June 8, 2012

Happy 68th Anniversary, Donald Duck

Donald Duck First Appearance was on june 9th, 1934 in the movie "The Wise Little Hen."

Born ca. 1920 as one of two twins. Son of $crooge McDuck's sister Hortense McDuck and Quackmore Duck, son of Elivira "Grandma" Duck and her husband Humperdink Duck. Donald Duck thus is a descendant from both the Clan McDuck and the Coots. In Back To Long Ago! Barks shows that Donald seems to be the rebirth of the 16th century sailor Pintail Duck.

In Lo$ part 11 Don Rosa shows that Donald's first meeting with Scrooge took place in 1930. When the family leaves Scrooge Donald, still a child, for a moment return to his Uncle Scrooge and gives him a kick in his back.

Very little is known about Donald's life from 1930 to the early 1940's. At some point his family leaves Duckburg. If he stayed in Duckburg all the time (at Grandma Duck's farm?) or left with his family, and then returned at later point is still unknown. What we know is that at some time in the mid-1940's his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie moved in with him.

Donald Duck has trough the years tried all kinds of jobs without much success. This is though more caused by constant bad luck and stubbornness than a lack of talent. It however seems that his Uncle $crooge always has something for him, like shining his coins.

In An eye for detail and more recently in The Dutchman's Secret Don Rosa shows that Donald is an expert in detecting very small details. This is why he so easily can separate HD&L from each other while for instance the people in "Plain Awful" think that the boys are totally alike each other.

Once Donald built his own car (registered with the number 313) from spare parts. He has used it ever since.

Donald has a rumour for being a "difficult" neighbour. His fights with his neighbour J. Jones are matter of discussions all over Duckburg. Donald is also known for fights with his own cousin Gladstone Gander over Donald's girlfriend Daisy Duck.

In the private Donald raises his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, with great success. He's also known as a good cook with pancakes as his speciality.

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