Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Uncle Donald

The smartly dressed fellow above is one Donald Duck, born/created this day 1934 in his debut film, "The Wise Little Hen." There is quite a bit of debate about his actual birthday, but for our purposes today will do. His most obvious personality trait is his famously short temper. Who would expect such anger out of a duck? This temper is in contrast to him also being a bit of a prankster, and having a bit of a happy go lucky view on life. His voice makes it a bit hard to understand what all the fuss it about, but it a trademark of his, and I can't imagine him speaking any other way. He made a lot of shorts during World War II, and became the mascot of a lot of different military units. He engages in a bit of professional jealousy with Mickey Mouse, and I have always liked Donald much more than Mickey. Donald is much easier to relate to that some goofy ass mouse. For some odd reason, Donald is widely popular in Scandinavia, and Germany having his own Christmas special in Sweden and Denmark. He has three nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and back many, many moons ago I ran with a couple of guys, and we had a older buddy named Donald. I always referred to him as Uncle Donald, and he called us Huey, Dewey, and Louie it was funny at the time. I still enjoy revisiting Donald's cartoons that so entertained me as a child, and it is for those little comedic cartoons that Donald Duck (June 9th, 1934-present), you are my (287th) hero of the day.

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