The Spirit of '43

1943 animated short film

The Spirit of '43 is an American animated World War II propanganda documentary film created by Walt Disney Studios in 1943 and released in January 1943. The film stars Donald Duck, and arguably contains the first appearance of a prototype for the character Scrooge McDuck, not named in the film. It is a sequel to The New Spirit. The purpose of the film is to encourage patriotic Americans to file and pay their income taxes faithfully in order to help the war effort. The repeated theme in the film is "Taxes... To Defeat the Axis." The film, along with Der Fuehrer's Face and others like it, was released on DVD by Disney in 2004. The film is currently in the public domain and therefore can be seen on many gray market videos and DVDs. The title is an allusion to the expression "Spirit of '76" (referring to the sentiment around the American Revolution in 1776).

Aye, laddie.


Spender: It's your dough ain't it?
Thrifty: Aye, laddie, it's your dough, but it's your war too!

Spender: [to Donald Duck, making "curvaceous woman" sign with his hands] I've got some good dates for us.
Thrifty: [to Donald Duck, pointing to due dates for income tax payments on flip calendar] But laddie, I've got some *better* dates!

Narrator: Just remember, every dollar you spend for something you don't need is a dollar spent to help the Axis. But every dollar you sock away for taxes is another dollar to help *sock* the Axis.