Truant Officer Donald

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Truant Officer Donald
Donald Duck series
Truant Officer Donald.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack King
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Carl Barks
Jack Hannah
Voices by Clarence Nash
Animation by Paul Allen
Jim Armstrong
Ed Love
Ray Patterson
Andy Engman
Art Fitzpatrick
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • August 1, 1941 (1941-08-01)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Early to Bed
Followed by Old MacDonald Duck

Truant Officer Donald is an animated short film produced in Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions and released to theaters on August 1, 1941 by RKO Radio Pictures. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1942 but lost to another Disney cartoon Lend a Paw.[citation needed] The story features Donald Duck working as a truant officer and making sure that Huey, Dewey and Louie go to school. The film was directed by Jack King while Clarence Nash provided the voices of Donald and the nephews.


Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck are enjoying a swim in the lake. But they are being watched by Truant Officer Donald Duck.

He captures the nephews and drives them to the schoolhouse in his truant officer van. While he endlessly goes on about the importance of a good education, the boys pull out their pocket knives, managing to cut themselves out of the van and make a run for it. Donald notices the back of his van is gone and he chases the boys to their clubhouse.

Donald tries numerous ways to get in, but each attempt fails miserably. In one attempt, he jacks up the clubhouse to load onto his van, but the boys manage to reverse the jack so it comes back down on top of Donald. He tunnels out and decides as a last resort to smoke the boys out. Meanwhile inside the clubhouse, the boys are cooking three chickens over the fire when suddenly they notice smoke pouring in. They decide to beat Donald at his own game by putting the chickens in the bed and escape through the roof. Donald peaks inside to see if his ploy had worked, and is horrified to see the chickens in the bed.

Donald is very beside himself as he thinks he cooked the nephews alive. Then, Huey disguises himself as an angel and is lowered into the clubhouse. He manages to kick Donald in the rear. The second one causes him to fall and his disguise falls off. Donald finally captures them and takes them to school. But in a twist ending, as they reach school, Donald is shocked when he notices that school is closed for the summer holidays. The nephews give him an angry glare and Donald literally shrinks from embarrassment over his mistake.


  • Walt Disney Treasures: Wave Three, The Chronological Donald, Volume Four, Disc two

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