Donald Duck


Donald Duck Athletic Image
Name
Donald Duck
Position
Free Safety, Quarterback, Running Back
Current Team
Quack Pack
Leagues
Football
Seasons
2015

Donald Fauntleroy Duck is the team captain for the Quack Pack football team. His presence in this league was made by his work ethic, previous fame, and desire to lead a football team of Disney ducks to the Mickey Mouse Athletics Football Championship.

Before Mickey Mouse Athletics, Donald was a celebrity who, along with Mickey Mouse, helped build The Walt Disney Company into what it is today. His appearance has changed with enhancements in computer technology and sports data analytics, but he’s constantly had a yellowish-orange beak, legs, and feet; along with his trademark sailor shirt, cap, and a red or black bow tie, but no trousers (except when he goes to the whirlpool after games). donald-duck-whirlpool-after-game

When Walt Disney wanted a celebrity that was more negative than Mickey Mouse, the easily provoked and explosive short-tempered Donald Duck was born.

Though a 1931 Disney publication called Mickey Mouse Annual mentioned Donald Duck, he first appeared on the silver screen on June 9, 1934, in the animated short film, The Wise Little Hen, dancing to the Sailor’s Hornpipe. This date is recognized as his official birthday, despite The Three Caballeros, stating his birthday as simply “Friday the 13th.” In Donald’s Happy Birthday (short) his birthday is seen as the 13th of March. For the next few years, Donald made a few more appearances in Disney-themed strips, and by 1936, he had grown to be one of the most popular characters in the Silly Symphonies comic strip.

He has gone on to star in seven feature films–which is more than any of his Disney counterparts.

He has dozens of family members in the league; notably, a twin sister named Dumbella, three mischievous nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and Daisy Duck.

“Donald, I can’t understand a word ya say,” Mickey Mouse says. It was largely this semi-intelligible speech that would cement Donald’s image into audiences’ minds and help fuel both Donald’s and Nash’s rise to stardom. A special microphone, Neumann TLM 170, was used to record Donald’s voice. Preferred for its warmth, this microphone also rounds out the high tones and smooths the “splat” in Donald’s voice.

Donald’s aggressive nature has acted as a hindrance and even a handicap for him, yet it has also helped him in times of need. When faced with a threat of some kind, Donald may get frightened and even intimidated (mostly by Catamounts team captain Pete), but rather than getting scared, he’s used that anger to led the Quack Pack football team to a fourth quarter comeback to sneak past the Aviators and dominating win against the Bow-Tique Bow-Dazzlers and Minnie Mouse. And excluding any football games with Gladstone Gander, more often than not, Donald has come out on top.

Did You Know?
Donald Duck is the only popular film and TV cartoon character to appear as a mascot for the sports team of a major American university, namely, the Oregon Ducks at the University of Oregon.

Donald can at times be a bit of a bully and a tease, especially toward his nephews and Chip ‘n Dale. As several ESPN sports analysts have mentioned: 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, there is seldom any evil intentions in Donald’s victories and if he goes too far he has shown regret and remorse for those affected (Click here to see what Donald did for Daisy after beating the Diamond Ducks).

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Donald has also been shown to be a bit of a show-off; nothing in comparison to the victory dances from NFL players of today. Still, Donald has proven that he is a Jack of all Trades with the athletic ability to play quarterback, running back, safety, and punter depending on the flow of the game.

Even though Donald at times can be lazy, he has stated many times that his favorite place is in the hammock. Among his personality traits are his stubbornness and commitment. Once he has committed to something he goes in for it 100%, sometimes going to extreme measures to reach his goal. It has been shown several times that Donald is rather sensitive about his voice and often begins an uproar if someone notes their difficulties in understanding it.

Notable Appearances by Donald Duck


Donald Duck In The Army

During World War II, film audiences were looking for brasher, edgier cartoon characters. It is no coincidence that the same era that saw the birth and rise of Bugs Bunny also saw Donald Duck’s popularity soar. By 1949, Donald had surpassed Mickey Mouse as Disney’s most popular character. Before 1941, Donald Duck had appeared in about 50 cartoons. Between 1941 and 1965, Donald would star in over 100.

Several of Donald’s shorts during the war were propaganda films, most notably Der Fuehrer’s Face, released on January 1, 1943. In it, Donald plays a worker in an artillery factory in “Nutzi Land” (Nazi Germany). He struggles with long working hours, very small food rations, and having to salute every time he sees a picture of the Führer (Adolf Hitler). 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 till he falls, suffering a nervous breakdown. Then Donald wakes up to find that his experience was, in fact, a nightmare. At the end of the short Donald looks to the Statue of Liberty and the American flag with renewed appreciation. Der Fuehrer’s Face won the 1943 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Other notable shorts from this period include the so-called Army shorts, six films that follow Donald’s life in the US Army from his drafting to his life at boot camp under sergeant Pete to his first actual mission as a commando having to sabotage a Japanese air base. Titles in the series include:

  • Donald Gets Drafted – ( May 1, 1942)
  • The Vanishing Private – ( September 25, 1942)
  • Sky Trooper – ( November 6, 1942)
  • Fall Out Fall In – ( April 23, 1943)
  • The Old Army Game – ( November 5, 1943)
  • Commando Duck – ( June 2, 1944)

Donald Gets Drafted also featured Donald having a physical examination before joining the army. According to it Donald has flat feet and is unable to distinguish between the colors green and blue, which is a type of color blindness. Also in this cartoon sergeant Pete comments on Donald’s lack of discipline.

It is also noteworthy that thanks to these films, Donald graced the nose artwork of virtually every type of WWII Allied combat aircraft, from the L-4 Grasshopper to the B-29 Superfortress. Donald also appears as a mascot for the Army Air Corps 309th Fighter Squadron and the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary “Corsair Fleet”.

During World War II, Disney cartoons were not allowed to be imported into Occupied Europe. 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 a lot of 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, one with Donald Duck. Here, he meets his pal Jose Carioca. The second film was The Three Caballeros, in which he meets Panchito.

Did You Know?
Donald Duck won an Oscar for the 1943 animated short Der Feuhrer`s Face, which was originally titled Donald Duck in NutziLand.

Many of Donald’s films made after the war recast the duck as the brunt of some other character’s pestering. Donald is repeatedly attacked, harassed, and ridiculed by his nephews, by the chipmunks Chip ‘n Dale, or by other one-shot characters such as Humphrey the Bear, Buzz the Bee, Bootle Beetle, the Aracuan Bird, Louie the Mountain Lion or a colony of ants. In effect, the Disney artists had reversed the classic screwball scenario perfected by Walter Lantz and others in which the main character is the instigator of these harassing behaviors, rather than the butt of them. However, by turning the tables, Donald’s aggressors come off to some as sadistic or cruel, and some critics have found the films unfunny as a result.

The post-war Donald also starred in educational films, such as Donald in Mathmagic Land ( 1959), and made cameos in various Disney projects, such as The Reluctant Dragon ( 1941) and the Disneyland television show (1959). For this latter show, Donald’s uncle Ludwig von Drake was created in 1961.

He featured in a rather small part in the television animated series Duck Tales. There, Donald joins the Navy and leaves his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie with his Uncle Scrooge, who then has to take care of them.

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 hairdo. Oddly enough, no other family members, besides Ludwig von Drake, appear in ‘Quack Pack’, and all other Duckburg citizens are humans and not dogs.

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Donald also played an important role in Mickey Mouse Works and House of Mouse. In the latter show, he is the co-owner of Mickey’s nightclub.


The Wise Little Hen

The Wise Little Hen lived with her chicks. They were running low on food and she was worried, so she decided to plant some corn. So they set off to Peter Pig’s house. She asked him if he would help her plant corn, but sadly Peter complained of having a belly ache and snorted off. The Hen realized that he would not help her, so she skipped off to Donald Duck’s house. Donald did not help her either, as he also faked a belly ache and quacked off. The Hen decided to plant the corn herself. As soon as the corn had grown, the Hen asked Peter and Donald again if they would help her. They faked belly aches again and went into the clubhouse they owned. Peter banged the door so hard the wall broke, but the Pig and the Duck were shaking hands without noticing the wall at all. The Hen saw through their trick and agreed with her chicks to not let them eat any corn when it’s done. So they harvested and cooked the corn themselves for their dinner. When they were done, the Hen decided to ask Peter and Donald if they wanted corn. They agreed and came rushing over to grab the basket full of corn.They fought over it but then decided to dig in. To their surprise, it was castor oil for belly aches! The Hen and the chicks enjoyed their meal, while Peter and Donald kicked each other in the rear for the rest of the day (Click here for Mouse Vinyl’s The Wise Little Hen Online).

The Orphan’s Benefit

Bert Gillett, director of The Wise Little Hen, brought Donald back in his Mickey Mouse cartoon, The Orphan’s Benefit on August 11, 1934. Donald is one of a number of characters who are giving performances in a benefit for Mickey’s Orphans. Donald’s act is to recite the poems Mary Had a Little Lamb and Little Boy Blue, but every time he tries, the mischievous orphans eat his specially made pie, leading the duck to fly into a squawking fit of anger. This explosive personality would remain with Donald for decades to come.

Mickey Mouse Orchestra, The Band Concert

Donald continued to be a hit with audiences. The character began appearing in most Mickey Mouse cartoons as a regular member of the ensemble with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto.

Cartoons from this period, such as the 1935 cartoon The Band Concert – in which Donald repeatedly disrupts the Mickey Mouse Orchestra’s rendition of The William Tell Overture by playing Turkey in the Straw — are regularly hailed by critics as exemplary films and classics of animation. Animator Ben Sharpsteen also minted the classic Mickey, Donald, and Goofy comedy in 1935, with the cartoon Mickey’s Service Station.

Donald’s Happy Birthday

Huey, Dewey, and Louie earn enough money to buy their Uncle Donald a birthday present. Donald, not knowing what the money is for, wants the kids to save their money for a rainy day. The boys manage to get the money back and buy Donald a box of cigars. Donald thinks the boys have taken up smoking and forces them to smoke the cigars. Suddenly he finds a card in the box wishing him a happy birthday from his nephews, so the cigars were actually a gift for him. Donald is so ashamed of his actions that he shrinks down to a really tiny size and disappears through a hole in the floor of the tree house.


Football

SeasonTeamTotal TacklesTotal PointsPass CompletionsPass AttemptsPass YardsPass TDsPass INTRush AttemptsRush YardsRush TDsReceptionsReceiving YardsReceiving TDsTackles SoloTackles AssistDefensive SackForced FumbleDefensive InterceptionFumble RecoveryDefensive TouchdownTwo-Point ConversionPass Completion PercentagePASS/ADefensive SafetyPASS/PGRUSH/ARUSH/PGREC/AREC/PGTYDSTYDS/PGYDSCRAll Purpose Yards
2015Quack Pack135134229398295617111244845000934230000157.547.40211.13.934.600.03440246484484
Total-135134229398295617111244845000934230000157.547.40211.13.934.6003440246484484

Career Total

SeasonTotal TacklesTotal PointsPass CompletionsPass AttemptsPass YardsPass TDsPass INTRush AttemptsRush YardsRush TDsReceptionsReceiving YardsReceiving TDsTackles SoloTackles AssistDefensive SackForced FumbleDefensive InterceptionFumble RecoveryDefensive TouchdownTwo-Point ConversionPass Completion PercentagePASS/ADefensive SafetyPASS/PGRUSH/ARUSH/PGREC/AREC/PGTYDSTYDS/PGYDSCRAll Purpose Yards
2015135134229398295617111244845000934230000157.547.40211.13.934.600.03440246484484
Total135134229398295617111244845000934230000157.547.40211.13.934.6003440246484484

About Donald Duck

Donald Duck might be quick-tempered when things don’t go his way, but he has a heart of gold and is very devoted to his friends.