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Today is Donald Duck’s 80th Birthday: Here Are Some Interesting Facts About Donald

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Today marks the 80th birthday of one Donald Duck. Donald Duck was created by Walt Disney when he heard Clarence Nash doing his “duck” voice while reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb. Disney wanted a character that was more negative than Mickey Mouse, so the bad-tempered Duck was born.

Nash was the voice of the famous duck until 1884. Tony Anselmo is currently the man behind Donald’s voice, after taking over the position from Nash. Donald Duck first appeared on the silver screen on June 9, 1934, in the animated short film ‘The Wise Little Hen,’ dancing to the Sailor’s Hornpipe. 

Donald also won an Oscar for the 1943 animated short ‘Der Feuhrer’s Face,’ which was originally titled ‘Donald Duck in NutziLand.’ It was an anti-Nazi cartoon that begins with music from Wagner and also features Groucho Marx’s singing.

Donald Duck, who is six years younger than Mickey Mouse, usually wears a sailor shirt, cap, and a red or black bow tie, but no trousers. Why that is, I do not know, and I probably don’t want to know!

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