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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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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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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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One of the few Disney animated shorts available in the Public Domain. 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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Interesting if more than historical value than entertainment
30 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My love for animation, Disney and Donald Duck were what drew me to seeing The Spirit of 43 in the first place. While it is a good and interesting short, I can definitely see why some people and children will dislike it today. Some of it, as it takes on difficult and important issues of the time- something that may come across as dated now-, does get a little too heavy-handed- though also well-intended- and the pace can feel dull due to the serious rather than entertaining nature(though considering the subject it in evaluation couldn't have been any other way). However, the animation is great with good detail and colour, and interestingly Donald's counterpoint looks like an early version of Scrooge McDuck. The war images are very well done and do make their point, if perhaps somewhat too obviously. The music is rousing and dynamic and the story is unique and of good historical interest. The two ducks(Donald and the thrifty) are very strongly characterised and interact very well.

In conclusion, The Spirit of 43 is an interesting Disney short, and made well. But it is more for historical rather than entertainment value, and some- while acknowledging how it would have been received back in 1943 where it would have been more relevant- may find it dull, heavy-handed and dated today. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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