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COMIC LEGEND: A Donald Duck cartoon was once nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
1942 was the first year that the Academy Awards awarded an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. That first year there was no distinction between long and short form documentaries and a total of twenty-five documentaries were nominated and four of them won.
Here are the nominees…
Africa, Prelude to Victory
Conquer by the Clock
The Grain That Built a Hemisphere
Henry Browne, Farmer
High Over the Borders
High Stakes in the East
Inside Fighting China
It’s Everybody’s War
Listen to Britain
Little Isles of Freedom
Mister Gardenia Jones
The New Spirit
The Price of Victory
A Ship Is Born
We Refuse to Die
The White Eagle
Winning Your Wings
and here are the four winners:
The Battle of Midway
Kokoda Front Line!
Moscow Strikes Back
Prelude to War
Here’s the fascinating thing, one of those nominees, The New Spirit, was a Donald Duck cartoon!
You see, based on The Revenue Act of 1942, 15 million Americans were about to pay Income Tax for the first time. The U.S. Government worried that this would freak out the populace and so the Treasury Department asked Walt Disney, who had just begun a propaganda wing of his film company, to help them out and so Disney created A New Spirit, a short cartoon starring Donald Duck where Donald is convinced to pay his income taxes as it would help the war effort and Donald, of course, was a patriotic duck.
I don’t believe a cartoon has since been nominated, so Donald has a rare honor!
You can watch the cartoon right here:
Thanks to my pal Jeff Ryan for suggesting this one!
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