Spare the Rod

Spare the Rod

Spare the Rod is a 1954 American animated short film directed by Jack Hannah and produced by Walt Disney, featuring Donald Duck. In the short film, while Donald is doing yard work, his nephews are playing games instead of doing their chores. He is going to punish them, but the "voice of child psychology" convinces him to play along instead. This works well when they chop the wood to burn him at the stake. Meanwhile, however, a trio of Pygmy cannibals that escaped from the circus are out to do the very same thing to Donald with a cauldron of water...


Donald is doing his yard work and expecting his nephews - they keep sneaking off to play their pretend game, "Indians on the warpath." Then, he used his typical strong arm tactics to send his nephews to do their chores. Later, a little shoulder professor called, "child psychologist" convinces Donald to join in the games, using the game for the nephews' chores. Complicating matters are the cannibals, who have escaped from a circus. They spot Donald and think he would make great duck stew. But, Donald mistakes the cannibals for his nephews playing games and plays along until his real nephews play with him, realizing the other three are real cannibals. His nephews take off in fear while the cannibals try to cook Donald, who is praying for his life to be spared until one of the cannibals bites Donald to "taste" him. Donald loses his temper and takes the cannibal out to the woodshed. Then, the cannibals escape out of Donald's place. While Donald staring at his nephews, he taunted them back to chop their wood for the second time. Ashamed of Donald listening to the "child psychologist", he takes him to the woodshed as well.

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    director Jack Hannah
    keywords child psychologist expect game listen pray
    musicBy Oliver Wallace
    producer Walt Disney
    productionCompany Walt Disney Animation Studios
    publisher RKO Pictures
    theme animated animated short short