First Appearance of Duck: The Wise Little Hen
Following my previous notes about Donald Duck entitled “Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!”, I would like to review the first appearance of Donald Duck in history.
The Wise Little Hen was published in Silly Symphonies series on June 9, 1934. It is based on the fairy tale The Little Red Hen. It was animated by Art Babbitt, Dick Huemer, Dick Lundy, and Ward Kimball. The director is Bert Gillett and Wilfred Jackson. The story was also adapted into a comic strip by Ted Osborne and Al Taliaferro. The voice of the hen was starred by Florence Gill, Donald Duck was voiced by Clarence Nash, and Peter Pig was voiced by Pinto Colvig.
About The Story (spoiler warning)
The story is started when a hen and her children (the chicks) are looking someone to help them plant the corn. First they come to Peter Pig. But Peter Pig refuses her by saying that he has a stomachache. Mrs. Hen regrets it, but she don’t insist on Peter.
Next, Mrs. Hen and her chicks go to Donald’s place. He was asked the same thing, to help them plant the corn. But like Peter, Donald refuses to help because his stomach is sick.
In that case, Mrs. Hen plants the corn by herself, helped by her children. They work hard, while Peter and Donald are playing and not working. But still, when Mrs. Hen asks their help to cook, they refuse and say that their stomachs are still in pain.
Finally, Mrs. Hen and her children finish their cook. They are ready to eat those delicious meal. When Peter and Donald see the meal, they feel dizzy. They really want to eat. Their eyes are blur because of hunger. Mrs. Hen then asks them if they wanted to help her eat the meal. Peter and Donald agree with that (Donald says, “Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!”). But what do they get from Mrs. Hen? Medicine for their stomachaches!!! Good for them! So those who don’t want to work, they don’t deserve to get the harvest.
Enjoy the movie!