Donald Duck was a seaman by trade
Donald Duck saw the light of day on June 9, 1934. We shed light on the life of the clumsy drake: with 75 facts from his life and the films that made him famous.
* His full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck.
* Fauntleroy is a reference to Donald's favorite sailor attire. The hats he likes to wear with them are called that.
* According to Walt Disney, Donald Duck was born on a stormy night on Friday March 13th. Donald flew in a mud bubble through a window of the Disney studio, landed on the writer's table and chattered angrily: "You want something from me?"
There are pictures of the cheeky duck in this gallery.
* Donald made his first screen appearance on June 9, 1934 - exactly 75 years ago in the cartoon "The Wise Little Hen".
* Its creator is Carl Barks (1901-2000), who is not only Donald's biographer, but also thought up many other residents of Duckburg.
* Donald spent much of his childhood on Grandma Duck's farm.
* It is unclear whether Donald graduated from high school. At least he went to school, because schooling is compulsory in Duckburg.
* Most of the time Donald works as an errand boy in a margarine factory. But he can also be experienced in other professions, such as station master, farmer, lighthouse keeper, excavator driver, beekeeper, sales representative for brushes, etc.
* Hobbies: Preferably fishing and lazing around. Sometimes hunting too.
* Donald's favorite color is red.
* Since July 1, 1938, he has been driving a 1934 Belchfire Runabout based on an old Ford. The color of the runabout is of course red, but it is also available in yellow.
* The number plate is 313. The number stands for 3 times 13, so 3 times misfortune. It also indicates his birthday on March 13th. Getting a vehicle registration number 313 today is almost impossible - true fans have long since struck.
* Daisy is Donald's second love: In front of her, the fiery Donna Duck switched the drake in 1937. The end: The Senorita simply let Donald sit.
* Donald mourned for three years, then found Daisy. He met her in the cartoon “Mr. Duck steps out ”know and love. However, there are sources that claim that Donna and Daisy are one and the same person.
* Daisy and Donald were even about to get married. However, the drake got cold feet and blew everything off. The two have been permanently engaged since then.
* Donald moved into different apartments in the course of his life. He currently lives in a house with a garden.
* His neighbor is Zacharias Zorngiebel, not a friendly contemporary.
* Donald's nephews Tick, Trick and Track moved in with him on October 17, 1937. Della Duck is Donald's twin sister. She sent her brother a letter and her three sons and disappeared, never to be seen again.
* Uncle Dagobert, the richest man in the world, is the brother of Donald's mother, Dortel. In the American original, Dagobert Scrooge is called McDuck - based on Ebeneezer Scrooge from the Christmas story by Charles Dickens.
* The first encounter: At Christmas time, the ill-tempered uncle wants to scare his loved ones with a bearskin. But they pass the "test of courage".
* The counterpart to Donald is Gustav Gans, a real lucky guy. He is also Donald's eternal rival in favor of Daisy. Donald and Gustav Gans are actually related to each other - although it is a duck and a goose. How? There are various theories on this. Gustav calls Dagobert uncle, as does Donald. But: In one scene, Gustav Gans says: "Uncle Dagobert is my mother's brother-in-law." That could well mean that Dagobert is Gustav's father.
* At night Donald transforms into Phantomias and fights crime in Duckburg. The most important crooks are the tank crackers. Carl Barks called them "Beagle Boys". The gang leader is Grandpa Knack, who is the only one who wears the sign "pardoned" on his chest.
* Phantomia's greatest help is professional inventor Daniel Düsentrieb, who invents all kinds of useful devices for the hero. The duck engineer made his debut in 1952. The "little helper" is always there - a mysterious construction with a light-colored bulb.
* Mickey and Donald are no doubt friends, they respect and respect each other. But while Micky symbolizes the eternal good, Donald is bursting with lovable weaknesses and mistakes - he is just a "duck like you and me". Neither of them see each other very often: Donald lives in the American original in Duckburg (Duckburg), Micky is at home in Mouse Ville.
* The drake is award-winning. He has had his own star on the Walk of Fame since 2004. Donald even got an Oscar - for "The Fuehrers Face". And for his cinematic exploits during World War II, Donald was made a sergeant on his 50th birthday.
* Donald found his voice in the comedian Clarence Nash, who lent his voice to the drake until 1983.
* In September 1951 Ehapa-Verlag in Stuttgart published the first comic book Mickey Mouse - naturally also with the adventures of the clumsy drake.
* The first editor-in-chief was the legendary Dr. Erika Fuchs. The art historian with a doctorate translated the speech bubbles and over the years created a distinctive Donald language.
* Egmont Ehapa Verlag has published a four-volume anniversary box, a birthday LTB and a special volume for 75 years of Superstar for the birthday.
* On April 16, 1977 Donald became a cult in Germany: The meteorologist Hans von Storch founded D.O.N.A.L.D, the "German organization of non-commercial supporters of honest Donaldism". Since that time, research has been carried out on drakes from Duckburg to find out what it takes.
* Donald's last will becomes clear in the song of the maudlin cowboy: "And one day I'll lie on the stretcher, then think of my guitar and give it to me in my grave." But heroes don't die - they only become history. In this sense: "Donald forever!"
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