Spare the Rod (film) Donald Duck cartoon; released on January 15, 1954. Directed by Jack Hannah. Donald’s conscience, in the form of a “guidance counselor duck,” advises him to deal with his nephews’ misbehavior psychologically, rather than physically. Donald mistakes some pygmy cannibals, who have escaped from the circus, for his nephews playing in disguise. Donald spanks one pygmy who bites (tastes) Donald. Tired of its interference, Donald takes his conscience out to the woodshed.