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

Synopsis

The short 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. She decided that she would see Donald once again, at any cost, but failed to do so (which included attempting to get by the doorman by pleading, disguise, and force with the same result of the doorman kicking her out). 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 the other way around. Posed with the question "her or the world", Daisy answers with a resounding and possessive scream - "me, me, me". After calming her down, the psychologist tells Daisy to put the same flower she found into a heavy pot. Compared to before, Daisy is able to enter the stage door since the doorman has fallen asleep and drops the flower pot on Donald. The plan works and Donald's voice is back to normal despite a terrible cost where the crowd boos him and he gets kicked out of the stage. Donald is happy to see Daisy again, asks where she's been, and kisses her as the short ends.

Trivia

  • This is the first cartoon to use the official Donald Duck theme song.
  • The reason the psychologist orders "No names" remains unknown.

Censorship

Most television airings of this cartoon (including Disney Channel and Toon Disney) edit out the part Daisy says "I couldn't eat, I didn't want to live" in order to remove the shot of a suicidal Daisy pointing a gun at her head.

Characters

Releases

Television

Home video

Gallery


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1930s
The Wise Little Hen | Donald and Pluto | Don Donald | Modern Inventions | Self Control | Donald's Better Self | Donald's Nephews | Good Scouts | Donald's Golf Game | Donald's Lucky Day | The Hockey Champ | Donald's Cousin Gus | Beach Picnic | Sea Scouts | Donald's Penguin | The Autograph Hound | Officer Duck
1940s
The Riveter | Donald's Dog Laundry | Mr. Duck Steps Out | Put-Put Troubles | Donald's Vacation | The Volunteer Worker | Window Cleaners | The Fire Chief | Timber | The Golden Eggs | A Good Time for a Dime | Early to Bed | Truant Officer Donald | Old MacDonald Duck | Donald's Camera | Chef Donald | Donald's Snow Fight | Donald Gets Drafted | Donald's Garden | Donald's Gold Mine | The Vanishing Private | Sky Trooper | Bellboy Donald | Der Fuehrer's Face | Donald's Tire Trouble | The Flying Jalopy | Fall Out-Fall In | The Old Army Game | Home Defense | Trombone Trouble | Donald Duck and the Gorilla | Contrary Condor | Commando Duck | The Plastics Inventor | Donald's Off Day | The Clock Watcher | The Eyes Have It | Donald's Crime | Duck Pimples | Cured Duck | Old Sequoia | Donald's Double Trouble | Wet Paint | Dumbell of the Yukon | Lighthouse Keeping | Straight Shooters | Sleepy Time Donald | Clown of the Jungle | Donald's Dilemma | Bootle Beetle | Wide Open Spaces | Chip an' Dale | Drip Dippy Donald | Daddy Duck | Donald's Dream Voice | The Trial of Donald Duck | Inferior Decorator | Soup's On | Three for Breakfast | Tea for Two Hundred | Donald's Happy Birthday | Sea Salts | Winter Storage | Honey Harvester | All in a Nutshell | The Greener Yard | Slide, Donald, Slide | Toy Tinkers
1950s
Lion Around | Crazy Over Daisy | Trailer Horn | Hook, Lion and Sinker | Bee at the Beach | Out on a Limb | Dude Duck | Corn Chips | Test Pilot Donald | Lucky Number | Bee on Guard | Donald Applecore | Let's Stick Together | Uncle Donald's Ants | Trick or Treat | Don's Fountain of Youth | The New Neighbor | Rugged Bear | Working for Peanuts | Canvas Back Duck | Spare the Rod | Donald's Diary | Dragon Around | Grin and Bear It | The Flying Squirrel | Grand Canyonscope | No Hunting | Bearly Asleep | Beezy Bear | Up a Tree | Chips Ahoy | How to Have an Accident in the Home | How to Have an Accident at Work
1960s
The Litterbug
Educational Shorts
Donald in Mathmagic Land | Donald and the Wheel | Steel and America | Donald's Fire Survival Plan | Family Planning
See Also
DuckTales and Quack Pack

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