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D.I.Y. DUCK

What You Need To Know:

D.I.Y. DUCK, a new Donald Duck short on Disney+, starts with Donald Duck trying to turn on a lamp in his house. Donald discovers the lightbulb is dead, but his spare breaks when he tries to open his crowded closet. So, Donald rushes to the hardware store to buy a new one. The new bulb doesn’t work, however. So, he tries pulling the cord in the electrical socket and damages the wall and ceiling. Back from the hardware store, he tries to repair the unintended mess, worsening the situation step by step.

D.I.Y. DUCK celebrates Donald Duck’s 90th Anniversary. D.I.Y. DUCK is hilarious, with a perfect ironic ending. The animation is simple, but colorful. The voice acting is wonderful. It features recordings by the original voice artist for Donald Duck, the late Clarence “Ducky” Nash. The music is also beautiful. Donald Duck is a bit of a hothead. He displays a quick temper with a short leash. However, that’s part of his charm. Because of Donald Duck’s anger issues and the slapstick violence, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children for D.I.Y. DUCK.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light Romantic worldview where Donald Duck lets his anger get the best of him, but his anger is not rewarded and the viewer will feel sorry for this comic hero;

Foul Language:
No foul language;

Violence:
Multiple instances of accidental violence such as Donald Duck gets angry with a light that refuses to work and pulls on the electrical cord but this just damages his wall and ceiling, Donald uses a cement mixer, and it accidentally flings him through his living room window, a caulking bag squirts all over Donald’s head, and Donald tries to fix his new window because he inserted it upside down, but he ends up destroying his whole house;

Sex:
No sex;

Nudity:
No nudity, but Donald Duck doesn’t wear pants;

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Donald Duck drives a little recklessly going to the hardware store, and he lets his anger get the best of him.

More Detail:

Disney+ is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Donald Duck with a new animated short titled D.I.Y. DUCK.

D.I.Y. DUCK starts with Donald Duck trying to turn on his lamp in his house. Donald discovers the lightbulb is dead, but his spare gets broken when he tries to open his crowded closet. So, he rushes to the hardware store to buy a new one. The new bulb still doesn’t work, however. So, he tries pulling the cord in the electrical socket, and he damages the wall and ceiling. Back from the hardware store, he tries to repair the unintended mess, worsening the situation.

D.I.Y. DUCK is hilarious, with a perfect ironic ending. The animation is simple, but colorful, reflecting a 1950s style. The voice acting is wonderful. It features recordings made by the original voice artist for Donald Duck, the late Clarence “Ducky” Nash. The music is also beautiful and matches the onscreen action, especially when Donald Duck keeps driving his car back to the Do-It-Yourself hardware store. Mark Henn, a 43-year veteran with Disney Animation came out of retirement to write and direct this great little animated short.

One major flaw sticks out, however. Donald Duck is a bit of a hothead. He lets his emotions run high and displays a quick temper with a short leash. Of course, that’s part of the charm of watching this classic Disney character. There’s always a good reason for his anger, but Donald lets his anger get the best of him. In this case, Donald’s anger is directed at the things around him, which never work the way they’re supposed to work.

Because of Donald Duck’s anger issues and the slapstick violence, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children for D.I.Y. DUCK.


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