GenreFamily, Comedy, Animation Music directorOliver Wallace CountryUnited States
Release dateDecember 23, 1954 (1954-12-23)
(USA) WriterMilt Schaffer (story), Nick George (story) CastClarence Nash, Bill Thompson Similar moviesWalt Disney produced Grand Canyonscope and No Hunting
Grand Canyonscope is a Donald Duck animated short released in 1954. It was Disney's second cartoon filmed in CinemaScope (following Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom), and was produced to accompany Disney's first CinemaScope film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
It is available on The Chronological Donald, Volume Four, as well as an extra on the DVD release of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Donald is taking a tour of the Grand Canyon. Although he just wants to enjoy the whole exhibition, this is made all but impossible by constant admonishment from the rulebook-wielding tour guide: none other than Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore. Donald and Woodlore continue to irritate each other - Donald by innocently tripping over various regulations ("Don't drop rocks into the canyon; Don't bother the native Americans; Don't yell at Echo Cliff"; You can't be on the tour without a burro to ride"; et al.), and Woodlore by chastising him for it - until Woodlore himself disturbs Louie the Mountain Lion...the last cougar seen in these parts since the Civil War; Louie is, in fact, the same lion! Woodlore is caught in the middle as Louie chases Donald through the Canyon, which results in most of it being destroyed (notably, a number of natural rock formations are smashed). With all the other tourists having fled, Woodlore sternly - and rather insultingly - demands that both Donald and the lion produce another Grand Canyon to replace what they ruined; accordingly, he passes them a couple of shovels and yells at them to start digging. Feeling extremely remorseful, Donald and Louie are actually crazy enough to go along with this; they mopingly begin the ponderous task of restoring the Grand Canyon to its former glory.