Monday, February 11, 2019

Ornament Review: Jolly Donald - Disney Christmas Carolers - 2018 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Donald adds fun to this trio
Cons: His jaws are too loud when he sings
The Bottom Line:
Donald caroling
He's rather loud when he sings
Still fun overall

Donald is Ready to Sing for You

While Donald Duck is normally angry, Hallmark likes to cast him against type when Christmas rolls around.  That's why he is dubbed Jolly Donald as part of the Disney Christmas Carolers set Hallmark released in 2018.

With this ornament, Donald joins Mickey and Goofy out caroling.  Donald's normal blue shirt has become a blue sweater, and he's getting into the festive mood with a red Santa hat and red scarf.  He's standing under a street light and he's holding a green song book in his hands.

This ornament is nice on its own, but it isn't worth the price.  To understand why it is expensive, you need to plug it into Hallmark's Power Cord (sold separately).  When you do that, you'll see the light above Donald's head lights up, and he becomes ready to sing.  Press the button, and Donald starts to sing "Deck the Halls."  And, if you have Mickey and Goofy in your collection as well, you'll enjoy all three of them singing along on the song.  All told, the song lasts about 30 seconds.

Unfortunately, Donald does have one feature that annoys me.  All three ornaments have a little bit of motion, and Donald moves his mouth as he sings.  The snapping of the plastic becomes annoying very quickly.  And since he is moving his mouth whenever he sings, we hear it quite a bit.  I wish they had found a way to do it without so much snapping.  Mickey and Goofy aren't nearly as loud, so there had to be a way it could have been done.

Donald is standing on a nice, round base, so you can set this ornament out if you want.  Or, you can hang him on your tree.  You'll find that he hangs straight if you do that.

The snapping of the jaw is annoying, but overall, I'm still glad I added Jolly Donald to my collection.

Original Price: $34.99

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