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Jun 9

Donald Duck's Birthday

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Scrooge McDuck
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According to his creator, Carl Banks, Donald Duck's wealthy and miserly uncle (the Scottish Scrooge McDuck), is worth "one multiplujillion, nine obsquatumatillion, six hundred twenty-three dollars and sixty-two cents." $$$

Donald Fauntleroy Duck is a cartoon character created in 1934 at Walt Disney Productions. Mischievous and temperamental, he is a member of Clan McDuck, as is his wealthy and thrifty Scottish uncle, business magnate and tycoon, uncle Scrooge McDuck. Clan McDuck has a distinguished genealogy with its own official tartan (and several cartoon unofficial versions). According to McDuck family lore, Sir Quackly MacDuich (1010-1057) was clan chief when King Macbeth was killed in 1057. That same year, Macbeth offered Quackly a treasure chest in exchange for his support in the ongoing war for the throne. Quackly agreed and served the king during the war, but became obsessed with protecting the treasure, eventually trapping himself inside the castle walls with it. It is said that his ghost continues to protect the treasure and the castle! The seat of Clan McDuck is McDuck Castle located in the fictional Dismal Downs, somewhere in Rannoch Moor!

Donald Duck first appeared in the June 9th 1934 cartoon The Wise Little Hen,  part of the Silly Symphonies series of theatrical cartoon shorts. The film's release is officially recognized by the Walt Disney Company as Donald's birthday.

Modeled after Charles Dickens' character of  Ebenezer Scrooge, Scrooge McDuck is a wealthy and thrifty Scottish business magnate and tycoon. He is the maternal uncle of Donald Duck, the grand-uncle of Huey, Dewey and Louie, and a usual financial backer of Gyro Gearloose.   Scrooge McDuck (and therefore Donald) has his own official tartan (and several cartoon unofficial versions).

The Clan McDuck is a fictional Scottish clan of cartoon ducks from which Disney character Scrooge McDuck is descended. Within the Donald Duck universe, the clan is related to the American Duck family through the marriage of Hortense McDuck and Quackmore Duck, the parents of Donald Duck. The seat of Clan McDuck is McDuck Castle (alternately called Castle McDuck) which is located in Dismal Downs, somewhere in Rannoch Moor, a non-fictional location within Scotland. The nearest village is the fictional MacDuich.

In 1942, five years before the creation of Scrooge McDuck as a character, the Disney corporation created and registered a yellow, red, and green tartan pattern called "MacDuck Final Version" and used it to sell war bonds during World War II. Subsequent versions have been designed for comics and cartoon characters but not officially registered.

Historically, Donald Duck's Scottish lineage is very distinguished:

 

Sir Quackly McDuck (1010-1057; Scottish Gaelic: Quackly MacDuich) was clan chief when King Macbeth was killed in 1057. That same year, Macbeth offered Quackly a treasure chest in exchange for his support in the ongoing war for the throne. Quackly agreed and served the king during the war, but became obsessed with protecting the treasure, eventually trapping himself inside the castle walls with it. Quackly and his treasure became a McDuck legend, and it is believed that his ghost continues to protect the treasure and the castle.

In 1877, Quackly's ghost saves a young Scrooge McDuck from the Whiskervilles of Dismal Downs. Without revealing his true identity, he suggests to Scrooge that he travel to America and work for his Uncle Pothole, thus serving as the catalyst for all of Scrooge's adventures. 

For the complete genealogy, click the picture of Donald (shown in a thrifty Scottish mood with kilt) and his Uncle Scrooge.