Happy 79th Birthday Donald Duck

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79 years ago today – June 9, 1934 – Walt Disney via United Artists released The Wise Little Hen, which featured the big screen debut of Donald Duck – one of the most beloved characters in the history of animation and comics. Well, he’s my favorite, anyways.

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Holy crap. 79 years? Man. I remember going to Disney World during his 50th birthday. I bought a plush Donald with angry hooded eyes. Perhaps that’s when my life long obsession with the ill-tempered waterfowl started. Who can be sure?  I knew I found my spirit animal. My fetish totem. My best friend.

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The first comic book I ever bought was an issue of ‘Donald Duck Adventures’. It was a reprint of the seminal classic ‘Lost In The Andes’ by Carl Barks. I musta read it and reread it 100 times that weekend alone.

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Yeah, I know, I know. Donald’s cartoons are mildly amusing at best, and their are far funnier cartoon characters out there, but there was just something about this duck that was instantly relatable. There was something about him that was about the duck that was, well, human.


Oh yeah! It’s his rage! It’s his unadulterated, unmitigated rage. That’s what I love about Donald Duck.

 

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Ah, well. That topic is for my therapist and me to discuss.

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Happy birthday, Donald Duck.

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Funny, you sure don’t look 79!

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About Josh Latta

Mr Josh Latta was born in 1853 to a family of tamed Pleistocenes. he was raised as a small child, entering into adulthood on the eve of his 7th birthday as was the tradition of the day. in 1867 he undertook a course in multi-reptile wrestling ending his career as 'croc-tussler' after an unfortunate shallow-river related accident cut short the life of a young crocodile. moving to rural Sheboigan in the fall of 1872, he made a good living raising fancy roosters and painting murals across the town depicting the various lascivious secrets of the townsfolk. driven out of town in the spring of 1873 he found his way to Utah where he was Flaneur in Residence at the Foundation of Gentlemen and Cultured Guinea Pigs (now the Foundation of Water Fowl and Cultured Guinea Pigs) until a scandal involving twin milkmaids and a churn of cream called for his resignation. Latta entered into the history books in 1899 for his lifesize construction of Monument Valley in matches.