Mr. Duck Steps Out

Mr. Duck Steps Out
Donald Duck series

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack King
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Carl Barks
Voices by Clarence Nash
Music by Charles Wolcott
Animation by Les Clark
Paul Allen
Ken Peterson
Edward Strickland
Larry Clemmons
Don Towsley
Lee Morehouse
Rex Cox
Volus Jones
Emery Hawkins
Ray Patin
Ken Muse
Dick Lundy
Phil Duncan
Larry Strickland
Judge Whitaker
Jim Armstrong
Layouts by Bill Herwig
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) June 7, 1940
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8:12 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mr. Duck Steps Out is a Donald Duck cartoon made by The Walt Disney Company. The film was released on June 7, 1940 and featured the debut of Daisy Duck. The short was directed by Jack King and written by Carl Barks.


Donald visits the house of his new love interest for their first known date. At first Daisy acts shy and has her back turned to her visitor. But Donald soon notices her tailfeathers taking the form of a hand and signaling for him to come closer. But their time alone is soon interrupted by Huey, Dewey and Louie who have followed their uncle and clearly compete with him for the attention of Daisy.

Donald and the nephews take turns dancing the jitterbug with her while trying to get rid of each other. In their final effort the three younger ducks feed their uncle maize in the process of becoming popcorn. The process is completed within Donald himself who continues to move wildly around the house while maintaining the appearance of dancing. The short ends with an impressed Daisy showering her new lover with kisses.


The short stands out among other Donald shorts of the period for its use of modern music and surreal situations throughout. After this short, the idea of a permanent love interest for Donald was well established. However, Daisy did not appear as regularly as Donald himself.



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