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Well the time has come people ... time to talk about the duck himself : Donald Fauntelroy Duck ! [link]
Donald is one of the 2 greatest, richest cartoon creations of all time, but like any character he has his own set of rules and his own limitations. In his best stories, whether adventures or comedies , Donald was always best as himself. The waterfowl works better as a constant thrown in multiple scenarii, the surroundings change but Donald does not . Of course his personality is so multi-layered that he can be many things , even total paradoxes, and remain himself .
Let us dig into the Don's designs (or at least those I find extremely influential on my way to view the duck ), music maestro ! [link] :


This character is just maybe where the idea for a duck friend for Mickey started to blossom , in 1931 . Of course it will be drawn 1 year later but is nothing but a prototype and , as such , has very little to do with the refined version ...


With Clarence Nash' hiring (God bless him) in 1933, the studios knew they got their duck voice. They did so after hearing Mr Nash doing the Mary had a little lamb with a duck voice in the radio . So there we have our early Duck , the embryonic Donald ,created by animator Dick Lundy and starring in "The Wise Little Hen", "Mickey's grand opera" and "The Band Concert" .He has some of the traits that will be expanded later: he is a bit of a slacker (like the duck in the wise hen story ), a mischievous trickster and temperemental average Joe .In the cartoons, Mickey Mouse would gradually become a role model for children and Disney wanted a character that could portray some of the more negative character traits he could no longer bestow on Mickey (which of course is a different story in the comics ...).


In 1936 . Donald will be the star of his own comic strip courtesy of Al TAliaferro . He was the most popular character in the Silly Symphonies written by Taliaferro and Ted Osborne , so they thought of giving him his own series . This comic strip will also contain the seeds of the future mythology that will be expanded around the character in his printed world : The nephews , Gus Goose , Daisy (before being put in the cartoon). The new added trait would be a slight parental responsibility and a varying maturity in his behavior. Donald, just like in this period's cartoons, can be the trickster and the fall guy .


With WWII , the popularity of aggressive characters bloomed . Walt did not want the animated Mickey to be a propaganda character (once again , as opposed to Floyd's who fought Nazis in the comics ...) , but Donald was the ideal character for that .
This period not only marks some of Donald's best propaganda cartoons , but also him being an ambassador of sort for south-american countries. This will lead to the creation of Jose Carioca , then Panchito Pistoles thus forming the 3 caballeros (These movies do add another trait; his curiosity and a certain interest towards foreign countries... and their ladies
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