The Best Episodes of Disney Animated Shorts

Self Control

#1 - Self Control

Season 1938 - Episode 1

Donald tries to learn self-control with the help of radio announcer Uncle Smiley. But he finds that the radio advice is difficult to follow in real life.

Directors: Jack King
Babes in the Woods

#2 - Babes in the Woods

Season 1932 - Episode 21

Two lost children chance upon a village of elves when an evil witch comes to call. A reworked retelling of the "Hansel and Gretel" story.

Directors: Burt Gillett
Father's Day Off

#3 - Father's Day Off

Season 1953 - Episode 1

Mrs. Goofy leaves for the day leaving the house in the hands of her husband, Goofy. Goofy is confident that he can handle the day's household chores but he keeps making typical goof-ups while attempting them. His first mistake is sending Junior to school on a Saturday. At first, he just makes small blunders but, of course, they keep escalating to the point where his house is flooded, scribbled on, set on fire, invaded by firemen and policemen alike, and, basically, an utter disaster area when the wife returns.

Directors: Jack Kinney
They're Off

#4 - They're Off

Season 1948 - Episode 1

The science of horse racing. Goofy shows the proper way to pick a winner, with a horse race that comes down to a photo finish as a finale.

Directors: Jack Hannah
Der Fuehrer's Face

#5 - Der Fuehrer's Face

Season 1943 - Episode 1

A German ""oom-pah"" band parades through town extolling the ""virtues"" of the Fuehrer with the title song. They awaken Donald Duck who has to go to work in a Nazi munitions factory, much to his regret. Luckily in the end, after a frantic workday trying to alternate between making bombs and saluting Hitler, he finds that it has all been a nightmare and that he is still living the the good old U.S.A. Der Fuehrer's Face won the 1942 Academy Award for Best Short Subjects: Cartoons.

Directors: Jack Kinney
Chips Ahoy

#6 - Chips Ahoy

Season 1956 - Episode 1

Chip 'n' Dale find an acorn heaven on an island in the middle of a pond. But they need to borrow Donald's ship in a bottle to get there.

Directors: Jack Kinney
The Village Smithy

#7 - The Village Smithy

Season 1942 - Episode 1

Blacksmith Donald has two tasks on his list: put a new iron rim on a wagon wheel, and shoe Jenny, a female donkey. But the rim won't stay smooth, and the donkey doesn't want the shoes.

Directors: Dick Lundy
A Knight for a Day

#8 - A Knight for a Day

Season 1946 - Episode 1

Goofy (as Cedric) is preparing his knight, Sir Loinsteak, for a joust against Sir Cumference when an accident demands that Goofy take his place and, in the process, win the hand of the Princess Esmerelda.

Directors: Jack Hannah
Boat Builders

#9 - Boat Builders

Season 1938 - Episode 2

Mickey, Donald, and Goofy construct the ship "Queen Minnie" from folding component parts. When Minnie launches the ship by hitting it with a champagne bottle, she whacks it so hard that, once out at sea, it separates into its parts again.

Directors: Ben Sharpsteen
Donald's Happy Birthday

#10 - Donald's Happy Birthday

Season 1949 - Episode 2

Huey, Dewey, and Louie earn enough money to buy their Uncle Donald a birthday present. Donald, not knowing what the money is for, wants the kids to save their money for a rainy day. The boys manage to get the money back and buy Donald a box of cigars. Donald thinks the boys have taken up smoking and force them to smoke the cigars.

Directors: Jack Hannah
The Opry House

#11 - The Opry House

Season 1929 - Episode 2

Mickey owns and performs at his own theatre, going in drag as a harem girl, in a derby as a Hasidic Jew, and finally in a wig as a fancy pianist.

Directors: Walt Disney
Paperman

#12 - Paperman

Season 2012 - Episode 2

An urban office worker finds that paper airplanes are instrumental in meeting a girl in ways he never expected.

Directors: John Kahrs
Donald's Dog Laundry

#13 - Donald's Dog Laundry

Season 1940 - Episode 2

Donald builds himself a ""Modern Dog Washer"" and Pluto just happens to be handy to try it out on. All Donald has to do is to find a way to get him into it.

Directors: Jack King
Donald's Better Self

#14 - Donald's Better Self

Season 1938 - Episode 3

Donald's good side gets him out out bed and ready for school, while his bad side tempts him to go off fishing.

Directors: Jack King
Donald's Tire Trouble

#15 - Donald's Tire Trouble

Season 1943 - Episode 3

A flat tire proves to be more than enough to try Donald's patience.

Directors: Dick Lundy
Tugboat Mickey

#16 - Tugboat Mickey

Season 1940 - Episode 3

Tugboat captain Mickey is cleaning his boat when he receives an SOS! Only Mickey, Donald and Goofy can save the day.

Directors: Gerry Clyde Geronomi
When the Cat's Away

#17 - When the Cat's Away

Season 1929 - Episode 3

While Tom Cat, drunk on bootlegged hooch, is away hunting, Mickey, Minnie, and an army of mice ransack the feline's home for food.

Directors: Walt Disney
The Little Whirlwind

#18 - The Little Whirlwind

Season 1941 - Episode 3

Minnie wants Mickey to clean up her yard - or else he won't get any of her just-out-of-the-oven cake. Mickey cleans the yard, but then wrecks it trying to get rid of a pesky tornado. And does he get his cake? What do you think?

Directors: Riley Thompson
Tangled Ever After

#19 - Tangled Ever After

Season 2012 - Episode 1

The kingdom is abuzz over the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.

Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Billposters

#20 - Billposters

Season 1940 - Episode 4

Donald and Goofy attempt to post bills; Donald gets into it with a windmill while Goofy has it out with an angry goat.

Directors: Gerry Clyde Geronomi
Symphony Hour

#21 - Symphony Hour

Season 1942 - Episode 4

Never leave the instruments of a radio symphony orchestra in care of Goofy! That's what Mickey does, they end up getting squashed in a elevator, and the orchestra ends up sounding like Spike Jones.

Directors: Riley Thompson
The Plowboy

#22 - The Plowboy

Season 1929 - Episode 4

Mickey flirts with Minnie on the farm, but she spurns him - making him look bad in the eyes of his helper, Horace Horsecollar.

Directors: Ub Iwerks
Pluto and the Armadillo

#23 - Pluto and the Armadillo

Season 1943 - Episode 4

Mickey stays pretty much in the background as Pluto befriends an armadillo while on a South American trip. He at first fights with the animal, but not after thinking he's killed it.

Directors: Gerry Clyde Geronomi
Donald's Nephews

#24 - Donald's Nephews

Season 1938 - Episode 5

Donald's first encounter with his three ""angel"" nephews, who proceed to destroy his home. Donald turns to the book ""Modern Child Training"" for help.

Directors: Jack King
Donald's Snow Fight

#25 - Donald's Snow Fight

Season 1942 - Episode 5

After getting Donald's dander up in a sledding ""accident"", it's all out snow-war between Donald and his nephews.

Directors: Jack King