Donald Duck Day

Donald Duck Day is observed next on Thursday, March 13th, 2025 (335 days from today).

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Donald Duck Day is an annual celebration on June 9 every year. As you know that Donald Duck is an animated character in the Disney series created in 1934 by Walt Disney Productions. Donald is a white duck with yellow-orange skin, legs, and feet. He was wearing a sailor shirt and a cap with a bow tie. Donald is most famous for his semi-passionate speech and naughty, sensitive personality. Donald is one of the most famous Disney characters and is on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest Animated Characters of All Time. He has appeared in more movies than any other Disney character and is the most published comic book character in the world outside of the superhero style.

History of Donald Duck Day

The world was introduced to Disney's beloved Donald Duck on June 9, 1934. Despite starting out as a comic book character, he remains the most published non-superhero character from before to now. His popularity is such that Donald Duck is a national hero in Finland! The character is a pop culture icon in Finland, much like Hello Kitty in Japan. Wearing his signature blue sailor suit and no pants, Donald Duck has appeared in more short films and feature films than any other Disney character. It is the diverse nature of the character that has allowed him to play a wide variety of roles, from an army officer and a teacher, an uncle to three ducklings.

Walt Disney suggested Donald Duck introduce a sharp character to balance with docile Mickey Mouse. During the testing phase of Donald, Disney read about Australian cricketer Donald Bradman, who made headlines after being fired for ducking.

Another standout feature of Donald Duck is his voice. Clarence Nash, Donald's original voice actor, created a distinct voice with 'buccal speech', a form of pronunciation that uses the inner cheeks to produce sound instead of the larynx. Nash first discovered this when trying to imitate his pet goat.

In the 1940s, Donald Duck surpassed Mickey Mouse with more than 128 stand-alone animated shorts. This was really Donald's decade, when he became famous faster than any other Disney character. During World War II, despite having to halt much of production, Disney made its stand by using Donald Duck in several American propaganda films. One of these animations earned Disney the Academy Award for 'Best Short Film'.

In addition to his success in the movies, Donald got his own comic strip in the 40s, branching out into a series of indie comic books about Donald Duck, loved by adults and children to this day. The Donald in the comics - who lives in the town of Duckburg and is the loving uncle of his grandchildren Huey, Dewey and Louie - is much more peaceful and has a clearer voice and emotions than the original Donald.

After Walt Disney's death, Donald Duck didn't appear on screen again until 1983. He continues to be a legend to this day and still features in animated films, TV shows, and movies. What makes Donald so approachable and fun is that he always runs into situations and difficulties, and has to get out on his own with his wits and fragile resources. Due to the politicization of his personality during the Second World War, Donald was also adept at taking down opponents and appearing in campaigns around the world.

How to celebrate Donald Duck Day

Celebrate Donald Duck Day by watching "Donald's Happy Birthday" or one of his many other movies. You can also read a book about Donald, such as The Life of Donald Duck by Walt Disney. This is a good day to speak in a "duck" voice and use some of Donald's favorite phrases like "What's the big idea?", "Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!", or "Aw phooey”.


Donald Duck Day has been observed annually on March 13th.


Monday, March 13th, 2023

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

Thursday, March 13th, 2025

Friday, March 13th, 2026

Saturday, March 13th, 2027

Also on Thursday, March 13th, 2025

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