Disney's Love Tales

Movie review by
Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media
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Mostly banal Disney classic shorts.
  • NR
  • 1947
  • 25 minutes

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Positive Messages

Donald Duck is nasty to his nephews in "Mr. Duck Steps Out." Huey, Dewey, and Louie take revenge by attempting to sabotage Donald's date with Daisy.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoonish violence

Sexy Stuff

This video is a compilation from 1940s Disney shorts, and is part of the Disney juggernaut.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this collection of 1940s Disney shorts shows nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie acting dastardly toward their uncle by pulling practical jokes that kids may want to imitate. Otherwise, there's not much to be concerned about here.

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What's the story?

After forgetting about his date with Minnie, Mickey Mouse has only 15 minutes to get himself together and meet her before she dumps him in "Mickey's Delayed Date." In "Pluto's Heart Throb," Pluto falls in love with a cute girl dog, but must contend with a rival in the shape of an oversized bulldog. And when Donald Duck forcibly ejects his nephews from his date with Daisy in "Mr. Duck Steps Out," Huey, Dewey, and Louie plot their revenge.

Is it any good?

This Disney romance collection is a mixed bag. The first two cartoons in DISNEY'S LOVE TALES reflect the trend of diminishing returns. Both are pleasant enough, but neither is especially funny, and neither have any impressively rendered flights of fancy to compensate for the absence of big laughs.

In contrast, the Donald Duck cartoon is a fast-paced, beautifully animated gem -- a perfect example of the Disney machine firing on all cylinders. Produced in 1940, its climax has Donald inadvertently swallowing a heated-up ear of corn (provided by Huey, Dewey, and Louie) which starts popping inside the hapless duck as he tries to dance a jitterbug with Daisy. She gets the wildest dance of her life as Donald's body jerks about uncontrollably, popcorn shooting from his mouth, all to the beat of lively '40s swing music. Such imaginatively staged and animated scenes were typical of the Disney cartoonists when they were working at the top of their game.

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  • Families can talk about how this cartoon is different from cartoons today. Do the jokes still hold up? Why or why not? How does the animation compare?

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