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The Volunteer Worker (1940)

The Volunteer Worker, a commercial short made by Disney to emphasize the importance of volunteer work and charity. The short is a simple one - Donald goes door to door asking for donations,... See full summary »

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Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck (voice)
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The Volunteer Worker, a commercial short made by Disney to emphasize the importance of volunteer work and charity. The short is a simple one - Donald goes door to door asking for donations, but keeps getting the door slammed in his face. There are some fun gags, but nothing too groundbreaking. It's in the choice of Donald and the message that sends that makes this interesting. Sure, Donald was Disney's biggest star, but if you think about generosity or kindness, you probably don't immediately think of Donald. The ultimate aim of the short is to show that if everyone gave a little, then everyone would be better off. This is demonstrated at the end, when a street construction guy gives Donald some money and gets a shiny badge in return. It's a brilliant choice, even if it might have been inadvertent. Donald is the character that most of us really are, as opposed to Mickey, who we want to be. That's what makes him so reliable. And by picking him to illustrate this point, it makes it more... Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Animation | Short

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1 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Donald bénévole  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Donald sings "Heigh Ho" from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' See more »

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A very short Disney cartoon short.
14 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a very short cartoon short from Disney, clocking in at just under three minutes. It features Donald Duck going door to door attempting to collect donations for charity. However, he has been rebuffed from just about everybody. However, he finally got a donation from a city worker, who said he was once helped through donations from generous people like Donald as well.

It's a feel-good cartoon with some funny Donald moments, especially when he gets the doors slammed in his face, and some charitable scenes, when Donald finally receives a donation from the city worker.

Grade A


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