On This Day In 1934 - Donald Duck Was Born, Debuting In 'The Wise Little Hen'

When it comes to Disney, you’ve got to go back to the company’s most famous trio: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy.

But, while Mickey Mouse may often steal the spotlight from his friends, Donald Duck is making a comeback today as fans everywhere celebrate the character’s birthday. Created by Walt Disney in 1934 to star in The Wise Little Hen, Donald Duck is now turning 82 years old.

“One of the greatest satisfactions in our work here at the studio is the warm relationship that exists within our cartoon family. Mickey, Pluto, Goofy, and the whole gang have always been a lot of fun to work with. But like many large families, we have a problem child. You're right, it's Donald Duck.” ― Walt Disney

Donald and his friends can be found on Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse which is a series of animated shorts that have earned multiple Emmys and Annie Awards. Wanting to keep the character contemporary, Paul Rudish and his team have done their best to remind fans why Donald Duck holds a special place in their hearts and have even created a brand-new short in honor of the character entitled Split Decisions.

Speaking with EW, Paul Rudish spoke about the new short and why it was suited for Donald’s birthday. He said, “This particular short puts a spotlight on all we have come to know and love about Donald, as Mickey tries to help his friend work out his anger issues”

When asked about Donald’s true age, Paul kept mum on the subject, but he did say that Donald’s was, “old enough to chase after Carmen Miranda’s sister in The Three Caballeros!” Originally produced by Walt Disney in 1945, The Three Caballeros is one of Donald Duck’s best-known films where the finicky character celebrates an unlucky birthday with some friends from South America.

Maybe if Donald is lucky, he’ll celebrate a much happier birthday this year.

Happy Birthday, Donald!

Source: Comic Book Resources

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