Bootle Beetle
Studio: Disney Release Date : August 22, 1947 Series: Donald Duck
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted

Synopsis

A young beetle attempts to run away from home, but is stopped by a lesson about the dreaded bug collector, Donald Duck.

Characters

Donald Duck
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)

Credits

Director

Jack Hannah

Animator

William "Bill" Justice
Art Babbitt
Judge Whitaker
Andy Engman

Story

Bill Berg
Milt Banta

Music

Oliver Wallace

Backgrounds

Thelma Witmer

Layout

Yale Gracey

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Television

Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 12)
Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 18)

Video Information

VHS

Germany

Donald Total Verliebt
Donald Präsentiert

France

Disney Festival

Italy

Paperino Superstar
Paperino Pippo Pluto e …
Le Avventure di Caccia del Prof. de Paperis

Laserdisc (CLV)

Japan

Disney Cartoon Festival 1
Disney Cartoon Festival 7
Starring Donald
The Hunting Instinct

DVD

United States

The Chronological Donald: Volume 3: 1947-1950

Germany

Disney Treasures : Wave 7 : The Chronological Donald Volume 3

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 11423
Running time: 7:02
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

Reviews and Comments

From Ryan :

In this short, Donald is a collector of the rare Bootle Beetle. Bootle Beetle tells the story two his grandson of how he almost got caught by Donald Duck. The animation of this short is good and I enjoyed the ending showing an elderly Donald still searching for the beetle.

From Christian :

Are you nuts? I love this short! I always get a good laugh at the part at the end where an elderly Donald is still trying to catch the Bootle Beetle.

From Grace :

This is the best cartoon ever! It has tons of gags, and I had fun watching this short. Rating 10!

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

After seeing the Donald Duck shorts so far in 1947, I think it’s safe to say that Disney was losing confidence in the duck as their leading character. Remember, Mickey was no longer en vogue, and outside of Pluto, there were not a lot of shorts coming out each year. What’s interesting is the extent to which Disney has gone to work around Donald while still putting his face on the short.

We saw Daisy as the narrator, Goofy sharing the billing and now we get an entirely new character, the Bootle Beetle. Very strange, no doubt, but it gives us a really cool new character to enjoy. The Bootle Beetle is presented as the main protagonist in this short, battling against Donald for its survival. Donald is the villain of the piece in this telling.

The Bootle Beetle is introduced by an omniscient narrator who tells us that the beetle is one of the rarest bugs around, and highly valued by collectors. What follows is an older beetle cautioning a younger one from venturing forward into the world at large and then relating the story of his encounter with a “giant monster” which was also Donald Duck.

While the story and the gags are somewhat entertaining, there isn’t a whole lot here to get excited about. The beetle’s escapes from Donald’s clutches are not thrilling or funny, just sort of routine. The interactions are notable mainly because of the beetle’s narration not recognizing Donald but continually referring to him as a monster. While that’s somewhat amusing, it’s not enough to hold up an entire short.

What’s more intriguing to me is the movement we are seeing here that minimizes Donald in his own cartoons. The shorts of this era lack the anger we saw earlier from Donald and seem to rely on gimmicks and changes to the storytelling rather than solid gags. It’s clear the attention of the staff has turned over to the features program, and it’s possible walt has also turned his attention away at this point. That leaves poor Donald fighting it out with a bug in an obscure short.


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History

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    Sources

    Jack Hannah: Director
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    William "Bill" Justice: Animator
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    Art Babbitt: Animator
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    Judge Whitaker: Animator
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    Andy Engman: Animator
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    Bill Berg: Story
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    Milt Banta: Story
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    Oliver Wallace: Music
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    Yale Gracey: Layout
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    Thelma Witmer: Backgrounds
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    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)