Donald's Double Trouble
Studio: Disney Release Date : June 28, 1946 Series: Donald Duck Cartoon
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted     

Synopsis

Donald hires a look-alike with more gentlemanly manners to win back the heart of Daisy after an argument.

Characters

Donald Duck
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)
Daisy Duck
(Voice: Gloria Blondell)

Credits

Director

James Patton "Jack" King

Animator

Don Towsley
Tom Massey
Fred Kopietz
Sanford "Sandy" Strother

Story

Roy Williams

Music

Oliver Wallace

Backgrounds

Howard Dunn

Voices

Clarence "Ducky" Nash
Gloria Blondell
Leslie Denison

Layout

Ernest "Ernie" Nordli

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Distributor(s)

RKO Radio Pictures

Television

Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 3)
Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 54)

Video Information

VHS

United States

Starring Donald & Daisy
Mickey Loves Minnie
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 9 : Donald Duck's First Fifty Years

Germany

Die Drei Kleinen Schweinchen und der Böse Wolf
Donald Präsentiert

France

Disney Parade 4

Italy

Paperino e Soci a Caccia di Guai
Paperino Superstar
Paperino Piume Guai e Simpatia

CED Disc

United States

Daisy

Laserdisc (CAV)

Japan

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Starring Donald and Daisy / Starring Pluto and Fifi

Japan

Disney Cartoon Festival 3
Disney Cartoon Festival Volume 4
Starring Donald and Daisy
Starring Donald
Mountaineering Mickey

DVD

United States

Mickey and Minnie's Sweetheart Stories
The Chronological Donald: Volume 2: 1942-1946
The Parent Trap
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 10 : Best Pals : Donald and Daisy

Germany

Schmetterlinge in Bauch
Disney Treasures : Wave 5 : The Chronological Donald Volume 2

Canada

Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 11 : Best Pals : Donald and Daisy

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 10636
Running time: 6:47
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Countrie: United States

Reviews and Comments

From Ryan :

This cartoon is pretty good. I enjoy watching it a lot because I like all the humor in it. One part I enjoy is where Donald is following his double and Daisy through the Tunnel of Love at an amusement park. It turns out, however, that Donald and his double go through it and end up hugging each other (I'm surprised Disney hasn't censored that, well let's be thankful that they didn't) with Daisy screaming her head off at the two of them. It seems, even though Daisy doesn't have an incoherent voice like Donald, she still loses her temper easily making Donald's perfect match. In fact, this may be the last short where she is that way. One odd thing I noticed was that when Donald's double looked at a photograph of Daisy, his eyes bulged out (something you'd find in one of those Tex Avery cartoons). This is rather odd for a Disney cartoon. Nevertheless, it only happens once and doesn't bother me.

From Albert :

Any cartoon where Donald loses his temper like this deserves a perfect 10! I laughed till I cried when Donald tears out a huge chunk of wood with only his teeth! To bad they don't play these cartoons as much as they used to.

From Baruch Weiss :

"Manners and your English is terrible, until you develop a more pleasant personality I don't wanna ever see you again" says Daisy at the beginning of this cartoon. Well I would have to agree with that Donald can be rude sometimes. The ending with Donald hugging the Donald look alike was pretty funny and it is surprising that Disney hasn't censored that but I'm thankful that they didn't!

From J. P.Hope :

I like it when Donald duck is enraged to realize his look alike's true colors: to be Daisy's new boyfriend. He charges into the tunnel of love and is still on the warpath when he causes a riot in the mountain. I also like it when two of the males accidently exit the tunnel of love and are shocked to see each other and see an enraged Daisy complaining and going on a tirade against the two liars thus scaring them out of their wits and out of the fun park with Daisy still complaining.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

A suave and debonair Donald Duck is an interesting change to the traditional Donald formula. As presented in Donald’s Double Trouble, we get to see what life would be like for Donald Duck if he were well spoken, well-mannered and a perfect gentleman. The ingenious step, of course, is to have our normal Donald there alongside the new and improved version, to make the contrast even better.

Donald Duck is taking a lot of heat from Daisy as this short begins, mainly for being the same Donald Duck we have all grown to know and love. To be fair, if you were dating the angry and unintelligible duck, you might want him to change as well. The problem is how will Donald change the things that make him so unique?

A solution presents itself rather quickly, as the double rounds the corner right after Donald’s blistering conversation with Daisy. The idea instantly comes to our fowl protagonist to have the “better” version stand in for him. But it’s not until Donald shows his double a picture of Daisy that he agrees to do it.

The contrast between the two could not be clearer at that point. Where Donald is in the moment and focused on the problems at hand, the double is looking ahead, plotting his attempt to woo Daisy over to his side. As we go forward, we see the double calm, cool and collected, while Donald loses his temper every few moments.

My favorite gag in the short is the bell ringing that Donald hears in his head every time that Daisy and the double kiss or show affection. It seems like an annoyance, which it can be for a second, but it’s a gag that pays off in the end. When the double and Daisy go into the Tunnel of Love during the finale, the bell goes off in Donald’s head, even though he can’t see them. That’s the signal that it’s time for Donald to intervene, which he does in hilarious fashion.

The contrast is the fun of this short, and it works fabulously. Seeing a Donald Duck that is out of the normal expectations is great fun. Making that Donald even more scheming than the original makes it more fun. Donald’s Double Trouble is a great short that takes a new twist on Donald, making it a novelty in 1946.


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    Sources

    James Patton "Jack" King: Director
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    Don Towsley: Animator
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    Tom Massey: Animator
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    Fred Kopietz: Animator
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    Sanford "Sandy" Strother: Animator
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    Roy Williams: Story
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    Oliver Wallace: Music
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    Ernest "Ernie" Nordli: Layout
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    Howard Dunn: Backgrounds
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    Clarence "Ducky" Nash: Voices
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    Gloria Blondell: Voices
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    Leslie Denison: Voices
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    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
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