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The Trial of Donald Duck (1948)

Donald is caught in the rain while eating his lunch. He ducks into a restaurant for a cup of coffee, but Chez Pierre is a very ritzy place, and by the time all is said and done, he's facing... See full summary »

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Donald is caught in the rain while eating his lunch. He ducks into a restaurant for a cup of coffee, but Chez Pierre is a very ritzy place, and by the time all is said and done, he's facing a bill for $35.99, and he only got a drop of coffee, and he only has a nickel. Pierre takes him to court, where this story is told, and is ordered to pay $10 or wash dishes for ten days. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The bill adds up to $33.99, not $35.99. For that matter, the tax rate is over 30%, but then, the waiter is evil. See more »

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[Donald, having been found guilty, is serving his sentence in the restaurant, washing dishes for ten days. Most of the dishes, however, get smashed by Donald]
Pierre: [pleadingly] Please, I forgive you, but don't wash any more dishes. I'll pay you. I'll... I'll feed you! Anything!
[he sobs]
Donald Duck: You heard what the judge said: ten days.
Pierre: [shocked] Ten more days!
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Edited into Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988) See more »

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The Duck & The Law
10 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.

THE TRIAL OF DONALD DUCK attempts to prove his innocence of alleged bad behavior whilst a patron at the Café Chez Pierre.

Routine animation cannot detract from the enjoyment of watching the Duck in various stages of having a temper tantrum. Clarence "Ducky" Nash supplies Donald's unique voice.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.


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