Donald's Better Self

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Donald's Better Self
Donald Duck series
Directed by Jack King
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Carl Barks, Harry Reeves
Voices by Clarence Nash
Thelma Boardman
Don Brodie
Music by Oliver Wallace
Animation by Chuck Couch
Jack Hannah
Ed Love
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)
  • March 11, 1938 (1938-03-11)
(USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 minutes, 25 seconds
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Self Control
Followed by Donald's Nephews

Donald's Better Self is a Disney cartoon featuring Donald Duck. This 8 minute short premiered in March 1938, and it was distributed by RKO Radio.

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Donald is fast asleep in his bed. As he turns in his sleep, his Conscience takes a form of its own beside him. She looks exactly like Donald, but wears a white robe and a golden halo. She also has a kinder and gentler voice than Donald. The Conscience tries to get Donald up and out of bed so he won't be late for school, but Donald's Anti-Conscience appears to keep Donald in bed. He has a different voice than Donald's and has a devil form with horns. He easily convinces Donald to stay in bed, but the Conscience wins out and walks with Donald to school.

Along the way, Donald is tempted by the Anti-Conscience to skip out on school and go fishing instead. At the fishing hole, the Anti-Conscience pressures him to smoke a pipe, which causes him to get sick. Soon the Conscience arrives looking for Donald. She finds him sick, and she gets angry at the Anti-Conscience for Donald's misfortune. The Anti-Conscience soon realizes he's in trouble when he sees the Conscience behind him. "YOU! This is all your fault!" says the Conscience to the Anti-Conscience, who nervously convinces the Conscience not to hurt him. The Conscience refuses, but after the Anti-Conscience deliberately tricks her, proceeds to fight the Anti-Conscience to teach him a lesson. Donald finally learns to do the right thing and go to school rather than give in to temptation.

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