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The New Spirit (1942)

Animated documentary promoting timely filing and payment of Federal income taxes, demonstrated by Donald Duck's difficulties with his tax return.

Directors:

Wilfred Jackson (uncredited), Ben Sharpsteen (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Cliff Edwards ... (singing voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)
Fred Shields ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Singing Group (uncredited)
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Storyline

This short was made expressly for and under the auspices of War Activities Committee of the U. S. Treasury Department, and was distributed to theatres at no charge by only National Screen Services, since the War Activities Committee nor the U. S. Treasury Department had no film-exchange offices nor a theatre-distribution set-up. The premise is that it would take 'taxes to beat the axis', and Donald Duck is a reluctant tax-payer until he listens to a radio broadcast concerning the importance of all U.S. citizens to pay their share of taxes, and Donald gets into a conversation with the radio commentator, and learns why it is important to pay taxes to beat the axis. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

新しい精神 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the commissioner, The US Secretary of the Treasury, learned of the proposal of using Donald Duck as the feature character of the film, he insisted on a generic "Mr. Taxpayer" character instead. Walt Disney managed to convince him that using one of the studio's most popular characters would make for a more entertaining film and therefore, give a more effective message to the audience. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Spirit of '43 (1943) See more »

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like it or not, you gotta pay for war
27 March 2012 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I don't find "The New Spirit" very interesting simply as a cartoon. But it retroactively brings up an important point: you can't wage unfunded wars. Regardless of what you think about war, there's still no way to wage it unless you tax people. To be certain, Franklin Roosevelt imposed very high taxes on the rich. George W. Bush, on the other hand, cut taxes during wartime and simply told people to go shopping. There can be no doubt that waging the unfunded wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (to say nothing of deregulating Wall Street) contributed to the worldwide economic crisis.

OK, too much analysis. As I said, this cartoon is nothing special.


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