I love it when the boys Huey, Dewey & Louie sang "For he's a Jolly Good Fellow" while building a snowman but it was kind of mean when Donald wrecked it; another scene I like is the whole snow fight scene; it's very, very, funny when Donald's icy bombshell, split the boys' flag pole into threes, and the parts started spanking them.
Donald’s Snowfight is one of those shorts. For years, growing up with Disney Channel (when they showed the shorts and characters), this short was shown around Christmas time. There’s a good reason for that, too – it’s really, really good. This is the short that formed my opinions of Donald and his nephews before I began this project.
It’s a classic Donald vs. the nephews set up – Donald goes out to enjoy the day of snow, and ends up getting into it with Huey, Dewey and Louie. Donald wears a ridiculous overcoat for the first part of the short which adds greatly to the humor. At one points he even grabs hold of a branch and swings back and forth, like a bell.
The real fun begins though when Donald speeds downhill to destroy the boys’ snowman. After they painstakingly created the snowman, Donald ruins it, sparking the war between the two. The first shot belongs to the boys, as they create a snowman that has a rock hidden inside. When Donald tries to destroy that one, he and his overcoat end up much worse for the wear.
The all out war begins from there, as each side builds an elaborate foothold out of ice. The boys construct a large fort style construct, while Donald builds a boat, laying siege to their fort. The imaginative constructs and use of ice in this short are fantastic.
Donald wins the early rounds of the war, firing snowballs at the boys and knocking them over. At one point, he even “bowls” them over, literally, as the boys turn into bowling pins and Donald gets a strike in knocking them down. But the creativity of Donald’s nephews cannot be underestimated.
The boys start using two methods to take down Donald – fire and ice. The ice gets built in the form of bombs, which the boys put mouse traps inside. Then they start launching arrows that are on fire. The end result is a melting of Donald’s boat that is absolutely hilarious.
Donald’s Snowfight is a short that I absolutely loved. I loved it before when I saw it at Christmas time and I still loved it today when I watched it again. It is everything you want from a Disney short.
Donald sticks his head out of the door to see how the weather is, and boy,
is it cold! So cold, in fact, that his bill turns blue. You'd think that
on a day like this Donald would have been content to stay inside by the
fire, but out he goes to enjoy a day of sledding, After pulling his sled
up the hill singing "Jingle Bells" all the way, (giving a final little "ding-dong"
at the top of the hill) he sees his nephews have had the same idea and are
busy building a snowman.
Someday Donald might learn to control his more troublesome tendencies, but
not this day. With an evil glint in his eyes. he decides to have a little
fun at his nephews expense. Aiming his sled with military precision, he
takes off and BLAMMO! ... hits the just completed snowman, raining the pieces
down on the three.
Huey, Dewey and Louie plot a little revenge. Knowing that Donald couldn't
possibly resist doing it again; they build another. They've got Donald figured
out, alright, as he aims again, takes off and BLAMMO! ... but this time
the snowman disguises a rock which blasts Donald so bad even his fur coat
goes to pieces. This, of course, means war.
Huey, Dewey and Louie hole up in their snow fort, while Donald constructs
a battleship out of ice in the middle of a nearby pond. Donald gets the
first salvo; a perfectly constructed ice mortar that scatters the nephews
like so many bowling pins. Donald goes for the spare with a snow bowling
ball. Another mortar splits their flagpole straight down the middle in three
pieces giving them a three for one whack on their collective bottoms.
Donald backs down for a few minutes thinking that the nephews must be ready
to give up by now. Not a chance. They are busy preparing their own mortars,
but booby trapping them as well. Their return attack strikes Donald with
everything they've got; mousetraps, crossbow delivered snowballs, flaming
coals (which turn part of Donald's boat into a perfect death's head; he
should have taken the hint.) Their final salvo is a bit of a stretch (flaming
snowballs?), but they seem to do the trick and reduce Donald's battleship
into a quickly melting torrent of water which dunks him into the drink;
splashing back up and instantly freezing again.
Okay, enough with the snow battle, the nephews think; let's play cowboys
and Indians. And with Donald as their ice sculptured totem pole, they have
the perfect prop.
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