Donald Duck and Wartime Propaganda

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On the 9th of June 1934, Donald Duck debuted in Disney’s The Wise Little Hen, which was part of the Silly Symphonies series of theatrical cartoon shorts. The anthropomorphic white duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet, dressed in a blue sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie, is one of the most popular characters in the Disney family, and probably, due to his distinctive semi-intelligible speech and mischievous personality, one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world.  His voice created by Clarence Nash and performed by him for almost fifty years, is distinctive both for its duck-like sounds and the fact that it is often difficult for anybody to understand. Yet, Donald’s explicit facial expressions and general behaviour, dominated by his positive outlook on life with occasional outbursts of rage, leave no doubt as to what the stories are about.

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