Donald's Happy Birthday
Studio: Disney Release Date : February 11, 1949 Series: Donald Duck
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating:
(1 rating submitted)

Synopsis

Huey, Dewey, and Louie earn enough money to buy their Uncle Donald a birthday present. Donald, not knowing what the money is for, wants the kids to save their money for a rainy day. The boys manage to get the money back and buy Donald a box of cigars. Donald thinks the boys have taken up smoking and forces them to smoke the cigars.

Characters

Donald Duck
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)
Huey
Dewey
Louie

Credits

Director

Jack Hannah

Animator

Robert W. "Bob" Carlson Jr.
Volus Jones
William "Bill" Justice
Jack Boyd

Story

Nick George
Bill Berg

Music

Oliver Wallace

Backgrounds

Ralph Hulett

Layout

Yale Gracey

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Included in:

At Home with Donald Duck
Kids is Kids

Bloopers

  • Louie's name is spelled "Louie" on the piggy bank, but as "Luey" on Donald's birthday present.

Television

Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 40)

Video Information

VHS

United States

Kids is Kids starring Donald Duck

Germany

Donald Ich bin der Größte
Happy Birthday, Donald!

France

Donald Vedette de Television

Italy

La Storia de Paperino
Video Parade 20
Paperino 60 Anni in Allegria

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Kids is Kids Starring Donald Duck
The Three Caballeros
At Home with Donald Duck
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 2

Japan

Merry Christmas
This is Your Life Donald Duck
Donald's Birthday Bash

DVD

United States

The Chronological Donald: Volume 3: 1947-1950

Germany

Disney Treasures : Wave 7 : The Chronological Donald Volume 3

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 12341
Running time: 6:42
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 Brad Bethel :

I really enjoyed this cartoon. However, there's a small gag that I'm still unclear of. On a calendar, Donald's Birthday was listed under Friday the 13th. Probably due to his bad luck, but in reality, Donald's birthday is considered to be June 9th, his filming debut in 1934. I also found it rather surprising that Donald Duck would forget his own birthday! That's a mistake no one should make. There was a sequence in which Donald continuously chokes cigars down his nephews' mouths, thinking they've taken up smoking. With the already unfair cuts on Disney these days, it was surprising they didn't snip that part out. Other than that, good to watch.

From Ryan :

It's Donald's birthday and he has apparently forgotten. Fortunately for him, his nephews remembered. They decide to buy him a box of Smello brand cigars. The nephews do a bunch of chores for Donald and then ask for their allowance. Donald, however, wants them to save their money. I enjoy the main plot of the short where the nephews are constantly trying to fish the piggy bank (actually a "house" bank) away from their napping uncle. Finally, they succeed and go off to the local drugstore to buy cigars. Apparently, when this short was made, a minor did not have to present an ID to buy tobacco products as long as you said it was a gift for someone of legal age since the nephews go in and out of the store. Donald thinks his nephews have taken up smoking. I find myself laughing at the part where Donald stuffs a bunch of cigars into their mouths to try to rid them of the habit. He then finds a note from them that reads HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UNCLE DONALD. Donald is so ashamed and begins to shrink in size just like he did in the earlier short Truant Officer Donald. This is one of my favorite Disney shorts and I recommend it to all Disney or just animation fans in general.

From Baruch Weiss :

I first saw this short on a video entitled "Kids Is Kids" and it was a good short. But when I saw it on TV I enjoyed the opening song (which is used in many Donald shorts.)

From Dino Cencia :

Happy 74th Birthday Donald Duck!

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History

11/2/2011

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8/23/2012

  • Credits added by eutychus
  • Tech specs added by eutychus

9/12/2012

  • Home video info added by eutychus

8/2/2013

  • Television info added by eutychus

11/21/2013

  • Poster added by eutychus

6/14/2017

  • Credits added by kintutoons32

4/28/2018

    Sources

    Jack Hannah: Director
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Robert W. "Bob" Carlson Jr.: Animator
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    Volus Jones: Animator
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    William "Bill" Justice: Animator
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Jack Boyd: Animator
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    Nick George: Story
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    Bill Berg: Story
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    Oliver Wallace: Music
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    Yale Gracey: Layout
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    Ralph Hulett: Backgrounds
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)