123. Truant Officer Donald – Jack King

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SUMMARY: In his role as Truant Officer, Donald Duck attempts to force his nephews to attend school.

WHY IT’S HERE: This enjoyable Oscar nominated cartoon features Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. The three little ducks, who had also appeared in the Oscar nominated but not-as-good ‘Good Scouts’, were rapidly becoming popular foils for Donald in place of his former co-stars Mickey and Goofy. Though the Huey, Dewey and Louie shorts never reach the levels of quality of the Mickey, Donald and Goofy cartoons, Donald’s nephews warrant at least one appearance on this list and ‘Truant Officer Donald’ is perhaps the cream of the crop. This cartoon is also particularly notable for a dark little gag involving some cooked chickens which lead Donald to believe he has accidentally cooked his nephews alive. Although this kind of slightly morbid joke is not something readily associated with Disney, its like appeared surprisingly often, perhaps most horrifyingly in ‘Squatter’s Rights’, which ends with Mickey Mouse believing that a ketchup covered Pluto has been shot. The iris closes before he realises the truth, leaving him to run off desperately cradling what he believes to be Pluto in his death throes. Hilarious!

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