I think that Von Drake picture is from that old Disney Encyclopedia. I can't remember anything about it other than the fact that my grandparents have the whole thing, and it's incredible.
The Goofy in the corner there looks like a Floyd Gottfredson. Very nice pictures!
Been ages since I saw Ludwig Von Drake--I always enjoyed that character. Thanks for the scan, Kali!
Where did Ludwig von Drake originate? I can't remember how he was used.
Is that Chubbynuts the Squirrel?
I love how Ludwig Von Drake is holding a book of Child Psychology. Disney seems pretty knowledgeable about that subject, or rather, how to exploit children. Great work though, really appealing.
I have many fond memories of Ludwig Von Drake from the old Wonderful world of color program. My grandparents had color TV before we did and we always had dinner at their house every Sunday. I'd race through my meal so I could get to the TV when they had cartoon night.I always thought it was a little odd that Von Drake didn't talk like the other Ducks, but I came to see this as a positive. He's one of the few 'dialogue friendly' characters that Disney studios created (Jimminy Cricket is the other one)In that way he's a little closer to Warners' cartoon stars than their usual stuff.If that birthday mascot doesn't have a name yet, I'd like to retract my earlier suggestion and name him Nummy Nutsack.
David R:I'd forgotten about it, but just ran across mention of Ludwig on Wikipedia last night: Disney resisted putting his classic characters into television productions, as other studios were beginning to do, but he had Ludwig created specifically for television, to serve as MC for programs showing previous theatrically-released Disney work.
Wikipedia may be quoting what was the Disney company line about the creation of Von Drake. Peculiar how Disney chose to ridicule German scientist Werner Von Braun, a man they idolized in "Mars and Beyond" a few years before, then forced the recently demoted "Mars and Beyond" director Ward Kimball to animate Von Drake.
I never saw Von Drake as an attempt to make fun of Von Braun, at least not in any sort of malicious way. Crazy German scientist characters were pretty common in that era. Steve Allen had a similar character on his show that he would use for comedy interviews.
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