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Something more to make the Tea Party folk fume.

Animation historian Jim Korkis at the website Cartoon Research tells the story about the time the Department of the Treasury recruited Walt Disney to do a cartoon to persuade Americans to pay their income taxes.

The short featured Donald Duck as an average American, who at first is reluctant to pay his taxes, but comes to realize that what he pays helps the War Effort and he becomes more enthusiastic.  Walt had to have his studio rush to finish the short before tax season as well as fight with the Secretary of the Treasury,who hated Donald Duck and had assumed that Walt would be creating an original character to stand in for the Average Taxpayer.  And somehow, due to some errors in paperwork, the Treasury never reimbursed Disney the $80,000 in production costs for short.

In the end, though, the cartoon was successful enough that the Treasury commissioned a sequel the following year.

Ducks and Taxes

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