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“At Home with Donald Duck”
Season 3, Episode 11
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Air date: November 21, 1956
Directed by Jack Hannah
C. August Nichols
Disneyland Episodes
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"Along the Oregon Trail"
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"Pluto's Day"
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Cover for the MCA DiscoVision release.

"At Home with Donald Duck" (retitled "Happy Birthday, Donald" in syndication) is an animated episode of Disneyland.  

Synopsis

It's Donald Duck's birthday and his nephews decide to buy their uncle a box of cigars. Donald gets suspicious of his nephews' secrecy and when he sees them exiting the tobacco story, he is convinced that they've taken up smoking, so he busrts into their treehouse and forces them to smoke the entire box. However, when Donald discovers his birthday card inside the box, Donald feels so guilty that he literally shrinks with shame. Afterwards, Donald receives a visit from his hipster-sounding conscience, who tells him that "even a worm can turn" and convinces him to throw the boys a party - on his birthday.

Donald invites the boys in for their party and his idea of celebrating involves watching some of his cartoons, but he reluctantly shows Mickey and the Seal instead when his nephews play onto his conscience. After it's over, the boys now want to watch a Goofy cartoon, but Donald refuses, insisting that it's his turn now. His conscience then convinces him to have a coin-flip bet with the boys, but Donald tries to cheat by using a coin with heads on both sides. The conscience alerts the boys, so they stage a trick so that Donald runs after it along the street while they watch Foul Hunting themselves.

The clock then strikes 5:00, meaning it's time for The Mickey Mouse Club, so the boys out on their Mouseketeer hats and turn on their television to see Mickey. Meanwhile, Donald finally catches his coin and walks inside to see the boys watching TV, so he unplugs the set and tells the boys it's "busted". Faced with the prospect of watching their uncle's cartoons over and over again, the conscience advises the boys to prank Donald by getting his film reel to roll into the street and chase after it, giving the boys a chance to watch Pluto's Blue Note and then Mickey's Circus.

When Donald returns to get the projector ready once more, the conscience reveals Donald's "busted" prank to the boys and they retaliate by telling him to get a bigger projector picture by going far back outside and then locking him out. After being tricked, Donald gets revenge by going to the TV station and hijacking the "Mousekartoon" portion of the show to present his cartoon, Sea Salts, as the Mousekartoon in question.

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Trivia

  • When the episode first aired, the Mickey Mouse Club segment that the nephews watch on TV was the original 1950s version. When it re-aired in the 1970s and '80s, however, it was updated to feature the 1977 revival of the show.

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