Soup's On
Studio: Disney Release Date : October 15, 1948 Series: Donald Duck
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It's dinner time! And all the nephews have to do is wash up for dinner. But things take a turn against Donald when his nephews convince him that he's an angel.


Donald Duck
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)



Jack Hannah


Volus Jones
Robert W. "Bob" Carlson Jr.
William "Bill" Justice
Joshua "Josh" Meador


Bill Berg
Milt Banta


Oliver Wallace


Ralph Hulett


Clarence "Ducky" Nash


Yale Gracey


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Music Sources

von Suppé, Franz : "Light Cavalry Overture "


RKO Radio Pictures


Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 64)

Video Information


United States

Kids is Kids starring Donald Duck


Donald und die Entenbande
Donald Ich bin der Grösste
Tick, Trick und Tracks Größte Hits


Le Meilleur de Riri, Fifi, LouLou


I Capolavori di Qui Quo Qua
Paperino e la Sua Banda di Paperi

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

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


Fun and Fancy Free
Donald Duck and his Duckling Gang


United States

The Chronological Donald: Volume 3: 1947-1950
Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Huey, Dewey and Louie


Disney Treasures : Wave 7 : The Chronological Donald Volume 3


Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Huey, Dewey and Louie

Technical Specifications

MPAA Rating: G
MPAA No.: 12136
Running time: 6:53
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 :

Here is another Donald vs. the nephews shorts. Donald has told his nephews to wash up before eating, but they don't want to do such an easy task so they just "dry clean" their hands. Of course, Donald finds out and get pretty ticked off so he sends them to their room. I enjoy the middle of the short where the nephews trick Donald into thinking he had died and became an angel. As soon as Donald tries to fly off of a cloud that the nephews made out of a mattress, he lands on the ground. By this time, the nephews are already at home eating the turkey. I love the part at the end where Donald storms into the house and takes the appearance of the devil. One of my favorite Disney shorts that I enjoy watching often.

From Taylor Kerekes :

This short's pretty good. Although it isn't one of my favorites, I find it not-so-boring. This is what happens in the short: In a cabin in the woods, Donald is dressed in a chef's apron and hat. He is singing "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!" into the kitchen to check on the dinner. In the oven, the chicken is pipin' hot and lookin' delicious! Donald tastes the soup and it's also delicious, then he leaves. Meanwhile, outside in the woods, Donald's nephews are playing Indians. One of the nephews shoots an arrow with a boxing glove and it hits the other nephews into a mud puddle and that one nephew joins the party. On the porch, Donald rings a triangle in order to call the boys that it's dinnertime. Then the nephews cry out "Food!" and they zoom in on Donald, into the cabin, and start fighting over the chicken. Donald stops them and tells them that they're dirty and then orders to march straight to the bathroom and wash off. (Parents and gaurdians often complain that their children eat like pigs. Now that's not nice to say about the children. They don't eat like pigs, they just look like pigs.) As the nephews trudge away from the table, Donald growls, forcing the nephews to speed up to the bathroom. They wash off at a sink, in a shower, and even use a towel! Then they race downstairs and all ready for dinner. As Donald serves his nephews their dinner, he notices that one nephew's hand is still dirty! Donald grabs his nephew's hand shouting "What?!" then says "So..." and chases them up to their room and locks them in.

As Donald starts down the stairs, he slips on a toy wagon which rolls him down the stairs and into the fireplace, covering him in soot. Meanwhile, Donald's nephews start to cook up a plan, and I don't blame them. After all, they went upstairs without their supper. But Donald didn't go without his. That's his reward for being a permed parent. When he hears his nephews whining upstairs, he tells them to shut up, then takes a bite of his chicken leg. Then he realizes that without his nephews, he's pretty lonely. Then he thinks that he's on vacation. (Maybe he's on vacation, but my parents are working. And Donald's nephews are working on him.) Anyway, when the nephews hear him coming up the stairs, they turn of the light. Donald comes in and turns it back on and sees 3 lumps in the bed. And thinking they're his nephews, he rubs them and a mousetrap snaps on his hand! He cries out, "YEEOOW!!" and snaps the trap off...

From Baruch Weiss :

Was it just me that noticed that Donald's theme was used for the opening of this short and Goofy's closing theme was used at the closing of this short?

From Candy :

This is one of my favorite Donald Duck cartoons. There is a suggestion that the story takes place on Thanksgiving. The nephews are playing indians, Donald is making turkey, and he says at one point in the cartoon that they're on vacation. Donald was usually presented as an unreasonable authority figure in the cartoons, and he is kind of unreasonable in this one. He doesn't put up with much. He orders the nephews angrily to go wash up, and he stands over them with his arms folded, watching them as they drag themselves up to the bathroom. But they get back at him by pretending to wash up and they only do a halfway job of it. When Donald sees that they still have mud on their hands, he chases them upstairs and locks them in their room. So he's punishing them by sending them to their room without their dinner. It's not just that they didn't wash up like he told them to; he was mad because they thought they could fool with him. I thought this was an interesting comment on how some parents deal with their kids. Donald was the impatient, quick-tempered type who couldn't deal with any kind of opposition from kids.

But the nephews are resourceful, and they get back at him again. They make Donald think that he has died in an accident and they dress him up like an angel. All the cartoons symbolized a character dying by depicting him as an angel. I know that this was just a symbol, but it seemed to present the idea that people turned into angels when they died. Films have also presented this idea, like the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life. I remember seeing another cartoon that was similar to this one, a Herman and Katnip cartoon where the mouse dresses the cat like an angel and tells him that he has died. I haven't seen that cartoon in years. Anyway, this Donald cartoon was funny because it showed how Donald and his nephews got on each other's nerves and the kinds of things they did to each other.

From Nikita :

I remember seeing this short when I was just a two year old! When the nephews came in and Donald roared for them to wash their hands, they took off upstairs like a shot, and then it was SO funny when he chased them outside and that boulder fell down next to him. Then the nephews get this "awesome plan" to dress him up like an angel and make him think he's dead by taking a pillow, brooms, and his shirt to look like his body. lol Then Donald's like, "Uh-oh!" and he really does think he's dead, but it's when he tries to fly with his "angel wings" and then he falls down and finds out it was all just a trick. And of course, Huey, Dewey and Louie are back home chowing down, and then the door slams open and, "Hey! Unca Donald's here!" I give this short a 10 all the way!

From Mattias Jardeby :

This has to be the absolute best cartoon ever made.

Every detail is so wery thought out, the sound effects are dead-on and the story is absolutely brilliant.

And of course, it has that mean quality that I like...


From Kendra :

Call me crazy, but this cartoon makes me cry. I haven't seen it in years, but just thinking of it makes me cry. As other people have mentioned, Huey, Dewey and Louie are sent to bed without their supper, so to get back at Donald, they trick him into thinking that he is dead. It could just be me, but I find this entire sequence in which Donald thinks that he is dead, incredibly somber.

Donald is completely convinced that he is shuffling off this mortal coil, and he kisses each of his nephews goodbye and pats them on the head. Huey gives him a harp to play in heaven, and another unseen nephew hoists Donald up in the air. Donald waves and says, "Goodbye forever..." sorrowfully as the boys run off. Donald is left alone, and plays a sad little tune on his harp while wiping tears out of his eyes. It's just so sad to think that he actually thinks that he has passed on and that he's never going to see his nephews again, and that he's crying about it.

Maybe I'm just a soft-hearted ninny. *sniffle* 10 out of 10

From Trae Robinson :

I noticed this cartoon is very similar to Donald's Off Day where Huey, Dewey and Louie play a practical joke on Donald thinking there's something wrong with him. I'll never forget the part where Donald rides down the stairs on their toy wagon and crashes into the fireplace. I also think this a Thanksgiving episode because Donald prepares a nice dinner.

From Dino Cencia :

Another great short of Donald and his nephews. I think that this is a Thanksgiving short cause Donald prepares a nice dinner like Thanksgiving. And this short will be on Chronological Donald Volume 3 coming on December 11, 2007. Yay! The short years will be from 1947 through 1950. One other thing, this DVD should be 1947 through like the end of Donald's last cartoon or something. My favorite part was when Donald stormed into the house and takes the appreance of the devil. And chases the nephews into the woods as the cartoon ends. Great Donald short that I really love and enjoy it. 1000 out of 1000.

From Andrew :

I will forever remember this one, as it was part of the Ludwig Von Drake collection at one time, and Disney edited some of his asides and comments into a re-mixed version of this.

A classic one was when Donald was ascending into heaven with the line, "Goodbye, boys! Goodbye!"

Huey & Dewey: "Goodbye, Uncle Donald!"

Ludwig Von Drake, waving goodbye from the bushes: "Goodbye, Sucker!"

From Matt Scrima :

I think it was when funny when Donald's nephews told him he was an angel, I made me laugh really hard!

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    Jack Hannah: Director
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    Volus Jones: Animator
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    Robert W. "Bob" Carlson Jr.: Animator
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    Clarence "Ducky" Nash: Voices
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    William "Bill" Justice: Animator
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    Joshua "Josh" Meador: Animator
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    Bill Berg: Story
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    Milt Banta: Story
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    Yale Gracey: Layout
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    Ralph Hulett: Backgrounds
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    Oliver Wallace: Music
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    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
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