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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    that quote wasn't even mine lol. ah -yuck.

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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Dopey24 View Post
    that quote wasn't even mine lol. ah -yuck.
    I know. It was mine. Garrrrrrsh Mr. Disney, I'm not the only thang that's Goofy about this place.
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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    lol.

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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    Because he's still looking for a pair of pants to go with his shirt...

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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    Donald is front and centre at the Shake it! Celebrate it! party/parade at WDW, so I assume he will be at DL's version, too. But it's definitely time for Disney to put more Donald in the parks.

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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    He's busy renegotiating his contract. It's a long involved process with lawyers and interpreters.

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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    Don't EVEN get me started! ARGH!

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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    Donald used to be everywhere at the parks - his cartoons frequently on television and he was featured prominently in comics and on merchandise. Did audience tastes change? Not so much as the Walt Disney Company, back in the Eisner days, decided to leave him behind. His lack of presence at the park reflects how he was perceived by Eisner's branding experts - - and declining popularity was ensured through disuse of the character.

    I suspect that Donald's tempestous true nature, his well-intentioned loser persona, his jealousy, anger and schemes - - are not seen as politically correct in some views as a role model for tiny children (who are now considered the sole target market for the Mickey characters).

    Also, execs always seemed frustrated that he could not carry a ton of sassy or educational dialogue - - They couldn't understand him. And since true cartoon visual storytelling was biting the dust around the same time in Disney history - - in favor of heavy dialogue-oriented scripted material, the combination of factors put Donald out of business except as a recognizable nostalgic icon. He is not a key "franchise" now, just a supporting character.

    The naive version on Disney Channel today bears very little resemblance to the feisty Donald that people could once relate to.

    I hope the real Donald makes a comeback now that there are animators in key creative positions again. But it will take a willingness to sell him again to do it.

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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    It's kind of surprising, then, that Donald is featured so prominently in Mickey's PhilharMagic at WDW. Some people even say it should be called Donald's PhilharMagic.

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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    Well, it is duck hunting season, isn't it???

    We are here for the week, so we'll keep an eye out for the stealth quacker.

    We most recently saw him (and regularly do) at Goofy's Kitchen.

    We'll report any Donald sightings when we can.

    We're heading over to the Monorail station shortly.

    DL here we come!

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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    Quote Originally Posted by sailerm View Post
    He's busy renegotiating his contract. It's a long involved process with lawyers and interpreters.


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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    Quote Originally Posted by OldSchoolMickey View Post
    We are here for the week, so we'll keep an eye out for the stealth quacker.

    We most recently saw him (and regularly do) at Goofy's Kitchen.
    I wish you luck. Last week was a bust for us.... INCLUDING Goofy's Kitchen. We make a stop at Goofy's Kitchen each year when we visit and have NEVER seen Donald there.
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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    From the Disney web site... Donald Duck made his debut in the Silly Symphony cartoon "The Wise Little Hen" on June 9, 1934.

    Since Donald turns 75 this year you'd think Disney marketing would be all over it. They sell every other obscure aniversary, why not the 75th birthday of one of their most iconic characters?
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    Re: What happened to Donald Duck?

    I saw him Presiden's weekend. I usually see him every time I visit.
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