Donald's Off Day
Studio: Disney Release Date : December 8, 1944 Series: Donald Duck
Cumulative rating:
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Donald's golf game is ruined by a sudden thunderstorm. While passing the time with a medical book, he quickly becomes hypochondriac (with a little help from his nephews.)


Donald Duck
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)



Jack Hannah


Judge Whitaker
Harvey Toombs
Art Scott
John F. Reed


Bill Berg
Dick Shaw


Paul Smith (I)


Thelma Witmer


Yale Gracey


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney


RKO Radio Pictures

Clips Used In:

How to Catch a Cold


Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 49)


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Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Cartoon Classics : Pluto
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United States

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Technical Specifications

Running Time: 7:31
MPAA No.: 9949
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 Ryan :

I enjoyed this short, but it wasn't really one of my favorites. The scenes where Huey, Dewey, and Louie play tricks on Donald was quite funny. The part where Donald kept going outside only to discover that it was raining got rather tiring for me.

From Eric Irizarry :

This cartoon was great, as almost all other Donald Cartoons.

From Baruch Weiss :

This is the first cartoon directed by Jack Hannah. I thought that this short was ok. I wonder why Disney decided to get a voice for Donald that is hard for one watching his cartoons to understand.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

1944 ends with Donald Duck, which is fitting for what has been going on in the Disney shorts throughout the 40s. Donald eclipsed Mickey in popularity, and has begun to take over the central role in Disney shorts. To that end, he is now starring in shorts that have a little different twist, such as Donald’s Off Day.

This short plays well to Donald’s strengths, as it gives him a frustrating and difficult scenario, then piles on with the help of his nephews. However, it’s not the same sort of thing that was done earlier in Donald’s career, when the situation created the mounting frustration. There’s a different tactic here, as Donald’s anger doesn’t really build throughout.

The story begins with Donald eager to take on his day off by jumping out of bed and heading out to the golf course. We see him enthusiastically fixing breakfast, showering and doing all the regular morning activities while a bright, beautiful day shines outside. In typical Donald luck, however, the minute he steps outside, rain begins pouring down and ruins his chances for a golf outing.

With nothing else to do, Donald turns to books to entertain himself and ends up having quite the hypochondriac experience. He first looks and sees a “coated” tongue that could be a bad sign, not pausing to think that he just ate some licorice. When Huey, Dewey and Louie catch wind of what he’s doing, they decide to join in the fun, playing tricks on Donald to make him think he’s very, very sick.

All kinds of tricks take place in a short amount of time. The boys make Donald think he’s blind, then plant a squeaky rabbit under his blanket to make him think his heart is going. Donald even thinks that he’s about to die, and calls the boys over to say his last words.

It’s all rather disturbing to be honest, although it is funny. Donald pulls his will out of the safe on the wall and shows the boys that they will receive his prize golf clubs. It’s rather morbid, until Donald figures out what’s happening and comes after the boys. But, the sun shines through and he forgets about them, charging out to play golf. Only then does the sunshine break and lightning strike Donald.

Donald’s Off Day is sort of a schizophrenic short, not entirely about Donald’s golf day and not entirely about his perceived illness. It does manage to merge those two things rather well, though, and manages to be a nice Donald short, if not a great one.