On June 9, 1934, Donald Fauntleroy Duck made his film début in The Little Wise Hen. As audiences immediately loved him, Donald has been lisping “phooey” ever since. Today’s cupcake–a large one to accommodate 76 candles–goes to Mr. Duck, who doesn’t look a day over 32.
Snaps to his creator, Dick Lundy, for crafting a cartoon with an incredibly human personality. Donald means well, has a good heart and loves to joke and tease.
However, he can dish out such humor but cannot take it in return. His hot temper’s hair-trigger often gets the better of him.
In other words, he is both the protagonist and antagonist of his own life. Who can’t relate to that? (If you are thinking, “Huh, I can’t.” Sssshhhh. No one likes a show off.) There’s a reason we mere mortals identify with Donald: he represents humanity as it is while Mickey Mouse represents humanity as it should be. Pretty deep for animation! (Barbie and friends take note.)
Other tasty tidbits about Donald? He has one of, if not the, most identifiable voices in Toon Town. His film career includes 7 feature films, and “Der Feuhrer’s Face” won an Academy Award in 1943. Donald also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is the mascot for the University of Oregon.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that we love a duck in uniform. Happy Donald Duck Day!