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December 14, 1951 – The Donald Duck Short Film Bee on Guard is Released to Theaters

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“How are you, buzz buzz?”

On December 14, 1951, the Donald Duck short film Bee on Guard was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Nick George and Bill Berg.

A tall tree trunk has been turned into a castle hive for bees, and they set out to gather what they need to produce honey, leaving one bee behind to guard the castle. The bees set to work in Donald’s nearby garden, and he becomes excited about the prospect of honey. He follows them back to the hive and attempts to take the honey, but is thwarted by the lone guard. He heads home to create a giant bee costume, then attempts to trick the guard into believing he’s a part of the hive after the bees depart again. While the guard is occupied, he steals the honey from the hive and “flies” away. The rest of the bees return, and find the honey missing and the guard asleep. The guard is booted from the hive, and finds a trail of honey leading to Donald’s house. Discovering the ruse, the guard attacks Donald, and the other bees watch as the two duel. The other bees cheer when the guard wins the fight, and he is honored within the hive.

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