8 Things You Should Know About Donald Duck!

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Donald Duck at Disneyland Paris
9th June marks the birthday of Walt Disney's Donald Duck!
On the 9th June the world celebrates the birthday of one of the planet's most popular cartoon characters ever created; the much loved Donald Duck! Find out all you need to know about this famous Walt Disney Donald Duck right here!

Donald Duck's Birthday

On the 9th June 2014, Walt Disney's Donald Duck celebrates his 80th birthday. Donald Duck was created in 1934 by Walt Disney Productions. His birthday is recognised by his debut film appearance.

Donald Duck Happy Birthday gif

Donald Duck's Debut Film 

Donald Duck's debut film was The Wise Little Hen, a short film released on the 9th June 1934 as part of Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies cartoon. The film  is based on classic Russian fairy tale The ittle Red Hen. 

Donald Duck in the Little Wise Hen

How Donald Duck Got his Name

Donald Duck's full name is actually Donald Fauntleroy Duck. Walt Disney took inspiration for the duck's name from Australian cricket player Donald Bradman. In 1932 Donald Bradman was dismissed from an Australia V England game at The Oval for a very famous duck. This happened just around the time that Walt Disney was creating a friend for Mickey Mouse, hence how Mickey's feathered pal received the name Donald Duck.

How Donald Duck got his name

Donald Duck's Character Traits

Famous personality traits Donald Duck posseses are his incredibly short temper, his impatient and hot headedness and above all, his distinctive and pracitically unintelligible speaking voice - which was originally voiced by Clarence Charles Nash till his death in 1985. 

Donald Duck Meme

Donald Duck's Reception 

Donald Duck was created to be the special companion of Mickey Mouse and has subsequently become one of the most popular cartoon characters in the world, alongside his best friend Mickey.  In 2002, TV Guide listed Donald Duck as one of the greatest cartoon characters of all time. On the 9th June 2004 he received his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his role in animated films. It is said that Donald Duck owes a lot of his popularity to his voice.


Donald Duck Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Donald and Mickey's Friendship

Although Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse are the best of friends, Donald is known to be particularly envious of his friend's popularity, longing to be the greatest and most famous Disney star.  

Donald and Mickey GIF

Donald's Family

Donald is the nephew of the wealthy and money obssessed Scrooge McDuck -  which is where Donald Duck has inherited his obsession with gold and money. Donald Duck is also the uncle to his three troublesome nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck and huey dewey and louie

Donald Duck's Love Life

Daisy Duck is Donald's current and long term girlfriend, who made her debut film appearance in the 1940 film Mr. Duck Steps Out.  Daisy is Donald's female counterpart that most will be familiar with. However, she is not the only love interest that Donald Duck has had in his Disney history. In the 1937, short film Don Donald  you will see that Donald Duck's original love interest was actually Donna Duck. In this short film Donna breaks off her romance with Donald, making him available for the much loved Daisy Duck.

Donald and Daisy Duck

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Mickey Mouse and the Disney Family


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