Happy Birthday, Donald!

Donald Duck’s birthday is officially recognized as June 9, 1934, the day he debuted in the Silly Symphony cartoon “The Wise Little Hen.” Donald’s fiery temper immediately endeared him to audiences, and in the 1940s he surpassed Mickey Mouse in the number of cartoons reaching the theaters.
ImageIn the Disney Studios, Donald is often referred to as “The Duck”.

Donald often calls himself Walt’s favorite. (Which actually was the truth, this was even confirmed by Walt Disney himself)

A duck skeleton that looks like Donald can be seen in movie “James and the Giant Peach.”

Donald’s original name was Donald Oliver Duckling.

A float that looks exactly like Donald Duck appears in the Safety Smart in the Water episode from the Timon and Pumbaa’s Wild About Safety Smart series.

Donald makes a cameo appearance in The Little Mermaid as an audience member with the merpeople in the Concert Hall sequence of the film after King Triton passes him with Mickey and Goofy.

Because of his middle name, Fauntleroy, Donald is currently the only major Disney character with an official middle name.

He has a twin sister named Dumbella. Della is Donald Duck’s sister, her mother is Hortense McDuck and her father is Quackmore Duck. She is the mother of Huey, Dewey and Louie. Her full name is Della “Dumbella” Thelma Duck. She is born 1920 in Duckburg.

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Della is Donald Duck’s sister, her mother is Hortense McDuck and her father is Quackmore Duck. She is the mother of Huey, Dewey and Louie. Her full name is Della “Dumbella” Thelma Duck. She is born 1920 in Duckburg.

Donald starred in the Academy Award-winning 1943 film Der Fuehrer’s Face about the struggles of living in Nazi Germany.

Donald doesn’t don pants with his sailor shirt, but does wear swimming trunks when he goes for a swim.
During WWII, Donald appeared on the nose artwork of nearly every type of Allied combat aircraft, from the L-4 Grasshopper to the B-29 Superfortress.

nose art on WWII US plane

Donald Duck of Disney fame is painted on this B-24. Disney cartoons were commonly used for nose art during WWII.

Donald suffers from a form of color blindness.

Voters in Scandinavian countries placing “protest votes” typically write “Donald Duck” as the candidate.
Donald holds an honorary degree from the University of Oregon.

Walt Disney authorized Donald to be used as a mascot for the US Coast Guard.
Donald’s parents are named Quakmore and Hortense Duck.

In the Kingdom Hearts series, Donald has the highest Magic stat in every game he is a playable/party character in and, as shown in 358/2 Days, the strength of his magic surpasses even Xemnas, who’s the Nobody of Xehanort who has been said to only be rivaled by Maleficent in magic, making Donald more powerful than even Maleficent, and no doubt all the other magical characters in the series. If this magic were to be carried over in his other appearances, and combine with his anger-induced physical strength, Donaldc ould possibly be one of the most powerful beings in the Disney Universe, possibly even the most powerful in terms of magic.

Strangely, aside from the first game and 358/2Days, Donald has only been shown to use the four basic spells (Thunder, Fire, Blizzard, and Cure). Though it shown in the series that he’s responsible for transforming the gang into underwater creatures and supernatural monsters
Thunder may be Donald’s signature spell, as in each game, it is either the first spell we see him use or the first attack he knows by default (with the exception of 358/2 Days, where him using and learning it first is optional). In Chain of Memories and its remake he even tries to cast it on a member of Organization XIII in one of the first cut scenes of the game. When in the universe based on The Lion King, Donald becomes a flying animal called “Bird Donald”. This is strange considering that Donald is technically a bird to begin with.

Though Donald has black eyes, they sometimes appear to be blue in 2D artwork or in his 3D models and artworks, such as his Kingdom Hearts III artwork. Donald eyes could possibly really be blue, as when Pete eye had a close up in Mickey, Donald & Goofy: The Three Musketeers, he had brown irises.

The Scene in Mickey and the Beanstalk where Donald goes crazy with starvation and tries to kill their cow with an axe is considered one of the scariest scenes in Disney History, and has been called “Hungry, Hungry, Donald.”

 

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