So today is the very last day of Disney Legends week it’s gone so fast but today’s posts is of special significance because It is all about Carl Barks one of my favorite cartoonist of all time!
(Year in’duck’ted 1991 )
As a cartoonist, Carl Barks was no quack—although his characters were. Called “The Duck Man” by many, Carl’s name is synonymous with Disney ducks; he dedicated his comic book career to these feathered heroes, retelling the countless exploits of Donald Duck, his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and Uncle Scrooge McDuck.
Ironically, when Carl joined the Walt Disney Studio in 1935 and met Donald Duck for the first time, his initial impression of the cantankerous character was that he was “an unintelligible troublemaker that would find very few roles suitable for his temperament.” In time, however, Carl said he gained an affinity for Donald and never again judged the Duck by his ruffled feathers.
He started at Disney Studios in 1935, more than a year after the debut of Donald Duck on June 9, 1934 in the short The Wise Little Hen. Though he originally just contributed gag ideas to some duck cartoons by 1937 Barks was (principally with partner Jack Hannah) originating story ideas that were storyboarded and (if approved by Walt) put into production. He collaborated on such cartoons as Donald’s Nephews (1938),Donald’s Cousin Gus (1939), Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940), Timber(1941), The Vanishing Private (1942) and The Plastics Inventor(1944).
As many of you will know Donald Duck is my favorite non princess Disney character so when compiling my list of people that I wanted to include in my Disney legends week post Carl Barks just had to be one of them! He helped bring the character I love to what he is today and he also introduced me to characters In the duck family who I grew up loving and still love to this day. Donald and his family and also Disney would be a lot less magical without Carl Barks and I wish I had chance to meet him before he passed away to thank him for making Donald such a lovable character.
So guys this is my last post of Disney legends week but this won’t be the last themed week that I do there will be a lot more in the future!
I would love to know what you all thought of Disney legends week and If I have opened your eyes to some of the people that made Disney what it is today let me know.
Talk to you all soon. Kim xx