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Donald Duck Coloring PagesDonald Duck first seemed in the Silly Symphonies cartoon The Wise Little Hen on June 9, 1934 (though he is brought up in a 1931 Disney storybook). Donald’s show in the cartoon, as created by animator Dick Lundy, is similar to his advanced look — the feather and beak colors are the same, as is the blue sailor shirt and hat — but his features are more elongated, his body plumper, and his feet bigger. Donald’s personality is not developed either; in the short, he only fills the role of the unhelpful friend from the original story.
Bert Gilett, director of The Wise piddling Hen, brought Donald back in his Mickey Mouse cartoon, Orphan’s Benefit on August 11, 1934. Donald is one of a number of characters who are giving performances in a benefit for Mickey’s Orphans. Donald’s act is to recite the poems Mary Had a Little Lamb and Little Boy Blue, but every time he tries, the mischievous orphans eat his specially made pie, leading the duck to fly into a squawking fit of anger. This explosive personality would remain with Donald for decennaries to come.
Donald continued to be a hit with audiences. The character began appearing in most Mickey Mouse cartoons as a regular member of the ensemble with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto. Cartoons from this period, such as the 1935 cartoon The Band Concert — in which Donald repeatedly disrupts the Mickey Mouse Orchestra’s rendition of The William Tell Overture by playing Turkey in the Straw — are regularly hailed by critics as exemplary films and classics of animation. Animator Ben Sharpsteen also coined the classic Mickey, Donald, and Goofy comedy in 1935, with the cartoon Mickey’s Service Station.