, not realizing until it’s too late that he has blown himself off the cliff. The short ends with the ants enjoying one of the cupcakes Donald packed.