Dec. 2nd Walt Disney Day

December 2nd Walt Disney Day

Walt Disney was born In 1901, he became an artist and creator after returning from service in the Red Cross during World War 1. There is little doubt that he founded the worlds largest entertainment industry when he created Mickey Mouse. His dynasty was known as the “Happiest Place on Earth” and may still be but it is definitely different than what he started. Is it better or worse, well you be the judge of that. There is no doubt that he set out to make the world better place for everyone and he succeeded. He suffered for his art, struggled against the odds and prevailed. We honor his memory the first Monday of December.

How to celebrate – Read more about Walt Disney’s life. Visit one of Disney’s parks. Watch his original works on you tube.

June 9th National Donald Duck Day

One of Disney’s most beloved characters made his first appearance on June 9th, 1934… Donald Fauntleroy Duck, “The Wise Hen” episode. Mickey obviously needed some company. I am sure Walt felt this new character would ‘quack’ everyone up, and he did. If you think about most of Disney’s characters, originally, they were creatures not often thought of as friendly household creatures. Mice and duck were never animals that you kept in your house as a pet. (Well, almost never) There is some irony that over the years we have invited them in our homes weekly via the television.

How to celebrate – Go to Disneyland or Disney World. Watch “The Wise Hen”. See how many of Donald’s relatives you can list without looking them up.

June 9th Donald Duck Day

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.

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Later that same year he made friends with Mickey Mouse in “Orphan’s Benefit” as Mickey’s rather temperamental side kick.

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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.

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He is equaly as proud of his girlfriend, Daisy Duck, the love of his life.

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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.