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The Spirit of '43 (1943)

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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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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The title is based on the Archibald MacNeal Willard (1836-1918) painting "The Spirit of '76" (previously known as Yankee Doodle) which was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. He was inspired by a hometown parade seen shortly after the American Civil War. See more »

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Spender: It's your dough ain't it?
Thrifty: Aye, laddie, it's your dough, but it's your war too!
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Edited from The New Spirit (1942) See more »

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How would this play today?
17 June 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent wartime morale-builder cartoon that gently and amusingly not only prods the viewer to save rather than spend, but reminds him that paying taxes is a patriotic act, particularly in wartime.

The only jarring note that I found in watching the second half of the cartoon, when the Donald Duck humor gives way to a histrionic, almost bombastic call to pay taxes to finance more and more weapons to destroy the Axis powers, was the chilling realization that if a film like this was made today, it would probably be laughed out of the cinema by our modern, ultra-"cool" and supposedly sophisticated audience.

We should consider ourselves lucky that back in the 1940's, our forefathers were still "gullible" enough to believe cartoons like this and to fight the Nazis.


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