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April 20, 2019

Disney Cartoons #18 & #19, CinemaScope Special: "No Hunting" (January 14, 1955) and "How to Have an Accident in the Home" (December 30, 1956)

by Albert Gutierrez

Our CinemaScope Special series comes to an end as I review the two final cartoons.  There's no need to pull numbers out of the hats, as I'll be covering #3 "No Hunting" and #9 "How to Have an Accident in the Home", both of which feature Donald Duck in some not-so-safe situations.  It's actually not-safe-enough that "No Hunting" is featured in the "From the Vault" section of the DVD it resides in!  I initially assumed that "How to Have..." also would be in that section, but I mistook it for "How to Have an Accident at Work", the second and last in the short-lived series.  Either way, both these cartoons represent Donald in dangerous situations.

In "No Hunting," we see how Donald's become tame compared to his frontier ancestors.  One of his forefathers decides to remedy this, and he convinces Donald to go out for hunting season.  Donald arrives in the forest, only to get in line behind long lines of fellow hunters, large encampments of hunters, and in a slightly-fitting-if-ironic cameo, Bambi and his mother at a stream.  The hunters all wait with bated breath for the official beginning of the season, 6 am.  Once the sun comes up, it is a flurry of gunfire and smoke, turning the once prosperous forest into a desolate wasteland and veritable warzone.  Donald and the spirit of his hunting forefather try to make it through the season, but with no luck.  In the end, the only thing they catch is a tamed farm cow.

"How to Have an Accident in the Home" introduces us to J.J. Fate, a dwarfish little spirit who's annoyed that all accidents are blamed on him rather than on people's own shortsightedness.  To provide an example, he takes us to the home of Donald Duck.  There, he shows us how many accidents in the home are due to carelessness rather than Fate.  Among some of the accidents featured are standing on a rocking chair to hang a picture, toys strewn across the stairs, slipping on a loose throw rug (seen with the benefit of slow motion!), and a grand and intricate pattern of electrical plugs all in one socket.  And if anyone remembers the Whirling Dervish Washer guy from "Football: Now and Then", he makes a quick cameo here.  All these accidents in the home is too much for Donald, who accident-proofs his home and then decides to go to work, where it is safe.  And Donald's workplace?  A dynamite company!

The two cartoons here both have violence at the forefront, and "No Hunting" is sometimes uncomfortable to watch at times.  It both glorifies and criticizes the hunting season, with motifs and scenes that compare it to war.  Also, I'm a bit surprised that during hunting season, nobody was hunting Donald!  Then again, maybe it wasn't duck season for this particular hunting period.  Just last week, Humphrey was the object of the hunting season, so it must be bear season, hehehe.  Donald's complete lack of skills also seems to be conflicting with a couple of his earlier shorts (like "Polar Trappers"), in which he is somewhat adept at hunting.  I doubt they had such continuity issues in mind, and it's more about the humor behind the concept.

"How to Have an Accident in the Home" seems to be more suited for Goofy, as he was always the go-to character for "How to" situations.  After all, Goofy was always the clumsy one, and by 1956, Goofy already had ten "How to..." shorts under his belt.  Surely any accidents would surely happen to him.  The difference, though, is that Goofy would simply be too accepting of any accident he has.  With Donald's temper, putting him in accidental situations would make for funner outcomes.  Imagine Goofy carrying a barrel and falling down the stairs with it.  He'd be terrified, for sure, but the "Oh gosh, don't let this happen to me!" feeling isn't as apparent as it is when such an accident happens to Donald.  

Both shorts underutilize their CinemaScope production values, which is rather disappointing when we get to "How to Have an Accident in the Home," the last Scope short.  None of the shots stand out as benefitting of the format.  Even watching a pan-and-scan version on YouTube could be mistaken for Academy if you didn't know it was Scope.  Donald's follow-up "How to..." short (set in the workplace) was not in CinemaScope, but in the regular Academy Ratio, perhaps showing how ineffective the Scope format eventually was for 6-minute gag-heavy cartoons.

Both cartoons are only available on DVD in "Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Volume Four".  And as always, you can also check it out on a website that rhymes with ZooChoob, MooStoob, NewReub, BlueFood, and LouCrood.


Past Saturday Matinees

Mickey Mouse
     - The Band Concert (1935)
     - Birthday Party, The (1931)
     - Boat Builders (1938)
     - Brave Little Tailor (1938)
     - Building a Building (1933)
     - Clock Cleaners (1937)
     - Croissant De Triomphe (2013)
     - Get a Horse (2013)
     - Hawaiian Holiday (1937)
     - The Jazz Fool (1929)
     - Lonesome Ghosts (1937)

     - Mad Doctor, The (1933)
     - Magician Mickey (1937)
     - Mickey and the Goat Man (2002)
     - Mickey Down Under (1948)
     - Mickey's Delayed Date (1947)
     - Mickey's Steam Roller (1934)
     - Mickey's Trailer (1938)

     - No Service (2013)
     - Orphan's Benefit (1934 and 1941)
     - Shanghaied (1934)
     - Steamboat Willie (1928)
     - Steamboat Willie Revisited (1928)
     - Thru the Mirror (1936)
     - Ye Olden Days (1933)
     - Yodelberg (2013)

Donald Duck
     - Beezy Bear (1955)
     - Chips Ahoy! (1956)
     - Donald's Diary (1954)
     - Double Date Don (2001)
     - Grand CanyonScope (1954)
     - How to Have an Accident in the Home (1956)

     - Lighthouse Keeping (1946)
     - Modern Inventions (1937)
     - Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940)
     - No Hunting (1955)
     - Sea Salts (1949)

     - Goofy and Wilbur (1939)
     - Hello Aloha (1952)
     - A Knight for a Day (1946)

Chip 'n' Dale
     - Chips Ahoy! (1956)
     - Corn Chips (1951)
     - Out of Scale (1951)

Humphrey the Bear
     - Bearly Asleep (1955)
     - Beezy Bear (1955)
     - Hooked Bear (1956)
     - In the Bag (1956)

     - All Wet (1927)
     - The Fox Chase (1928)
     - The Mechanical Cow (1927)
     - The Ocean Hop (1927)
     - Ozzie of the Mounted (1928)
     - Trolley Troubles (1927)

Alice Comedies
     - Alice's Wonderland (1923)

     - Adventures in Music: Melody (1953)
     - All the Cats Join In (1946)
     - Ben and Me (1953)
     - Bueno Nacho (2002)
     - A Cowboy Needs a Horse (1956)
     - Daisy's Road Trip (1999)

     - Disneyland Showtime (1970)
     - Disney's Electric Holiday (2012)
     - Epcot Film (1966)
     - Evolution of the Dunk the Mayor scene (1965-2006)
     - Feast (2014)
     - Figaro and Cleo (1943)
     - The Flying Mouse (1934)
     - Football Now and Then (1953)
     - General Hospital - The Introduction of Lucky Spencer (1993)

     - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (1964)
     - Grievance of a Starmaker (2002)
     - The Hardy Boys: The Stranger (1956)
     - John Henry (2000)
     - The Little Matchgirl (2006)
     - Max's New Car (2001)

     - Mickey and the Firefighter (1993/2002)
     - Muppet Mayhem: Baseball
     - Muppet Mayhem: Clapboard
     - Muppet Mayhem: Soap
    - My Heart Was an Island (1960)
     - Oliver and Company VHS Preview
     - Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Firing Lane (1942)

     - Paperman (2012)
     - Scrooge McDuck and Money (1967)
     - Seven Wise Dwarfs (1941)
     - Snow White World Premiere Newsreel (1937)
     - Tangled Ever After (2012)
     - Three Notable Disney Commercials (circa 1950s and 2002)
     - Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom (1953)
     - Tummy Trouble (1989)
     - Victory Through Rocket Power (1991)

     - War Shorts (1941-1945)
     - Welcome to the Future

Pixar Shorts
     - Geri's Game (1997)
     - Jack-Jack Attack (2005)
     - La Luna (2012)
     - Toy Story Treats (circa 1996)

Silly Symphonies
     - Father Noah's Ark (1933)
     - Music Land (1935)
     - Peculiar Penguins (1934)
     - The Skeleton Dance (1929)
     - Three Little Pigs (1933)
     - Tortoise and the Hare (1934)

     - 100th Week Retrospective
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Beauty and the Beast
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Robin Hood
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
     - Animation Sequence Analysis: Sword in the Stone

     - As the World Turns and Disney
     - Beauty and the Beast: A Look at three versions of the story
     - Beauty and the Beast: Theatrical Reviews Trailer
     - Beauty and the Beast TV Spots
     - Bedknobs and Broomsticks
     - Casablanca scene of The Great Movie Ride
     - Happy Holidays from Saturday Matinee!

     - Cinderella vs. Cinderella III
     - Colors of the Wind Multi-Language Reel
     - Comparing Three versions of Alice in Wonderland
     - Deleted Disney
     - Disney Classics: Timeless Classics
     - Disney Classics: Modern Classics
     - Disney Classics: Television Classics

     - Disney Family Movie Night - Summer in June
     - Disney Studio Album: 1960
     - Frozen Review
     - Golden Girls go to Walt Disney World
     - Golden Girls Pilot Episode
     - Great Movie Ride Week One: Mary Poppins

     - Great Movie Ride Week Two: Singin' In the Rain
     - Great Movie Ride Week Three: Raiders of the Lost Ark
     - Great Movie Ride Week Four: The Searchers
     - Great Movie Ride Week Five: Alien
     - Great Movie Ride Week Six: Footlight Parade

     - Great Movie Ride Week Seven: Wizard of Oz/Fantasia
     - Great Movie Ride Week Eight: Casablanca
     - Heffalumps and Woozles vs. Pink Elephants on Parade
     - "It" Moments
     - Life Comes to Fantasy
     - Lion King Bloopers and Stand by Me

     - Live Action Character References
     - Muppets through Films
     - The Newsies' Santa Fe
     - Peter Pan's deleted song, "Neverland"
     - Remembering Steve Jobs
     - Saving Mr. Banks Review
     - Sleeping Beauty Backgrounds

     - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' first trailer
     - Song Showcase: Three Essential songs in Pete's Dragon
     - Spaceship Earth video
     - Spot Marks the X (1986)
     - Special Song Showcase: Disney's Greatest Love Songs

     - Step in Time from Mary Poppins on Broadway
     - Thor: The Dark World Review
     - VHS Deluxe Collectors Sets for Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin
     - Walt's Sweetheart Team - Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten
     - The Watcher in the Woods
     - A Whole New World Recording Session

Winnie the Pooh
     - Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)


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