Frank Duck Brings 'Em Back Alive

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Frank Duck Brings 'Em Back Alive
Frank Duck Brings 'Em Back Alive.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack Hannah
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Dick Kinney
Starring Pinto Colvig
Clarence Nash
Music by Oliver Wallace
Animation by Al Coe
Andy Engman
Hugh Fraser
Jim Moore
Layouts by Yale Gracey
Backgrounds by Thelma Witmer
Color process Technicolor
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • November 1, 1946 (1946-11-01)
Running time
7 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Frank Duck Brings 'Em Back Alive is a 1946 animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. In this installment of the Donald & Goofy series, Donald Duck appears as "Frank Duck", a jungle explorer determined to capture a live "wild man", played by Goofy. The film was directed by Jack Hannah and features the voices of Clarence Nash as Donald and Pinto Colvig as Goofy.[1]

The character Frank Duck and the title of the film are spoofs of Frank Buck and his 1930 book Bring 'Em Back Alive which was adapted into a 1932 documentary film.


Goofy appears as a wild man living in the jungle, gracefully swinging from vine to vine à la Tarzan.

Employed by the Ajax Circus, Frank Duck (Donald) arrives in the jungle on a river boat in search of a wild man. After Goofy bungles an attempt to kill Frank, Frank presents the illiterate wild man with a contract which the wild man eventually eats. Frank tries to capture the wild man and put him into a cage, but the wild man escapes, seemingly unintentionally, and helps Frank load the empty cage onto his boat.

Upon realizing his mistake, Frank angrily returns with the cage and continues to chase the wild man until he chases him into a lion's den. In the ensuing chaos, Frank and the wild man find themselves wearing each other's clothes. The wild man takes advantage of the situation and commandeers Frank's boat, while Frank is left in the jungle to assume the role of a new wild man.



  1. ^ Smith, Dave (2006). Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia (3rd ed.). New York: Disney Editions. ISBN 0-7868-4919-3.

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