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The Vanishing Private (1942)

Private Donald Duck gets into trouble when he performs his camouflage painting duty too well with experimental paint that makes anything painted invisible.

Director:

Jack King

Writer:

Carl Barks
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Billy Bletcher ... Sgt. Pete (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Private Duck is a camouflage painter. He paints a giant cannon with some very gaudy colors, until Sergeant Pete explains that the point is to make it so the cannon can't be seen. Donald finds a bucket of experimental invisible paint and makes the cannon disappear. Pete isn't happy with this, and knocks Donald into the paint, then chases him, until he runs into the general. As Pete tries to explain, Donald prods him with a cactus, then goes off to steal some pies. Eventually, Pete goes berserk and starts throwing grenades willy-nilly and gets in more trouble with the general. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donald se camoufle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Donald first paints the cannon, the pattern and color resemble the flag of Lithuania with bullet holes in it. See more »

Goofs

The gun Donald is painting is at least 30 feet long at the beginning, but after it is painted invisible it appears to have shrunk considerably, as Pete only walks a few steps from the base to look into its mouth and blow Donald out the other end. See more »

Quotes

Donald Duck: [Reading sign] "Experimental Laboratory, Camouflage Corps. Keep out"
[Goes in]
Donald Duck: It didn't say "positively."
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Connections

Featured in Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (1986) See more »

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Happy Duck Soldier

After being instructed to paint a huge cannon in camouflage colors Donald paints it in very noticeable spots and stripes. His drill sergeant obviously goes mad at him. Told to repaint it, Donald goes for a wander and comes across some experimental invisible paint. He wasn't told NOT to use it so why not?

Sure enough the paint works and he has a mighty good time fooling the Sergeant with typical invisible prankster tricks and singing his 'Army is not the Army anymore' song. Yes, it is another one of Disney's wartime propaganda efforts. Making it seem like the Army is nice and friendly (not an institution that goes on killing sprees) and that invisible paint really is something that they mess around with.

Good for a few laughs, not to be taken as a snapshot of actual army life.


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