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Donald's Dilemma
Donald Duck series
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Directed by Jack King
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Roy Williams
Voices by Gloria Blondell
Clarence Nash (both uncredited)
Music by Oliver Wallace
Animation by Don Towsley
Ed Aardal
Emery Hawkins
Sandy Strother
Layouts by Don Griffith
Backgrounds by Maurice Greenberg
Studio Walt Disney Studios
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release date(s) July 11, 1947
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:16 minutes
Language English
Preceded by Clown of the Jungle
Followed by Crazy with the Heat

Donald's Dilemma is a 1947 Walt Disney Studios animated cartoon directed by Jack King[1] and starring Donald and Daisy Duck. It was originally released on July 11, 1947 in the United States.[2] Although Donald is the official headliner for this cartoon, Daisy is the actual protagonist.[1] The dilemma of the title is actually offered to her, not to Donald.[3]

Synopsis

Donald's Dilemma starts with Daisy narrating her problem to an unseen psychologist through flashback scenes. Her problem started on a spring day when she was out on a date with Donald and a flower pot fell on his head. He regained consciousness soon enough but with some marked differences. His singing voice was improved to Frank Sinatra. However, Donald had no memory of who Daisy was. He became a well-known crooner and his rendition of "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio (which had been released seven years earlier) became a hit, which gave him a large number of fans. Daisy's loss resulted in a number of psychological symptoms - she suffered from anorexia, insomnia and self-described insanity. An often censored scene features her losing her will to live and pointing a gun at her head[4][5] She decided that she would see Donald once again, at any cost, but failed to do so. That's when she decided to go to the psychologist - and the flashback meets the actual time of the cartoon.

At the end of the cartoon, the psychologist determines that Donald would regain his memory of Daisy if another flower pot (with the same flower from the first pot, which Daisy kept as the only thing she had to remember Donald) would fall on his head. But he warns that his improved voice may be lost along with his singing career. He offers Daisy a dilemma. Either the world has its singer but Daisy loses him or Daisy regains Donald but the world loses him. Posed with the question "her or the world", Daisy answers with a resounding and possessive scream - "Me! Me! Me! MEEE!!". Soon, Donald returns to his old self and forgets about his singing career and Daisy regains her lover.

Analysis

Daisy is the protagonist for once. She reportedly displays "a ruthlessly self-centered neurotic streak".[3] She maintains the audience as sympathy throughout the film.[3]

The film is unusual for a Disney short in featuring a definite story with a premise, plot development, and a resolution, not simply a series of gags. The central idea is cleverly developed and brilliantly characterized.[3]

Jack King was typically stolid as a director, but this film is an unusually atmospheric entry in his filmography.[3]

Releases

Censorship

Most TV versions have edited out the "I couldn't eat, I didn't want to live" part to remove the shot that shows a suicidal Daisy pointing a gun at her head, though the scene has been shown intact on the VHS and DVD editions.

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