Monday, 9 June 2014

Donald Duck’s 80th Anniversary

I’m not sure, but I think Donald Duck’s birthday is a national holiday in Denmark. Here to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Don’s public debut is a series of tweets from Danish comics scholar, animation expert, and all-round good egg Jakob Stegelmann.

Happy 80th Birthday, Donald Duck. No wiser but still going strong. Thanks to Walt, Ducky, Ben, Jack, Carl etc
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014



The first one: Wise Little Hen, premiered June 9th, 1934
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014



… and his breakthrough moment, The Band Concert, 1935
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014



Jack Hannah was Don’s director in the ’40s. One of his best: Three for Breakfast
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014



… but one of Dons best films is this one by Ben Sharpsteen, 1936. Beware! Flying knives!
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014



… and Carl Barks wrote and storyboarded this 1941-Classic
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014


Donald Duck 80: great comic book cover. Barks took Don to the next level.
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014



Donald Duck 80: This 1945 Jack Kinney-directed short is the strangest Don-cartoon ever made: Duck Pimples
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014


… and Barks did some weird things to Donald in the comics too, like Bombie the Zombie 1949
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014


Donald Duck 80: Let's not forget the first great comic artist to take Donald from screen to print: Al Taliaferro.
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014



Donald Duck 80: Academy Award-anti-nazi Duck: Der Fuehrer's Face
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014



Donald Duck 80: the one and only film appearance of Cousin Gus (fætter Guf) for @catobagger
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014



Why not end Donald's 80th celebration with a hot number? Mr.Duck Steps Out. Long live the King of Ducks…
– Jakob Stegelmann (@JakobStegelmann) June 9, 2014

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