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Donald's Nephews (1938)

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Donald's sister Dumbella sends her three sons Huey, Dewey, and Louie to visit their uncle Donald. They prove to be quite a handful for Donald, even with help from his book on child rearing.

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Donald's sister Dumbella sends her three sons Huey, Dewey, and Louie to visit their uncle Donald. They prove to be quite a handful for Donald, even with help from his book on child rearing.

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First appearance of Huey, Dewey and Louie. See more »

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Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey, Louie: [Donald, praying:] "...Yours truly, Donald Duck. Amen!"
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Referenced in General Hospital: Episode #1.12804 (2013) See more »

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Pop Goes the Weasel
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The Terrible 2's Comes in 3's
10 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WITH THE RELEASE of this cartoon short subject, the World was effectively put on notice that DONALD DUCK had truly arrived as a full fledged star. His meteoric rise in four short years is measured and given substance with the addition of some other family. Sure we had DAISEY for some time; but she's a girlfriend, a love interest, if you will.

THE SURPRISE OF the opening sequence's mail message and follow-up with the real live, flesh and blood examples. When it rains kit surely pours as the kindly, now "Unka Donald", is hit with a much more complex maneuver than did MICKEY MOUSE with nephew MORTY. Donald's surprise was done up in triplicate.

WE'VE GROWN UP with Huey, Dewey and Louie, so, other than the rhyming of their names, no one has probably not given any thought to the origin of these monikers. We will now take a stab at explaining how these may have begun.

WE NEEDN'T LOOK very far in order to find the name of Huey Long, the political boss of the Louisiana Democratic party. He served as Governor of the State (1928-32) and as their Senator (1932-35), until his death by an assassin's bullet. During this same era, in New York City, District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey had been making a name for himself with the prosecution of many in organized crime.

SO, THAT IS how we believe that those names came about. We had "Huey and Dewey", but what about the explanation for "Louie"? Well, that is simple and obvious. Louie simply rhymes with the other two. (Duh!)

AS FOR THE cartoon, it is a fine example of economy of on-screen story-telling. The story opens up full throttle and never slows down. Donald gets a letter (post card really) from his never seen sister "Dumbella". She informs him the her 3 boys are coming to visit and presto, there they were.

THE BOYS ARE incredibly manic and so very well prepare to unleash their pent up energies in Don's home. They start with a tricycle version of Polo; utilizing some Crochet Mallets and Ball. Uncle makes use of a book on child psychology in attempting to calm the whole situation.

THIS CONTINUES FOR most of the picture until the title card "A Walt Disney Production" appears along with the traditional "The End".

IT DOES APPEAR that the production team may well not have realized what they had; nor did they anticipate the popularity the little web-footed trio would one day and soon come to be.


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