Donald duck in world war 2
Donald Duck Joins Up: The Walt Disney Studio During World War II by Richard Shale
Mickey Mouse morale: Disney on the World War II home front
The very next day U. But space was not all that Disney would provide the troops. Artists, animators, and Walt Disney himself pitched in, enlisting Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and other beloved Disney characters in the war effort. Throughout the early s, Disney churned out military training films, educational shorts provided to the U. Disney was most prolific during the war as a morale booster for the troops.
Instead the studios were blighted by financial difficulties and a poorly implemented management structure; a strike was becoming inevitable. Critically acclaimed and cherished for bringing feature length animation to the big screen; Disney Studios were on the brink of ruin. In the summer of Walt Disney and 18 of his animators were invited on an all expenses paid week trip through South America. They were prepared to attack [and] there had been some advance hostilities from the labor community because of the strike. They were crazy about the films he was making. He became kind of a rock star. Unsurprisingly, the war propaganda produced by Disney was more affecting than that produced by Warner Brothers or MGM.
The cartoon has Donald Duck being drafted into the U. Army during World War II and follows his introduction to military life. Donald Gets Drafted was the first of a six-part series, within the larger Donald Duck series, which shared a continuity of Donald serving in the army during World War II. The cartoon also revealed for the first time Donald's middle name — Fauntleroy — seen on his "Order to Report for Induction" form from the film's title screen. Filled with enthusiasm, Donald reports to his local draft board after receiving a draft notice. Along the way, he passes several recruiting posters that romanticize military life.
By Hannah Furness , Arts Correspondent. He has entertained generations of children with his adorable features and distinctive voice, but few will recall Donald Duck as the face of wartime America. A new documentary is to explore not just how Donald helped the Allies win the Second World War, but how he beat Mickey Mouse to the job. Experts say Donald, the "frustrated everyman", best encompassed the attitudes of the everyday American and was deliberately set up to eclipse Mickey in Disney's wartime propaganda films. While staid and sensible Mickey was given the job of a warden, "irascible", temperamental Donald became the face — or beak- of the US home front. A BBC Radio 4 documentary is to explore how Disney helped the Allied war effort with a series of films dedicated to educating Americans on what they could do to help at home. Other films showed public information such as how to collect war bonds, and attempted to explain how Nazis were indoctrinated.