Donald Fauntelroy Duck
September 28, 2007 8:08 AM   Subscribe

The Donald Duck animated short film anthology. Donald Duck's family tree. More Donald Duck family trees. Donald, Donald, Donald. Quack, Quack, Quack.
posted by Effigy2000 (30 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Apparently Donald has a lot of relatives here on Metafilter... oh, maybe it's already fixed. The two family tree links were pointing to the front page when viewed from the front page.
posted by GuyZero at 8:12 AM on September 28, 2007


Looks fun, but you have several messed-up links in there.
posted by brain_drain at 8:12 AM on September 28, 2007


Nope, the links are indeed hosed.
posted by GuyZero at 8:13 AM on September 28, 2007


Never got Donald Duck. He's a bit of an enigma amidst the strikingly bland original cast of Disney characters.

Seriously. Donald. WTF?

What were the main elements of his personality? He has a speech impediment. He doesn't wear pants. He's ostensibly in the Navy. And he left his three children in the care of his wealthy brother, Scrooge.

What else do we really know about him? Did he have a personality or anything like it? I mean, granted, none of the original Disney characters had personalities, except for Goofy, who was "the stupid one." But for some reason, Donald seems like he should have a personality.
posted by Afroblanco at 8:23 AM on September 28, 2007


Donald has a personality. He gets upset really easily. He'd be pissed his links were hosed, and he'd sputter and break something. Probably wave his arms around too.
posted by goatdog at 8:28 AM on September 28, 2007


Donald is the Republican version of the black Daffy. Check it:
  1. White
  2. In military service
  3. Rich uncle
All he needs is to wave a Bible around and he's a poster child. Duck.
posted by DU at 8:32 AM on September 28, 2007


Seeing all those visited links I thought I was secretly a huge Donald Duck fan. "When did I look at this shit? I need to start getting more sleep..."
posted by danb at 8:34 AM on September 28, 2007


dd has a big fan club in germany.
posted by bruce at 8:45 AM on September 28, 2007


How To Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology In The Disney Comic.
posted by BackwardsCity at 8:48 AM on September 28, 2007


And he left his three children in the care of his wealthy brother, Scrooge.

They're his nephews, and Scrooge is his uncle. (read too many Donald Duck comics as a kid)
posted by malaprohibita at 9:19 AM on September 28, 2007


Dammit! Don't criticize Donald. As an atheist Scandinavian there's nothing I hold more sacred than Donald Duck comics. In the part of the world I hail from Carl Barks is a legend.
posted by Kattullus at 9:29 AM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


Disney made a major error keeping the D. Duck cartoons on the extra-cost Disney cable channel (and not very often even there) while Warner Brothers let Bugs, Daffy and the gang out to play with the hoi polloi. Now everybody knows how good the Warner cartoons are but several generations have never seen the Disney classics and have no idea that they're fully as good as the Warner library. Donald in a psychopathic rage is one of the primal cartoon images.

Scrooge, Donald and the boys also have a long series of absolutely first rate, throw-up-in-the-ice-bucket-funny Carl Barks comic books to their credit. (The more recent Duck Tales animations are not Barks and don't use his stories or his dialogue. They are just OK to my mind, no great competition for their models.)

On preview, Katullus is spot on.
posted by jfuller at 9:40 AM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


The one where he's a gift wrapper taking orders from an anonymous voice coming through a horn is the all-time classic. Especially the part where he alters the mood of the voice by altering the shape of the horn.
posted by anazgnos at 9:53 AM on September 28, 2007


Yup, that's it.
posted by anazgnos at 10:13 AM on September 28, 2007


Donald in Mathmagic Land is an absolute classic.
posted by Heatwole at 10:22 AM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


Anyone remember quack shot for Sega? Donald would shoot plungers at things and eat hot peppers.
posted by Mastercheddaar at 10:25 AM on September 28, 2007


Of all the Disney characters—and we were raised to hate all things Disney—Donald was probably the most palatable.
posted by Fezboy! at 10:26 AM on September 28, 2007


I love me some DD and his family but then this might not surprise Dutch MeFi people.

And no, that's not why I chose my user name.
posted by Dagobert at 10:28 AM on September 28, 2007


Quackshot! That game was great!

Mickey and Goofy are as creepy as hell -- Donald Duck and the associated Duckburg denizens are the only staple Disney characters I like. Carl Barks and Don Rosa obviously has a lot to do with this, but the early Donald cartoons are also really good. The Halloween episode with the gorilla freaked me out when I was a kid.
posted by painquale at 10:47 AM on September 28, 2007


> Mickey and Goofy are as creepy as hell

Look at some of the very early b&w Mickey shorts. Before he got neotinized and cutified he was much more attractively rat-like. Easy to picture him shedding plague fleas.
posted by jfuller at 11:14 AM on September 28, 2007


[removed the three blank links. Um effigy2000 you can email me what they were SUPPOSED to be if you get a chance]
posted by jessamyn at 11:57 AM on September 28, 2007


What the..? Strange that those links didn't work. Not sure what happened there. Anyways, I've just e-mailed Jess the fixed links so hopefully this post will be back up to its full glory soon. I think the family tree link in particular is a real blast.
posted by Effigy2000 at 12:40 PM on September 28, 2007


[fixed!]
posted by jessamyn at 12:47 PM on September 28, 2007


Oh man! That huge family tree is sheer joy. I thought it was just the (great and funny) Don Rosa Duck Family Tree which I know pretty much by heart. That supergigantic family tree truly redeems the internet.
posted by Kattullus at 1:42 PM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


That family tree is great! I'm surprised at how many characters I recognize. I don't think I knew that all the important-ish characters -- Donald, Gyro Gearloose, Gus Goose, etc. -- were related in some distant way (at least through marriage).
posted by painquale at 1:54 PM on September 28, 2007


There's a mistake on that huge family tree, though. Fergus McDuck needs to be connected as the son of Dingus McDuck. I was wondering why Uncle Scrooge's lineage didn't descend very far.

(I can't believe I just offered a correction to an absurdly complete McDuck family tree on the internet. I'd like to say it's the geekiest thing I'll ever do, but that's probably not true.)
posted by painquale at 2:01 PM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


MOST AWESOME EXCELLENT.
posted by JHarris at 3:10 PM on September 28, 2007


I wrote

> Before he got neotinized and cutified he was much more attractively rat-like. Easy to picture him shedding plague fleas.

I know this thread is supposed to be Donald's show but I can't help saying that Mickey had superlative moments even after they made him cute. Surely everyone has seen the Sorceror's Apprentice from Fantasia? For the three people who haven't, here it is on myspacetv. Catch it quick, they're bound to get a takedown notice any second. Observe that, except for Dukas' music, it's a silent. For those who are particularly repelled by kawaii-Mickey, you'll be mollified by its' showing him committing an axe murder. (N.b. the audience gets to see only the shadow of the murderous action--just like Hitchcock in Psycho only, y'know, twenty years earlier.)

Having now seen Miyazaki, I no longer say there's nobody as great as Disney. It remains true that Disney was very, very great.
posted by jfuller at 5:13 PM on September 28, 2007


Mickey cartoons can be good, but Mickey himself is boring and without personality. All the Disney characters have been made disgustingly cute, but Donald's personality from the old cartoons and from the Duckburg mythos overshadow his new blank and boring one. Mickey has no such past to fall back on. All the good Mickey cartoons (including Fantasia) could have been done with any other character.

Also, it's hard to dissociate him from his horrible voice.

Mickey was better than Donald in World of Illusion, though.
posted by painquale at 6:56 PM on September 28, 2007


Okay, the Goofy "How To" shorts were sheer genius, and I'm anxiously awaiting the brand new short that's already getting rave reviews, "How To Hook Up Your Home Theater."
posted by evilcolonel at 9:13 PM on September 28, 2007


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