National Donald Duck Day is observed annually on June 9th. This day commemorates the birthday of the funny animal cartoon character, Donald Duck. Donald made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934, in The Wise Little Hen.
Donald Duck usually wears a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie and is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech along with his mischievous and irritable personality
Donald Duck has appeared in more films than any other Disney character. Donald has 225 films to his name, according to IMDb. Donald was also declared in 2002 by TV Guide as one of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all times.
It was in Donald’s second appearance in Orphan’s Benefit that he was introduced to his comic friend, Mickey Mouse. Donald’s girlfriend, Daisy Duck, along with his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, were introduced shortly after that.
In addition to animation, Donald is also known for his appearance in comic books and newspaper comic strips.
One of Donald Duck’s famous sayings is “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.”
- The renowned early illustrators of Donald Duck were Al Taliaferro, Carl Barks and Don Rosa. Donald Duck first appeared as a drawing in a May 1934 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine promoting the film The Wise Little Hen. The magazine is sought after by collectors.
- Donald has gone on to star in seven feature films — which is more than any of his Disney counterparts. He is six years younger than Mickey Mouse.
- He won an Oscar for the 1943 animated short Der Feuhrer’s Face, which was originally titled. Donald Duck in NutziLand – The anti-Nazi cartoon begins with music from Wagner’s comic opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg and also features Groucho Marx’s singing.
- Donald’s full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck, he is normally seen wearing a sailor’s hat and shirt and either a black or red bow tie. He is an American cartoon character from The Walt Disney Company. He Lives with his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie in a house in Duckburg. Donald gets annoyed easily and he is extensively known for his unstable temper.
- Donald Duck’s father’s name is Quackmore Duck, his mother’s name is Hortense McDuck and his twin sister is called Della Thelma Duck.
- Donald’s voice was performed by Clarence Nash from 9th June 1934, up until 1983. Nash trained Tony Anselmo who was the voice of Donald from 1985 and onwards. Donald Duck’s voice is one of the most recognizable voices of all animated characters.
- HIS BIRTHDAY IS MARCH 13, 1914. Traditionally, a character’s first appearance in a cartoon marks its birthday—but in a late ’40s cartoon, it was revealed that Donald was born on March 13th. In his authorized biography published in 1941, we find out he was born on Friday the 13th. Some dedicated fans found all of the instances of Friday, March 13 and, using other clues from the Duck-verse, determined that Donald was born on March 13, 1914.
- DONALD IS COLORBLIND. Despite his snazzy sartorial taste—mainly sailor shirts and the like— Donald is actually believed to be at least partially colorblind. In the wartime short Donald Gets Drafted, Donald goes to his local draft board and joins the army, getting accepted despite identifying a green card with “green” written on it as blue, having flat feet, and having no brain (apparently, being a duck was not an issue).
- Donald is an American Pekin duck. His species was historically bred in China but became a popular commercial duck breed for egg and meat production in the U.S. after it was first brought to Long Island in 1873.
- Donald co-hosted the Oscars in 1958. He appeared at the movie-awards ceremony on film alongside the night’s other hosts — Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, David Niven, Rosalind Russell and James Stewart. In 2005, Donald was given his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.