Working for Peanuts

Working for Peanuts
Donald Duck series

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack Hannah
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Nick George
Roy Williams
Voices by Clarence Nash
James MacDonald
Dessie Flynn
Music by Oliver Wallace
Animation by Volus Jones
Bill Justice
George Kreisl
Dan MacManus (effects)
Layouts by Yale Gracey
Backgrounds by Eyvind Earle
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • November 11, 1953 (1953-11-11)

(Veterans Day)

Color process Technicolor
Running time 6 minutes (one reel)
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Rugged Bear (1953)
Followed by Canvas Back Duck (1953)

Working for Peanuts is a 1953 animated short produced by Walt Disney. It is notable for being one of their first shorts filmed in 3D (the first being Adventures in Music: Melody, which was released several months before). The tagline of the film is "Walt Disney's Donald Duck & Chip 'N Dale in their first laugh riot in 3-Dimension."

In 2006, it was remastered for digital 3D purposes and rereleased in 2007 along with the Disney Digital 3-D version of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Meet the Robinsons.

Working for Peanuts was also showcased a number of times at the Disney theme parks and was used as a teaser 3D cartoon at Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom, which showcased a 3D movie, Magic Journeys, that was sponsored by Kodak.


While collecting acorns, Chip 'n' Dale discover a peanut that had been thrown from the nearby zoo. At the zoo, guests feed, and Donald Duck takes care of Dolores the Elephant. Chip 'n' Dale try to steal peanuts from the elephant, but their theft is discovered.

Later, Chip whispers a plan in Dale's ear. Together, the two cover themselves in white paint and successfully convince Donald that they belong in an albino chipmunk exhibit at the zoo, where they are fed peanuts.


Also, in 2010, Walt Disney Home Entertainment partnered with Mitsubishi Electric to bring the Disney Digital 3D Showcase Disc to homes across the country. The disc is a full HD 1080P Blu-ray 3D disc and requires a 3D-capable HDTV, 3D-capable Blu-ray player and active shutter glasses to enjoy. The disc is 22 minutes long and includes the short film "Working For Peanuts" in Full HD 3D, along with previews and clips in 3D from Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. The disc is not available for general retail as of August 2010 and is only available as a part of Mitsubishi's 3D Starter Kit which retails for $399.99.


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