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December 11

December 11, 1982 – The CBS Special Winnie the Pooh and Friends Premieres

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“…join the wonderful, whimsical world of Winnie the Pooh for a magical hour of fun with all his friends!”

On December 11, 1982, the special Winnie the Pooh and Friends premiered on CBS in the Walt Disney programming block, a part of the Walt Disney Anthology series. This episode featured a short feature from Winnie the Pooh, along with a couple of other short films featuring Donald Duck and Chip ‘n’ Dale. The special ran for one hour.

November 5

November 5, 1948 – The Donald Duck Short Film Three for Breakfast is Released to Theaters

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“So that’s the play, is it?”

On November 5, 1948, the Donald Duck short film Three for Breakfast premiered in theaters. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Nick George.

It’s a beautiful morning in suburbia, and Chip and Dale are fast asleep with their nut storage in a house’s stovepipe. While they wake up, Donald is busy in his kitchen cooking breakfast. The steam from the pancake griddle rises through the pipe, alerting the chipmunks, who hungrily decide to get some pancakes for themselves. The pair sneak into the kitchen, and manage to create a makeshift pancake grabber with a fork and a string. An annoyed Donald quickly catches on and tricks them with a rubber pot holder instead on a real pancake. Donald then gets the idea to use rubber cement to trick and distract them, but the rubber cement pancake ends up smacking Donald in the face. The chipmunks flee into the toaster, which Donald then turns on. He catches them when they pop out, but the pair manage to escape after taking more pancakes, including the rubber cement one. Donald then attempts to tie the rubber cement around his house to pull them back and keep his breakfast; Dale uses butter to trip up Donald and send him flying all around the house.

April 7

April 7, 1954 – The Chip ‘n’ Dale Short Film The Lone Chipmunks is Released to Theaters

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“Drop that gun! You comin’ along peaceful-like?”

On April 7, 1954, the Chip ‘n’ Dale short film The Lone Chipmunks premiered in theaters. It was the third and final short in the pair’s separate series, as most of their shorts had been included under Donald Duck’s banner. It was directed by Jack Kinney, with story by Dick Kinney and Milt Schaffer.

It’s the Old West, and Black Pete is terrorizing towns and stealing money from the banks. As Chip is gathering nuts for winter, a soldier posts up a reward poster, offering $10,000 for Black Pete’s capture, dead or alive. Black Pete is riding by their tree, with the chipmunks unaware that he uses their tree to stash his stolen goods. Dale wants to claim the reward for his capture, but Chip stops him, telling he needs a plan. Their first plan to drop a large rock on him goes awry, and Black Pete becomes paranoid that someone is after him. Chip comes up with a second plan, replacing Black Pete’s tobacco with gunpowder, but that plan also goes wrong. The pair then steals Black Pete’s money, but he gets the better of them and starts firing. Chip realizes they have to get his gun, and once they do, it goes off wildly. Chip manages to hold Black Pete up, but his inexperience in this field causes problems. Dale comes up with some quick thinking, and the two manage to subdue the robber as the Calvary arrives. The captain realizes that it’s the work of the Lone Chipmunks, and the pair ride off into the sunset.

March 24

March 24, 1950 – The Donald Duck Short Film Crazy Over Daisy is Released to Theaters

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“Oh, you poor little darlings! Was Donald mean to you?”

On March 24, 1950, the Donald Duck short film Crazy Over Daisy was released to theaters. The short is similar to the Mickey Mouse short film The Nifty Nineties, being set in the early 1900s, and features cameos of Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie. The short was directed by Jack Hannah.

The short begins with Donald riding a penny-farthing to Daisy’s house, passing Goofy driving an ice truck, and Mickey and Minnie in their car. As he passes through the park, Chip, who has been relaxing in a tree, spies Donald passing by and calls for Dale. The pair spot Donald and make fun of him before following him. They mock Donald as he continues to ride the penny-farthing, and the teasing continues to go back and forth. Dale then gets an idea to tie Donald’s hands to the handlebars, and Donald goes careening through the park. When he finally frees himself, he sees that the chipmunks have released a cannonball to chase him down a hill, which Donald frantically tries to escape. The cannonball flattens Donald’s vehicle to nothing more than a rail, and Donald chases them around the park, taking them home and building a new penny-farthing – with Chip and Dale spinning within the wheels like hamsters. When Donald arrives at Daisy’s, Daisy chastises him for being so cruel to the chipmunks, and takes the pair inside, leaving Donald all alone outside.

September 2

September 2, 1949 – The Donald Duck Short Film All in a Nutshell is Released

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“Hot dog! This oughta sell like hot cakes!”

On September 2, 1949, the Donald Duck short film All in a Nutshell was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Bill Berg and Nick George.

Donald has set up a little nut butter stand shaped like a giant walnut, and is at work creating jars when he is out of nuts. He spies Chip and Dale collecting nuts in their tree, and decides to steal their nuts. Chip and Dale fall out of the tree, confused as to where their nuts have gone, but follow the trail back to the nut stand. Dale believes the stand to be the biggest but they’ve ever seen, and he and Dale decide to carry it home, not realizing they can’t lift it. After being injured by Dale’s antics, Chip finds a large rock atop a hill and decides to use it to crash into the nut to break it open. The rock manages to roll down the hill and crack the top of the stand. Donald rushes out once he hears the noise, but soon returns back to his work. Chip and Dale open the top of the stand and find the nut butter inside, and taste test a jar. Finding it to their liking, they decide to take more jars. Dale gets distracted by the jar filling machine, and takes the place of a jar to eat more butter. Chip gets Dale back on track so they can steal more jars. Unfortunately, one of the jars breaks over Donald’s head, and he chases the two out of the stand. They soon capture him and steal the rest of the jars, but he quickly pursues them. Donald crashes into their tree, and the two send him flying out across the countryside in a makeshift cannon with a log and a beehive, with the chipmunks celebrating their victory.

 

March 23

March 23, 1951 – The Donald Duck Short Film Corn Chips is Released to Theaters

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“I ougta knock your block off!”

On March 25, 1951, the Donald Duck short film Corn Chips was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Bill Berg and Nick George.

Donald is shoveling his sidewalk after a heavy snowfall, but finds that Chip and Dale are brushing their own tree sidewalk, leaving snow all over his freshly shoveled walk. Donald manages to trick the two into finishing his work, and laughs when they finally realize that they’ve been tricked. Angered, the two run to his door and watch through the key holes to see Donald making some popcorn. The pair manage to sneak into the house and knock over the box of popcorn kernels, but realize that they aren’t edible. Chip kicks some kernels into the fire, and the two are surprised when they start to pop. Donald pours the kernels into a popper, not realizing that the chipmunks have fallen in as well. Donald pops the corn over a fire, and pours the popcorn, and chipmunks into a bowl, but the chipmunks abscond with the entire bowl. Donald chases them outside and manages to steal the bowl back by hiding all the popcorn under his hat, but the pair gets it back, and Donald chases them all around his house. In the end, Donald tries to smoke them out of the tree, but the two pop the rest of the box of popcorn, leaving Donald’s clean sidewalk covered in a sea of popcorn that Donald has to shovel again.

January 19

January 19, 1951 – The Chip ‘n’ Dale Short Film Chicken in the Rough is Released to Theaters

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“Hey, hurry up and come with me – I found something terrific!”

On January 19, 1951, the Chip ‘n’ Dale short film Chicken in the Rough was released to theaters. This was the first short in the short-lived series featuring just the classic duo. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Nick George and Bill Berg.

The short begins on an early morning at a farm, where Chip and Dale quickly are busy collecting acorns. A rooster looks inside the hen house, waking up the sleeping chickens before tending to his hen, whose eggs still aren’t hatching. Poor papa rooster walks around nervously, before being accidentally pelted with acorns when Dale trips in the tree. Chip and Dale hurry to the ground to retrieve their acorns, when Dale ends up inside the hen house. Spotting the eggs, he thinks that walnuts are hidden inside, and goes to fetch Dale. Chip tells him that they’re nothing but eggs and hurries back to his acorns, leaving Dale to pout as he sits on top of an egg. As soon as Dale perches on the egg, the egg hatches, and the chick inside takes to Dale, with Dale taking the chick as his own. Chip has Dale take the chick back, but the chick won’t leave Dale. Dale hides inside the pieces of the egg shell, hoping the chick will imitate him, but the chick sneaks away just as the hen returns and nests. Finding it too hot inside the egg, Dale tries to make his way out, with the hen thinking one of her eggs is hatching. She calls out for the rooster and sprints outside, giving Dale only a few moments to hide back inside the egg. Dale manages to sneak outside in the egg shell, but the ruse is soon up, and Dale has to pretend to be a chick. The rooster tries to force Dale to eat a worm, and both Dale and the worm hide together. Dale convinces the worm to pretend it’s being eaten, but the rooster is too smart for the pair. As the hen rescues Dale from the rooster, Dale realizes that he’s completely trapped, and Chip laughs at him from a tall perch.

November 2

November 2, 1951 – The Donald Duck Short Film Out of Scale is Released to Theaters

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“This tree is out of scale!”

On November 2, 1951, the Donald Duck short film Out of Scale was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Bill Berg and Nick George.

A train is speeding around the tracks, rattling the road, when Donald pulls on the breaks as it arrives to Canyonville…and reveals to the audience that it is just a backyard model train. Donald cools down the engine before setting off again, creating a little farm in one corner of his yard. He comes across a tree in his yard, and decides that, as it does not fit the scale of his backyard railroad, he will need to get rid of it. He is unaware, however, that it is the home of Chip and Dale. Donald notices the pair in his yard and chases them away, but they spot Donald driving away with their tree, and force his train to stop. They try to take their tree back, but Donald attacks them with oil, chasing then through his model town. They end up in a model house, which they take to quickly. Donald decides that, since they are the perfect scale, they can stay in the house.

Chip and Dale settle into their new home in Donald's model town

Chip and Dale settle into their new home in Donald’s model town

Chip and Dale enjoy their new home, and Donald seems content to let them stay, but his devilish nature take hold, and he decides to have fun with them, pretending it’s hazardous weather outside. Chip sends Dale out to close the gate, making him bundle up for the snow, but when he gets outside, Donald is shining a heat lamp over the house, and Dale angrily takes off the extra layers to head back inside. He sees the snow outside and heads out again in layers, although he roasts again when Donald pulls out the heat lamp. Chip follows Dale out and sees Donald’s prank, and pulls out the plug from the lamp. They decide to take off with Donald’s train while he’s distracted, sending their tree flying off the track. The tree lands on the track, and the chipmunks punch a hole straight through the base of the trunk. Donald finally catches up with them, but the chipmunks have a plan to keep Donald from getting angry and keeping their tree: placing a sign on the tree, calling it a Giant Redwood, and keeping the tunnel at the base. Peace is restored in Donald’s yard.

April 28

April 28, 1950 – The Donald Duck Short Film Trailer Horn is Released to Theaters

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“Ah ha! Wake me up, will ya?”

On April 28, 1950, the Donald Duck short film Trailer Horn was released to theaters. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Roy Williams.

Dawn is rising over the forest, and Chip and Dale are sound asleep in their tree, until the sunshine wakes up Chip. Chip runs around outside, skipping at leaping about, when he sees some strange footprints outside. He calls out for Dale, who doesn’t believe that Chip has found some large footprints. They follow the prints to a trailer, and see Donald sound asleep in his bed. Chip then hears a strange noise, and sees Dale jumping up on the car’s horn like it’s a trampoline. The honking wakes Donald, and he grabs Dale. Chip saves Dale by biting Donald’s foot, and an angry Donald goes back into his trailer. The chipmunks laugh at the incident, and soon see Donald leaving the trailer in a bathing suit.

Donald corners the chipmunks after they start toying with him and the diving board

Donald corners the chipmunks after they start toying with him and the diving board

Donald sets up a diving board, and attempts to dive into the nearby lake, when the chipmunks push the diving board forward. Donald lands face-first onto the board, and looks around, confused. He attempts to jump again, when the chipmunks push the board around so that Donald will dive right into his trailer than the lake. After wrecking his trailer, Donald steps out to see the chipmunks laughing, and catches them. He shoves them into his car’s horn and honks it a few times, then throws them into a pie and throws the pie at a tree. Donald laughs and returns to his trailer. Chip, wanting revenge, decides to throw a pine cone into Donald’s cup of coffee, then uses more pine cones to destroy Donald’s breakfast. Donald then uses his car to try and knock them out of the pine tree. He corners them with driving the car onto the tree, but when the chipmunks step off, the tree gives Donald and his car the slingshot effect, sending them flying into a nearby ledge. Donald walks away in a daze, thinking he’s still driving.

April 2

April 2, 1943 – The Pluto Short Film Private Pluto is Released to Theaters

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“Private Pluto, there are saboteurs in the vicinity! Guard that pillbox with your life!”

On April 2, 1943, the Pluto short film Private Pluto was released to theaters. This short marks the first appearance of chipmunk duo Chip and Dale, although they are not yet named (their official names were announced with the release of the 1947 short film Chip an’ Dale). The short was directed by Clyde Geronimi.

It’s morning at the Army camp, and Pluto marches with the other soldiers. He is then given orders to guard a pillbox from sabotage. Pluto takes his job seriously, and turns around to see a cannon being used to smash apart a nut, with a chipmunk stepping from the cannon and picking up the pieces. As Pluto goes to investigate, another acorn is sent flying from the cannon to the ground, and as he goes to sniff it, the cannon whacks him on the head. The chipmunk looks at him, unafraid, and takes the acorn from a dazed Pluto’s mouth. They then tease the dog, using his helmet to place several acorns, and once again smashes his head (and acorns) with the cannon. Pluto is finally able to see who his nemeses are, and manages to take their acorns before they can use the cannon again. He continues to steal their acorns, but they quickly catch on to his plan and seek revenge. They trap Pluto by his backside in the mouth of the cannon, and fire him high into the air. The chipmunk pair watch Pluto fall, and put one more plan into action: they place acorns in the area occupied by Pluto’s shadow. When Pluto lands on the ground, he smashes all the acorns the chipmunks placed. They remove Pluto by biting his tail, and collect all the acorns, escaping before Pluto can catch them. The short ends with Pluto whining and banging on the pillbox door.