As a result, instead of running away, he fights—with ghosts, sharks , mountain goats , giant kites, and even the forces of nature. More often than not, when he fights, he comes out on top. Donald is something of a prankster , and as a result, he can sometimes come across as a bit of a bully , especially in the way he sometimes treats Chip n' Dale and Huey, Dewey and Louie , his nephews. As the animator Fred Spencer has put it:. The Duck gets a big kick out of imposing on other people or annoying them, but he immediately loses his temper when the tables are turned.
In other words, he can dish it out, but he can't take it. However, with a few exceptions, there is seldom any harm in Donald's pranks. He almost never intends to hurt anyone, and whenever his pranks go too far, he is always very apologetic. In Truant Officer Donald , for example, when he is tricked into believing he has accidentally killed Huey, Dewey, and Louie, he shows great regret, blaming himself. His nephews appear in the form of angels, and he willingly endures a kick by one of them—that is, of course, until he realizes he has been tricked, whereupon he promptly loses his temper.
Donald is also a bit of a poseur.
He likes to brag, especially about how skilled he is at something. He does, in fact, have many skills—he is something of a Jack of all Trades. Amongst other things, he is a talented fisher and a competent hockey player. However, his love of bragging often leads him to overestimate his abilities, so that when he sets out to make good on his boasts, he gets in over his head, usually to hilarious effect. Another of his personality traits is perseverance. Even though he can at times be a slacker , and likes to say that his favorite place to be is in a hammock , once he has committed to accomplishing something he goes for it percent, sometimes resorting to extreme measures to reach his goal.
Donald has a few memorable phrases that he occasionally comes out with in certain situations.
For example, when he stumbles across other characters in the midst of planning some sort of retaliation or prank, or when things don't go as he'd planned or don't work properly, he often says, "What's the big idea!? When he has given up on something he's been trying to do, or something he's been hoping will happen, he tends to say, "Aw, phooey! When he confronts someone who's been antagonizing him or something that's been frustrating him, he likes to exclaim, "So!!
He greets his girlfriend Daisy, and occasionally others, with, "Hiya, toots! And when he's very excited about something, he usually mutters, "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy There's a running gag in the Donald Duck comics about him being physically unhealthy and unmotivated to exercise.
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Usually, some character close to Donald annoys him by saying he's being lazy and needs to get some exercise. But despite his apparent idleness, Donald proves that he is muscular. In the short film, Sea Scouts , Donald is traveling with his nephews in a boat when it's attacked by a shark. Donald makes several attempts to defeat the shark, each of which proves ineffective, but then finally triumphs and defeats the shark with a single well-placed punch.
Additionally, as discussed below- Donald had a stint in the U. Army during World War II that culminated with him serving as a commando in the film Commando Duck , and he was frequently away serving in the U. Navy in the television cartoon series DuckTales. Throughout his career, Donald has shown that he's jealous of Mickey and wants his job as Disney's greatest star, similar to the Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck rivalry. In most Disney theatrical cartoons, Mickey and Donald are shown as friends and have little to no rivalry exceptions being The Band Concert , Magician Mickey and near the end of Symphony Hour , which were due to Donald's antagonistic schemes.
Daffy cartoons such as Rabbit Fire , it was shown that Donald always wanted the spotlight. Donald Duck!
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Donald Duck is then arrested for the kidnapping of Mickey, as he is considered to be the chief suspect, due to their feud. However, Donald did later get the charges dismissed, due to lack of evidence. Walt Disney , in his Wonderful World of Color , would sometimes make reference to the rivalry.
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Walt, one time, had presented Donald with a gigantic birthday cake and commented how it was "even bigger than Mickey's", which pleased Donald. It was shown that Donald wanted to be the Club's founder and wanted to change the name from House of Mouse to House of Duck , which is obvious in the episodes "The Stolen Cartoons" and "Timon and Pumbaa". However, Donald has a change of heart when Daisy reminds Donald how Mickey has always been there to support him. Since then, Donald accepted that Mickey was the founder and worked with Mickey as a partner to make the club profitable and successful.
Donald Duck first appeared in the cartoon The Wise Little Hen which was part of the Silly Symphonies series of theatrical cartoon shorts. The film's release date of June 9 is officially recognized by the Walt Disney Company as Donald's birthday  despite a couple of in-universe contradictions. Donald's personality is not developed either; in the short, he only fills the role of the unhelpful friend from the original story. The character began appearing regularly in most Mickey Mouse cartoons. In , Donald was redesigned to be a bit fuller, rounder, and cuter, the first to feature this design was the cartoon Moving Day.
He also began starring in solo cartoons, the first of which was January 9, , Ben Sharpsteen cartoon, Don Donald. By , most polls showed that Donald was more popular than Mickey Mouse. After his early appearances, he went on to become part of the famed trio Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. He appeared in many of the cartoons, including Moving Day. Several of Donald's shorts during the war were propaganda films , most notably Der Fuehrer's Face , released on January 1, These pictures appear in many places, such as on the assembly line in which he is screwing in the detonators of various sizes of shells.
In the end, he becomes little more than a small part in a faceless machine with no choice but to obey until he falls, suffering a nervous breakdown. Then Donald wakes up to find that his experience was, in fact, a dream. At the end of the short, Donald looks to the Statue of Liberty and the American flag with renewed appreciation. Other notable shorts from this period include a seven film mini-series that follows Donald's life in the U. Army from his drafting to his experiences in basic training under Sergeant Pete to his first actual mission as a commando having to sabotage a Japanese air base.
Titles in the series include:.
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Coast Guard Auxiliary , which showed Donald as a fierce-looking pirate ready to defend the American coast from invaders. Ted W. The aircraft, named the "Ruptured Duck" and carrying a picture of Donald's face above a pair of crossed crutches, was one of sixteen BBs which took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to bomb Tokyo on April 18, Like most of the aircraft that participated in the mission, the Ruptured Duck was unable to reach its assigned landing field in China following the raid and ended up ditching off the coast near Shangchow, China.
Since this cost Disney a lot of money, he decided to create a new audience for his films in South America. He decided to make a trip through various Latin American countries with his assistants, and use their experiences and impressions to create two feature-length animation films. The first was Saludos Amigos , which consisted of four short segments, two of them with Donald Duck.
The second film was The Three Caballeros , in which he meets his rooster friend Panchito. Several decades after the war, on account of the fact that Donald was never officially separated from service in either his animated shorts or his comic strips- and as part of Donald's 50th Birthday celebrations- the U. Army retired Donald Duck from active duty as a "Buck Sergeant"  i. Many of Donald's films made after the war recast the duck as the brunt of some other character's pestering.
Donald is seen repeatedly attacked, harassed, and ridiculed by his nephews, by the chipmunks Chip 'n' Dale , or by other characters such as Humphrey the Bear , Spike the Bee , Bootle Beetle , the Aracuan Bird , Louie the Mountain Lion , or a colony of ants. In returning the favor so to speak , Donald also has tempers and anger issues after returning from fighting in World War II; there is a theory on the Internet that says the reason why Donald is prone to having his tempers and anger issues is because Donald has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ; said theory mentioned can also be found on YouTube.
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In effect, much like Bugs Bunny cartoons from Warner Bros. The post-war Donald also starred in educational films , such as Donald in Mathmagic Land and How to Have an Accident at Work both , and made cameos in various Disney projects, such as The Reluctant Dragon and the Disneyland television show Donald has since appeared in several different television shows and short animated movies.
Donald had a rather small part in the animated television series DuckTales. There, Donald joins the U. Navy and leaves his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie with their Uncle Scrooge , who then has to take care of them. Donald's role in the overall series was fairly limited, as he only ended up appearing in a handful of episodes when home on leave. Some of the stories in the series were loosely based on the comics by Carl Barks. Donald made some cameo appearances in Bonkers , before getting his own television show Quack Pack. This series featured a modernized Duck family.
Donald was no longer wearing his sailor suit and hat, but a Hawaiian shirt. Huey, Dewey, and Louie now are teenagers, with distinct clothing, voices, and personalities. Daisy Duck has lost her pink dress and bow and has a new haircut. No other family members, besides Ludwig von Drake, appear in Quack Pack , and all other Duckburg citizens are humans and not dogs. He made a comeback as the star of the "Noah's Ark" segment of Fantasia , as first mate to Noah. Donald musters the animals to the Ark and attempts to control them. He tragically believes that Daisy has been lost, while she believes the same of him, but they are reunited at the end.
In an alternate opening for the Disney film Chicken Little , Donald would have made a cameo appearance as "Ducky Lucky". In the latter show, he is the co-owner of Mickey's nightclub.