Early to Bed (1941 film)

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Early to Bed
Donald Duck series
Directed by Jack King
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Carl Barks
Jack Hannah
Voices by Clarence Nash
Music by Oliver Wallace
Animation by Paul Allen
Jim Armstrong
Ed Love
Hal King
Ray Patin
Judge Whitaker
Layouts by Bill Herwig
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • June 11, 1941 (1941-06-11)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes and 45 seconds
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by A Good Time for a Dime
Followed by Truant Officer Donald

Early to Bed is a 1941 Donald Duck animated short film that was released on July 11, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. The movie was colored by Technicolor, produced by Walt Disney Productions, and directed by Jack King. The cartoon tells the story of Donald, who is trying to sleep, despite the annoyingly loud ticking of the clock keeping him awake.

This short film not only portrays Donald as a human but also emphasises on a well known proverb, - "Early to bed".[1]


The film opens with Donald Duck yawning at the sunset, ready to go to bed. However, when he lays down, he hits his head on the bed. He angrily moves down the bed, fluffs his pillow, and lays back down. As soon as his head touches the pillow, it explodes with a burst of feathers. The screen cuts to Donald lying on the bed again with a new pillow. This time, whenever he places his head on the pillow, the clock on his bedside table begins to loudly tick-tock. He puts the clock away into a drawer, but then; the entire drawer begins to vibrate due to the loud sound of the clock. Donald, visibly becoming angry, retrieves the clock from the drawer and throws it against the wall. It lands in a vase, and the entire vase begins to shake with the loud tick-tock of the clock. Finally, Donald throws the clock out of the window, where it gets caught in some laundry and bouncing back up, landing into Donald's yawning mouth and causing him to accidentally swallow it. After various attempts to break the clock that is still ticking inside him, Donald manages to spit out the now broken clock into small pieces.

Donald goes back to bed, relieved. This time, however, whenever he turns out the lights, his folding bed snaps shut with him inside. Donald struggles to get free, only to be launched into the ceiling by the bed springs. The screen cuts to Donald laying in bed again, this time with the bed affixed to the floor with a variety of boards and ropes. He settles back down to sleep. The broken clock, however, reassembles itself just enough to ring its alarm. Donald sits up fast, and his bed flies apart, launching Donald into the air. He lands back on his bed, now little more than a board with tacks in it, a sheet wrapped around his head like a turban. A sock lands in front of him on a spring, swaying back and forth so that he looks like an angry snake charmer and the episode ends with a Donald Duck, frustrated.



The animated short can be found on "The Chronological Donald, Volume One".



  • Good Morning, Mickey, episode #55
  • Mickey's Mouse Tracks, episode #29
  • Donald's Quack Attack, episode #17


  • Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald
  • Have a Laugh!: Volume 2


  1. ^ "Early to Bed, Early to Rise..." - MamaLisa

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