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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.

September 2

September 2, 1955 – The Donald Duck Short Film Beezy Bear is Released to Theaters

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“You think it was a bear. Oh no, it couldn’t have been one of my boys.”

On September 2, 1955, the Donald Duck short film Beezy Bear premiered in theaters. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Dave Detiege and Al Bertino. It is one of the few Donald Duck short films filmed in Cinemascope.

It’s another day at Donald’s honey farm, and Humphrey the Bear is once again tring to steal Donald’s honey. Donald storms over to Ranger Audubon’s station to complain. Audubon doesn’t believe that it could be one of his bears, but Donald is adamant. Audubon and Donald reach an impasse where they agree not to cross into each other’s properties, with Humphrey going crazy over the honey he can’t eat. He manages to sneak into Donald’s farm again and traps the bees before making off with one of the cartons of honey, but the bees manage to chase him back into the national park. He continues to make his way back, trapping the bees in various (but inevitably failing) ways. Audubon still doesn’t suspect Humphrey, though he comes close to finding the truth several times. Donald manages to come across the bear at one point, taking his honey back. When he attempts to trick Humphrey, the trick backfires, and he, Humphrey, and Audubon end up in the lake.

September 1

September 1, 1950 – The Donald Duck Short Film Hook, Lion, and Sinker is Released to Theaters

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“Now, watch your old man!”

On September 1, 1950, the Donald Duck short film Hook, Lion, and Sinker premiered in theaters. It was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Bill Berg and Nick George.

A mountain lion is fishing using his tail as the pole, but hasn’t caught a thing. His cub sneaks up behind him and starts playing with the lure, much to the father lion’s anger. The father carries the cub back to their cave, where the cub is given a spanking, before the lion returns to his task. Meanwhile, at the nearby cabin, Donald returns, having caught many fish. The cub sees the catch and, after Donald drops a fish on the dock, runs over to claim it. He takes it back to his father, who is proudly showing off a tiny fish he caught, and is surprised that his son caught something bigger. The two then work together to grab the fish that Donald caught. Unfortunately, Donald has had many run-ins with mountain lions stealing his fish, as evidenced by the heads mounted on his wall. As Donald preps the fish, he sees the paw of the mountain lion near his oven, and tricks the lion into grabbing a hot piece of coal. Angered, the lion tries to leap inside, only to come nose to muzzle with a shotgun. Donald sends the two packing, and the cub has to pull bits of pellets out of his father’s backside. Nevertheless, they continue their plan, this time with the cub working to steal the fish. Donald catches the cub and throws him outside after giving him a spanking. The lion then tries fishing out the chimney, almost getting away with it until Donald has him fish out the shotgun. Again and again the lion and cub try, only to come face to face with Donald and his shotgun. In the end, all the lion is left with are the pellets that his cub has to pull out of his backside.

August 13

August 13, 1954 – The Donald Duck Short Film Grin and Bear It Premieres in Theaters

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“Oh my goodness, what did I do? Uh oh, I gotta get out of here!”

On August 13, 1954, the Donald Duck short film Grin and Bear It was released to theaters. It features the first appearance of Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore and the second appearance of Humphrey the Bear (who premiered in the Goofy short film Hold That Pose). The short was directed by Jack Hannah, with story by Dave Detiege and Al Bertino.

It’s the beginning of the season at Brownstone National Park, and Donald is holding up traffic while looking at a sign. Ranger Audubon is excited at the visitors’ arrival, and shares a long list of rules before wishing them off to have fun. Audubon then calls the bears over for a few reminders of the season, warning them (mostly Humphrey) not to steal from the tourists, otherwise they face the ultimate punishment: becoming a rug. As the bears disperse to meet their tourists, Humphrey tries to entertain Donald for food, but the duck isn’t interested. Donald then makes a massive sandwich that Humphrey hopes he’ll split, but is disappointed when Donald continues to keep his food to himself. He attempts to steal some food, but ends up taking a hot pepper without knowing. Donald then packs up to go home, leaving an angry, hungry Humphrey, who comes up with a plan to trick Donald into thinking he ran over him. Donald then gives Humphrey the food but, after realizing he’d been tricked, Donald calls him a thief. The two get in trouble with Ranger Audubon, but the tables turn when Audubon is seen stealing Donald’s ham.

June 30

June 30, 1939 – The Donald Duck Short Film Sea Scouts is Released to Theaters

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“That looks like a fish…a flying fish!”

On June 30, 1939, the Donald Duck short film Sea Scouts premiered in theaters. It was the first short directed by Dick Lundy.

Donald is the captain of a ship, with his nephews serving as his crew. As his nephews sleep, he barks orders at them, quickly snapping them to attention. As they hoist the anchor, the anchor gets stuck under a rock and sends them flying. Donald tries to take over, and he too is thrown aside from the pushback. Donald then uses so much force that he almost capsizes the boat. His nephews laugh at his misfortune in raising the anchor, until he yells at them to raise the sails. Seeing that they are incorrect in the procedure, Donald orders them to lower the boom, which they do – on his head. Angered, Donald decides to do everything himself, and starts raising the sails. A strong wind comes in to carry them away, though none realize that the boat is still tied to the dock. The mast is broken from the force of the wind, and Donald gets tangled in a rope and swept away. Seeing his hat having fallen, he demands his nephews bring him down, until he spots a shark right below. Unfortunately, his calls to be brought back up come too late, but Donald manages to scramble his way back up the mast. The boys try to save him, but the shark scares them away, and Donald has to do battle with the beast. When Donald’s hat is ruined in the chase, Donald gets angry enough to fight – and win – against the shark. The boys then head back to short triumphantly.

May 14

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May 14, 2007 – Walt Disney World Makes a Donation to Orlando’s Performing Arts Center

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“Disney Cast Members take great pride in supporting our community and making Central Florida a better place to live, work, and play.” – Meg Crofton, President, Walt Disney World Resort

On May 14, 2007, the Walt Disney World Resort announced its plans to make three significant donations to the Central Florida area, beginning with a $12.5 million commitment to the Dr. P. Phillips Orlando Performing Arts Center. Disney’s contributions to the area trace back to 1989, when they contributed $425,000 to build the amphitheater for community events. By 2007, Disney’s contributions to the amphitheater totaled more than $1 million.

May 1

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May 1, 1942 – The Donald Duck Wartime Short Film Donald Gets Drafted is Released to Theaters

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“Hi General, I wanna be a flier!”

On May 1, 1942, the Donald Duck wartime short film Donald Gets Drafted premiered in theaters. It was the first of the series of wartime propaganda shorts that sought to use the Disney stars to tell a relatable story about how wartime was affecting citizens, adding levity to a very tense situation. The short provides several gags in the draft selection process, with a slight nod to the sarcasm of the Depression-weary public. The short was directed by Jack King.

The short begins with a rendition of the song “The Army’s Not the Army Anymore” while showing Donald’s orders to report for induction (also revealing that Donald’s middle name is “Fauntleroy”). Donald reports with gusto, admiring the posters in front of the recruiting station. After seeing a poster with a woman on it, Donald is determined to become a pilot. After Donald signs a paper, he is sent to a physical exam of a more humorous nature than anything else. He is then fitted for his uniform, which they shrink to his size. Soon after, Donald is sent to his base, but he is frustrated that he only marches, as he still wants to fly. He manages to anger his drill sergeant, who is none other than Pete. Pete gives Donald “special training,” which he manages to fail over and over again. When Donald threatens to quit, Pete responds that Donald must learn discipline. While Donald is ordered to stand still, a group of ants starts crawling out of their hole and up Donald’s legs, making standing still quite a challenge for the duck. Unable to take it anymore, Donald goes crazy, and his gun goes off, shooting at every angle. Finally, Donald is placed on kitchen duty, peeling spuds, and peels off the word “phooey” in response to the opening song.

April 5

April 5, 1940 – The Donald Duck Short Film Donald’s Dog Laundry is Released to Theaters

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“Oh boy, oh boy! It’s all finished!”

On April 5, 1940, the Donald Duck short film Donald’s Dog Laundry premiered in theaters. It was directed by Jack King.

Donald has instructions for a modern dog washer, and sets up to make it using a makeshift of spare parts. Poor unaware Pluto is snoozing away nearby, but wakes up when he accidentally breathes in a leaf while snoring. Donald calls Pluto over for a bath, but Pluto has other ideas and tries to sneak away. Donald chases after him, and after a humorous back-and-forth, Pluto is able to hide in his doghouse. Donald, ever determined, grabs a toy bone marked as bait (complete with string attached), and sets a trap for Pluto to follow the bone. Pluto takes the bait, but Donald pulls the bone a bit too hard, getting it lodged in a rock. Pluto manages to get the bone out, but has a hard time chewing it, as the rubber keeps hitting him in the face. The trick turns into a game of tug of war, with Pluto finally getting the bone, and Donald having to resort to another baiting trick: a cat puppet. Pluto hears Donald make cat noises and, thinking the puppet to be a real cat, stalks his prey. Donald puts the puppet in the tub and continues to harass Pluto, covering him in suds. Unfortunately, the suds make Pluto sneeze, and when Donald goes to put Pluto in the tub, Pluto lets out a sneeze so vehemently that it sends Donald flying into the dog washing contraption. Donald ends up cleaner than ever, and surprisingly pleased that the machine works.

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.

February 15

February 15, 1936 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Orphan’s Picnic Premieres in Theaters

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“I’ll tell you when to eat!”

On February 15, 1936, the Mickey Mouse short film Orphan’s Picnic was released to theaters. It was directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

Mickey is driving a truck full of orphans, while Donald conducts them in song. Upon arrival in the park, the kids run around, climbing trees and playing in the pond while Donald sets up the picknic. He chases one orphan off when he tries to grab a sandwich, and starts fending off the other orphans that grab the cake. Meanwhile, Mickey is playing a game with some of the orphans, and ends up running into a tree. Donald tries to rescue the food from the hungry orphans, but they pelt him with pie pans and arrows. One orphan gives Donald a flower as an apology, with Donald unaware that there’s a bee inside. The bee chases Donald a bit before flying back to the hive, but Donald, always one to hold a grudge, throws a rock at the hive. The angry swarm chases Donald all around the park, with the orphans watching, laughing, and contributing to the trouble. The boys apologize again, and present him with a sandwich, with Donald once again unaware of the “secret” ingredient: another bee.