This week’s Disney-related post? “Donald’s Nephews”. In 1938, Donald meets his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie after his sister Dumbella sends them to him for a visit. Lesson to be learned: Double is Trouble, Triple is a nightmare. For some great characters, inspiration can be found in early forms. The same is true for the triple the terror ducklings.
Donald’s attempts to learn parenting from a “modern parenting guide” . His attempts are futile and better spent guarding his house from the destruction the boys leave in their wake. With a temper like Donald Duck’s, the hilarity ensues as they do their best to annoy Donald as much as they can despite his best attempts to make them happy.
The creator of these three troublesome nephews is Al Taliaferro. Taliaferro had only recently been put in charge of the Donald Duck comics. He’d put in two years cartooning for Mickey Mouse before moving onto Silly Symphonies and then finally Donald Duck comic strips. His inspiration for Huey, Dewey, and Louie came from Frederick Burr Opper’s “Happy Hooligan” comics where Happy was terrorized by his own three nephews.
That inspiration lead to the happy triplet trio that tortures Donald on a regular basis through comics, animations, and a tv series (Duck Tales) that starred the four and their miser Uncle Scrooge. With the amount of time they spend with Donald, one wonders whether Dumbella even sees her children anymore.
It seems that despite the times, children acting like little devils behind angelic faces is nothing new. We’ve all seen those little devil horns peek out when we think no one is looking.
So the question remains: will Donald ever not be tortured by those brats?