This Disney character quacks you up

National Donald Duck Day – June 9


LunaBella Peralta

This original sketch of Donald can be found at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

LunaBella Peralta, Events editor

On June 9, we celebrate the hot-tempered cartoon duck whose laugh had been heard by millions (National Donald Duck Day). The sailor-dressed duck of the Disney Fab Five has been on screen since June 9, 1934, and has made several appearances in films and shows. The iconic voice and personality of Donald Duck have made him a timeless classic among animated characters.

Donald’s first appearance was in a Silly Symphony short, “The Wise Little Hen,” although his style in that film was much different from his modern look (Evolution of a Duck). Features like his bill, eyes, and more developed as he became a unique and independent character. As his physical appearance started to take shape, so did his personality. In the short “Orphans Benefit,” Donald gets his first temper tantrum as he is being ambushed with thrown objects (Evolution of a Duck). He was the perfect contrast to nice loving Mickey Mouse and added an element of laughter to the Disney shorts.

As his character progressed, Donald, other well-known characters joined him, such as Daisy Duck, Scrooge McDuck, and his three nephews. Today he can be seen as angry as ever on-screen and in the Disney Theme Parks.

This National Donald Duck Day remembers the cartoon duck who made us laugh for generations.

For more Donald fun, visit Disney Plus to watch all the Donald Duck Classics, with a subscription. You can also do some Donald Trivia, crafts, and more to celebrate. Maybe you’ll even do better on this quiz, now that you’ve read the article: Donald Duck Trivia. Good luck!

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