Sleepy Time Donald
Studio: Disney Release Date : May 9, 1947 Series: Donald Duck

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Donald sleepwalks through a date with Daisy.


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



James Patton "Jack" King


Don Towsley
Fred Kopietz
Paul Allen
Ernie Lynch


Roy Williams


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Ernest "Ernie" Nordli


Ernest "Ernie" Nordli


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney


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Technical Specifications

Running Time: 7:14
MPAA No.: 11267
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording

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From Ryan :

I have not seen this short for a long time. Nevertheless, I remember quite a bit of it. I enjoyed the part where Donald is sleepwalking through the zoo and Daisy is running after him. The ring that Donald was giving to Daisy lands on a female ape's toe. Daisy pulls it off but the female ape thinks her husband is trying to pull the ring off and gets upset. Daisy follows Donald through many other obstacles such as heavy traffic. Daisy has to jump on the traffic light and change it to STOP. Great short with lots of fun gags.

From Candi Bear :

This short is really funny. I liked the way Donald seems to know where his walking with his eyes closed and he can just slip through troubles that are like, YOU CANT DO THAT, like walking upside down and walking on the wall. But over all its a good short its a classic.

From Baruch Weiss :

I think that this short's okay. I enjoyed the scene where Donald puts a ring on a tree branch and it lands on a female monkeys finger who thinks that her husband gave it to her, then Donald takes it off and of course the monkey thought it was her husband that did that then she smacks him!

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project :

It’s very difficult to come up with new ways to talk about Donald Duck every day, when you write about his shorts 2-3 times a week. So I sort of understand what the Disney animators had to be going through when creating Donald Duck cartoons during the mid-1940s. It had to be a problem to find new things for him to do, but Sleepy Time Donald was not the answer.

This is a short of Donald sleepwalking. That’s it. There is not much more to it. Now, I know I have seen this sort of thing before in shorts, even if it may have been something that came after this. There is no originality or fun in this short that we have seen in the recent efforts of 1947.

Instead, we are treated to scene after scene of Donald walking blindly into trouble, while Daisy chases after him to try and save him. It makes for some less than inspiring humor. We have Daisy keeping Donald out of traffic, getting him down from walls and making sure that he doesn’t walk off a building. All of this because of the premise that waking him up would be more dangerous!

This leads to another question: how does being asleep help Donald defy the laws of physics? For some reason, Donald the sleepwalker is able to walk on buildings, walk upside down on the roof and basically defy gravity. How is that even possible? Is it because he is unaware that he’s supposed to fall? While that brings up a great philosophical argument, it is strange in the concept of a cartoon.

The basic problem, though, comes back to the fact that this short is just not interesting. For a short diversion to watch Donald be silly, it’s fine. Unfortunately it doesn’t measure up to the things we have seen Donald experience in the past. I think back to things like Modern Inventions and even the recent Straight Shooters, and Sleepy Time Donald doesn’t measure up.