In this case, the child is a joey, or a baby kangaroo, but Donald is still cautioned to remain in control of his temper, or else he will not be a good parent. As things start out, that’s not so difficult to do. The joey is adorable and it seems to like Donald. Even though the kangaroo gets into a few messes, it seems like a typical parent-child relationship.
The character design of the joey is fabulous. It is so cute that you forget that its feet have just trashed a large part of Donald’s kitchen. Even when Donald goes to scold the joey, the little guy merely turns it around and clucks right back at him. The animators and story men did a great job of providing Donald with the perfect antagonist. The joey is not someone who you cannot sympathize with, and serves as a great counterpoint to Donald’s normal rigidity.
In this short, Donald branches out a little more than usual in his personality. While normally he is quite matter of fact, he seems to take much of the joey’s jabs in stride. Even when bath time becomes a problem, Donald doesn’t get that upset, compared to his normal moods. Where things really get interesting, though, is when the little kangaroo gets scared of Donald’s bearskin rug. To make him feel better, Donald jumps over and attacks the rug to show the joey that he has nothing to worry about.
Thus begins one of the funniest sequences in the late 40s of Disney animation. Donald gets a little carried away and has the bear “eat” him, which drive the joey into action. Imagine Donald in a bear suit running around his house being chased by a kangaroo that is kicking him wildly. If it sounds funny, watch this short. Daddy Duck isn’t perfect, but it does give you fun moments and some really big laughs.
Donald hops with Joey very briefly, and after holding hands, Donald has
to hang on for dear life as Joey hops vigorously back to Donald's house.
Immediately Donald is greeted by the first of several phone calls from the
adoption center, double-checking to make sure Joey got home safely. Afterwhich,
Donald begins to get angry when seeing the kangaroo hop like crazy on Donald's
bed. Once Joey hops off, there was no stopping him as he runs over Donald
twice and crashes into a glass of grape jam. Donald tells him no, and Joey
imitates; notice the gag of jam being used as lipstick here.
Another phone call instructs Donald to give Joey a bath, but is hung
up on when he tries to ask a question. At first, Joey refuses to take a
bath, but wastes no time jumping into the pouch Donald is wearing. Still,
Joey insists on not wanting a bath and does everything he could to not touch
the water, frustrating Donald in the process. Finally, Joey's tail gets
in the water, but his feet remain above water, so Donald plays "This Little
Piggy" with Joey, and after the part where "the piggie stayed home", he
tries dunking Joey into the water only to end up all wet himself, with Joey
returning to Donald's pouch.
The next phone call tells Donald to dry Joey thoroughly. Meanwhile, Joey
continues to hop through the house and even rug-to-rug, even in the most
slippery conditions. At one point, Joey slid inside the mouth of a bearskin
rug, causing him to immediately rush back into Donald's pouch, hiding for
his life. So, Donald entertains Joey by pretending that he is fighting the
bear. He swings the bearskin rug around and begins to fight. Unexpectedly,
Donald decides to venture inside the rug, pretending that the bear ate him
up, but in reality he used the rug as a bear costume. Joey is scared stiff
at this point, but he then puts fear aside by grabbing a hot metal stick
from a burning fireplace, with the intention of saving Donald. (Typical
child psychology, eh?) Donald laughs hysterically but gets poked in the
behind with the hot stick and gets clobbered continuously by Joey's feet
and later a baseball bat.
After Donald answers the last phone call (with a bit of a roar), Joey
slings a huge loveseat at him and Donald flies airborne out of his bear
costume and into the rocking crib, originally set for Joey. The adoption
center tells Donald to take a rest - and even though he angrily responds,
Joey comes to Donald's side and hugs and kisses Donald, cheering him up
as the cartoon closes.
Hey...good thing I am not ready for fatherhood just yet!
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Submitted by eutychus