Happy Birthday Donald Duck!
Donald Duck Facts:
- In 1940s, he was so popular that he featured in more cartoons than Mickey Mouse
- Full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck
- Debuted in the Disney version of The Little Red Hen, called The Wise Little Hen; played (along with Peter Pig) one of thse unwilling to help his neighbor
- Starred in Academy Award-winning cartoon, Der Fuehrer's Face, about the nightmare of living in Nazi Germany
- Present family consists of nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, wealthy uncle Scrooge McDuck, cousin Gladstone Gander, and Grandma Duck
- Lives with Huey, Dewey and Louie in a house in Duckburg
- Father's name is Quackmore Duck, mother is Hortense McDuck, twin sister is Della Thelma Duck
- June 9, date of screen debut, most often used for Donald's birthday
- Clarence "Ducky" Nash provided Donald's voice for over 50 years, succeeded by Tony Anselmo
- Nash's final performance as Donald was in Mickey's Christmas Carol in 1983; Donald was only character voiced by his original actor
- Nash did Donald's voice in every language the cartoons were translated into, making him equally incoherent in every language
- Built a car from spare parts, and still drives it (registration number is 313); also has a boat, the Miss Daisy
- Pets: St. Bernard, Bolivar; puppy, Behemoth
Donald Duck eagerly begins each day with the best of intentions -- expecting everything to go his way. It’s just that the rest of the world won’t cooperate. Normally, Donald is a friendly and cheerful guy, but when things don’t go as planned, he often loses his temper. He has boundless determination and a pervasive persistence that borders on stubbornness. Donald cares about his family and friends and can be counted on to do the right thing. Donald’s weaknesses are our own. He’s the lovable little guy on the bottom who faces defeat but keeps right on trying.
Debut: 1934 - The Wise Little Hen
Past Roles: Sailor, boxer, prankster, hockey player, and more
Hobbies: joking with his friends, partaking of other cultures, spending time with Daisy and his nephews
Featured Publications: The Life of Donald Duck (1941)
Family: Huey, Dewey, Louie (nephews), Scrooge McDuck (uncle)
Height: 4 heads tall
Favorite Phrases: "Hiya, toots!", "Aw, phooey", "Hey! What's the big idea?!", "Nothin' to it."
Note of interest: Was a WWII icon and has a weakness for women, but remains faithful to Daisy.
Argument that his birthday is March 13th:
Donald Duck's birthday is commonly stated as being June 9, 1934, theday he debuted in the Silly Symphony cartoon "The Wise Little Hen". Butthis definition of his "birthday" is a little unsettling. Because ifsomeone has to have appeared in a Hollywood film in order to have been"born" then I myself must still be in my mother's womb awaiting mySilver Screen debut!
So, when was Donald Duck really born?
Many years ago I remember seeing a Donald Duck cartoon ("Donald's HappyBirthday") in which Donald's nephews (Huey, Dewey, and Louie) weresitting in their playhouse trying to decide what to get Unca' Donaldfor his birthday. On the wall was a calendar showing the date: March 13.
(As an aside, the March 13 date also appears on Donald Duck's license plate as the number 313):
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