Donald Duck turns 77 on Thursday

New Delhi: Donald Duck, one of the favorite Disney cartoon characters, is all set to turn 77 on Thursday.

Created in 1934 by Walt Disney and Dick Lundy, the American cartoon character was originally a part of Disney`s `Fab 5` team including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Pluto.

Donald, who typically wears a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie, made his debut in the Silly Symphony cartoon `The Wise Little Hen` on June 9, 1934.

The anthropomorphic white duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet, started his career with regular appearances in most Mickey Mouse animations.

But with growing popularity, Donald began starring in solo animation pieces, the first of which was `Don Donald` in January 9, 1937.

Donald`s love interest was created at the same time, who became famous as Daisy Duck. Donald`s nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, made their first animated appearance in the film, `Donald`s Nephews`.

Actor Clarence "Ducky" Nash lent his voice to the animated character originally. After Nash expired in 1985, Donald has been voiced by Tony Anselmo, who was trained by Nash for the role. His favorite sayings include "What`s the Big Idea?` and "Aw Phooey!".

Special episodes of `Mickey Mouse Clubhouse`, starring Donald, will be aired on Disney channel to celebrate his birthday. `Have A Laugh` will showcase Donald Duck fun-filled moments and Donald`s solo performance on a special song will also be telecast.