Donald Duck Presents was a television series that aired on the Disney Channel in the 1980s. It showed Disney's classic cartoons. A similar show called Good Morning, Mickey aired on the channel around the same time. Although Donald Duck shorts were the primary programming, as suggested by the name, additional cartoons featuring Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Chip and Dale, Pluto, as well as Silly Symphonies, Disney featurettes, and others Disney-based shorts were shown. Some Max Fleischer cartoons were shown as well, under the title of "The Fabulous Fleischer Folio".
The show first aired on September 1, 1983, a few months after the Disney Channel was launched. Its timeslot for its early run was at 8 a.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, making it the third program of the Disney Channel's initial 16-hour programming day.
Brief clips and segues featuring Donald Duck typically were placed between each short. The shorts oftentimes were edited down, removing the opening and closing credits, and in some cases, edited for length.
The intro featured a cavalcade of scenes from classic Disney shorts, and a theme song. Unlike that of Good Morning, Mickey, which features all of the characters in the theme, it featured only Donald (and his nephews).
Episode list (incomplete)
|#||Short 1||Short 2||Short 3||Short 4|
|001||How to Dance||Mickey's Revue||What Should I Do?: The Project||Crazy with the Heat|
|002||Donald's Lucky Day||Brave Little Tailor||Mickey's Polo Team||Up a Tree|
|003||Donald's Crime||Camp Dog|
|004||Bearly Asleep||The Little Stranger (Fleischer)||The Moth and the Flame|
|005||More Kittens||Monstro the Whale (scene from Pinocchio)||Farmyard Symphony|
|006||The Flying Squirrel||Two Gun Goofy||Officer Duck|
|007||Grin and Bear It||Cold Turkey||Lion Down||The Ugly Duckling|
|008||Self Control||Thru the Mirror||The Litterbug||The Pointer|
|009||Donald's Dream Voice||Moving Day||Sleepy Time Donald||No Smoking|
|010||Birds in the Spring||Cinderella's Surprise Dress (scene from Cinderella)||Golden Eggs|
|011||Father Noah's Ark||Snubbed by a Snob (Fleischer)||Aquamania|
|012||The Village Smithy||The Sorcerer's Apprentice (scene from Fantasia)||Window Cleaners|
|013||Crazy Over Daisy||Mickey's Garden||Trailer Horn||Motor Mania|
The show was released only on VHS PAL in the UK as part of a six-volume set which also each featured an episode of Good Morning, Mickey, Welcome to Pooh Corner, The Mouse Factory, and Mousercise. Unlike the stateside version of the show, however, there were no cartoon shorts released, likely so as to avoid confusion with Good Morning, Mickey. Instead, it contained different Disney featurettes.
- Volume One contains "Adventures of J. Thaddeus Toad"
- Volume Two contains "A Day at Disneyland"
- Volume Three contains "Donald in Mathmagic Land"
- Volume Four contains "Bear Country"
- Volume Five contains "Magic and Music" and "Peter and the Wolf"
- Volume Six contains "Nature's Half Acre"
In Australia, six more VHS tapes (for a total of twelve) were released containing additional featurettes. Along with them, one Christmas-themed one was also released:
- Volume Seven contains "Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet" and "The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met"
- Volume Eight contains "It's Tough to Be a Bird"
- Volume Twelve contains "In Shape with Von Drake"
- The Christmas Volume contains "The Making of Mickey's Christmas Carol"