I always assumed that Donald’s sociopathy was part and parcel with his comedy, and thus appeal? I never took him as a Good Person; he was a Bad Person, and his hapless attempts to rage the universe into the order he thought it should fall into made for a lot of the comedic grist. I didn’t see it this way as a kid, but now I wonder how many father-type issues were worked out by the animators and the audiences by watching Donald’s clueless bluster.

    That said, I felt the exact same way you described here as a kid. I still remember my brother and I looking at each other and going, “Man, Donald is just the biggest jerk.” We always rooted for Chip and Dale in those, for sure.