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'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.
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.
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'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 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 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'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.