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By on February 28, 2009, with 74 Comments

I’m glad to tell you that we have a guest crowd of Walt Disney characters among us today. Although, by seeing below image, most of you will almost instantly recognize Donald Duck, I’m sorry to tell you he was the only one who missed the party. Don’t know the reason, but even his Shadow was present. Perhaps he was aware that we can see him in an illusionary way, so didn’t bother visiting. Person who submitted this, Johan ten Hove has said he planned to send this optical illusion for a long time, but only recently did. As many of you do, Johan additionally thanked me for a “great website“. I appreciate all such comments, and they give me motivation and strength to continue doing my job efficiently. So stay tuned! BTW, I’m fixing some design errors on the site, so check if it looks better in IE, and Chrome now. Any suggestions?

  • superfilms

    the text reads: a happy new year to all of us!

  • Tysss

    Great pic! (And even better site!)
    btw. I have used chrome AND firefox, one on other computer and one on other. But I never noticed, were there difference with something?

  • Armando

    Funny picture… Love your website, mate.
    1st comment? Hope so… it would be the first time lol.

  • Jhack

    Nice, but the shadow can’t be like that because of the “eyes”.

    • it can cuz the deer * 4got the name* and mickeys wond join up and make the shape of the add :P dont worry i was like that to but i looked close like 3 times and saw it….just saying no hate C:Xx

  • Anonymous

    lol it’s Dutch, it says: Happy newyear from all of us
    ps: Great website, keep up the good work:):)

  • Anonymous

    Cool and funny

  • Donald Duck

    I love it! Does anybody know what it says?

  • Madtus

    i want to help you if you want a translation is the DD after new year its from dutch to english

    ‘happy new year from us al’

    and btw it is a verry cool picture

  • Thias Esseboom

    At first, a great website, I use the iGoogle gadget. I’ts a nice one to see all the Disney figures in one picture. The text on the side is dutch btw, for those who want to know it says: Happy New Year from us all.

    Keep up the good posting.

  • Anonymous

    Hey I love Donald Duck! His pupils are Mickey’s ears, his mouth (or gueule) is Goofy. Smart drawing, but it’s made very easy by showing the shadow.

  • Anonymous

    ha ha ha that is awesome…nice one

  • Anonymous

    Very nice

  • Isaiah Alvarez

    Awesome picture all the old disney characters but donald is gangsta he’s like my shadow can go im to popular lool

  • Anonymous

    Oops. This was particularly disconcerting. First, I do not really realize what it’s amazing that the picture is, but then I looked out over the shade, then back to “face”, which became a shadow, then I went about twenty centimeters backwards and so it Duckin Donald!

  • chakolate

    This isn’t very good, IMO. The outlines don’t match, and there’s no reason for the colors in the foreground image to be so dull.

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  • Anonymous

    Wow, took me about 10 minutes to figure this one out (which is a long time for me), then i figured out they looked like donald duck, lol.

  • Anonymous

    x] bahaha this is cool.

  • Emily

    hey, that is soo cool!!
    the characters all form his shape, Mickey makes his eyes lol!

  • analphabet118

    very nice!!!! very very nice.. and i like the fact that his shadow is complete though his eyes are the absense of any other character.. i hope you understand me…

    great one! keep it up

  • Anacho

    I would like to say:
    What’s on a Duck’s Mind?

  • Ellen

    This is cute. The more I looked, the more characters I found. Love your site.

  • Anonymous

    that is sweet! i didn’t even notice the eyes at first.

  • Renatus

    Great pic on a great website!

  • Anonymous

    how clever! Love it!

  • CareBear

    That’s great. What language is on the cover. I like the Disney stuff and I’m really enjoying this website.

  • Anonymous

    This is very ironic bc before i went on the computer i was messing with hand shadows for a while. And the last time I did that was over a year ago.

  • Iwes

    Great, I like this one! Especially because it is a Dutch one ^^

    A translation for the non-dutch guys:
    on the right it says ‘Happy new year from us all’

  • Anonymous

    Mickey and Bambi would make up Donalds eye, but theres a big gap, but the shawdow is perfect

  • Anonymous

    Looks good!
    It’s the dutch version, it says: “Happy newyear from all of us!” (don’t know the right grammar)

  • Strawberry

    That’s pretty cool!

  • Anonymous

    thats amazing…. had to look at a real pic of donald duck to see it though. the eyes and bowtie are clever.

  • Big T Myers

    Very COOL!!!

    However the shadow is missing the light that would be shinning through to be the eyes and some of the detail of the shaddow lines of the scarf and other areas.

    Good Job

  • Xiashu

    Nice one, The eyes had me fooled there for a minute.
    This is a Dutch issue, but I guess this image was used worldwide because it seems so ingeniously constructed. Would be a shame to use such a nice image just in one issue.

  • Astrea

    Love it. They should do a Mickey one, but it’s cool that they did this one for Donald Duck.

  • Anonymous

    interesting illusion…couldn’t recognize Donald till i saw his Shadow!

  • Anonymous

    The shadow is Donald, and the characters are positioned weird. Cross your eyes and look at the picture…. Voila who suddenly appears??? Great trick… first one I get to comment on first(almost) :-)

  • =^.^=meow=^.^=

    AWW! DUMBOS THERE my fave disney! gr8 illusion

  • Anonymous

    This was the cover of the first Dutch Donald Duck magazine of the year. I live in the Netherlands and my brother also has a subscription to the Donald Duck magazine, so I immediately recognized this one. The Dutch text says: ‘Happy new year from all of us!’ Great to see a Dutch illusion on this site! (although all the Escher prints are Dutch too, of course). I really like this site, everyday I view the illusion from my google home page, so please continue with it!

  • Anonymous

    it isn’t a real illusion, just drawings, but it’s realy nice made

  • OuRaNoS

    Wow! Is that a comic or something?

  • cookie

    it says happy new year from us all.
    its very cool!!!

  • DejaMoo

    Love that all the characters create the Donald Duck silouette… it was easier to notice on the thumbnail picture on my igoogle page though. You have to ignore the fact that its all the other characters and see them as plain black… its so neat!

  • Terry

    Thanks to the person who mentioned Mickey’s ears form the pupils.
    I couldnt see the illusion until I focused on the pupils.

  • Misa

    Hey, great site! I love this pic…one of my friends showed it to me the day before you posted. I have no clue how she found it but I have it as my wallpaper now. Keep up the good work!

  • kegga

    I totally thought it was a walrus skating on ice or something. I didn’t see Donald Duck till i read some of the posts. Can any one else see the walrus in the shadow

  • Pia

    Hahaha i love it!!!Dude, do you realize that certain amount of people are using ur -BTW- its so funny, and half the people reinforced the translation hahaha.
    I´ve been following u for a long time (that sounds a little bit stalker right? lol) but ur illussions are the best dude, im always showing it all around. Keep like that!!! i lov yaaa
    Greetings from snowy long island!!! =)

  • Anonymous

    I read this Donald Duck.

    I love the picture

  • Aethey

    Which part of the shadow is bambi’s front legs? And Mickey’s ears too? Other than that it’s cool.

  • nobody

    i love that its cool

  • eline

    Een Nederlandse Illusie! dacht dat er geen 1 te vinden zou zijn.

    Super al deze Illusies!

    (A Dutch Illusion, I thought there wouldn’t be one on this site

    Amazing all this illusions!)

  • sizwe

    well its ok

  • sizwe

    i get it………..

  • Steve

    he’s in there, in b/w; mickey’s ears are his eyes

  • trixiestew

    this kinda thing is called pilobolus.

  • scarelet

    oh i didnt see it was him until i saw the shadow

  • Elliot

    lol so lush lurv it gotta love disney

  • Brian Peralta

    ohhhhh i get it all the characters put together make donald

  • javonte

    thats tight but i bet they all are uncomfotible

  • jack


    • Natalie

      The bunny is Br’er Rabbit.

  • Emily

    Cool. :)

  • Mary

    The big problem is, not all of these are Walt Disney cartoon characters! I see a Warner Brothers character that forms Donald’s sailer’s collar and that WB cartoon is none other than an early Bugs Bunny. NOT Br’er rabbit (also NOT a Walt Disney character) as some one mentioned.

  • David

    Such a proper placement of Dumbo’s trunk, wouldn’t you agree?

  • Anthony

    This illusion was most likely intentional.

  • tim

    not an illusion.


  • The shadow looks like a sideways rabbit

  • It’s dutch and it says happy new year from all of us

  • pepsi

    dutch 4 life

  • uh

    wow! so cool love the idea of whoever made this! the shadow only idea is brilliant!

  • jake

    The rabbit is br’er rabbit and is a disney character, he appeared in the mouth song of the south, he is not bugs bunny.

    • jake

      i ment movie not mouth lol my bad

  • lol