Trivia / Donald Duck

  • Banned in China: Not an actual example, but there's a popular rumor that he was banned in Finland for not wearing pants. Strangely, the choice of Finland in the urban legend might have to do with Donald Duck being really popular in Scandinavia.
  • Cross Dressing Voice: In Japan Donald used to be voiced by a female during the 70's and 80's before being voiced by Koichi Yamadera.
  • Creator Backlash: According to Leonard Maltin's "Of Mice and Magic", some of the Donald Duck staff grew to dislike the character and how formula driven his shorts became over time. One of the directors, veteran Jack Hannah (no relation to Hanna-Barbera) even complained "I got so damned tired of that duck's voice. I just could not stand having to work with it all the time."
  • One of Us: Over the years, Donald has probably been the only Disney character that truly acts like the average real world guy.
  • The Other Darrin: Donald has had the smallest amount of "official" voice actors out of the main cast. Clarence "Ducky" Nash, who originated the voice in 1934 and voiced him until his death in 1985. And Tony Anselmo, who has been voicing him since 1985. An animator at Disney, Anselmo befriended Nash when he joined the studio in the early 80s. Nash personally trained Anselmo to be his successor, though, at the time, Anselmo was unaware of Nash's motivations for teaching him the voice, thought it had just been for fun, and was surprised when he learned the truth.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Concepts for shorts that were never produced include Donald being seduced by a foreign spy so he won't turn in top secret papers to the war office, intercepting a Japanese troop carrier, spoiling a surprise attack by Adolf Hitler and defeating King Kong in feats of strength, among others. Read all about it here and here.
    • Quack Pack was to have a completely different premise, making it a true sequel series to DuckTales. What was it? "The idea was to bring Donald back from the navy. Scrooge realizes that one day Donald will take over the McDuck fortune, so Don should have an idea of what it's like to handle such responsibility, hence he leaves Huey, Dewey, and Louie back with him. They are older now, but are still the kids who used to look up to him and think the world of their Uncle Donald, who just finished basic training. Donald should try to do his best to take care of the nephews while he gets reacquainted with Daisy and works in his new job." Considering the fandom's reaction to what we got instead, it's infuriating how Disney felt the need to go Totally Radical.
    • Know of a little game named Kingdom Hearts, where Donald plays one of the main sidekicks along with Goofy? Turns out, Disney wanted the duck to be the main character! Square Enix, however, preferred Mickey Mouse for that role. As series creator Tetsuya Nomura didn't like either choice, Sora was created for the job. One can only wonder...