Polar Trappers

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Polar Trappers
Donald & Goofy series
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen
Produced by Walt Disney
Voices by Pinto Colvig
Clarence Nash
Music by Paul J. Smith
Animation by Art Babbitt
Al Eugster
Vin Hoskins
Ed Love
Wolfgang Reitherman
Shamus Culhane
Bob Wickersham
Stan Quackenbush
Cornett Wood
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 17, 1938 (1938-06-17)
(USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 minutes 20 seconds
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Donald's Nephews
Followed by Good Scouts

Polar Trappers is a 1938 Donald Duck and Goofy cartoon set in the South Pole, where the duo are trapping polar animals. This is the first cartoon where Donald Duck and Goofy appear without Mickey Mouse.

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Goofy is setting up an animal trap while Donald is in an igloo preparing a meal. Donald explains how sick he is of eating beans all the time, and, while noticing a penguin outside, he hatches a plan while thinking of the penguin as roast chicken. The rest of the cartoon deals with him trying to lure a large group into his pot while Goofy is stuck trying desperately to catch a walrus.

The name of Donald's and Goofy's trapping business is "Donald & Goofy Trapping Co". Their slogan is "We Bring 'Em Back Alive". This is Donald's first time encountering penguins, but it is not his last. The music played while Donald leads the penguins is the instrumental piece "March of the Toys", from the operetta "Babes in Toyland", also known as Parade Of The Tin Soldiers.

When a baby penguin's tear turned into a snowball, after being kicked out of the march by Donald, the other penguins notice the snowball coming and quickly dived into the snow for safety, but Donald runs for his life. When he gets into a collision with Goofy, they both run for their lives until they get caught in the snowball, and fall on their workplace, completely destroying it. Donald and Goofy are then seen in the cages they brought for the animals they plan to catch, and a can of beans falls into Donald's mouth, making him grumble in anger when the show ends.

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