Scrooge McDuck And Money (1967)

It may have started with a mouse… but it all ended with Scrooge McDuck and Money. Released roughly three months after Disney’s death, in March 1967, it would in theory be the last cartoon short personally supervised by Walt Disney – if he were still personally supervising this sort of thing. I kinda doubt it.

Uncle Scrooge McDuck was, of course, created by Donald Duck comic book writer/artist Carl Barks in 1947. The character was Disney’s most popular original comic book character, and this appearance twenty years after his creation was his first animated “story” on screen.

Unfortunately the film itself is one of those thinly disguised Hamilton Luske educational films the studio would justify producing because they knew they’d make back its production costs with showings on TV and in rentals to schools. It’s said (on Wikipedia) that the film originally was released with The Jungle Book; however that film was released in October. It was more likely paired with the live action The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (also March 1967) or The Gnome Mobile (released in July 1967). Disney usually put animated shorts with its live pics and live nature shorts with its animated features back then… but I welcome more information.

Here’s the original pressbook for the film (click to enlarge pages) with everything you need to know about it – the actual entire film is embed below that. Isn’t the internet wonderful?

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13 responses to “Scrooge McDuck And Money (1967)

  1. I might mention a bit of trivia that everyone seems to forget; namely, that Uncle Scrooge’s FIRST animated appearance was in the 1955 opening titles of the Mickey Mouse Club. That, of course, was merely a cameo and nowhere near the status of this film….

  2. “Scrooge McDuck and Money” marked the sole occasion wherein Filmation background artist and supervisor Ervin L. Kaplan provided his distinctive, red and purple and green heavy palette for a theatrical Disney production. His work would go on to virtually identify Filmation’s limited background spectrum for years in its aftermath. Whether it was good or bad is irrelevant. What “Scrooge” was is different for the staid Disney organization.

  3. Disney archivist David Smith was a guest at one of the first San Diego Comic-Cons and by my request — since I was then and still am such a huge fan of Carl Barks — he brought a copy of UNCLE SCROOGE AND MONEY to screen. I was almost as disappointed as when I learned that Disney’s film THE MILLION DOLLAR DUCK wasn’t an animated Scrooge McDuck adventure. (Frankly, neither was DUCK TALES, which I once described as “GI JOE with ducks”.)

    • As well as the educational film about steel that Donald is in. It would have made more sense to put that, “Scrooge McDuck and Money”, and the 3 Chip & Dale solo shorts on Chronological Donald Volume 4 instead of padding it out with modern “Mickey Mouse Works” shorts.

  4. That film on the Disney channel many years ago when the were showing the great stuff for adults viewers at night (Disneyland TV show etc.). It’s almost impossible to find it know on VHS/DVD. I was lucky to record all the shows including this one and many other shorts.

  5. Pretty sure I saw this with “The Happiest Millionaire” (1967), Disney’s attempt at an old-school, MGM musical long after MGM gave up.I also keep hoping Disney will round up and release this and the remaining oddities (“Tough to be a Bird”, “Disco Mickey”, the theatrical “Dad, Can I Borrow the Car”, and the Goofy driver’s ed stuff).

  6. wow! that’s the earliest I’ve ever seen the modern Disney-signature, I thought they didn’t use that until the mid-70s. When did they start using it?

  7. Thanks for noticing the error, Mr. Beck! I’m a longtime Wikipedia contributor (albeit not terribly active in Disney articles), and I’ve expunged The Jungle Book suggestion. I think it might have meant “produced at the same time as”, as opposed to being released with Jungle Book, but either way, it’s not appropriate for the article without a reference. I have found a Montreal Gazette movie listing that suggests it was screening with “Blackbeard’s Ghost”. Might different pairings exist in Canada than the US?

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