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Wide Open Spaces is a Donald Duck cartoon that was originally released on September 12, 1947.


Donald travels a countryside in the middle of the night, and tired of driving all day he pulls up at the "Hold Up Motel" to get some rest. His tiredness makes him initially accept to sleep outside on a cot in the porch after the Motel owner tells him that there are no rooms left, up until the man states that using the cot would cost 16 dollars. This shocks Donald and so he angrily knots the Motel owner's arm, only to get kicked back into his own car by him.

Without a shelter, Donald drives his car on a spot in the wilderness where he decides to set up an air mattress and finally get some sleep. After a few struggles to pump up the mattress, Donald lays down to sleep. As soon as he does that a lump bumps up on his belly, which is caused by a small rock beneath the mattress. Angered, he grabs the rock and throws it away on the top of a pinned hill, but while falling down the rock causes a chain reaction which ultimately sends a huge boulder toward Donald, who gets on his car and tries to drive away, but the boulder crashes the vehicle against a tree comically turning it into a vintage car-looking wreck. Donald lays on the mattress and falls asleep, only to drag himself in his sleep and drop in the bottom of the river where he momentarily sleeps with a big-sized fish before waking up and rushing back to the surface, much to the fish's astonishment.

Towards the end of the night, Donald finally gets some sleep, when he's annoyed by the springy branch of a nearby pine which keeps hitting him. Frustrated, Donald blocks the branch by vertically inserting a dry branch, and falls asleep on the mattress with no more hassles. Just when everything seemed settled down, the dry branch springs its grip unblocking the pine's branch, which wobbles up and down violently while hitting the handle of the pump (which hose was still connected to the mattress' valve). This causes Donald's mattress to get excessively inflated and it floats up until dispatching to the pump and deflating away while Donald is still sleeping.

As the mattress deflates in mind-air, it propels all the way back to the Hold-Up Motel landing right on its porch's cot. The owner comes out and believing that Donald has spent the entire night on the cot, he asks him the 16 dollars, which Donald absently gives. Right after paying, the time for using the cot expires and so the Motel owner kicks Donald out of the porch making him lie down on a nearby cactus. Despite being embraced by the cactus' arms, Donald continues to sleep.


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The Wise Little Hen | Donald and Pluto | Don Donald | Modern Inventions| Donald's Ostrich | Self Control | Donald's Better Self | Donald's Nephews | Good Scouts | Donald's Golf Game | Donald's Lucky Day | The Hockey Champ | Donald's Cousin Gus | Beach Picnic | Sea Scouts | Donald's Penguin | The Autograph Hound | Officer Duck
The Riveter | Donald's Dog Laundry | Mr. Duck Steps Out | Put-Put Troubles | Donald's Vacation | The Volunteer Worker | Window Cleaners | The Fire Chief | Timber | The Golden Eggs | A Good Time for a Dime | Early to Bed | Truant Officer Donald | Old MacDonald Duck | Donald's Camera | Chef Donald | Donald's Snow Fight | Donald Gets Drafted | Donald's Garden | Donald's Gold Mine | The Vanishing Private | The Village Smithy | Sky Trooper | Bellboy Donald | Der Fuehrer's Face | Donald's Tire Trouble | The Flying Jalopy | Fall Out-Fall In | The Old Army Game | Home Defense | Trombone Trouble | Donald Duck and the Gorilla | Contrary Condor | Commando Duck | The Plastics Inventor | Donald's Off Day | The Clock Watcher | The Eyes Have It | Donald's Crime | Duck Pimples | Cured Duck | Old Sequoia | Donald's Double Trouble | Wet Paint | Dumbell of the Yukon | Lighthouse Keeping | Straight Shooters | Sleepy Time Donald | Clown of the Jungle | Donald's Dilemma | Bootle Beetle | Wide Open Spaces | Chip an' Dale | Drip Dippy Donald | Daddy Duck | Donald's Dream Voice | The Trial of Donald Duck | Inferior Decorator | Soup's On | Three for Breakfast | Tea for Two Hundred | Donald's Happy Birthday | Sea Salts | Winter Storage | Honey Harvester | All in a Nutshell | The Greener Yard | Slide, Donald, Slide | Toy Tinkers
Lion Around | Crazy Over Daisy | Trailer Horn | Hook, Lion and Sinker | Bee at the Beach | Out on a Limb | Dude Duck | Corn Chips | Test Pilot Donald | Lucky Number | Bee on Guard | Donald Applecore | Let's Stick Together | Uncle Donald's Ants | Trick or Treat | Don's Fountain of Youth | The New Neighbor | Rugged Bear | Working for Peanuts | Canvas Back Duck | Spare the Rod | Donald's Diary | Dragon Around | Grin and Bear It | The Flying Squirrel | Grand Canyonscope | No Hunting | Bearly Asleep | Beezy Bear | Up a Tree | Chips Ahoy
The Litterbug
Educational Shorts
How to Have an Accident in the Home | How to Have an Accident at Work|Donald in Mathmagic Land | Donald and the Wheel | Steel and America | Donald's Fire Survival Plan | Family Planning
See Also
DuckTales and Quack Pack

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