Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Huey, Dewey, and Louie are triplet cartoon characters created by writer Ted Osborne and cartoonist Al Taliaferro, and are owned by The Walt Disney Company. Huey, Dewey, and Louie are the nephews of Donald Duck, sons of Della Duck, the grand-nephews of Scrooge McDuck, and the friends of Webby Vanderquack. Like their maternal uncles, the brothers are anthropomorphic white ducks with yellow-orange bills and feet. They typically wear shirts and colorful baseball caps, which are sometimes used to distinguish them, since Louie always wears green, Huey wears red, and Dewey wears blue. Huey, Dewey, and Louie have made several animated appearances in both films and television, but comics remain their primary medium. The trio are collectively the 11th most published comic book characters in the world, and outside of the superhero genre, second only to their uncle Donald.[1]

Huey, Dewey, and Louie
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From left to right: Louie, Huey, and Dewey
First appearanceIn print:
Donald Duck Sunday newspaper strip (October 17, 1937)
In animation:
Donald's Nephews (1938)
Created byTed Osborne
Al Taliaferro
Designed byAl Taliaferro
Voiced byClarence Nash (1938–1965)
Russi Taylor (1987–2019)
Tony Anselmo (1987, 1999–2003, 2012)

In Quack Pack:
Huey: Jeannie Elias
Dewey: Pamela Adlon
Louie: Elizabeth Daily

In DuckTales (2017):
Huey: Danny Pudi
Dewey: Ben Schwartz
Louie: Bobby Moynihan
Developed byCarl Barks
Jack King
In-universe information
Full nameHubert Duck, Deuteronomy Duck, and Louis Duck (Quack Pack)
Hubert Duck, Dewford Dingus Duck, Llewellyn Duck (DuckTales 2017)
OccupationStudents (trained scouts)
FamilyDuck family
RelativesDonald Duck (maternal uncle, legal guardian)
Scrooge McDuck (maternal grand-uncle)
Della Duck (mother)
Ludwig Von Drake (maternal granduncle)
Gladstone Gander (first cousin once removed)
Quackmore Duck (maternal grandfather)
Hortense McDuck (maternal grandmother)
Daphne Duck (maternal grand-aunt)
Matilda McDuck (maternal grand-aunt)
Eider Duck (maternal great-uncle)

While the boys were originally created as mischief-makers to provoke Donald's famous temper, later appearances, beginning especially with the comic book stories by Carl Barks, showed them growing to be heroes in their own right and valuable assets to him and Uncle Scrooge on their adventures. All three of the triplets are members of the fictional scouting organization the Junior Woodchucks.


Final panel of 1937 Sunday newspaper strip Donald Duck that introduced Donald's nephews; drawn by Al Taliaferro

Huey, Dewey, and Louie were the idea of Al Taliaferro, the artist for the Silly Symphony comic strip, which featured Donald Duck. The Walt Disney Productions Story Dept. on February 5, 1937, sent Taliaferro a memo recognizing him as the source of the idea for the planned short, Donald's Nephews. The nephews debuted in Taliaferro's comic strip, which by this time had been renamed Donald Duck, on Sunday, October 17, 1937, beating the theatrical release of Donald's Nephews by almost six months. The names were devised by Disney gag man Dana Coty, who took them from Huey Long, Thomas Dewey, and Louis Schmitt, an animator at the Disney Studio in the 1930s and 1940s. Taliaferro's introduction of the nephews emulated the three nephews in the Happy Hooligan comic strip and was also influenced by Mickey Mouse's nephews, Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse.[2]

In translations of Disney works the nephews have different local-sounding names that often follow the repetition (parachesis) of the English names. Examples include Hugo, Paco and Luis (American Spanish); Tupu, Hupu and Lupu (Finnish) and Hyzio, Dyzio and Zyzio (Polish).

Character backgroundEdit

Huey, Dewey, and Louie are the sons of Donald's sister Della Duck; in Donald's Nephews, their mother is instead named Dumbella. In the original theatrical shorts, they were originally sent to visit Donald for only one day; in the comics, the three were sent to stay with Donald on a temporary basis, until their father came back from the hospital (the boys ended up sending him there after a practical joke of putting firecrackers under his chair). In both the comics and animated shorts, the boys' parents were never heard from or mentioned again after these instances, with the boys ending up permanently living with Donald. All four of them live in the fictional city of Duckburg, in the fictional state of Calisota.

The three ducklings are noted for their identical appearances and personalities. A running joke involves the three sometimes even finishing each other's sentences. In the theatrical shorts, Huey, Dewey, and Louie often behave in a rambunctious and mischievous manner, and they sometimes commit retaliation or revenge on their maternal uncle Donald Duck. In the comics, however, as developed by Al Taliaferro and Carl Barks, the young ducks are more usually portrayed as well-behaved, preferring to assist their maternal uncle Donald Duck and maternal great-uncle Scrooge McDuck in the adventure at hand. In the early Barks comics, the ducklings were still wild and unruly, but their character improved considerably due to their membership in the Junior Woodchucks and the good influence of their wise old maternal great-grandmother Elvira. According to Don Rosa, Huey, Dewey and Louie became members of the Junior Woodchucks when they were around 11 years old.[3]


Colors of Huey, Dewey, and Louie's outfitsEdit

Self-referential humor: Scrooge with Huey, Dewey, and Louie in "Return to Plain Awful" (1989) by Don Rosa

In early comic books and shorts, the caps of Huey, Dewey, and Louie were colored randomly, depending on the whim of the colorist.

On few occasions until 1945 and most cartoons shortly afterward, all three nephews wore identical outfits (most commonly red). It was not until the 1980s when it became established that Huey is dressed in red, Dewey in blue, and Louie in green. Disney's archivist Dave Smith, in "Disney A to Z", said, "Note that the brightest hue of the three is red (Huey), the color of water, dew, is blue (Dewey), and that leaves Louie, and leaves are green (Louie)." A few random combinations appear in early Disney merchandise and books, such as orange and yellow. Another combination that shows up from time to time is Huey in blue, Dewey in green, and Louie in red. In-story, this inconsistency is explained away as a result of the ducklings borrowing each other's clothes.

In Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics the trio have occasionally been known to dress in their usual outfits, but rather than have their usual colors they all wear black (or the same dark color), rendering them visually identical, leaving their hat color available if they care to be distinguished.

The Don Rosa story An Eye for Detail in Donald Duck comics was based around Donald spending so much time trying to tell his three nephews apart that he developed a heightened sense of sight.


Clarence Nash, Donald's voice actor, gave the voices to the nephews in the cartoon shorts, making them just as unintelligible as Donald's. Huey, Dewey, and Louie were all voiced by Russi Taylor in DuckTales. In Quack Pack, they were voiced by Jeannie Elias, Pamela Segall, and Elizabeth Daily, respectively. Tony Anselmo voiced the characters in Down and Out with Donald Duck (1987), Mickey Mouse Works, House of Mouse, and the Have a Laugh! shorts, but Russi Taylor still voiced the trio in other projects, such as the video games Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers and Mickey's Speedway USA, and the direct-to-video films Mickey's Once and Twice Upon a Christmas. Russi Taylor also reprised her role as the nephews in the DuckTales: Remastered video game and the post-2013 Mickey Mouse shorts until her death in 2019. Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, and Bobby Moynihan voice the trio in the 2017 reboot. It is currently unknown if a new voice actress would voice all three nephews for future appearances outside of DuckTales after Taylor's death.

Phooey DuckEdit

Panel with Huey, Dewey, and Louie along with a fourth nephew, Phooey Duck

On a few occasions, an artist by error drew four nephews and the error was published. This fourth nephew has been named Phooey Duck by Disney comic editor Bob Foster.[4][5]

The six-page Danish Egmont-licensed Disney comic Much Ado About Phooey (1999), plotted by Lars Jensen, written by Jack Sutter and drawn by Tino Santanach Hernandez, used Phooey as a character and explained Phooey's sporadic appearances as a freak incident of nature. (The text in the two speech balloons says "It is a fourth nephew! An exact copy of the others! / Yes, it's probably best that I explain".)[6] Phooey also made a cameo appearance in the 2017 DuckTales animated series episode, "A Nightmare on Killmotor Hill!", during a dream sequence.

Character appearancesEdit


List of animated short filmsEdit

# Short film Date Shirt Colours Notes
1 Donald's Nephews April 15, 1938 Red, Green, Orange
2 Good Scouts July 8, 1938 All scout uniforms
3 Donald's Golf Game November 4, 1938 Red, Yellow, Orange
4 The Hockey Champ April 28, 1939 Red, Green, Orange
5 Sea Scouts June 30, 1939 All Red
6 Mr. Duck Steps Out June 7, 1940 Yellow, Green, Red Also starring Daisy Duck
7 Fire Chief December 13, 1940 Red, Yellow, Blue/All Red
8 All Together January 13, 1942 All Red A WWII Cartoon
9 The Nifty Nineties June 20, 1941 All Blue A Mickey Mouse Cartoon
10 Truant Officer Donald August 1, 1941 Red, Green, Orange
11 Donald's Snow Fight April 10, 1942 Red, Green, Orange
12 Home Defense November 26, 1943 All Red
13 Donald Duck and the Gorilla March 31, 1944 Red, Yellow, Green
14 Donald's Off Day December 8, 1944 All Red
15 Donald's Crime June 29, 1945 Red, Green, Orange Also starring Daisy Duck
16 Straight Shooters April 18, 1947 All Red
17 Soup's On October 15, 1948 All Red
18 Donald's Happy Birthday February 11, 1949 All Red
19 Lion Around January 20, 1950 All Red
20 Lucky Number July 20, 1951 All Red
21 Trick or Treat October 10, 1952 Various Halloween costumes Also starring Witch Hazel
22 Don's Fountain of Youth May 30, 1953 All Red
23 Canvas Back Duck December 25, 1953 All Red Also starring Peg Leg Pete
24 Spare the Rod January 15, 1954 All Green/Red
25 Donald's Diary March 5, 1954 All Light Blue Also starring Daisy Duck; Huey, Dewey and Louie (who are not named) are Daisy's little brothers and not Donald's nephews
26 The Litterbug June 21, 1961 Red, Yellow, Green
27 Donald's Fire Survival Plan May 5, 1966 All Red

After the era of theatrical shorts ended, they appeared in:

In the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Huey, Dewey, and Louie appear in a picture on a newspaper in Eddie Valiant's office, implying[original research?] they have been kidnapped by an unknown kidnapper. In 1990, the boys also made an appearance in the anti-drug TV special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. They also make a cameo in Mickey's Christmas Carol.

They also appeared with Uncle Scrooge but without Donald in Scrooge McDuck and Money.


Within the comics, Huey, Dewey, and Louie often play a major role in most stories involving either their uncle Donald or great-uncle Scrooge McDuck, accompanying them on most of their adventures. Also seen in the comics is the boys' membership in the Boy Scouts of America-like organization, the Junior Woodchucks, including their use of the Junior Woodchucks Guidebook, a manual containing all manner of information on virtually every subject possible (however, there are some resources, such as the ancient libraries of Tralla La, that hold information not found in the guidebook). This excellent youth organization, which has twin goals of preserving knowledge and preserving the environment, was instrumental in transforming the three brothers from little hellions to upstanding young ducks.

In Disney comic writer Don Rosa's continuity, Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck were born around 1940 in Duckburg. True to his jocular style, Rosa occasionally makes subtle references to the untold mystery of the three boys' life: What became of their parents? In his epic comic series, Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Rosa pictures how Scrooge first met Donald and his nephews, saying: "I'm not used to relatives, either! The few I had seem to have... disappeared!" Huey, Dewey, and Louie answer: "We know how that feels, Unca Scrooge!"

In Some Heir Over the Rainbow by Carl Barks, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, along with Donald Duck and Gladstone Gander, are tested by Scrooge McDuck, who wants to pick an heir to his fortune. Using the legend of a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, Scrooge secretly gives US$3,000 (One thousand to Huey, Dewey, and Louie, another for Gladstone, and the last one for Donald). Donald uses his money for a down payment of a new car, now being $1,000 in debt. Gladstone, considering himself too lucky to need the money this soon, hides the money for when and if he needs it, causing Scrooge to consider him a better option than Donald. Huey, Dewey, and Louie lend their money to a man who claims to need the money to search for a treasure. Initially thinking they were tricked out of the money, Scrooge actually considers leaving his fortune to Gladstone, even though he sees that as "an awful injustice to the world", but the man actually finds the treasure and pays the kids back. Scrooge makes Huey, Dewey, and Louie his heirs. Although this is disregarded in a number of later comics, it seems to be the most solidly canon indication of Scrooge's plans.


Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as they are seen in the original DuckTales animated series.

Huey, Dewey, and Louie starred in the 1987 animated television series DuckTales, in which they went on adventures with their great-uncle, Scrooge McDuck, after their Uncle Donald left them with him to enlist in the U.S. Navy. The boys' personalities in this series were mainly based on their comic book appearances versus the theatrical shorts. In the 1996 series Quack Pack, the three were portrayed as teenagers and given distinct personalities, with Huey serving as the group's leader, Dewey as a computer whiz, and Louie as enjoying sports. After Quack Pack, the boys were reverted to their original ages for nearly all future appearances, including the 1999 series Mickey Mouse Works. The lone exception was the 2001 series House of Mouse, in which they served as the house band in a variety of different styles (most commonly as "The Quackstreet Boys"). The triplets also feature prominently in a segment of the computer-animated film, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas from 2004.

In the 2017 DuckTales series, the three brothers are once again given distinct designs, voices, and personalities: Huey is intelligent and logical, Dewey is adventurous and excitable, and Louie is laid-back and cunning. In the new installment, the brothers move to Scrooge's mansion with Donald after Dewey accidentally destroys their houseboat and travel the world on adventures with their uncles. The triplets also have different roles: Huey is a Junior Woodchuck, Dewey likes to go on adventures, and Louie wants to be like Scrooge and likes to do everything the easy way. This iteration also changed Dewey's real name to Dewford, while making Dingus his middle name, and Louie's real name to Llewellyn, a fact which he seems to be embarrassed by. In the second season, the boys are reunited with their long-lost mother Della, who reveals she intended to name them "Jet, Turbo, and Rebel" before she disappeared, after which Donald named them instead.

Video gamesEdit

Huey, Dewey, and Louie appear in the third Magical Quest game. The object of the game is to rescue them from the clutches of the villainous King Pete. The trio also appear in Quackshot piloting Donald's plane as he travels the world in search of a lost treasure.

They also appear in The Lucky Dime Caper for the Sega Master system, where they are kidnapped by Magica De Spell. Donald must find Scrooge's lucky dime and barter for their safety.

They also appear in Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers, aiding Donald to rescue Daisy and beat Gladstone to her, while he rescues their hexed play toys.

They even appear in Mickey's Speedway USA as unlockable lightweight characters.

They also appear in DuckTales, aiding their Uncle Scrooge in finding treasure.

They also appear on Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix, where they appear as DJ's on certain music tracks.

They are playable characters in Disney Magic Kingdoms.

Kingdom HeartsEdit

In Kingdom Hearts they work in the item shop in the First District of Traverse Town. In Kingdom Hearts II, they individually run an item shop (Huey), a weapon shop (Louie), and an accessory shop (Dewey) in Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden. In both endings, they are all seen going back to Disney Castle. They reappear in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep in Disney Town, recreating Ice Cream flavors, this time with a speaking role. They appear once more in the mobile game Kingdom Hearts Unchained as special Support medals that grant the player's other medals a set number of experience points based on the medal's star value. They appear in the Tram Common area of Twilight Town in Kingdom Hearts III, where they each take turns running the gummi shop. In all of their Kingdom Hearts appearances, they appear similar to their appearance in the original DuckTales.

Parks and attractionsEdit

Huey, Dewey and Louie appear as characters only at Tokyo Disney and Disneyland Paris.

Tokyo DisneyEdit

Huey, Dewey and Louie only appeared in seasonal Parades Easter, Halloween and Christmas 2011 after a long absence. They also appeared in the Countdown Party Parade 2011.

Disneyland ParisEdit

Huey, Dewey and Louie appear more regularly in Paris. They appeared during the Christmas season 2010 in their daytime and nighttime Parades at the Disneyland Park "Disneyland Paris's Magic Kingdom" Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade and in the Disney's Fantillusion Parade in glittery outfits. They made another appearance at Disneyland Paris for meet and greet at the Disneyland Hotel on April 2, 2011, the day of the Press Event for the launch of their new season "Magical Moments Festival". They also appeared at the Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade at the Disneyland Park in special outfits for the Parade and at the Disney's Stars 'n' Cars Parade at the Walt Disney Studios Park in a unique directors outfits.

The Three Nephews appeared at Disneyland Paris's Halloween season 2011. They have their own show during "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties" at the Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris, titled "Huey, Dewey and Louie's Trick or Treat Party". They also made an appearance for meet and greet at Disneyland Paris's "Disney's Halloween Party" on October 31, 2011. This is the first time ever that the three nephews appear for meet and greet at any of the Disney Parks for regular park guests. They were also part of the Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve 2011–2012 celebrations at the Disneyland Hotel.


  1. ^ Comic Vine, retrieved October 31, 2014. (Character database was searched by most appearances.)
  2. ^ Thomas Andrae,"The Legacy of Al Taliaferro," in Disney's Four Color Adventures vol. 1 (2011).
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 14, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Jensen, Lars (January 27, 2006). "Mailing list entry from writer Lars Jensen, near bottom of entry". Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Katie. "Phooey ~ the 4th Nephew!". Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Much Ado About Phooey – I.N.D.U.C.K.S." Retrieved April 4, 2018.

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