Celebrating his 70th birthday, beloved Disney character Donald Duck was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was unveiled Monday morning in front of the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. Embattled Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner was on hand for the event, along with Donald and pals Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck and Pluto.
Donald, who first appeared in the 1934 Silly Symphonies cartoon The Wise Little Hen, was originally drawn by animator Dick Lundy and voiced Clarence “Ducky” Nash, who continued to quack audiences up for 51 years. Disney animator Tony Anselmo has taken over the vocal reins for such recent outings as the upcoming video releases The Three Musketeers and Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas.
Donald began to star in solo cartoons in 1937 with Don Donald, which introduced his long-time love interest, Daisy Duck. One of his most notable performances was in Der Fuehrer’s Face, a World War II anti-Nazi film that won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Other favorites include Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Mickey’s Christmas Carol and The Prince and the Pauper.
Disney’s The Three Musketeers is slated to hit DVD and VHS on Aug. 17. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, in which Donald and the gang appear as 3D models for the first time, will land on shelves Nov. 9.