Truant Officer Donald

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : August 1, 1941


Donald is responsible for making sure his nephews get to school when they attempt to play hookey.


Donald Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie


Jack King
Ed Love
Paul Allen
Jim Armstrong
Andy Engman
Art Fitzpatrick
Carl Barks
Jack Hannah


Nominated for an Academy Award (Short Subjects - Cartoons.) The award went to "Lend a Paw."


United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 5 : Disney's Best of 1931-1948
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United States
Disney's Best of 1931-1948
All Star Cartoon Review


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1


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Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From Ryan : Donald Duck plays a truant police officer in this short. We've got his nephews playing hooky (or so we think when we first see the short). I liked the part where Donald grabs the nephews and puts them in a bag until he throws them in his truck (you'd think he'd go a little easy on his nephews don't ya?). Then, while he's lecturing them about how crime doesn't pay and how an education is very important, they saw through the bars of the truck while going through a heavily wooded forest. Donald sees them running off and chases them in their hideout. I also laugh at the scene where Donald tries to smoke them out. The nephews put three turkeys in their bed and their hats on each one. Donald then thinks he killed them. When I saw this short for the first time, I thought the nephews really were playing hooky. They weren't. As soon as Donald dragged them to school, he saw a sign that read: SCHOOL CLOSED FOR SUMMER HOLIDAY. This is definitely a classic Donald Duck short and would fall into my "favorites" categories.
From Bo Engwall : Here is a another example of a theme sometimes later used by Carl Barks himself in his 10-pagers for Walt Disney´s Comics & Stories. Both in a 1946 and a 1949 story, even with reused gags. In the late fifties Barks somewhat copied himself in similar fashion from earlier comic book work, but that is another story.
From Baruch Weiss : This cartoon is quite similar to a Little Audrey cartoon titled "Fish Tackler" it's pretty much the same in both cartoons with the exception of the ending. In this cartoon Donald deflates, but in the Little Audrey cartoon the Truant Officer becomes a slave to the cute little girl!

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