194. Donald’s Crime – Jack King


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.


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