Studio: Disney Release Date : May 17, 1940 Series: Donald and Goofy
Cumulative rating:
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Donald and Goofy attempt to post bills; Goofy gets into it with a windmill while Donald has it out with an angry goat.


(Voice: Van DeBar 'Pinto' Colvig)
Donald Duck
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)



Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi


George Rowley
Larry Clemmons
Eddie Strickland
Rex Cox
Edward "Ed" Love
Ray Patin
Grant Simmons
Ken Peterson
Alfred "Al" Eugster


Lloyd Harting

Asst. Director

Errol Grey


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Music Sources

Morey, Larry and Frank Churchill : "Whistle While You Work "
Rossini, Gioachino : "William Tell Overture "

Original Animators Drafts

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RKO Radio Pictures


Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 31)



Winnie Puuh und Donald auf Heißer Fährte


La Collection en Or des Studios Disney Volume 2


Troppo Vento Per Winnie Puh
Pippo Superdetective

Laserdisc (CLV)


Donald Duck and his Duckling Gang


United States

The Chronological Donald: Volume 1: 1934-1941


Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1


Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1

United Kingdom

Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1


Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1

Netherlands / Belgium

The Chronological Donald: Volume Eén: 1934-1941

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 7:39
Production No.: 2231
MPAA No.: 4757
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 Country: United States

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From Trae Robinson :

This is the funniest Donald/Goofy cartoon ever. Donald Duck has theme music in this cartoon, but it doesn't have those singers. The ending is funny when the goat kicks Donald and Goofy on the windmill and carnival music plays.

From Baruch Weiss :

This short is the first DD cartoon to use his first theme song and it would be used from this cartoon until the 1947 short Sleepy Time Donald. This short is okay and I enjoyed the scene where a bucket of paint falls off from Goofy's head and it makes him look like and elephant. Music mavens will recognize the song that Donald and Goofy sing as they perform their task. Here's a hint, it was three years before this cartoon was made.

From Matthew Cooper :

This is the best cartoon teeming up Donald and Goofy that I've ever seen! The music is great (especially Donald and Goofy whistling "Whistle While You Work" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.) I also like the gags but my ultimate favorite is the one with the goat eating the posters and that is a joke because the goat was eating the posters because they showed tin cans. Great short, 100%!

From Soren :

At this point the formula of the characters doing various job was going dry, but Donald and Goofy are two geniuses of comedy, and they would manage to make anything funny. Anyway, in these D&G shorts it's impossible not to feel Mickey is missing; Donald and Goofy alone doesn't compute. They are funny for sure, but as a couple they are too predictable: the stupid clumsy one with the irascible one; as a dynamic it's too linear and too banal, if there's no Mickey trying to fix things with them(and failing with them, obviously). The figure of the good old Mickey gives this kind of shorts more credibility, like there is a reason they would keep trying to work, despite the trio's ineptitude.
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From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

Yesterday, I mourned the end of the trio shorts, where Mickey, Donald and Goofy gathered together to do a job. Fortunately, though, it was not the end of distinct pairings of those characters, as today’s subject – Bill Posters – pairs Donald and Goofy in a similar style of short.

Goofy and Donald are posting advertisements for soup all around what appears to be a medieval town. Of course, things don’t go smoothly, and hilarity ensues. What’s great about the short, though, is seeing these two put through their paces in a way that is logical to their character. That hasn’t always been the case, as I pointed out about Donald in Donald’s Dog Laundry.

Goofy gets involved in a struggle with an inanimate object, which has been the norm for him. My favorite was the ship’s masthead in Boat Builders, but there’s been furniture, clock gears and more that have vexed the Goof. Here, it’s a windmill that causes the problem. The gags here are pretty clever, if predictable. The windmill “grabs” Goofy’s brush and his glue and even knocks off his trademark hat.

The best thing, though, is Goofy’s confused reaction. When he gets the brush back in his hands, seemingly out of nowhere, he turns to the camera and gives a shrug and a smile. It’s a perfect image for his character. Goofy is always confused, but takes it in stride and moves on.

Donald, on the other hand, gets involved with a goat, that is eating everything in sight, including Donald’s posters. We get to see Donald angry and irritated, trying to get his brush and posters back from the goat. But we also get to see a different side of Donald, as the brush gets stuck in the goat’s horns and Donald is cornered against a wall.

What I loved was that unlike Mickey or another character, Donald is sweating, but doesn’t think for a second that he can’t get out of it. He reaches over, figures out there’s a hole in the wall and shoves the brush handle into the hole before running away. Donald always thinks he knows best, which is often what gets him in trouble.

Another fun part of this short is the music. Not so much the score, but the tune that Goofy and Donald are whistling as they come into view and as they work. Yes, it’s “Whistle While You Work,” from Snow White. It’s a fun nod to the film that was such a big part of Disney history.

I enjoy seeing the characters put through their paces on various jobs. Even though it’s a formula that could easily grow old (and some may argue it already had at this point), it’s nice to see characters you love struggling through the work day just like you do.