Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Who's Who Wednesday: Donald Fauntleroy Duck

Donald Fauntleroy Duck was another famous cartoon creation by Walt Disney Productions. His character was created in 1934 and his attire usually consists of a blue sailor suit and hat. Many times we see Donald with a very short temper and sometimes he's a bit of a bully. In early shorts Mickey and Donald were great friends with no rivalry. Later on, Donald became jealous of Mickey's fame and he wanted to be the star on top. Usually, Mickey never really notices this and always sees Donald as one of his best friends. Donald's first appearance was in The Wise Little Hen on June 9, 1934. This date is now recognized as being Donald's birthday. Since this appearance, he has become a regular in many Mickey Mouse cartoons. In 1937, we meet Donald's love interest, Daisy. A year later we also meet his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. In 1938 polls actually showed that Donald had become more popular than Mickey. He appeared in many shorts about the war including a notable Der Fuchrer's Face, which caused much controversial talk, but ended up winning an Academy Award. Donald is no stranger to being picked on either. Chip n Dale and Humphrey the Bear love to put Donald at the brunt of their mischievous jokes. The voice of Donald is one of the most identifiable cartoon character voices around with his lispy, spitting tone. His voice came from Clarence Nash from 1934-1983, then by Tony Anselmo who continues it today. We see Donald appearing as one of the Fab Five, along with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy. He appears in all Disney parks and is even the main character in more attractions than Mickey, including the Gran Fiesta Tour, starring the Three Caballeros at Epcot in the Mexico Pavilion. Donald has appeared in many comic strips, Disney shows, movies, video games and books. His image is even used as the mascot for the University of Oregon and he was named an honorary alumnus from the college. Donald also got his own orange juice that was introduced by Citrus World in 1940. In 2005, Donald finally received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

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