Happy Birthday, Donald!

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Since this week marks the birthday of one of Disney’s most famous stars, Donald Duck, what better way to celebrate than with a party? This festive picture of Donald shows him taking part in the Magic Kingdom’s “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party.” Combining a parade and an interactive dance party, this predecessor to the park’s current “Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It” invited guests to join Disney characters in a celebration of life’s special moments, which, of course, included birthdays.

The Walt Disney Company officially recognizes June 9th as the birthday of Donald Duck because his first film, “The Wise Little Hen,” was released on that date in 1934. As you may guess from the title, the Duck’s role in that “Silly Symphony” cartoon was a supporting one, faking a bellyache when the title character asks him and Peter Pig to help her plant and later harvest her corn. Although he may not have gotten top billing, Donald’s unique voice, supplied by Clarence Nash, stole the show and propelled him onto the path to cartoon superstardom.

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