194. Donald’s Crime – Jack King

384full-the-hare--brained-hypnotist-screenshot

SUMMARY: Donald Duck struggles with his conscience when he steals from his nephews’ piggy bank to fund his date with Daisy.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘Donald’s Crime’ is an interesting homage to Film Noir in which we get a glimpse into Donald’s guilt ridden psyche after he steals from his nephews. The best parts of the cartoon are the numerous representations of Donald’s psychological state as the guilt takes hold, culminating in the final Noirish struggle with the voices in his head as he battles his way through the night, avoiding spotlights and imagining wanted posters of his image. Ultimately ‘Donald’s Crime’ perhaps needed to commit itself to its darker ideas more, as the light and shade are a little awkwardly balanced, but it’s a fine film which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s