Today, 1934, Donald Duck was created. Apparently Mickey needed a friend! He first appeared in “The Wise Hen”, a Disney cartoon easily found on YouTube. His look has changed a little over the years but his basic character has stayed pretty much the same.
Disney was a master at creating characters that we new and entertaining but they nearly all seem to resemble people we know in real life, or at least the characteristics of real people we know. And yet, they still seem to retain the nature of the animals they represent.
His real name is Donald F. Duck., the F standing for “Fauntleroy”, for which I assume there is some inside joke there we may never know. You could say he was born to be a film and television star. I am sure, his character, has helped make Disney very, very rich.
He has also been known as Maui Mallard, Frank Duck, Fred, The Duck Avenger, Paperinik, Super Duck and Double Duck! His closest relatives include the Duck Family, Scrooge McDuck, Ludwig Von Duck, Hewy, Dewey and Louie and the Clan McDuck.
How to celebrate – Watch “The Wise Hen”. Go to Disney World, Disney land and see Donald in person. Enjoy all the Disney characters.
Donald Duck was born today, June 9th, 1934. He actually was probably around a little before that in the creative mind of Walt Disney but he made his first appearance in “The Wise Little Hen” on June 9th, 1934.
Later that same year he made friends with Mickey Mouse in “Orphan’s Benefit” as Mickey’s rather temperamental side kick.
Donald’s full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck and he comes from a long line of historical ducks such as, Scrooge McDuck, Ludwig Von Drake, and Clan McDuck. He is rightfully very proud of his heritage as well as his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
He is equaly as proud of his girlfriend, Daisy Duck, the love of his life.
TV Guide has listed Donald among the top 50 cartoon characters of all time. He has been featured in many cartoons, films, and comic books, and even a regular newspaper comic at one time. Though there have been many artists that have given Donald the look we all recognize today he has only had two men voice his character since his birth so long ago. From 1934-1985, Clarence Nash, was the voice of Donald. Since then it has been done by Tony Ansecmo.
Here’s is Donald’s debut clip, “The Wise Little Hen”, “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!”
How to celebrate: Watch a Donald cartoon. Read a Donald comic book. Learn how to talk like Donald.