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Donald Duck

Donald Duck
Donald Duck.svg
First appearance The Wise Little Hen (1934)
Created by Walt Disney
Voiced by Clarence Nash (1934–85)
Tony Anselmo (1985–present)
Daniel Ross (2017)
Developed by Dick Lundy, Fred Spencer, Carl Barks, Jack King, Jack Hannah
Information
Full name Donald Fauntleroy Duck
Nickname(s) Don
Aliases
Species Duck
Family Duck family
Significant other(s) Daisy Duck
Reginella (1970s comics)
Hernae (Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow)
Donna Duck (Don Donald)
Relatives Scrooge McDuck (uncle)
Ludwig Von Drake (uncle)
Huey, Dewey, and Louie (nephews)
Duck family (paternal relatives)
Clan McDuck (maternal relatives)

Donald Duck is a cartoon character created in 1934 at Walt Disney Productions. Donald is an anthropomorphic white duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet. He typically wears a sailor shirt and cap with a bow tie. Donald is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech and his mischievous and temperamental personality. Along with his friend Mickey Mouse, Donald is one of the most popular Disney characters and was included in TV Guide's list of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time in 2002. He has appeared in more films than any other Disney character, and is the most published comic book character in the world outside of the superhero genre.

Donald Duck rose to fame with his comedic roles in animated cartoons. Donald's first appearance was in 1934 in The Wise Little Hen, but it was his second appearance in Orphan's Benefit which introduced him as a temperamental comic foil to Mickey Mouse. Throughout the next two decades, Donald appeared in over 150 theatrical films, several of which were recognized at the Academy Awards. In the 1930s, he typically appeared as part of a comic trio with Mickey and Goofy and was given his own film series in 1937 starting with Don Donald. These films introduced Donald's love interest Daisy Duck and often included his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. After the 1956 film Chips Ahoy, Donald appeared primarily in educational films before eventually returning to theatrical animation in Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983). His most recent appearance in a theatrical film was 1999's Fantasia 2000. Donald has also appeared in direct-to-video features such as Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004), television series such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006–2016), and video games such as QuackShot (1991).



Better Little Books
Little Golden Books
Tell-a-Tale Books
Little Big Books
  • Walt Disney's Donald Duck (1935), first published appearance
  • Donald Duck Story Book (1937)
  • Donald Duck Has His Ups and Downs (1937)
  • Donald's Lucky Day (1939), adaptation of the cartoon short of the same name
  • Donald Duck and His Cat Troubles (1948)
  • Bringing up the Boys (1948)
  • Donald Duck's Kite (1949)
  • Donald Duck and the Wishing Star (1952), a Cozy Corner book
  • Donald Duck Goes to Disneyland (1955)
  • Help Wanted (1955)
  • Donald Duck and the Lost Mesa Ranch (1966)
  • Donald Duck: Board Book (1969)
  • Donald Duck Gets Fed Up (1940)
  • Donald Duck Sees Stars (1941)
  • Off the Beam (1943)
  • Headed for Trouble (1943)
  • Donald Duck and Ghost Morgan's Treasure (1946), based on Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold (1942)
  • Donald Duck and the Green Serpent (1947), based on the comic The Terror of the River!! (1946)
  • Donald Duck Lays Down the Law (1948)
  • Donald Duck in Volcano Valley (1949)
  • The Great Kite Maker (1949)
  • Donald's Toy Train (1950), based on cartoon short Out of Scale
  • Donald Duck's Adventure (1950), a Mickey Mouse Club book
  • Donald Duck and Santa Claus (1952), a Mickey Mouse Club book
  • Donald Duck and the Witch (1953)
  • Donald Duck's Toy Sailboat (1954), based on the cartoon short Chips Ahoy
  • Donald Duck's Christmas Tree (1954, 1991), based on cartoon short Toy Tinkers
  • Donald Duck's Safety Book (1954)
  • Donald Duck in Disneyland (1955)
  • Donald Duck and the Mouseketeers (1956), a Mickey Mouse Club book
  • Donald Duck and the Christmas Carol (1960)
  • Donald Duck and the Witch Next Door (1971)
  • Disneyland Parade with Donald Duck (1971)
  • Donald Duck: Private Eye (1972)
  • Donald Duck: Prize Driver (1974), a Mickey Mouse Club book
  • America On Parade (1975)
  • Donald Duck and the One Bear (1978), based on the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Instant Millionaire (1978)
  • Where's Grandma? (1983), a Golden Stiff It book
  • Donald Duck and the Big Dog (1986)
  • Some Ducks Have All the Luck (1987)
  • Donald Duck's Lucky Day (1951)
  • Full Speed Ahead (1953)
  • Donald Duck and the New Birdhouse (1956)
  • Donald Duck in Frontierland (1957)
  • Donald Duck and the Super-Sticky Secret (1985)
  • Tom Sawyer's Island (1985)
  • The Fabulous Diamond Fountain (1967)
  • Luck of the Ducks (1969)
  • Donald Duck in Volcano Valley (1973), reprinting of 1949 Better Little Book
  • The Lost Jungle City (1975)
  • Donald Duck (1936)
  • Donald Duck and His Friends (1939), a Disney Health book
  • Donald Duck and His Nephews (1939), a Disney Health book
  • Donald Duck and the Magic Stick (1974)
  • Donald Duck: Mountain Climber (1978)
  • Donald Duck's Big Surprise (1982)
  • Donald Duck Buys a House (1982)
  • The Donald Duck Book (1978), a Golden Shape book
  • Baby Donald's Day at the Beach (2001)
  • Baby Donald Makes a Snowfriend (2005)
  • Donald is the only popular film and television cartoon character to appear as a mascot for a major American university: a licensing agreement between Disney and the University of Oregon allows the school's sports teams to use Donald's image as its "Fighting Duck" mascot. In 1984, Donald Duck was named an honorary alumnus of the University of Oregon during his 50th birthday celebration. During a visit to the Eugene Airport, 3,000 to 4,000 fans gathered for the presentation of an academic cap and gown to Donald. Thousands of area residents signed a congratulatory scroll for Donald, and that document is now part of Disney's corporate archives.
  • In the 1940s, Donald was adopted as the mascot of Brazilian sports club Botafogo after Argentinean cartoonist Lorenzo Mollas, who was working in Brazil at the time, drew him with the club's soccer uniform. Mollas chose Donald because he complains and fights for his rights, like the club's managers at those years, and also because, being a duck, he does not lose his elegance while moving in the water (an allusion to rowing). He was eventually replaced so that the club would not have to pay royalties to Disney (Botafogo's current official mascot is Manequinho, a boy who represents the Manneken Pis statue in front of the club's head office), but has since retained the status of unofficial mascot.
  • Donald's name and image are used on numerous commercial products, one example being Donald Duck brand orange juice, introduced by Citrus World in 1940.
  • Donald Duck was temporarily listed as a "hired" employee in the database of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as late as 1978. Given a $99,999 salary – more than double the $47,500 take federal civil servants were legally limited to be paid at the time – the name was unchallenged by a computer intended to catch government payroll fraud. Picked as one of thirty fictitious names by the Government Accounting Office, the use of it was a test to see if the payroll system of the HUD could be manipulated to defraud the government.
  • Donald Duck's head and neck, wearing a radio headset and wrapped in earphone wires with an expression of pain on his face and with crossed crutches below, was the nose art on Lieutenant Ted W. Lawson's B-25 Mitchell bomber, the Ruptured Duck, on the famous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942.
  • In the 1950s, an early Mad Magazine parody of Mickey Mouse (called "Mickey Rodent", written by "Walt Dizzy") featured "Darnold Duck", whose quacky voice had to be "translated" for the readers, and who was shamed into finally wearing pants.
  • Although Donald's military service during his wartime cartoons has mostly been in the U.S. Army (and to a lesser extent in the U.S. Navy in DuckTales), Walt Disney authorized Donald to be used as a mascot for the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard image shows a fierce-looking Donald Duck dressed in a pirate's outfit, appearing vigilant against any potential threats to the coastal regions in the United States. This image is often used on Coast Guard bases and Coast Guard cutters.
  • Donald Duck is referred to in the song "The Village Green Preservation Society" by The Kinks: "We are the Village Green Preservation Society/ God save Donald Duck, vaudeville, and variety..." The reference is ironical, as the singer is lamenting the disappearance of perceived traditional English cultural artifacts.
  • Donald Duck makes a cameo appearance in the cartoon sequence in 200 Motels (1971).
  • During the late 1970s, Donald had his first and only disco song named 'Macho Duck', available as part of the Mickey Mouse Disco children's album. Clarence Nash voices Donald in that song.
  • In Sweden, a comic book artist named Charlie Christensen got into a legal dispute with Disney when his creation Arne Anka looked similar to Donald Duck (albeit Arne is a pessimistic drunkard). However, Charlie made a mockery of the legal action and staged a fake death for his character, which then had plastic surgery performed and reappeared as Arne X with a more crow-like beak. He later purchased a strap-on duck beak from a novelty gift shop, pointing out that "If Disney is planning to give me any legal action; all I have to do is remove my fake beak."
  • Donald Duck is a constant source of irritation for the eponymous hero of Donald Duk (1991), a coming-of-age novel by Frank Chin set in San Francisco's Chinatown.
  • Blitz, Marcia (1979). Donald Duck. New York City: Harmony Books. ISBN . 
  • O'Brien, Flora (1984). Judith Schuler, ed. Walt Disney's Donald Duck: 50 Years of Happy Frustration. Tucson, AZ: HPBooks. ISBN . 
  • Watts, Steven (2013). The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life. University of Missouri Press. ISBN . 
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