Following the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney began developing and planning several animated feature films to follow suit. However, during World War II, Walt Disney Studios came to a standstill with the ability to create batch films. Interest in the South American market was especially evident, primarily because of the inability to import cartoons in occupied Europe as a result of the war. Donald, raising his fame, appeared in four of the package films – three in South America. The first of these was Donald’s first appearance in the 1943 feature film Salute, Friends!, Which introduced Donald to a Brazilian parrot named Jose Carioca. In 1944, Donald and Jose were connected to a pompous rooster named Panchito Pistoles, thus forming the title trio in “Three Caballeros”. Donald’s other two appearances in the era of package films included “Fun Fantasy” in 1947 and “Time for Melodies” in 1948 (along with Jose Carioca and the Araquan Continue reading
The solution appeared in the form of the animated series of Silly Symphonies from Walt. Donald first appeared in The Wise Chicken on June 9, 1934, although he is mentioned in the 1931 Disney Storybook. In the cartoon, Donald and his friend, Peter Pig, go to the titular little Chicken, to her corn. The appearance of Donald in the cartoon, created by animators Art Babbit and Dick Humer, looks like his modern look; the feather and the color of the beak are the same, as are the blue Major Jersey and the hat, but his features are more elongated, his body is crowded, and his legs are larger. His iconic voice is voiced by Clarence Nash. It is noteworthy that speech in which the voices of the characters are based on their respective animals is used for each character, and not as a trait that belongs exclusively to Donald. Donald’s personality is also not developed; in short, he simply plays the part of a worthless friend from the original story.
Bert Gillett, director of The Wise Chicken, directed Donald into Mickey Mouse’s cartoon, The Orphan’s Guide, August Continue reading
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck know everything. But not everyone knows who invented and painted them as we know them. Many mistakenly think that all Walt Disney characters were invented by Walt Disney. Most screenwriters and artists worked at Disney Studios anonymously. It happened with Karl Barks – a farmer from a poor family who fulfilled his dream and became a comic book artist and a “duck man”.
“How did I manage to become a comic book illustrator?” For me it’s a mystery. There were no artists and writers in my family, my parents were not interested in art. They had no education either. I was born in Oregon into a family of farmers and went to a school where there was only one class and there were no drawing lessons, ”Barks admitted in an interview. Barks’s parents were very busy people, his brother was also not up to him. As a child, he did not read Treasure Island and did not hear the name of Jules Verne. Continue reading