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The Spirit of '43 (1943)

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Donald Duck deals with income taxes and their benefit to the American war effort in this inspirational documentary short animated film.




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Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice)


Donald Duck deals with income taxes and their benefit to the American war effort in this inspirational documentary short animated film.

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7 January 1943 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was a government-suggested sequel to The New Spirit (1942). When that film premiered, American tax rates shot up dramatically, and Americans paid. To recreate the success, it was suggested a sequel be made, using the same finale as The New Spirit (propaganda imagery of factories running and Nazi vehicles being destroyed), but using a new opening. See more »


Spender: [to Donald Duck, making "curvaceous woman" sign with his hands] I've got some good dates for us.
Thrifty: [to Donald Duck, pointing to due dates for income tax payments on flip calendar] But laddie, I've got some *better* dates!
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Edited from The New Spirit (1942) See more »

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War propaganda
3 May 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

In this Donald Duck short Donald Duck has a dilemma. Spend his money or save it to pay tax and help the American soldiers who are fighting in WW-II. It is an aggressive short and although the Americans were the good guys I don't like propaganda like this. A cartoon character must be used only to entertain and not for political statements. 5/10.

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