D is for — Walt Disney’s Donald Duck.
I grew up on Walt Disney cartoons. Out of the Mickey Mouse gang, Donald Duck has always been my favorite. Whenever he’s on the screen, you just know his famously short temper is going to get the best of him. His epic tantrums are hilarious, and so is his distinctive manner of nearly-unintelligible speech.
He’s a bit of a prankster, and his mischief-making gets him into trouble with just about everybody. Some of the funniest cartoons involve battles with his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and with those loveable chipmunks, Chip and Dale. And Donald, usually deservedly, gets the worst of those, too.
Donald Duck was created by Disney in 1934 as a friend for Mickey Mouse. Interestingly, I read that Disney gave Donald his less desirable character traits because he wasn’t able to show this type of personality with Mickey Mouse any longer, since Mickey had become more of a role model for kids.
While it’s true that Donald Duck’s actions are not always the kindest, he pays the consequences so thoroughly and hilariously that I forgive him. If there was ever an example of why you should control your temper and think before you act, he’s it.
© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.