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The Whalers
Whalers title card.jpg
Title card
Directed byDavid Hand
Dick Huemer
Produced byWalt Disney
StarringClarence Nash
Pinto Colvig
Music byAlbert Hay Malotte
Animation byArt Babbitt
Preston Blair
Al Eugster
Eric Larson
Robert Leffingwell
Ed Love
Joshua Meador
Lee Morehouse
Frank Oreb
Art Palmer
Don Patterson
Milt Schaffer
Louie Schmitt
Marvin Woodward
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
August 19, 1938[1]
Running time
8 min (one reel)

The Whalers is a cartoon produced by Walt Disney Productions, released by RKO Radio Pictures on August 19, 1938, and featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

The short was directed by David Hand and Dick Huemer. It featured the voices of Clarence 'Ducky' Nash as Donald Duck and Pinto Colvig as Goofy. Mickey does not speak in this short. It was animated by Ed Love, Marvin Woodward [fr; ja; ru], Art Babbitt, Frank Oreb, Robert Leffingwell, Louie Schmitt [fr], Lee Morehouse, Al Eugster, Josh Meador, Eric Larson, Preston Blair and Milt Schaffer [fr]. The music was provided by Albert Hay Malotte, uncredited in the film.[2] It was the 101st short in the Mickey Mouse film series to be released, and the third for that year.[3]

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Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are on a whaling boat in search of whales. Donald tries to eat a sandwich for lunch, but seagulls bother and harass him to get the sandwich and end up eating most of it. While Donald is preoccupied with fighting off the gulls, a pelican eats the remainder of the sandwich. Meanwhile, Mickey tries to pitch a bucket of water off the ship, but it keeps coming back to him, to his annoyance. Donald and Goofy spot a sleeping whale, but Goofy's efforts to shoot a harpoon keep failing because he doesn't have all the tools needed (at one point, he sets his own bottom on fire). He eventually succeeds in launching the anchor in place of the harpoon, but his foot gets caught in the attached line and when the anchor hits an iceberg he ends up hanging from the line above the whale's head.

Donald rushes to Goofy's rescue, but isn't fast enough and Goofy falls off the line, through the whale's blowhole, and ends up in the whale's mouth. Lighting a match so he can see better, Goofy inadvertently wakes the whale up and it starts coughing. A wave comes in through the whale's open mouth and washes Goofy around. He gets blown out of the whale's blowhole and falls back down, his head getting stuck in the blowhole. Meanwhile, Donald falls into the water and is chased by the angry whale back to the ship, where, after Donald is nearly eaten, the whale rams and destroys the ship. Mickey, Donald and Goofy fly through the air and land on a small raft made of the ship's debris. Goofy ends up with a fish in his hands, and, believing it is the whale, says, "Gosh, he must have shrunk!"


Motion Picture Herald printed a letter from an exhibitor in their "What the Picture Did For Me" section, saying, "What a letdown. Disney must have been working on Ferdinand and made this during dinner hour. Not so hot." Another wrote, "A dandy. Very funny."[4]

Voice cast


Home media

The short was released on December 4, 2001, on Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color.[5]

Additional releases include:

See also


  1. ^ Kaufman, J.B; Gerstein, David (2018). Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: The Ultimate History. Cologne: Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8365-5284-4.
  2. ^ "The Whalers"., April 12, 2012
  3. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 107–109. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  4. ^ "What the Picture Did for Me". Motion Picture Herald (January 7, 1939): 47. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Mickey Mouse in Living Color DVD Review". DVD Dizzy. Retrieved 20 February 2021.

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