Shade #12: Crazy Over Daisy (1950)
Starring: Donald Duck, Chip ‘n Dale and Daisy Duck
Costarring: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy
Setting: An Early 1900s Town
Plot: Donald gets sidetracked by Chip n’ Dale while bicycling to his date with Daisy.
Box of Chocolates:
An original song, “Crazy Over Daisy,” was written to accompany the short and is also used as the score.
Animated humans appear in this cartoon.
Donald’s design looks like a young Scrooge McDuck and closely resembles Scrooge from his flashback scenes in Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983).
Much like The Nifty Nineties, this cartoon evokes Disneyland’s Main Street, USA which wouldn’t be built for another five years. The song, "Crazy Over Daisy," was even rewritten as "Meet Me Down on Main Street" for a Disneyland album.
Daisy’s design is modified as well. She has a fancy blonde hair-do along with quite the curvy (and humanoid) figure.
Daisy drops a “23 skidoo” on Donald – oh, snap!
The Morning After:
I really thought Donald was going to finally get one over on Chip ‘n Dale when he ingeniously imprisoned them in his makeshift bicycle/hamster wheel contraption. But Daisy was more interested in liberating the mistreated rodents than her dapper date with flowers and chocolates in tow. Aside from all of that, this really feels like a bigger short than most. It has its own song, the animation looks crisper, we are in a different era, we get different designs for both Donald and Daisy and we even get cameos from Mickey, Minnie and Goofy.