Donald always has bad stuff happen to him. He's picked on, taunted...his tail's always getting smacked or mistreated...and yet we laugh at him. He's one of the few Disney characters that we route against in a fun way, and yet he's likable. Ask most people who their favorite Disney character is (fighting off the Disney conditioning that wants them to say MICKEY), I bet most of them would say Donald. Is it easier to laugh at his misfortunes because he's so angry all the time? Sometimes he shows a softer side, but we all like him when he's waving his fist ready to give it to'em.
Anyway, think on that, and watch these classic Donald Duck cartoons :)
Donald Applecore (1952)
I always wondered about the "Applecore" joke in this. Wikipedia says it was a schoolyard game...how sweet!
This one won't allow embedding for some reason:
--> Bee at the Beach (1950)
Note that these are a full 15 years later than the cartoons I posted yesterday. It's interesting to see Donald's design morph over the years.