Donald's Cousin Gus

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Donald's Cousin Gus
Donald's Cousin Gus.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJack King
Produced byWalt Disney
Story byJack Hannah
Carl Barks
StarringClarence Nash (Donald Duck)
Pinto Colvig (Barking Hot Dog)
Music byOliver Wallace
Animation byDick Lundy
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
May 3, 1939 (USA)
Running time
7 minutes

Donald's Cousin Gus is a 1939 Walt Disney cartoon in which Donald Duck is visited by his gluttonous cousin, Gus Goose, who proceeds to eat Donald out of house and home. It was released on May 3, 1939.

This cartoon was also the first ever pre-recorded program (in this case, film) to be televised in the United States, airing as part of NBC's "first night" of sponsored programming on May 3, 1939.[1]

The short was directed by Jack King, and animated by Lee Morehouse, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Don Towsley. The story was created by Jack Hannah and Carl Barks.



  • In the United States on Cartoon Classics: Limited Gold Editions: Donald
  • In Germany on Donald Duck Geht in die Luft, Drei Caballeros im Sambafieber, Goofy und Pluto Total Verrückt, and Mit Mir Nicht
  • In France on Disney Parade 3
  • In Italy on Paperino, Sono Io ... Paperino, Cartoons Disney 6

Laserdisc and DVD[edit]

The short can be found on the Japanese laserdiscs Hello Donald, Donald: Limited Gold Edition, and Disney Cartoon Festival 3. It can also be found on Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald DVD, which was released on May 18, 2004.

Television airings[edit]

It was later reaired on television on:


  1. ^ Edgerton, Gary R. The Columbia History Of American Television. Columbia University Press. 2007. p. 14-15

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