Full Name: Donald Fauntleroy Duck
Birthdate: Egg hatched June 9, 1934
(Egg laid Friday, March 13, 1934)
Besides in my opinon, being the greatest cartoon character ever, Donald is the one in the little blue suit that is more often in a rage than not. His personality shows through actions. He gives new meaning to the phrase: "Actions speak louder than words." His lines are few and almost indecipherable, forcing his actions to speak the volumeof his parts. His personality makes his character almost unpredictable and yet so predictable. One can almost guarantee a rise in temper, but why? We'll just have to wait and see.
More About Who Donald Duck is
"Whenever the corners of Donald Duck's eyebrows begin to meet and his webbed foot begins to stamp, most audiences squirm in pleasant anticipation of Donald's forthcoming anger. Never in motion pictures has there been such a funny fury as Donald's." Richard Tobin, 1935
"Make the duck kinda cocky. And since he's a duck and likes water, how about giving him a little middy blouse and a sailor hat?" Walt Disney to Spencer
"Although he takes many a blow on the chin, he always dusts off his feathers and rises to take it on the chin again."
How Nash Came to be Donald
Nash worked as an impressionist on a Radio show called The Merrymakers anddrove a miniature team of horses around town giving goodies to kids while he was "Whistling Clarence, the Adohr Bird Man" In 1932, Walt Disney accidentally heard a reprise of The Merrymakers and said "That man sounds like a duck" Later Nash was in an audition and Walt Disney heard his impression of a duck, and said "There's our talking duck!" Walt Disney and Nash worked together to build Donald's voice adding things like laughter. Clarence "Ducky" Nash provided the voice of Donald Duck until 1985, when he died of leukemia.
A Word from Mr. Walt Disney
From Extra to Star
Donald Duck came into being in 1934 to fit a voice which had interested me a couple of years before. He first appeared in a bit in our The Wise Little Hen, and proceeded to steal the picture. He squawked and strutted his way into the production until he was practically the star of the film. He was a character we simply couldn't keep down. And the public took him to heart completely after his second appearance in Orphan's Benefit. His towering rages, his impotence in the face of obstacles, his protest in the face of injustice, as he sees it, even though he brings disaster upon himself - have kept him an audience favorite from that day to this.
Tidbits of information:
*Donald made his debut appearance
in the 'Wise Little Hen'.
*Donald has stared in 150 cartoons, 5 feature films and 16 t.v. specials. *Donald and Daisy have been together since 1937 when they met on a trip to Mexico. *Donald adopted his three nephews Huey, Duey, and Louie.
*Donald's voice has been translated into at least 8 different languages including French, Spanish, Japenese and Swedish. *Donald Duck is the most prolific of all Disney's characters. *Donald Duck was first meant to be a secondary character, but stole the show. *Donald Duck's footprints can be found in cement in front of Hollywood's Chinese Theater. *Donald was one of the first to sign up for World War II, but he was the last to be discharged, 40 years later! *During World War II Donald worked his way up to Sergeant.
*His pyschiatrist is Professor Ludwig Won Drake.
*His uncle is Scrooge.
*Donald Duck is more popular among adults than children.
This is because:
Adults see a caricature of the characters of their own beloved offspring; also, he touches a chord in that part of the grown-up that will remain forever a child - we would all like, now and again, to behave like Donald, if only we thought we could get away with it! Yet, Donald Duck is still quite popular among children.
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