Chip an’ Dale (1947)
Starring: Donald Duck and Chip ‘n Dale
Setting: Donald’s winter cabin
Plot: Donald, freezing in his cabin, goes out to gather some more wood for the fire but inadvertently chops down the chipmunks’ home. This leaves Chip ‘n Dale following him inside to take back their house/stump.
All appearances for Chip ‘n Dale up to this point have been as two identically drawn, unnamed chipmunks. Now they have their distinct characteristics and personalities: Chip is the more serious, leader type with a tiny black nose while Dale is more clumsy and dim with a bulbous red nose and two buck teeth.
The title card gives Dale his red nose while it remains black during the actual cartoon.
What’s with the poster for this cartoon? There’s a mysterious third chipmunk and a bowl of fruit that’s nary to be seen in the short.
Putting a Bow on It:
There’s been A LOT of chipmunk representation in this series of reviews. There’s just something about winter and rustic cabins that just beg for Chip ‘n Dale shenanigans. This is their fourth short and all but twice has the action not been instigated by either Mickey or Donald cutting down a tree. With Corn Chips, the action stays outside while in Squatter’s Rights the rodents were already inhabiting Mickey’s cabin. Either way, I’ll always be sure to check any tree I chop down for any critters who might be living in it. Then again, I can’t imagine a circumstance where I’d ever venture into the woods to get a tree…