Clown of the Jungle

Clown of the Jungle is a 1947 American animated short film directed by Jack Hannah and produced by Walt Disney, featuring Donald Duck.[1] It marks the first short film in which the Aracuan Bird (first seen in The Three Caballeros) appeared. The cartoon was directed by Jack Hannah with music by Oliver Wallace. In the short film, Donald Duck is visiting the jungle to photograph its tropical birds, but things take a turn for the worse when Donald encounters the Aracuan Bird.

Clown of the Jungle
Directed byJack Hannah
Produced byWalt Disney
Story byRay Patin
Payne Thebaut
StarringClarence Nash
Pinto Colvig
Music byOliver Wallace
Animation byAndy Engman
Volus Jones
Bill Justice
Hal King
Layouts byYale Gracey
Backgrounds byThelma Witmer
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • June 20, 1947 (1947-06-20)
Running time
CountryUnited States


In the South American jungle, the narrator introduces us to the various birds living there and to wildlife photographer Donald Duck intent on getting some pictures. Unfortunately, all his attempts to photograph birds are ruined by the "clown of the jungle", the Aracuan Bird. Example: when Donald attempts to photograph a chorus line of hummingbirds, the Aracuan Bird interrupts the picture with a Russian kick dance. Donald becomes aggravated to the point where he gives chase but the bird always manages to outsmart Donald and make short work of his sanity.

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  • Mickey's Mouse Tracks, episode #54
  • Donald's Quack Attack, episode #64

Home mediaEdit


  • Donald's Birthday Bash


  • Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Volume 3


  • The hammer sound from Roustabouts can be heard when Donald and the Aracuan are hammering a nail.
  • On The Chronological Donald, Volume Three, the opening theme uses the cut-short 1947 Donald Duck theme instead of the first Mickey Mouse theme it originally used.
  • When Donald goes insane and starts acting like the Aracuan at the very end, he breaks the fourth wall by walking along the black iris and shrinking with it.


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 74–76. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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