Saturday, June 9, 2012

Donald Duck Day

It's Donald Duck Day!

As I've said before, I love Disney World and Donald, of course, is a big part of Disney.  Doing some research on Donald, in honor of his own personal holiday, I've come to find out that his debut appearance was on June 9th, 1934 in The Wise Little Hen and his middle name is Fauntleroy... Fauntleroy?!  Fauntleroy, if you look up the definition, is a noun that means an excessively polite and well dressed boy.  Wow, did they get that one wrong! Well, he may be well dressed with the snappy sailor suit, but polite?!  Not hardly... he has way too nasty of a temper.  Here's his debut via Youtube:

Donald's come a long way from his debut, however, yet he still takes a back seat to Mickey Mouse and that always gets him riled up.
I did come across his family tree, which is quite interesting.  I had no idea that he had a distant relative who married a goose over on the Coot family side.  What a scandal that must have been!

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There's the Clan McDuck, The Duck Family, and Coot Kin.  Many never actually debuted anywhere, but as a back story to our well loved Donald, the family tree is quite fun to go through and see who you recognize and maybe even look some up.

Enjoy Donald Duck Day!

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