Thursday, 9 June 2016

Characters We ♥ : Donald Duck

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Today is very special for probably THE most popular duck on this planet. It’s National Donald Duck Day, and what better way is there to celebrate one of our all-time favourite Disney characters than by freshening up our memory of the feathered drake?

To be honest, Donald Duck and the whole Disney Crew were an integral part of my childhood, but with that lying a few years in the past now, I had to do some research in order to remember all the adventures and heroics Donald pulled off. So in case your long-term memory is just as sucky as mine, here’s a list of Donald’s achievements, some surprising facts and reasons why we cannot help but love him that will teach you not to dismiss Donald as a random pant-less duck with a speech impediment and anger management issues.

Did you know that…

… today on June 9th we celebrate the 82nd anniversary of Donald’s first on-screen appearance? 

After hearing Clarence Nash recite “Mary had a little lamb” in a duck voice, Walt Disney had the inspiration to create Donald Fauntleroy Duck, as a somewhat more bad-tempered counterpart to the always cheerful Micky Mouse. Donald had his movie debut on June 9, 1934 in the animated short film The Wise Little Hen. His date of birth is estimated to be March 13, (Friday the 13th, of course) 1914, making him now 102 years old.

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… that Donald has a twin sister?

We all know about his uncle Scrooge McDuck and his three cheeky nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck or even about his girlfriend Daisy, but his twin sister Dumbella (Della) Duck? No Sir, never heard of her. But there are rumours that the mother of Huey, Dewey and Louie became an astronaut and is cruising through outer space, which is why her son’s ended up with their uncle.

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… that Donald worked for the Nazis and won an Oscar for it? 

In the animated short film Der Fuehrer’s Face (original title: Donald Duck in NutziLand) of 1943 Donald puts his acting skills into the service of the United States to aid them with their propaganda during WWII. He plays a Nazi who goes crazy, working his 48-hour daily(!) shift in a German factory under inhumane conditions. The following nightmarish hallucinations depict the atrocities of the war and German propaganda and end with Donald waking up, safe and happy in the United States. And Hitler gets hit in the face by a tomato. All’s well that ends well.

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… that Donald’s comics used to be banned in Finland? 

Apparently the Finns aren’t fans of animals who don’t abide by a certain dress code. Pant-less ducks with exhibitionistic tendencies are a no-go for them. Sorry Donald, Daisy… And although he never wears pants, whenever he is shown to lose his shirt he covers his crotch, not his torso. Just so that you know...

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… that Donald Duck beat a Danish inventor to a patent for a method of raising sunken ships?

Karl Kroyer invented a method to raise sunken ships, after a freighter capsized on the coast of Kuwait in 1964. As he wanted to patent his idea, his request was denied. Why you ask? Well, because he stole the idea from Donald Duck. This comic strip of 1949 is the proof:

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… that there is a philosophical movement called “Donaldism”?

This one’s my favourite because I actually had an art teacher who was a professing Donaldist. But what is Donaldism? Well, here’s what the SAD (the South-Nordic Academy of Donaldism) says to the matter:

“In Academic Donaldism, we [..] see the stories as written evidence of a real world inhabited by Ducks, Kynoids and other intelligent species unknown in our humanly dominated world.”
“Or to put our basic philosophy in shorter terms: The Ducks are for real!

Well if this isn’t fan love, then I don’t know what is.

Source: mediennerd

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