Donald Duck made his screen debut on June 9, 1934, in Walt Disney’s Silly Symphony cartoon, The Wise Little Hen. He was created as a companion for Mickey Mouse. His good heart, short temper and sailor suit helped him grow into a starring character who became famous in movies, comic strips, books and television. Donald Duck’s distinctive quacking voice was created by Clarence Nash, known by all as “Ducky,” who performed the role for 50 years.
What do you remember about Donald Duck – and his extended family? Test your Donald Duck IQ. Answers are at the end.
1. What is Donald Duck’s whole name?
2. Who was his girlfriend?
3. What is the name of Donald Duck’s hometown?
4. Who was Donald Duck’s rich uncle?
5. What are the names of his nephews?
Donald Duck is still as popular as ever – with kids and collectors. His image is on everything from orange juice cartons and watches to plush dolls and ceramic figurines. There are many collectible Donald Duck toys. He walks, waddles, whirls, rocks, skis, drives cool cars and motorcycles, performs acrobatics, and climbs a fireman’s ladder.
This tin Donald Duck drummer toy was made in Japan by Linemar. It sold for $246 at a Bertoia auction in New Jersey. Find prices of other Donald Duck collectibles and Disney toys in the free online price guide at Kovels.com.
1. Donald Fauntleroy Duck. This was revealed on his Selective Service Draft Card in the 1942 cartoon Donald Gets Drafted.
2. Daisy Duck. Originally called Donna Duck, she first appeared in the 1937 cartoon Don Donald.
3. Duckburg. This was first mentioned in a 1944 Walt Disney comic book by cartoonist Carl Barks.
4. Scrooge McDuck. The elderly duck with a frock coat, top hat, pince-nez glasses and a Scottish accent appeared as Donald Duck’s maternal uncle and the “Richest Duck in the World” in the 1947 comic book story, Christmas on Bear Mountain, also by Carl Barks. Donald also had a great-uncle, Ludwig Von Drake, scientist, professor and world traveler, introduced in the first cartoon adventure on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color in 1961.
5. Huey, Dewey and Louie. They appeared as characters in the 1938 cartoon, Donald’s Nephews.