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Donald Duck lives with his three nephews Huey, Dewey
and Louie in a house in Duckburg, Calisota.

Donald's father is Quackmore Duck, his mother is
Hortense McDuck and his twin sister is Della Thelma Duck.
Huey, Dewey and Louie are the children of Della.
Donald was supposedly born in 1920 in Duckburg.

Hortense McDuck is Scrooge McDuck's sister.
Quackmore Duck is the son of Elivira "Grandma" Duck
and her husband Humperdink Duck.

Donald Duck is a descendant from both the McDucks and the Coots. According to the cartoon, Back To Long Ago, Donald appears to be the rebirth of the 16th century sailor, Pintail Duck.

Scrooge McDuck is the richest duck in the world.

Scrooge McDuck

According to the cartoon Donald Gets Drafted (1942), Donald's
full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck (his middle name appears to
be a reference to his sailor hat, which was a common accessory
for Fauntleroy suits).

Donald Duck has tried various jobs throughout the years, with not
too much success. What he is really good at is shining coins for uncle
Scrooge McDuck. Too, Donald is known for his culinary talents, with pancakes being his specialty.

Donald first appeared in the Silly Symphonies Sunday cartoon
The Wise Little Hen on June 9, 1934.

Donald Duck

He is mentioned in the 1931 Disney storybook, Mickey Mouse
Annual.  That publication included the poem More HooZoo,
which listed all of Mickey's barnyard animal friends,
among them was a duckling named Donald Duck, although
the Donald that appeared later had little resemblance to
the one in the storybook.

On February 10, 1935, Donald appeared in the Mickey Mouse
daily comic strip by Ted Osborne and Floyd Gottfredson.

Donald became the star of his own newspaper comic strip when
The Donald Duck daily strip started on February 2, 1938,
and the Donald Duck Sunday page began December 10, 1939.

Daisy Duck

Daisy Duck, the love of Donald's life was introduced on
January 9, 1937 in the cartoon, Don Donald. Daisy was  referred to
in this cartoon as Donna Duck. Donald has been  known to get into
fights with his own cousin Gladstone Gander, all over the love and
affection of Daisy. Over the years Daisy goes duck hopping quite
often vying for both Donald's and Galdstone's romantic interests.

Bolivar, Donald's pet St. Bernard first appeared in the comic strip
on March 17, 1938. Donald's second cousin  Gus Goose, the son
of Fanny Coot, made his first appearance  on May 9, 1938.

Daisy Duck first appeared in the comic strip on November 4, 1940,

Elviry (Elvira Coot, usually just called Grandma Duck) first
appeared in a portrait on August 11, 1940 and in person on
September 28, 1943.

Donna Duck came back as a separate character from Daisy and
tried to win Donald's heart, before leaving him for another man.

Donald's nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, made their first
appearance in the April 15, 1938 cartoon, Donald's Nephews.

Huey, Dewey and Louie

During World War 2, Donald tried to do his patriotic duty by joining
the army, however he was unable to pass the physical. According
to the army, Donald had flat feet and an inability to distinguish
between the colors green and blue.

Scrooge McDuck made his first appearance in Christmas on
Bear Mountain, first published on December, 1947.

Gladstone Gander came in Wintertime Wager, first published on
January, 1948.

One of Donald's great accomplishments was building his
own car from spare parts.... a 1934 Belchfire Runabout.
It had license plate number 313. While Donald did on occasio
drive other cars, this one would stay with him throughout
the years constantly breaking down.

By 1949, Donald had surpassed Mickey Mouse as Disney's most
popular character. Before 1941, Donald Duck had appeared
in about 50 cartoons. Between 1941 and 1965, Donald
would star in over 100.

Donald Duck, was honored on August 10, 2004, with the 2,257th
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star is located in
front of the Disney Store/El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd

Carl Barks who was the main developer of the comic book
version of Donald Duck said this:

"I always felt myself to be an unlucky person like Donald, who is
a victim of so many circumstances. But there isn't a person in
the United States who couldn't identify with him. He is
everything, he is everybody; he makes the same mistakes that we
all make."

"I carried in my head the idea that there was a whole town and a
whole family of characters around these ducks at all times, he
recalls. There were cousins and nephews and nieces, and villains
and bankers and all kinds of people that they dealt with in
everyday life. So whenever I needed a character, I would create
one that apparently had been around but just hadn't been used
yet. The way I presented these characters was the way they were
in my head: they had been there all the time".

"I've always looked upon the Ducks as caricature human beings.
I broadened his character out very much. Instead of making just
a quarrelsome little guy out of him, I made a sympathetic
character. He was sometimes a villain, and he was often a real
good guy and at all times he was just a blundering person like
the average human being, and I think that is one of the reasons
people like the duck."

See Also:

List of Famous Birds in Myth, Books, Comics, Film, etc.

Daisy Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Louie & Dewey

Stuffed Plush Ducks

Delightful Looney Tunes and Duck Calendars


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