Friday, April 5, 2013

20 Things You Didn't Know About Donald Duck

  1. Donald Duck has appeared in more films than Mickey Mouse, as his temper makes him much more versatile than Mickey the kiss-ass. Additionally, he's the fifth-most published comic book character ever, behind Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and Wolverine.
  2. Walt Disney had wanted to create a comedic foil for Mickey, but it wasn't until he heard Clarence Nash's voice on a radio program that he came up with Donald. Clarence voiced the character for 50 years until his death. He was also the original voice for Daisy, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
  3. Not only is Donald the mascot for the University of Oregon, but he was officially made an honorary alumnus in 1984 for his 50th birthday.
  4. Donald has quite a history with the American military. Many of Donald's appearances during World War II were in propaganda films, including the incredibly disturbing but Oscar-winning Der Fuehrer's Face. Also, Walt Disney also authorized the cartoon duck to be the mascot for the US Coast Guard.
  5. Donald is especially popular in Germany (a little awk, considering #3), where he is written as being more sophisticated and philosophical than he is in America.
  6. One of the original ride ideas for Disneyland was a Donald-themed bumper boat ride, but it was scrapped. But how fun would that have been?!
  7. In the 70s, Donald found himself in hot water, as there was a debate over his morality in Finland. Tight-ass conservatives didn't appreciate his lack of trousers and shacking up with his girlfriend out of wedlock.
  8. His middle name is Fauntleroy.
  9. At least two cartoons, both from the 1950s, present Donald and Daisy as a married couple.
  10. The term Donaldism refers to an extreme Disney fandom, especially for Donald, but for other Disney characters as well. The term originated in Norway.
  11. Though Donald's longtime girlfriend is Daisy Duck, his first love was Donna Duck, introduced in 1937. According to some sources, Daisy and Donna are the same character; in 1999, the Walt Disney Company acknowledged that Daisy was originally introduced as Donna. However, in 1951, both Donna and Daisy appeared in a comic strip as rivals for Donald's affections. #Daisyftw
  12. Because of his starring roles in Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros, Donald is synonymous with Disney's relationship to Latin American culture. The films came as a result of World War II. Before the United States entered the war, Disney could not export films to European markets; thus, Walt looked to new markets south of the border.
  13. Like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck has undergone various redesigns in the decades past, the most obvious being in 1936. The objective for these cosmetic overhauls was to make the characters more expressive and adorable.
  14. Walt Disney always intended Donald to represent what we as humans are, whereas Mickey represents who we should be.
  15. Donald has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  16. He has his own brand of orange juice, which was first released in 1940.
  17. Walt's wife, Lillian, hated Donald and found his voice annoying.
  18. Donald has a sister named Della, who is the mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. She officially gets the Worst Mom Ever Award considering she's never fucking around to take care of her own children.
  19. In some cartoons, Donald is said to have been born on Friday the 13th (specifically March 13), which provides a reason for his exceedingly bad luck. His license plate has also read '313'.
  20. Donald appears in a deleted scene of the film Chicken Little.


Madeleine Wills said...

@ #7: illolrnaifg

Taylor Tanton said...

His drink was the only think I drank during spring break! I flipped out when I saw it in the store!

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