"What kind of a crazy place is this?"Donald in Mathmagic Land
is a 1959
animated cartoon short by the Walt Disney
Studios, starring Donald Duck
. On release, it was paired with the feature film Darby O'Gill and the Little People
. The film was made available to schools and became one of the most popular educational films ever made by Disney.
This cartoon provides examples of:
- Disney Acid Sequence: Pretty much the whole short, save for the scenes devoted to the games. The best examples are the opening scene in the forest and Donald's mental exercises.
- Edutainment Show: And how!
- Hey, It's That Voice!: The True Spirit of Adventure (and narrator) is voiced by Paul Frees.
- Mouthful of Pi: A bird in Mathmagic Land (incorrectly) counts the value of pi instead of chirping.
- Roger Rabbit Effect: In the billiards scene, Donald plays with a live-action player, and at one point is seen making a shot with a real cue.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: At the end, the pentagram turns into a long hallway of doors, which Donald runs through, entering one door at one wall and coming out another at the other.
- Shout-Out: During the chess game sequence, Donald is dressed in an all-too-familiar blue dress, with blond hair.
- The chess game itself is also a shout-out to Alice Through the Looking Glass.
- The walking pencil is also from the Disney adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
- Visual Pun: In the opening scene, set in the forest, the trees all have square roots.