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The cartoon begins with Donald enjoying a leisurely day in his hammock, sipping lemonade and listening to soothing music on his radio. Then Smiling Uncle Smiley, a musical philosopher, comes on the radio to talk about the importance of self-control, which can be mastered if you just "laugh and count to ten".
Donald decides to take Uncle Smiley's advice and keep his temper under control, but soon he is tested. A rascally woodpecker arrives and begins to slowly but surely irritate Donald through various ways. Though he tries hard to keep his temper, Donald in the end blows his lid and destroys his radio.
- This cartoon marks Donald's first attempt at controlling his temper. However, in this cartoon he fails to do so as Donald reverts to his angry self again at the end. Its not until Cured Duck that Donald is more successful in controlling his temper (though even after Cured Duck, Donald still remains easily agitated).
Home video releases
- Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald