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Donald Gets Drafted is a 1942 theatrical cartoon directed by Jack King.[1] It features Donald Duck and Peg-Leg Pete, following the former as he is drafted into the United States Armed Forces.


Donald has been drafted to join the United States Armed Forces, which he is quite enthusiastic about, having been lead to believe that he will have a swell time! He asks to be placed in the United States Army Air Corps, as he wants to fly. After a physical exam and being made to march, Donald is no longer so keen on the Army. Things only gets worse when he accidentally gets on the bad side of the Drill Sergeant, Pete.


  • Donald's middle name is revealed to be Fauntleroy.
  • The date on Donald's "Order to Report for Introduction" card is March 24, 1941, indicating that Donald Gets Drafted takes place sometime shortly after that date.
  • While at the draft board, Donald claims he comes from "a family of aviators" and proceeds to cite his father, uncle, and cousin as examples of aviators within his family tree.


  • Donald Gets Drafted was reused in This is Your Life, Donald Duck (1960), where Jiminy Cricket claims that it takes place shortly after Donald's graduation from college and that the Army was Donald's “first job”.
  • This short is the first of a series of shorts to follow Donald through his adventures in the Armed Forces. The Vanishing Private, Sky Trooper, Fall Out, Fall In, The Old Army Game, and Commando Duck would also be a part of this series.


Behind the Scenes

Donald Gets Drafted was released on May the 1st, 1942. It was directed by Jack King, with the story having been written by Jack Hannah, Carl Barks, and Harry Reeves. The film was animated by Paul Allen, Jim Armstrong, Hal King, Ed Love, Ray Patin, Retta Scott, and Judge Whitaker. Paul J. Smith composed the music for the short. Clarence Nash, Billy Bletcher, and John McLeish comprised the film's voice cast.[1]

Notes and References

List of episodes of Donald Duck
Don DonaldModern InventionsDonald's OstrichSelf-ControlDonald's Better SelfDonald's NephewsGood ScoutsDonald's Golf GameDonald's Lucky DayThe Hockey ChampDonald's Cousin GusSea ScoutsDonald's PenguinThe Autograph HoundOfficer Duck
The Riveter • Mr Duck Steps OutDonald's VacationThe Volunteer Worker • Fire ChiefTimberGolden EggsA Good Time for a Dime • Early to Bed • Truant Officer DonaldOld Mac Donald DuckDonald's Camera • Chef Donald • Donald's Decision • The Village SmithyThe New SpiritDonald's Snow FightDonald Gets DraftedDonald's GardenDonald's Gold MineThe Vanishing PrivateSky TrooperBellboy DonaldDer Fuehrer's FaceThe Spirit of '43Donald's Tire TroubleThe Flying JalopyFall Out Fall InThe Old Army GameHome DefenseTrombone TroubleDonald Duck and the GorillaContrary CondorCommando DuckThe Plastics Inventor • Donald's Off DayThe Clock WatcherDonald's CrimeDuck PimplesCured DuckOld SequoiaDonald's Double TroubleWet PaintDumb Bell of the Yukon • Lighthouse KeepingStraight ShootersSleepy Time DonaldClown of the JungleDonald's DilemmaBootle BeetleWide Open SpacesChip an' DaleDrip Drippy DonaldDaddy DuckDonald's Dream Voice • The Trial of Donald DuckInferior DecoratorSoup's On • Three for BreakfastTea for Two HundredDonald's Happy BirthdaySea SaltsWinter Storage • Honey Harvester • All in a NutshellThe Greener YardSlide, Donald, SlideToy Tinkers
Lion AroundCrazy Over DaisyTrailer HornHook, Lion and SinkerBee at the BeachOut on a LimbDude DuckCorn ChipsTest Pilot DonaldLucky NumberOut of ScaleBee On GuardDonald's ApplecoreLet's Stick TogehterUncle Donald's AntsTrick or TreatDon's Fountain of YouthThe New NeighborRugged BearWorking for PeanutsCanvas Back DuckSpare the RodDonald's DiaryDragon Around • Grin & Bear ItThe Flying SquirrelGrand CanyonscopeNo HuntingBearly AsleepBeezy BearUp a TreeChips AhoyHow to Have an Accident in the HomeDonald in Mathmagic LandHow to Have an Accident at Work
Donald and the WheelThe LitterbugDonald's Fire Survival PlanFamily Planning
Mickey Mouse Works
Donald's Failed FourthDonald's Shell ShotsDonald's Rocket RuckusDonald's Valentine DollarDonald On IceDonald's Dinner DateDonald and the Big NutDonald's Grizzly GuestSurvival of the Woodchuckscomputer.donDonald's Halloween ScareDonald's LighthouseDomesticated DonaldWhitewater DonaldDonald's Fish FryBird Brained DonaldDonald's PoolDonald's Charmed DateGolf Nut DonaldMusic Store DonaldDonald's Goofy WorldDouble Date Donald