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Why Was Donald Duck Banned In Finland?

National Donald Duck Day on June 9th each year commemorates the birthday of a funny animated cartoon character.

  • 1931 – The first mention of Donald Duck was made in 1931 for the storybook The Adventures of Mickey Mouse, as one of Mickey’s barnyard friends. The character featured on the cover is much different from the modern Donald Duck, being drawn more like a normal duck and sporting a green hat and pants.
  • 1934 – Donald Duck made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934, in The Wise Little Hen.
  • 1934 – 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. This magazine is sought after by collectors.
  • 1937 – Donald got his first starring role three years after his debut in 1937. The role was in a short titled Don Donald. It was eight minutes long and followed Donald’s adventures in Mexico as he tried to win over his love, Donna Duck.
  • 1940s – In the 1940s, Donald Duck overtook Mickey Mouse with over 128 independent short animations. This was truly the decade of the Donald, as he soared to popularity faster than any other Disney figure.
  • 1942 – is the year when Donald Duck served World War II with several animated short films.
  • 1942 – As revealed in the 1942 short film “Donald Gets Drafted” Donald Duck’s full name is ‘Donald Fauntleroy Duck.’
  • 1943 – The animated film “Der Fuehrer’s Face” featuring Donald Duck living in Nazi Germany wins an Academy Award.
  • 1947 – the year Donald Duck became the inspiration for the University of Oregon’s Fighting Ducks mascot.
  • 1953 – Daisy Duck first appears in ‘Disney’s Comics & Stories No. 149’ as Donald Duck’s girlfriend.
  • 1978 – Donald Duck is banned in Finland for wearing no pants.
  • 1984 – Donald Duck has also made history, yes that’s right, this duck is not just any duck, he was named in TV Guide‘s list of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time!
  • 2002 – Donald was also declared in 2002 by TV Guide as one of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time.
  • 2004 – Donald was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 9th, 2004.
  • Usually wearing a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie, Donald Duck is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech and his mischievous and irritable personality.
  • He has appeared in more films than any other Disney character.
  • His middle name is Fauntleroy. The name means “child king” and is derived from Old French.
  • During Donald’s second appearance in Orphan’s Benefit, he introduced his comic friend, Mickey Mouse. Donald’s girlfriend, Daisy Duck, along with his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, were introduced shortly after that. 
  • One of Donald Duck’s famous sayings is “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.”
  • Donald has gone on to star in seven feature films — which is more than any of his Disney counterparts. At 90 years old, he is six years younger than Mickey Mouse.
  • Donald Duck, who usually wears a sailor shirt, cap, and a red or black bow tie, but no trousers, is the only popular film and TV cartoon character to appear as a mascot for the sports team of a major American university, namely, the Oregon Ducks at the University of Oregon
  • Walt Disney was inspired to create Donald Duck when he heard Clarence Charles Nash, a voice actor, reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb in his duck voice.
  • After the idea was created, next came the sketch. An American Peking Duck inspired Donald’s.
  • He lives with his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie in a house in Duckburg.
  • Donald Duck’s father’s name is Quackmore Duck, his mother’s name is Hortense McDuck and his twin sister is Della Thelma Duck.
  • Donald is the most published comic book character in the world, outside of the superhero genre.
  • 17 – the number of animated characters who have received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, including Donald Duck.


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