As Walt once said, Mickey is Mickey, Donald is Donald. But we all know that there are some very talented people that have been behind these characters for ages. Many of which we have had as guests here at DizRadio.com. And one of those first people to bring life into Walt’s characters was that of Clarence Charles “Ducky” Nash, the original, yes you guessed it, Donald Duck.
Donald has been Mickey’s friend and one of the fab five for ages. From his hot temper, to silly antics, you instantly fell in love with Donald. He was a character many could relate to. We all get hot headed, lose our temper and get frustrated when family members (like his nephews) cause trouble. But always in the end Donald was happy, humble and loveable. To this day Donald is still a fan favorite.
Clarence was such a key player in many classic animated cartoons that he was also the original voice of Tom in ‘Tom & Jerry’. And his hometown of Watonga, Oklahoma honors him with a street named after him. Walt had known who Nash was previously and asked him for information autions and assigned him to do some family of ducks in an animated feature. It would go on to be a lifelong career for him. The last film to feature the talents of our favorite duck was in ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’, although some commercials and promos afterward before his passing were still in existence.
So let’s not forgot how important these actors are in bringing our favorite characters to life. And in honor of the Anniversary of Nash’s death today, let’s all watch some Donald Duck and laugh the day away in these shorts that stand the test of time.
Clarence Charles “Ducky” Nash
December 7, 1904 – February 20, 1985