Donald's bad word?
Some viewers mistakenly infer that Donald says a bad word (e.g. "f---
you!") in response to his altercation with the coiled clock spring. If
you play the scene over several times and listen carefully, what he is
really saying is "Says you!" To which the spring replies, "Says I!"
This gem of a cartoon also depicts Disney's ongoing fascination with
machinery and how it operates, in this case the intricate mechanism of
the clock's inner workings. The same can be noted in THE OLD MILL, a
Silly Symphony, also released in 1937, where the inner machinery is
used to build up suspense in the case of the bird's nest situated in
One element that is sometimes cut from television showings of THE CLOCK
CLEANERS in the iris out shot is the music on the soundtrack, "They
Don't Wear Pants in the Sunny Side of France," considered to be a
naughty song at the time.
Produced in 1937, the same year as Disney's SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN
DWARFS, this is one of the most innovative and entertaining of the
Mickey "Trio" shorts. Highly recommended.
This short features Mickey, Donald, and Goofy as clock cleaners cleaning a
very tall clock tower (possibly Big Ben). What was interesting about this
short was that each of the three characters had some sort of problem.
Mickey kept trying to get a nesting stork out of the clock and the stork
wouldn\'t cooperate, Goofy was hit on the head by a figure resembling the
Statue of Liberty and knocked unconscious, and Donald was having troubles
with a spring that seemed to talk back to him. In fact, Reverend Donald
Wildmon of the American Family Association thought he heard Donald say a
naughty four-letter word that began with the letter "F" followed by the
"you" to the spring. He succeeded in getting Wal Mart to remove all
of a video containing this short off of their shelves and return them to
Disney. Donald was actually saying "Says you!" to the spring.
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