Self Control (film)

Self Control
Donald Duck series

Self Control title card
Directed by Jack King
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Carl Barks
Voices by Clarence Nash
Florence Gill
Music by Oliver Wallace
Animation by Jack Hannah
Paul Allen
Ed Aardal
Charles Couch[1]
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • February 11, 1938 (1938-02-11)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 minutes 51 seconds
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Donald's Ostrich
Followed by Donald's Better Self

Self Control is an animated short film in the Donald Duck series, produced in Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions and released to theaters on February 11, 1938 by RKO Radio Pictures. The film follows Donald trying to learn to control his temper by following the advice of a radio program.

It was directed by Jack King and features the voice of Clarence Nash as Donald Duck and Florence Gill as the clucking voice of a chicken. The voice of Uncle Smiley was uncredited.[2]


Donald Duck is enjoying a leisurely day in his hammock sipping lemonade and listening to his radio. Soon Uncle Smiley's radio program comes on. Smiley is described as a "musical philosopher" and uses songs to maintain a positive attitude. Donald insists that he has never lost his temper, yet.

Donald's temper is first tried by a fly that lands on his foot, followed by a worm which crawls down the underside of his hammock and tickles him. A chicken comes along and pecks Donald's rear end while trying to grab the worm. Finally Donald is confronted with an antagonistic woodpecker who finally causes him to lose his temper.

At the end of the film Donald grabs his shotgun and smashes the radio.


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