The Whalers

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The Whalers
Mickey Mouse series
Whalers title card.jpg
Title card
Directed by David Hand
Dick Huemer
Produced by Walt Disney
Voices by Clarence Nash
Pinto Colvig
Music by Albert Hay Malotte
Animation by Art Babbitt
Preston Blair
Al Eugster
Eric Larson
Robert Leffingwell
Ed Love
Joshua Meador
Lee Morehouse
Frank Oreb
Art Palmer
Don Patterson
Milt Schaffer
Louie Schmitt
Marvin Woodward
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) August 19, 1938 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 min (one reel)
Language English
Preceded by Mickey's Trailer (1938)
Followed by Mickey's Parrot (1939)

The Whalers is a cartoon produced by Walt Disney Productions. The plotline of the short is a parody of the book, that loosely based on the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville and released by RKO Radio Pictures on August 19, 1938. The short was directed by David Hand and Dick Huemer. It featured the voices of Clarence 'Ducky' Nash as Donald Duck and Pinto Colvig as Goofy. Mickey does not speak in this short. It was animated by Ed Love, Marvin Woodward, Art Babbitt, Frank Oreb, Robert Leffingwell, Louie Schmitt, Lee Morehouse, Al Eugster, Josh Meador, Eric Larson, Preston Blair and Milt Schaffer. The music was provided by Albert Hay Malotte, uncredited in the film.[1]


Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are on a whaling boat in search of whales. Donald tries to eat a sandwich for lunch, but seagulls bother and harass him to get the sandwich and end up eating most of it. While Donald is preoccupied with fighting off the gulls, a pelican eats the remainder of the sandwich. Meanwhile, Mickey tries to pitch a bucket of water off the ship, but it keeps coming back to him, to his annoyance. Donald and Goofy spot a sleeping whale, but Goofy's efforts to shoot a harpoon keep failing because he doesn't have all the tools needed (at one point, he sets his own bottom on fire). He eventually succeeds in launching the anchor in pl;ace of the harpoon, but his foot gets caught in the attached line and when the anchor hits an iceberg he ends up hanging from the line above the whale's head.

Donald rushes to Goofy's rescue, but isn't fast enough and Goofy falls off the line, through the whale's blowhole, and ends up in the whale's mouth. Lighting a match so he can see better, Goofy inadvertently wakes the whale up and it starts to sneeze. A wave comes in through the whale's open mouth and washes Goofy around. He gets blown out of the whale's blowhole and falls back down, his head getting stuck in the blowhole. Meanwhile, Donald falls into the water and is chased by the angry whale back to the ship, where, after Donald is nearly eaten, the whale rams and destroys the ship. Mickey, Donald and Goofy fly through the air and land on a small raft made of the ship's debris. Goofy ends up with a fish in his hands, and, believing it is the whale, says, "Gosh, must have shrunk!"



  1. ^ "The Whalers"., April 12, 2012

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