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.
Notes and References
- Donald Gets Drafted on Wikipedia