June 9th National Donald Duck Day

Today is Donald Duck’s birthday, June 9th, 1934. He first appeared in “The Wise Hen” as a counter for Mickey Mouse. (Can’t really say he is an enemy because they are friends). Drawn by Al Taliaferro, Carl Banks and Dona Rosa originally with Clarence Nash being the original voice (Currently being done by Tony Anseimo).

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Donald has several personalities captured in several characters. Known also as Maui Duck, Frank Duck, Fred, Duck Avenger, Paperinik (In Italy), Super Duck (In the UK) and Double Duck he is still best known as Donald.

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Did you know Donald has a middle name? Donald F. Duck, F. standing for “Fauntleroy”. That gives him a flair of Royalty! (Which I am sure he enjoys) It’s funny how the character and personality given a drawing make them come alive in our eyes. Of course that’s what they are supposed to do and Disney was a master at it.

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Even Donald’s relatives have become famous. Daisey Duck – his girlfriend, Uncles Scrooge McDuck, Ludwig Von Drake, Nephews Hewy, Dewey and Louie and family members Clan McDuck. They all have a back story, a life of their own making Donald’s life even more believable.

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How to celebrate – Go on You Tube and watch one of Donald’s many videos. Visit Disney World or Disneyland. Do your best Donald impression.

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