Donald's Nephews

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : April 15, 1938

Running Time : 8:23


Donald's first encounter with his three "angel" nephews, who proceed to destroy his home. Donald turns to the book "Modern Child Training" for help.


Donald Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie


Jack King
Stan Quackenbush
Don Towsley
Don Williams
Ed Love
Andy Engman
Cornett Wood
Johnny Cannon
Paul Allen
Wolfgang Reitherman
Charles Couch
Jack Hannah
Carl Barks
Dana Coty
Jack Hannah


The first appearance of Huey, Dewey and Louie.


United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 9 : Donald Duck's First Fifty Years
Donalds Größte Hits
Pluto auf der Jagd
La Bande a Donald
Le Meilleur de Donald
Video Parade 17
I Capolavori di Paperino


Donald's Greatest Hits


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Huey, Dewey and Louie
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Huey, Dewey and Louie
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 3 : The Chronological Donald Volume 1


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 20: Huey, Dewey and Louie
The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 4: Disney Firsts

Original Animator's Drafts

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Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From J. D. Weil : Huey, Dewey. and Louis were the brainchildren of Al Taliaferro who had been recently put in charge of drawing the "Donald Duck" comic strip. Taliaferro was a fan of Frederick Burr Opper's "Happy Hooligan" comic strip and in that strip Happy had been plagued by three obnoxious nephews. Taliaferro decided to do likewise to the duck. At that point. Jack King and the duck unit in animation picked up on the idea and decided to make a screen version as well. So in a piece of unintended synergy, Huey Dewey, and Louis made their debut on screen and in print within a few weeks of each other.
From Lee Suggs : The first appearance of Huey, Dewey, and Louie has them causing Donald major fits.  This is another example of how characters change over time. The three boys are completely evil here, their only goal being torturing Donald. For once Donald tries to control his temper, even consulting a "Modern Child Training" book to aid him in the proper care of his nephews. The boys don't give him a chance, and of course, in the end, Donald explodes. The nephews became much more complex over the years, and eventually had to be wronged by Donald to attack him. Today it depends on the short. The Nephews will attack first (Space Probe) but mostly they retaliate when Donald takes advantage of them.
From Jerry Edwards : I found nothing funny in this short with the three evil nephews tormenting Donald. In general, I've never cared that much for the numerous Donald versus his three nephews shorts.
From Ryan : Here we've got Huey, Dewey, and Louie in their film debut. Donald receives a postcard from his sister Dumbella who is sending the triplets to stay with him. At first Donald is excited and welcomes them in. They ride in with croquet mallets and a ball playing polo (only replacing the horses with tricycles). Donald sees a book on modern child training. One scene I liked was when Donald was playing "Pop Goes the Weasel" for his nephews, they tie balloons to vases (I think that's what happens, but I'll have to watch the short again) and they pop the balloons causing that vases to break. Another funny scene was where they took Donald's pie slice while he was crying on the table trying to gain their sympathy (he's still following the rules in that book), took out the filling, and replaced it with hot mustard. The results were hilarious after Donald ate it. Soon the nephews ride their trikes out of the house resuming their polo game, but only after they had left behind a huge mess. Donald reads in the book on modern child training: After all children are only angels without wings. Well that isn't true with these children. The nephews drove Donald crazy from the very beginning. Perhaps the reason Dumbella sent them to live with their uncle was so that she could recuperate.
From Anthony P. : I would just like to say that whenever I see Donald chew, then burn up on the steaming mustard pie, I just laugh my giggling head off.
From Katelyn : This short makes me glad I don't have three nephews who play tricks on me! My niece is naughty enough! (Just kidding.) No wonder Dumbella dumped those three in Donald's lap! She' probably couldn't handle their antics!
From Baruch Weiss : The funniest scene in this cartoon is when the nephews take hot mustard, put it in a pie slice and give it to Donald!
From J. P. Hope : As Fate always said: "there are MANY accidents involved in child care". In this case: Huey, Dewey, and Louie rushing in on tricycles and playing polo at the same time, harassing Donald with musical instruments, biting Donald's hand thinking it's a sandwich, and poisoning Donald with a volcanic brand mustard pie. There's another equation with this: one slice of mustard pie inserted into Donald's mouth + one REALLY hot head = a chance of getting the throat on fire!

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