Mr. Duck Steps Out
Studio: Disney Release Date : June 7, 1940 Series: Donald Duck

Cumulative rating:
(2 ratings submitted)


Donald wants to take Daisy jitterbugging, while Huey, Dewey and Louie find devious ways of tagging along.


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


RKO Radio Pictures

Clips Used In:

Mickey Mouse Disco


Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 31)
Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 45)


United States

Love Tales


Donald Duck in die Größte Show der Welt
Donald und die Entenbande
Donald Ich bin der Grösste
Micky im Siebten Himmel


Donald Superstar


Buon Compleanno Paperino
Da Disney con Amore
Topolino Amore Mio

CED Disc

United States


Laserdisc (CAV)


Donald Duck : A Star is Born

Laserdisc (CLV)


The Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons
Fun and Fancy Free
Donald Duck and his Duckling Gang
Donald's Golden Jubilee
Donald and Goofy
Mickey Be Mine


United States

Mickey and Minnie's Sweetheart Stories
The Chronological Donald: Volume 1: 1934-1941
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 10 : Best Pals : Donald and Daisy


Alle Lieben Donald
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1


Tout le Monde aime Donald


Il Mio Eroe Paperino
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1

United Kingdom

Everybody Loves Donald
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1


Alla Alskar Kalle
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1


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

Netherlands / Belgium

The Chronological Donald: Volume Eén: 1934-1941

BluRay Disc

United States

Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts – Volume 2

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 8:12
MPAA No.: 4510
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording

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From Calvin Daprice :

Daisy sure had an awfully big house for just one person (herself) living there. You don't suppose that she planned on getting married to Donald soon, do ya?

From Bert Schaapsmeerders :

Great cartoon: humour, rhythm (in more ways than one) and excellent drawing (especially when you compare it to cartoons from other studios in the 1940's). Too bad I always compare DD cartoons with Carl Barks comics, which cannot be bettered by anything. P.S. I'll always the swinging finger of Donald at the beginning!

From Ryan :

Donald is off to Daisy's for a little visit. Like another person who sent in comments above, I noticed that Daisy had an awfully big house for just herself. This short had several fun gags like when the nephews hit a cob of corn into Donald's mouth causing him to pop out popcorn when he goes near the fireplace. In this short, I also noticed that Daisy's voice was identical to Donald's, but she did not have a short temper.

From Dino Cencia :

This Donald and Daisy Duck cartoon is the best! Donald is going to Daisy's house to hang out with her and dance with her. But his nephews wanted to come too. So Donald sees Daisy sitting on the couch and he sits next to her trying to give her a little kiss and she's shy and she wags her tail to come closer. The nephews pushes Donald into the radio and music comes on. So Donald asks Daisy to dance. (It be funny if they were dancing to an Elvis Presley song.) The funny part is when the nephews put a corn on the stove and they hit into Donald's mouth and he pops and dances with popcorn out of his mouth. Then Donald and Daisy dances really fast like on DTV song Little Richard's "Tutti Fruitti." Then when the dance was over, Daisy thought Donald was a real jitterbug and says ''Whoopee!'' and kisses him everywhere as the cartoon closes. That cartoon is really good. Also, me and my dad like Donald swinging his finger and the music going: da da da da da tat tat. I give this cartoon a 80.

From Baruch Weiss :

This is one of my favorite Donald cartoons. Gotta love that Music! I enjoyed the ending where Daisy exclaims "Oh Boy what a Jitterbug!" When I first saw this cartoon on the Limited Gold Edition "Daisy", I thought she said "Oh boy what a gentleman!"

From Bryan Hensley :

Remember in the 1937 Silly Symphony Woodland Cafe, every last bug in the cafe kept on truckin' (Get it?). This is what Donald and his nephews were doing with Daisy in this short! (Hence Donald's line "Truck on down!") Anytime I see this short, it makes me want to boogie. So much in fact, that I can dance like I have a popping corncob in my tummy, like what happened to Donald! This marks the only time I know of that Clarence Nash provided the voices of all 5 characters in this short! (Donald, Daisy, Huey, Dewey, Louie) I wonder if 3 cones of ice cream costed a half-dollar nearly 70 years ago. It looked as if Donald was holding a coin bigger than a quarter! This short is seen unrestored in Mickey and Minnie's Sweetheart Stories, and restored in volume 11 of Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites collection! Sometime after this short, and The Nifty Nineties, Daisy started speaking like a normal girl; right to this day, in fact. I hope you enjoy this jitterbug-a-rama that only Disney would give you; around the time Universal was making "Swing Symphony" cartoons from Walter Lantz! This is not a joke. "Keep on truckin'!"

From Louis Perez :

Just watching a version of this now from the "Donald Loves Daisy" episode of The Wonderful World of Disney. They did a dub over Daisy's voice to make her sound normal instead of the Donald-like voice she originally had in this short. That always confused me as a kid since I had seen both versions.

From bcToonist2837 :

Donald makes the move on Daisy again, but this time his nephews interfere. The best and biggest scene is when Donald has popcorn popping inside of him making some sort of a rhythm, and the nephews start playing instruments (and common household items that could be used as musical instruments). The dancing animation and musical score are also wonderful. Even though thing don't end well for Donald at the end of his cartoons, he does get his sweetheart (and he gets covered in smooches) after the torment from his three nephews. Overall, this is a fun and often hilarious cartoon.
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From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

Donald continues to be the main Disney star of 1940, as he was in 1939. In Mr. Duck Steps Out, though, we in many ways get a flashback to earlier times of Disney shorts, as we see Donald playing off a conceit that many times would have been used for Mickey.

Donald has plans to “step out” and go visit Daisy, who we have not seen for quite some time (I believe since Don Donald, but not 100% sure). Unfortunately for him, Huey, Dewey and Louie decide that they want to get in on the action as well, trailing him out of the house.

The “Mickey goes to woo Minnie” plot sustained many of Disney’s early shorts, but we have not seen it used for Donald as of yet. It’s an interesting twist on the typical Donald short. This could easily be a Mickey short, with Daisy swapped out for Minnie and the nephews swapped for Pluto.

As such, it plays somewhat different than a typical Donald Duck short. It maintains a fun, light hearted tone, but still peppers in some of the frustration that Donald is known for. It’s a delicate balance, but one that is pulled off very well.

Where I think this short excels is in the flashback to the old, all-singing, all-dancing shorts of the early Mickey days. We’ve never seen Donald in that sort of situation, so watching he and Daisy cut a rug while the boys play music is a fantastic treat. This being Donald, though, there has to be a little twist to it.

This time, the dancing gets started before the nephews start playing, and they’re not happy about it. So, they resort to trickery, as they are wont to do. The boys put an ear of corn on the stove, then knock it into Donald, causing him to shake violently and spew popcorn everywhere. It’s a hilarious gag that gets funnier and funnier as the short goes along.

This is very much a throwback to me, but it seems fresh because we have not seen Donald in this role before. Donald’s nephews and Daisy again add to the sense of family that has been around our main duck since almost his first appearance. It definitely seems as though he is building his own supporting cast, and in Mr. Duck Steps Out, it works beautifully.