Season 3, Episode 19: “Split Decision” 6/9/16
Starring: Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse
Costarring: Ludwig Von Drake and Daisy Duck
Setting: The Hall of Science and around town
Plot: A procedure to curb Donald’s temper goes horribly awry and leaves Mickey with double the trouble.
This short was released to coincide with Donald’s 82nd anniversary of his debut in the cartoon short "Wise Little Hen".
This is the fourth of the extended length shorts (Potatoland, Wonders of the Deep and Ku’u Leia Melody) and the first not to feature the Mickey, Donald and Goofy comedy trio.
With the Hall of Science, not only is this our first time revisiting a setting, the opening track from Down the Hatch is repeated as well.
Donald LITERALLY loses his temper at the drop of a hat!
Professor Von Drake’s Maximizer Elexifier machine is supposed to “suck out all the anger and frustrations and leave the subject filled with peace and love.”
The plot of this short feels like it’s loosely based on a combination of 1948’s Donald’s Dream Voice and 1996’s Runaway Brain.
The new and “improved” Donald is a drip and a weirdo.
In an otherwise weak episode, three moments actually elicited big laughs from me: when Donald sings part of the reprise from the Mickey Mouse Club March, when Professor Von Drake is spotted taking a lunch break and when Raw Anger Donald gives a rather lukewarm response in regards to his love for Daisy.
Speaking of Daisy, this is her best and most memorable appearance in a loooong time.
The “nice man” had a “mom” tattoo on his arm and was wearing a girdle.
Final Grade: B-
This short has some really good moments but it just highlights the series’ biggest shortcoming: its inability and failure to properly recreate the charm of the classic Donald Duck character. Not only do we not get enough Donald (much like in the NFL: when you have two quarterbacks, you really have zero) but he’s been turned into this one-dimensional tantrum-throwing/temper-losing lunatic. The best part of Donald is that he always starts off with the best and sweetest of intentions but it’s his playful nature going too far or a string of legitimate bad luck that sets him off. He’s not just angry for anger’s sake – there’s always a reason. And, for the love of Walt, can we just get ONE short with Donald battling Chip ‘n’ Dale or engaged in a prank war with his nephews???