Soup’s On – Dark Toons


His nephews have gone WAY too far this time, resulting in one of the meanest stunts in any Donald Duck cartoon. So Naturally, Doug loves it. Watch more Dark Toons here – Watch more Nostalgia Critic here – Follow us on Twitch – Soup’s On is a 1948 Donald Duck animated short film directed by Jack Hannah, produced in Technicolor by Walt Disney Productions and released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures. Go to our Store for Awesome Stuff – Get some Nostalgia Critic T-Shirts here – See more at our Site: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Like Doug on Facebook: The ONLY Official Youtube channel for the Nostalgia Critic and Channel Awesome. New Nostalgia Critic episodes every Wednesday at 5PM CST. #DarkToons #DonaldDuck #Disney.





  1. I'll be honest: I never liked Donald Duck. Differently from Mickey, who's the clever or lucky protagonist that always manage to get out of situations, and from Goofy, who's the butt of the joke more often than not but has a sort of accepting dignity, Donald Duck is just a ball of rage, violence and misfortune and somehow seeing him suffer is supposed to be funny. I'm supposed to laugh watching this guy who's just trying to live his life or do his job and the universe wants to punish him for existing.

  2. Am I the only one who, as an adult, is kinda' disturbed at the fact that ducks are roasting & eating other ducks, or birds, in cartoons like these? I don't know if animators back in the day realized how potentially disturbing this could get, if you over-analyze (as one tends to do as an adult) these cartoons. I mean, it's kinda like if we, as humans, cooked, preoared & ate other primates. Donald duck & his nephews ate another one of their kind!

  3. I recommend anything from that time when Goofy was literally the one where you see all the different window views and there's all kinds of dark shit like murder and the like going on..I think it's the one where he's a Private Eye like the old mobster movies.

  4. In terms of why it’s always an aunt or uncle and not the parent (from back then at least), it’s actually because to have kids means you had sex with someone, and animators, especially Disney, didn’t want that sort of thing even implied in their cartoons, but also that raises questions. Who is the boy’s mother? Where did she go? Why isn’t she there? In a Disney movie, you can kill off the mom like it’s nothing. But this is a character in a short that you want to reuse in differing styles later on, and giving him a spouse character cements him into a place of less flexibility. America liked the idea of a nuclear perfect pristine little family, no problems, goodly and godly, upright and clean. And they were (and still are, duh,) awful and sexist and bigoted. You add a vagina person to that mix and suddenly you have to do a lot more work. If Donald is the uncle, all that stuff is implied off screen. So you can make him an asshole and put chaos into their family because those boys have a perfect loving family when they go home to their upright father and dutiful mother.

    Doug should do "One Cab's Family"

    This taxi cab has a son that wants to be a race car. The young car won't listen so he opens the trunk and the young car has a human ass inside (which dad proceeds to spank!"). It doesn't work and Junior gets drunk on race car gas and gets run over by a train.

    It's got a lot of subtext in it as well that I didn't pick up on as a kid. I promise you it would be a great Dark Toon!!

    Edit I can't find the whole episode on YouTube. Only an edited version that skips everything.

  6. I remember this one cartoon on what a cartoon about a worm that get's stepped on by a guy over and over with spiky shoes, he gets so mad that that he's going to throw acid on the guy and he actually burns himself with it. it's incredibly mean-spirited to the point its just sadistic, and it has this one really disturbing image of the worm with a severe chemical burn in his face. (edit:) It's called "Tales of worm paranoia".

  7. ReBoot S01E04 The Medusa Bug was pretty dark for a rompy adventure of the week show. It deals with everyone in Mainframe being turned into lifeless statues, clinging onto fading hope, and eventually survivor's guilt (briefly). Blood and gore? No. Psychological terror? Yes


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