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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 Pictures.

Donald's Better Self
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Title frame
Directed byJack King
Produced byWalt Disney
Story byCarl Barks
Harry Reeves
Tom Armstrong
StarringClarence Nash
Thelma Boardman
Don Brodie
Music byOliver Wallace
Animation byChuck Couch
Jack Hannah
Ed Love
Don Towsley
Paul Allen
Bernard "Berny" Wolf[1]
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • March 11, 1938 (1938-03-11)
Running time
8 minutes, 25 seconds
CountryUnited States


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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