Donald Gets Drafted is a theatrical cartoon directed by Jack King. Carl Barks, Jack Hannah, and Harry Reeves wrote the story, while the music was composed by Paul J. Smith.The film 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.
- This short reveals Donald's middle name to be Fauntleroy.
- The date on Donald's "Order to Report for Introduction" card is March 24, 1941, indicating that the short 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.
- This short 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”.
- It 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 ScenesEdit
Donald Gets Drafted was released on May the 1st, 1942.