Disneyland: The Donald Duck Story (1954)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Donald Duck, the most irascible character to emerge from the Walt Disney cartoon factory, made his official TV debut on this early episode of the Disneyland anthology series. Using a "scrapbook" format, the episode traces the life and career of Donald from his inauspicious screen debut as a bit player in the 1934 "Silly Symphony" The Wise Little Hen, through his costarring stints in the vehicles of Mickey Mouse, and concluding with his own starring cartoon series, where he somewhat unwillingly shared screen time with his sweetheart Daisy Duck and his lookalike nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Refusing to let host Walt Disney do all the talking, Donald invades Walt's office to remind him who the "star of the show" really is, and also has a run-in with Clarence Nash, the man who supplied Donald's voice (and quacks!) for nearly half a century. "The Donald Duck Story" proved popular enough to be rebroadcast twice during Disneyland's inaugural season.