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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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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 »

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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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Tax time for Donald
6 August 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In this documentary short, Donald Duck has just been paid. We've got two sides of the average American: the thrifty (the side that urges you to save part of your money for important things such as your income tax) and the spender (who urges you to spend your money on anything you want). I have been a big fan of Disney for pretty much my whole life. It was not until the previous two years that I had learned of the wartime cartoons such as this one. I have wanted to see them so bad. Well, I finally got the chance after a collector sent me a video of rare Disney shorts at my request. This one encourages Americans to pay their income tax on time so that they can help win the war. It's either the taxes or the Axis. Every dollar you spend is just like supporting the Axis because it doesn't go to help the Allies. After some time making decisions, Donald decides to pay his income tax. No Disney fan should be without this short.


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