This cartoon was also the first ever pre-recorded program (in this case, film) to be televised in the United States, airing as part of NBC's "first night" of sponsored programming on May 3, 1939.
The short was directed by Jack King, and animated by Lee Morehouse, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Don Towsley. The story was created by Jack Hannah and Carl Barks.
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In the United States on Cartoon Classics: Limited Gold Editions: Donald
In Germany on Donald Duck Geht in die Luft, Drei Caballeros im Sambafieber, Goofy und Pluto Total Verrückt, and Mit Mir Nicht
In France on Disney Parade 3
In Italy on Paperino, Sono Io ... Paperino, Cartoons Disney 6
Laserdisc and DVD
The short can be found on the Japanese laserdiscs Hello Donald, Donald: Limited Gold Edition, and Disney Cartoon Festival 3. It can also be found on Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald DVD, which was released on May 18, 2004.
It was later reaired on television on:
The Ink and Paint Club, episode 21, Goin' to the Birds