Donald’s Nephews

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Donald’s Nephews disney short“Donald’s Nephews” is a classic animated short film featuring the character Donald Duck. It was released by Walt Disney Productions in 1938 as part of the Donald Duck series.

In “Donald’s Nephews,” Donald becomes the temporary guardian of his mischievous nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The film follows their adventures as the nephews wreak havoc around Donald’s house while he attempts to discipline them. The mischievous trio plays pranks, causes chaos, and tests their uncle’s patience throughout the cartoon.

The film showcases the comedic interactions between Donald and his nephews, highlighting their contrasting personalities and the challenges of babysitting energetic youngsters. The humor and the dynamics between the characters have made “Donald’s Nephews” a beloved entry in the Donald Duck series.

The short film was directed by Jack King and features the iconic voice work of Clarence Nash as Donald Duck. It was well-received by audiences upon its release and is considered a classic Donald Duck cartoon.

“Donald’s Nephews” is remembered for its humor, lively animation, and the introduction of the mischievous nephews, who would go on to become recurring characters in various Disney cartoons and comics. The film showcases the charm and comedic talents of Donald Duck and his enduring popularity as one of Disney’s beloved characters.

Fun Facts

  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie made their first appearance in a Donald Duck comic strip on October 17, 1937. They were created by Carl Barks and quickly became popular characters in Disney comics and animated series.
  • Identifying the three nephews can be a bit tricky as they all look alike. One way to distinguish them is by their clothing and personalities. Huey wears red and is known for being the oldest and the most responsible, Dewey wears blue and is adventurous, and Louie wears green and is known for being more laid-back and mischievous.
  • In the original comic strips and early cartoons, Huey, Dewey, and Louie were often depicted as causing trouble for their Uncle Donald. However, as time went on, they became more independent and had their own adventures, both with and without Donald’s involvement.

Additional Details



  • Director: Sid Marcus
  • Story: Carl Barks and Jack Hannah
  • Producer: Walt Disney
  • Music: Oliver Wallace

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