The Trial of Donald Duck

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : July 30, 1948

Running Time : 6:47


All Donald wants is a cup of coffee when he gets mixed up in a misunderstanding about the abnormally huge bill.


Donald Duck
Pierre, the Waiter


Jack King
Edwin Aardal
Fred Kopietz
Paul Allen
Jack Boyd
Merle T. Cox
Don Griffith
Dan MacManus
Oliver Wallace


Alle Enten Fertig ... Los!
Donald Se Fache!
Vita da Paperi


Goin' Quackers


United States
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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 : I absolutely love this short. Donald is in court and is telling the judge that he was outside in the park feeding some pigeons. As soon as it begins to rain, he goes into a fancy restaurant for a cup of coffee. I always find myself laughing at how Donald loses his temper with chef Pierre when he is given a tiny cup of coffee that, in my opinion, wouldn't even be worth a penny. Donald takes out his own food from his lunch box that he brought in. Chef Pierre decides to BILL DONALD FOR HIS OWN FOOD. This is how they wound up in court. I enjoy the ending of this short where Donald frantically washes the dishes of Pierre's restaurant in order to pay for the bill. He ends up breaking most of them.
From Baruch Weiss : This was the last cartoon directed by Jack King. Pierre is such a jerk for giving Donald a tiny cup of coffee (which is not worth a cent at all) and then charging Donald for his own food. Some restaurants don't allow outside food or beverages, but it's hard to see why Donald was billed for his own food. He probably was far from his house and decided to go somewhere nearby to eat his lunch.
From Abigail : I love this short! It's really neat, and if I was Donald, I would make sure to have enough money to pay my bill in a restaurant myself. Especially if it was $35.99, of course. In my opinion, Pierre definitely learned a good lesson the hard way--never mess with Donald Duck! And Donald learned a good lesson, too--always make sure to have enough money to pay a bill in a restaurant, and washing dishes for ten days doesn't sound too bad, either.
From J. P.Hope : I like it when Donald washes and breaks all of Pierre's dishes in mass anger, especially when Pierre tries to apologize by saying "PLEASE, I forgive you, but DON'T wash anymore dishes! I'll pay you! I'll - I'll feed you! anything!". but Donald, still offended by Pierre's rudeness, refuses the offer by angrily pointing out "YOU HEARD WHAT THE JUDGE SAID! 10 DAYS!" much to Pierre's shock when a startled Pierre gasps "NO! 10 MORE DAYS! WAAAH!" as Donald keeps breaking his Pierre's dishes.

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