The short was partially produced using a new "paperless" production pipeline for Disney, the first major change in production technique for hand-drawn animation at Disney since the introduction of CAPS, and was also an attempt to see if the new digital animation tools could be used to produce a short with the same graphic look as that of a 1940s cartoon. Instead of animating with pencil on paper, some of the animators, such as Dale Baer, worked on Wacom's cintiq tablets along with Toon Boom Harmony for the animation, while other animators such as Mark Henn and Andreas Deja continued to work in the traditional method with pencil on paper. It was reported on Animation World Network that about 50% of the short was done in the new paperless technique. However Disney's next hand-drawn animated feature The Princess and the Frog only used paperless with the animation effects and coloring while not in the character's animation, which is still done in paper and then scanned.
The short was released with the Disney film National Treasure: Book of Secrets on December 21, 2007. It was also paired with The Game Plan for the film's release in the United Kingdom. The short was shown early at the "Animate with the Greats" class taking place at Facet's Theatre. Several Walt Disney Animation Studios animation artists taught the class, including Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers. It is also available for purchase on the iTunes Store. The three-minute "have a laugh!" version can be viewed on Disney's "have a laugh!" video page. Both versions of the cartoon were released on the first "have a laugh!" DVD release in October 2010. It was included in the Animation Show of Shows in 2007. The short is also included in the Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Film Collection Blu-ray/DVD that was released on August 18, 2015.