The Trial of Donald Duck is a Donald Duck cartoon short written by Dan MacManus and directed by Jack King. It features Donald Duck and, in their first and only known appearances, Pierre, Donald Duck's lawyer and the Judge.
Donald Duck is on trial. For what? Not paying his bill at the fancy restaurant of the mannered but secretly brutish Pierre. Although the case might seem clear-cut and well within the realm of the trouble Donald usually gets into, it soon becomes clear that not everything is as it seems.
- Pierre is the owner of the restaurant/café Chez Pierre, which appears to be located near a park, itself located near to Donald Duck's current place of work (wherever that is).
- Donald's visit to Chez Pierre is said by Donald's lawyer to have taken place "on the lunch hour of September Umpteen".
- This story was adapted into a one-page comic with rhyming narration, also titled The Trial of Donald Duck (1948). It generally stuck to the facts of the cartoon, but made Pierre a dognose rather than a human.
Behind the scenes
The Trial of Donald Duck was released in 1948 as part of the Donald Duck series.