In this Donald Duck short Donald Duck has a dilemma. Spend his money or
it to pay tax and help the American soldiers who are fighting in WW-II. It
is an aggressive short and although the Americans were the good guys I
like propaganda like this. A cartoon character must be used only to
entertain and not for political statements. 5/10..
Surprising, Interesting Piece of WWII Propaganda
No wonder I didn't like this cartoon when I was a kid! It centers on Donald
Duck trying to decide whether to spend his paycheck on a night out or by
saving it up to pay taxes for the war effort. Same old cartoon story, isn't
it?! But now as a grownup and as a Donald fan, I can appreciate The Spirit
of 43's unique storyline and its historical implications. It's just so
weird to see childhood characters delve into issues like war and taxes. I
just can't see Spongebob Squarepants doing an episode on
After Donald's segment the cartoon takes an even more serious turn
highlighting some of the warplanes and weaponry that would be used to
destroy the `Axis,' as they put it. It's also kind of shocking to see
animation of Nazi planes and weaponry. There are some serious issues
discussed in this cartoon!
Nevertheless, this is a very interesting cartoon. Donald's still a loveable
character, just in a very grown-up and serious circumstance. Another stark
image is that of the swastika to symbolize the evils of spending recklessly
instead of supporting our troops. I also enjoyed hearing the narrator's
take on the situation including this statement that I'll paraphrase, `Every
American should, and look forward to, paying their taxes.' Let that be a
lesson to you kids!
My IMDb Rating: 8/10.