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At the start of “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”, a choir sings “Oh, What a Merry Christmas Day”, even though it was not yet Christmas Day when the theatrical featurette premiered in the United States. It was actually December 16, 1983, and audiences were rejoicing not only for the spirit of the season, but also because Mickey Mouse was returning to the big screen, where he was last seen in 1953. This charming Yuletide’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Ghost Story starred Mickey as Bob Cratchit, a humble clerk to Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Donald Duck’s uncle, Scrooge McDuck. A stellar cast of Disney stars joined in: Goofy, Jiminy Cricket, J. Thaddeus Toad and even Willie the Giant… but the film’s most emotional moment was given to none other than the lovely Daisy Duck.
Daisy can currently be seen in all her golden, smiling glory as one of 50 characters in the Disney Fab 50 Collection, bringing to life the world’s most magical celebration – 50 years of Walt Disney World. Of course, Daisy’s statue is not far from that of her beloved Donald, and the couple strike carefree poses as they gaze out towards Liberty Square from the Plaza Hub in Magic Kingdom park.
Daisy dances to a literary classic in this vignette from the opening title of “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983).
In “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”, Daisy stars as Isabelle, a flirtatious young lady who has exactly the same carefree flair, albeit this time in Victorian London. Isabelle is a happy memory shown to young Ebenezer Scrooge, a dancing darling who easily wins her heart and puts the mistletoe to good use at the famous Fezziwig party. Although the not-yet-hard-hearted Scrooge is smitten, as time progresses the audience sees that money replaces poor Isabelle in his affections. Thus, Daisy is tasked with portraying Isabelle as a heartbroken torchbearer who finally realizes that the flame of love has frozen. Her broken heart literally shatters onscreen, and as Isabelle sadly leaves Ebenezer to her gold, Daisy experiences one of the most dramatic moments of her career. She begins to walk out of Scrooge’s office, and as the winter snow falls outside, she peeks through the open door in wistful regret for what might have been.
Daisy demonstrates her range in “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”: from Mistletoe Miss to Sweetheart Spurned. Now is the time to act!
The well-honed dramatic abilities Daisy has shown as Isabelle are the result of a long and successful film career at Walt Disney Studios. After her first appearance on the screen in “Don Donald” (1937), the young starlet imposed herself barely three years later with the film “Mr. The duck comes out” (1940). Then she is called Daisy for the first time and demonstrates not only her appeal as a femme fatale but also as a jitterbug dancer to be reckoned with.Great care has been taken in Donald and Daisy’s intricate choreography in this film.Many years later later, Walt Disney’s very first movie star, Disney Legend Virginia Davis (the live-action Alice in the silent “Alice Comedies” of the 1920s) often fondly remembered being asked to use her expertise in Hollywood dance and to help the production artists in Filming animation reference for this image.At the opening of the film, the ducks’ dance steps were dubbed “The Donald Duck Doodle” and were dissected in detail in national magazines (under the authority of Dance Educators of America, Inc., no less). Illustrated articles in the November 1940 issues of “Song Hits” and the new “Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories” christened the dance’s individual moves with such names as “The Ducky”, “The Waddle” and “The Whacky Quacky”. “Mr. Duck” was a hit…and a certain Miss Duck was on her way to fame!
“Mr. Duck Steps Out” inspired dance steps that were illustrated and described in the second issue of “Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories” magazine. (KK Publications, Vol. 1, No. 2, November 1940)
Daisy has become a busy duck, co-starring Donald both on and off screen as a big romantic couple. Although many of their films played up Donald’s unpredictable temper (and Daisy’s efforts to curb it), there was no doubt that their courtship was the real thing – and they were often seen happily beak to beak. In a sweet and revealing scene, in “Donald’s Crime” (1945), Donald can be seen dreamily singing as he marks the days on the calendar until he and Daisy have their next dance date. As with many comedy stars, certain twists are often particularly amusing, and Daisy was the one who got angry with great abandon in “Cured Duck” (1945). She has another justifiable spade moment in “Sleepy Time Donald” (1947) when after saving Donald from a night of reckless sleepwalking, he awake ridicules the idea – and is “fired” by his former protector.
Three of Daisy’s memorable looks: ‘Don Donald’ (1937), ‘Crazy Over Daisy’ (1950) and ‘Donald’s Diary’ (1954).
Like most Disney animation stars, Daisy’s look has evolved. Whether dressed in period costume or cutting edge fashion, Daisy has a special glamor that may even eclipse that of her best friend, Minnie Mouse. In her DON DONALD debut, she wore a traditional shawl and mantilla to match the film’s setting. For ‘Crazy Over Daisy’ (1950), Daisy dramatically ‘went out of fashion’ with a 1900s corset, bustle and parasol. mid-century of a Sandra Dee with her full skirts, bouffant bangs and high ponytail.
Fashion has remained a staple of Daisy’s career. She continued the ponytail, but to a greater extreme through the TV years of “House of Mouse” (2001) and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” (2006). She then tied it all together with “Minnie’s Bow-Toons” (2011). When Daisy made her long-awaited debut in “Duck Tales” in the third season of the 2017 version of this series, she appeared with a stylized version of her “Donald’s Diary” hairstyle, but with a more elegant wardrobe and more sophisticated.
No one likes an impersonator…or an impersonator dog! Turns out Daisy’s quirky fashion impression was once claimed by a dismissive Dalmatian on this comic book cover for “Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories.” (Gold Key – KK Publications, #316, Vol. 27, No. 4, January 1967) (Cover of Disney Legend Carl Barks) (Author’s Collection)
Naturally, Daisy Duck has enjoyed meeting her fans at Disney Parks around the world. She had the opportunity to develop his entrepreneurial skills in 1993 with the debut of Daisy’s Diner, part of the Disneyland, California incarnation, Mickey’s Toontown. Soon this newly expanded restaurant will reopen as Café Daisy, complimenting a lovely new reimagining of “the land that toons built.” Daisy’s continued presence at Walt Disney World, “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” once again focuses on his Terpsichorean skills. Part of the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Daisy chairs a dance studio where attendance is obligatory and delicious. At the top of Disney’s Riviera Resort at Topolino’s Terrace, herself honing her footwork during the “Breakfast at the Art”, with the painter Mickey, the writer Minnie and the sculptor Donald also showcasing their creative abilities.
Margaret and her friends are ready to explore the all-new wonders of Walt Disney World during this special cover of the issue of “Walt Disney Comics Digest”. (Golden Key – Western Publishing, No. 32, December 1971) (Character illustrations by Tony Strobl) (Author collection)
Daisy Duck’s varietal career is not only extensive, but incomplete! More film, TV and attraction roles await her, though she’ll always make time for her fans — and her boyfriend, too. Daisy is certainly a duck who doesn’t have all her eggs in one basket…and aren’t we all the happier for that?
Discover Daisy Duck in her memorable role as Isabelle in “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”, now available to stream on Disney+.