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Traunt Officer Donald is a 1941 cartoon starring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. The cartoon was nominated for Best Short Subject, but lost to another Disney cartoon, Lend a Paw.

Carl Barks, one of the writers for the short, would later reuse the basic concept of the short for a comic story, except the comic was set in the wintertime rather than summertime.


Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck are enjoying a nice, leisure swim in the lake. But they are being watched behind the SCHOOL sign, by Truant Officer Donald Duck. He has a duty to uphold: to make sure all kids are in school. He captures Dewey and Louie, but Huey swims away. Donald throws out a fishing line and eventually lands him.

He drives them to the schoolhouse in his truant officer van. While he endlessly goes on about the importance of a good education, the boys pull out their rather large pocket knives, managing to cut themselves out of the van and make a run for it. Donald notices the back of his van is gone and he chases the boys to their clubhouse.

Donald tries to get in, but fails. He jacks up the clubhouse to load onto his van. But the boys manage to reverse the jack so it comes back down on top of Donald. He tunnels out and decides to smoke the boys out. Meanwhile, inside the clubhouse, the boys are cooking three chickens over the fire when suddenly they notice smoke pouring in, so they decide to beat Donald at his own game. They put the chickens in the bed and escape through the roof. Donald peaks inside to see if his ploy had worked. But when Donald sees the three cooked chickens in the bed, he thinks the boys were cooked alive, making him feel quite sad. Then, Huey disguises himself as an angel and is lowered into the clubhouse, and manages to kick Donald in the rear. The second one causes him to fall and his disguise falls off. This causes Donald to finally capture them and take them to school.

But in a twist ending, as they reach school, Donald gets a surprise when they get to the schoolhouse door and he sees a notice tacked to it. After reading the notice, Donald realizes he had made a mistake in thinking that his nephews were playing hooky; it turns out that school is closed because the summer holidays had begun. The nephews then turn and give him an angry glare, and Donald literally shrinks from embarrassment over his mistake.


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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 | The Village Smithy | 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
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
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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