20 Things You May Not Know About Donald Duck

Donald Duck

He is everyone’s favorite Disney Duck, but how much do you know about him?  Test your knowledge and comment your score below.

  1. His full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck.
  2. He was created in 1934.
  3. Donald is currently the only major Disney character with an official middle name
  4. He has appeared in more films then any other Disney character.  (178 films to Mickey’s 137)
  5. He is the 5th most published comic book character in the world behind Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and Wolverine
  6. The character Scrooge McDuck is his maternal uncle.
  7. Donald Duck is very popular in Europe where his weekly magazine has been the most popular comic publication for over 50 years
  8. Mickey Mouse had become a role model for children, and Walt Disney needed a new character to bestow negative character traits such as his short temper and often a prankster and a bully especially towards Chip ‘N’ Dale and his nephews.
  9. Donald’s original name was Donald Oliver Duckling.
  10. His catch phrases are “What’s the bid idea!?” and “Awww phooey!”.
  11. Donald Duck is typically shown as jealous of Mickey Mouse and wanting the spotlight
  12. Several of Donald’s cartoons were propaganda films including a seven part mini-series depicting his life in the U.S. Army.
  13. Donald Duck has graced the nose artwork of virtually every type of WWII Allied combat aircraft, from the L-4 Grasshopper to the B-29 Superfortress.
  14. In the television series DuckTales, Donald Duck is seen joining the U.S. Navy
  15. Donald Duck actually appears in more attractions and shows in Disney Theme Parks then Mickey Mouse does
  16. Donald Duck is the only film and television character to be a mascot for a major American university: a licensing agreement between Disney and the University of Oregon allows the school’s sports teams to use Donald’s image as its “Fighting Duck” mascot. In 1984, Donald Duck was named an honorary alumnus of the University of Oregon during his 50th birthday celebration.
  17. While Donald was depicted in the U.S Army and U.S. Navy, Walt Disney had authorized Donald to be used as a mascot for the US Coast Guard. The Coast Guard image shows a fierce-looking Donald Duck dressed in a pirate’s outfit, appearing vigilant against any potential threats to the coastal regions in the United States. This image is still often used on many Coast Guard bases and Coast Guard cutters today.
  18. In 2005, Donald received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood, CA.
  19. Donald Duck makes a cameo In The Little Mermaid.  He is seen with Mickey and Goofy at the beginning of the film in among the mermaids and mermans who waited for the concert of Ariel and her sisters. They can be briefly spotted before King Triton illuminates the coral chandelier.
  20. The Scene in Mickey and the Beanstalk where Donald goes crazy with starvation and tries to kill their cow with an ax is considered one of the scariest scenes in Disney History.

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