Garbled "Donald/Army" summary
Larry J. Gerstein
Larry.J.Gerstein at Dartmouth.EDU
Mon Jun 7 23:57:50 CEST 1993
I haven't been at my dad's office for a few days, so I was way behind
on my messages. I discovered one very garbled one (not garbled as if Donald
had spoken it, but it looked like a computer server had fouled up) that
seemed to describe part of a Donald/Army cartoon from the early '40s. I get
the idea that the sender had seen last week's DD TV special, "An Officer and
The cartoon was "The Vanishing Private" from 1943, in which Donald
paints himself invisible and eventually lands Pete in the looney bin. One of
the better ones, I might add. But the real surprise was 1944's "Commando
Duck," also shown (titleless) on the program. THIS one has NOT BEEN SHOWN
ANYWHERE since 1944, but was inserted almost complete as a DREAM SEQUENCE in
the middle of "Sky Trooper," via a very obvious computer technique. The
enemy, as you might have been able to tell by the music, was Japan, but the
(very few, reportedly) actual face shots of the Japanese were cut here.
Nonetheless, the picture was almost entirely complete. Duck cartoon fans who
have now taped it should hang on, because it will probably be nowwhere else.
"I'll be back, like a bad penny... or a ghost!"
"Ghost... merciful goodness! WHAT have I DONE???!" (SLAM!)
at Larry.J.Gerstein at Dartmouth.edu
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