Donald's Decision

A Wartime Short

Release Date : January 11, 1942

Running Time : 3:34


Donald wrestles with his conscience in a decision of whether to buy war bonds or not.


Donald Duck
Donald's Angel
Donald's Devil


Ford Beebe


United States
Disney Treasures : On the Front Lines

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


From Jerry Edwards : This third Canadian bond film, using animation from Donald's Better Self and Self Control shows Donald relaxing in a hammock when he is encouraged by a radio voice to buy war savings certificates. Donald yawns and begins to go to sleep, saying "Tomorrow." An angel urges Donald to buy war savings certificates NOW and a Nazi devil tells Donald to spend the money on himself. The Nazi loses the verbal arguement with the angel and "blitzes" him, but the angel recovers and, after proper retaliation, steers Donald on his rightful path to the post office. Although a "Public Service" cartoon instead of a regular entertainment cartoon, I consider it nicely done.
From Ryan : This propaganda short uses animation from a small segment of Self Control and the rest is from Donald's Better Self. I enjoyed the part where Donald's devil and his angel keep telling him how he should spend his money. As soon as the angel kicks the devil's butt, he hands Donald his piggy bank (which were actually a set of books in Donald's better self). Instead of going to school, Donald goes to the post office. This cartoon had quite a bit of entertainment value in it, but it was mainly fun historicalwise.

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