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Disney cartoon WTF??

Didier Ghez posted this several months ago but I just caught up with it today. Apparently it was made by Italian Disney comics artist Romano Scarpa in 1982 to introduce a Disney TV special. Pardon my ignorance of Disney comics, but there are some characters here I’ve never seen before, including a Mrs. Scrooge??

(Thanks, Mathew Gaastra)

  • Joaquim
  • Yep, it’s your Disney comic ignorance, Jerry.

    Not quite Mrs. Scrooge McDuck, but Brigitta MacBride, Unca’ Scrooge’s love interest/stalkercreated by Scarpa for the Duck universe in Disney comics.


  • rhinotonight

    that is the strangest thing……..

    what was even happening in the first half?

  • captain murphy

    The duck following Scrooge is Daisy. You know, Donalds sweetheart? She is just being a bit of a little gold digger here.

    Scrooge, nor any other Barks created character, was ever animated until that TV crap DarkWing Duck. I thought that COULD be a nice franchise if they followed the Barks books somewhat.

    Its still interesting to see what the foreign licensees do. The best living duck artist for the comic books these days, is Dan Jippe as far as I am concerned

  • Ron

    Atsa’ Nice! I don’t understand the point of the police bird but all in all it had a great energy. I like the animation of Topolino (‘Mickey Mouse’ in Italian) and enjoy watching Mickey speak Italian. I always wondered what the Carl Barks style would look like animated. Now I now. Is there any more work by this artist?

  • AdrianC

    Jaktheparrot is right. After a bit of research, I found that that duck following Scrooge is Brigitta MacBridge (not “MacBride”). I’ll assume the ‘g’ was accidentally omitted.

    The young blond duck carrying the radio is MacBridge’s employee and Goldie O’Gilt’s (a.k.a. Glittering Goldie) granddaughter, Dickie Duck.

    I feel like I should know who the police officer but I do not.

    I have no idea who that fellow following Goofy is nor the red bird seen throughout the entire clip.

  • the Female duck you’re referring to is Brigitta and it’s a traditional charachter that usually appears in many italian disney comic books like, like Topolino!

    That’s the dimostration of how the disney charachters were well known in Italy during the past decades and shows the great creativity of many great artists like Scarpa who invented new charachters which interact with the “older” once!

  • While the the teenager Duckie bringing the radio is another italian – I suppose so- charachter known in Italy as Paperetta Ye-Ye, inspiried from the 60’s generation and the passion of that young people for music!
    She appered in many old Topolino comic books (named after the italian name of Mickey) and after a period of silence, she’s living a “second youth” on the most recent issues of the magazine

  • Gobo

    The police chief following the Phantom Blot is Chief O’Hara. He worked with Mickey in a lot of the old Gottfredson comics.

    Captain Murphy: the Barks-inspired DuckTales preceded Darkwing Duck by several years, and before that, Scrooge made several appearances in Disney cartoons (such as “Scrooge McDuck and Money” from the 60s).

  • Ben S.

    I’m also seeing what appears to be a bunch of supporting characters from Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse comics, such as the ever-awesome Phantom Blot. I had no idea he appeared in DuckTales until just now looking it up.

    I wish they’d ever animated his original comic arc with the progressively crazier series of deathtraps he would place Mickey in… many of those stories were very entertaining and even Tintin-esque.

  • C. Augusto Valdés

    It’s Paperinik!!!! and Chief O’Hara! and The Phantom Blot!!! My favorite Disney Comics characters appearing in animated form!

  • AdrianC is right – the character is Brigitta MacBridge. The guy following Goofy is Detective Casey.

  • Daniel Barcroft

    I feel compelled to correct Captain Murphy. Scrooge McDuck was actually animated in the openings of “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the ’50s, starred with the nephews in a short called “Scrooge McDuck and Money” in the ’60s, starred as Ebeneezer Scrooge in “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and a TV special entitled “Sport Goofy: Soccermania” in the early-to-mid ’80s before starring in the DuckTales TV show AND its movie – all before Darkwing Duck aired in the ’90s. And although characters specifically created for DuckTales show appeared in Darkwing Duck, to my knowledge no character Carl Barks had anything to do with ever did. Whatever your opinion of any of these productions, you can at least go to the trouble of passing along the correct information.

  • Sara

    Jaktheparrot has it right. Brigitta appears chiefly in the European Disney Comics, so she’s not as well know over here.

    Goldie is usually grey-haired when she’s seen with the older Scrooge and Daisy is seen walking with Clarabelle.

  • uncle wayne

    Ahhhhhhhhh….how i hated that that phase of music had to have EVERY thing (including Merman) “go disco!” But “Give a Little Whislte!?” Just say NO!

    Thank you for the post. Always great to see Horace!!

  • Adrian C: The guy following Goofy is Detective Casey, Chief O’Hara’s long-suffering second-in-command. Originally a Gottfredson creation, Casey has continued on in numerous Egmont (Danish-produced in English) and Italian Disney comics, some of which have been published recently in the United States via my employer, Gemstone.
    The villainous red bird character is an original Scarpa creation; I’m not certain of his name.

    Augusto: In English, we call Paperinik (Donald’s superhero secret identity) Duck Avenger. He’s also made a handful of appearances in the USA; interested viewers can learn a little about his origins from the “Donald Goes to Press” segment on the WALT DISNEY TREASURES: CHRONOLOGICAL DONALD Vol. 4 DVD set.

    Ben S: There are also two MouseWorks/House of Mouse cartoons featuring the Phantom Blot: “Mickey Foils the Phantom Blot” and “Mickey and the Color Caper.” Both give the Blot slightly silly criminal plots—perhaps to soften his scariness—but the first does have him sticking Mickey in an insidious trap, as well as battling him on top of a blimp in an action-packed climax.
    While DuckTales featured a peculiar Blot with a big mouth, snarly “TV cartoon” voice and glowing red eyes, MouseWorks gave him his Gottfredson/Scarpa visual design with a cunning natural voice to match.

    Others are right about Brigitta MacBridge (who’s actually made about a dozen appearances in the USA comics), Dickie Duck, and Chief O’Hara.
    The birdfaced boy with Mickey is Ellby (Italian: Gancetto), another Scarpa creation: the adopted kid of Goofy’s brainy mynah bird ward Ellsworth (himself created by Bill Walsh and Manuel Gonzales for the 1940s Sunday strips—and initially, a rather blatant ripoff of Crawford Crow).

    Disney comics have featured so many great characters over the decades, and are so popular in so many markets, that it would seem a no-brainer for Disney to adapt more of them to animation. The problem, historically, is that in the 1970s and 1980s, the books went through a relatively lame period domestically with childish stories and uninspired art. This killed the North American market; even though the comics got good again after that, they’ve never regained good distribution or market penetration.
    So many influential Disney execs may understandably not even realize that great modern Disney comics even exist, let alone that their characters are household names in almost every market but ours.
    Perhaps the most we can hope for is another series that adopts some comics characters but reinterprets them casually and radically (i. e. Quack Pack and—to some degree—DuckTales), unaware that whole countries expect to see them as they are.

  • Gerard de Souza

    I love reading the translated reprints of the foreign comics but this seems like a very long opening that could use some time compression…even by 1982 North American standards.

  • Bill Field

    Many folks think it’s fitting that my initials are WTF, but seeing it in a Headline on the Brew made me laugh- and is entirely appropriate. It’s funny, yet a pain in the arse these days, because it’s hard to initial any documents without being questioned if WTF’s a joke. OK it must be Disney’s Earth two (DC fans know what I mean), because Horace and Goofy are two separate characters, as opposed to Goofy evolving from Mr. Horse (No sir, I didn’t like it one bit!- uh wrong Mr Horse-arf) as in D Earth one. Nice to see such a great array of the comics characters in motion. Jerry- there is even a sweeping Civil War epic that features all the Duckburg community that has appeared for years in those same comics- Alexander Graham Gearloose, is busy inventing the telephone, and Rhett and Scarlet get replaced with Donald and Daisy, leaving Gladstone as Ashley- too freakin’ weird!

  • This cartoon is beautiful and probaby the better transition from Disney comics to animation I’ve ever saw. By the way, Goofy’s Soccermania is very much alike the brazilian Disney comics style.

  • Thad

    Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho motha fucka!

  • Aleksandar Vujovic

    Was that a gimp mask at 3:08?

    That was dreadful…no rules applied.

  • Matthew

    That was as funky as ‘The All New Popeye Show’.

  • Mesterius

    Wow, great find, Jerry! I wish Romana Scarpa had animated the Disney characters more often. His animation of them has the exact same energy and dynamic character designs which his comic book work shows.

    Ron: There is a LOT more work when it comes to this artist, though not necessarily animated – Romano Scarpa drew Disney comics for ca. 50 years, from the 50s right up until his death in 2005; and he is known as quite a legendary artist both for his Mouse and Duck comics in Italy, Europe etc. I have to make a small correction regarding what you say about seing “the Carl Barks style” animated, because what we see here is definitely “The Romano Scarpa style”, animated by Scarpa himself and with many of his own characters.

  • cliffclaven

    What I want to know is, what followed this intro? I suspect it was just theatrical shorts or Disney Afternoon episodes, which means you wouldn’t see any more of the purely comic book characters after that opening (unless they produced some bumpers).

    After all, Uncle Scrooge appears in the opening credits of the original Mickey Mouse Club, but he never even got to talk until the late 1960s (in that featurette about money).

    Still, it’s intriguing to imagine the results if an Italian studio animated Mickey and Donald in stories based on the European comics.

  • Hawgey

    now that was long I couldn’t finish watching it my ADD kicked in at 2:23. was this a one time opening or was this viewed before each special? Thanks for posting that it was fun to watch, well before the music got to me anyways :)

  • Saturnome

    Oh wow! It’s my youth, animated for the first time to my eyes. I had the great luck in the 90s to read the French publications Picsou Magazine and Mickey Parade, at a time where they used to introduce the artists behind the comics, give a little history about them, point to obscure references made in the comics, it was really great for children mags. Picsou Magazine used to focus on Don Rosa and Carl Barks’ work (and was a all duck magazine, though they published Carl Barks’ very rare Mickey comic), while Mickey Parade was all about italian artists. During a year they printed nothing but classics, on the origins of certain characters such as Brigitte.
    I also had a Learn English Book with Donald Duck, with a good bunch of the old Taliaferro strips. Somehow my youth made me discover almost the whole spectrum of Disney comics.

    Those publications were all easily available in Canada in the 90s. Nowadays it’s nowhere to be found though it’s still active in France.

  • Ron

    OK Mesterius I stand corrected..gladly. I think you’ll agree though that Scarpa’s style was influenced by Barks. I only just heard of Scarpa now for the first time but I can tell by looking at it.

  • Bill Field

    Thad says:
    “Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho motha fucka!”
    Thad, as you are someone who’s translated Disney Comics for the U.S. audience, is that a reference to the fact that in Italy, Grumpy’s name is Thuggy?-W.T.F.(not the abbreviation, but my initials).

  • Rose

    I loved seeing the comic book characters I, mostly, knew animated, and I think the above comments say much about the backgrounds of them all.

    …but I have to comment on the fact that the opening sequence was rather long for a standard intro.

    …and could have been directed into a piece more entertaining and succinct.

    …but a wonderful and rare view of European Disney.

    Thank you.

  • Robert Schaad

    Great to see the Phantom Blot animated…I’d like to see him in a Fantasia segment should that be re-revisited.Meanwhile, I’ll have to search out the other two mentioned.

  • Xyzzyka

    I clicked “Play” hoping the “Mrs. McDuck” was Brigitta, Scrooge’s stalker-with-a-crush, and sure enough! I wouldn’t know her at all if it weren’t for some comics I got as a kid when my mom was stationed in Germany – can’t read ’em anymore, but her German name was Gitta Gans (which sounds better to me, but I’m a sucker for alliterative Anatidae puns).

    Loved seeing the Phantom Blot, last time I saw him was on that House of Mouse show.

  • FP

    If Disney had, in 1980, handed Hanna-Barbera the rights to its characters, this intro would have resulted. H&B would have seen it as a “prestige” project, and personally injected, with all due respect, senile farts all over it.

    Hoarse-voice Mickey is cool. He sounds like Stewart from MADTV imitating the Godfather. “Stugotz, Pluto”.

  • Ryan

    I really enjoyed that, great interpretations of the music there.

    Huey, Duey and Louie would never get away with that “fake weapons” gag nowadays, ho ho!

    Was DarkWing Duck really that bad? I used to really enjoy it, I did.

  • How can you not dance from 2:00 – 2:30?!

  • ecto123

    Who’s the red bird character looking over at everybody?

  • Shocking for me is the great ignorance of Disney comics among the comments. It´s true the animation is not the best but it´s great to see some of the characters in motion.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Makes me wish I had pay MORE attention to those comics than I had (here’s another guy I could probably glean something from). Kinda love the Italo Disco reworkings of “Heigh Ho” and “Give A Little Whistle”. Wonder if that satellite at the end predates Mike Jittlov’s interpretation? :-)

  • Andrea Ippoliti

    Something odd hgere, with Donald and Paperinik (they are the same person!) walking together. Maybe Gyro helped and created a mechanical Paperinik to give a proof that they’re not the same guy?
    On a “more serious” note, “Gancetto” is siting on a numbered 2 chair. For many years, in Scarpa’s stories, he was always teamed with Mickey, a la Eega Beeva in Gottfredson’s strips. Sometimes Goofy joined them but Gancetto remained Mickey’s number one pal.
    Brigitta is not Scrooge’s love interest, Scrooge is her love interest.

  • Talita Fukumoto

    WTF to the title of this post. I expect more respect from someone Disney invites to talk about DISNEY COMICS on the Disney Treasures set. Scarpa deserves more than that.

  • Nic Kramer

    Makes me wish for a small collection of Romeo Scarpa stories. I sure hope Gemstone would do that when they could.

  • Bill Field

    Talita Fukumoto says:
    “WTF to the title of this post. I expect more respect from someone Disney invites to talk about DISNEY COMICS on the Disney Treasures set. Scarpa deserves more than that.”
    Wasabi, I think you misunderstand Jerry-He, for the record isn’t mocking yours, or my initials, and What The Funk is a common urban expression, here in the land of Disney – “What is up with this funky(as in unique) piece of Disneyana?”
    is truly the message I derived from Jerry’s headline. Jerry doesn’t need my defense- because he is above reproach in this area of history, no matter his headline.

  • It isn’t Mrs Scrooge. Its Brigitta MacBridge (also known as Jubal Cock) an Italian character that has a crush on Scrooge. Appeared in 1960 as a old friend. Later she became a business rival. In 1976 she was given a money sented purfume that attracts Scrooge to her.

    The march of characters (marching to the dwarves song) are as follows and poorly drawn:

    Donald Duck; Horace Horsecollar; Daisy Duck; Clarabell Cow; Minnie Mouse; Huey; Dewey; Louie; Goofy; (I think) Shamrock Bones (detective friend of Mickey Mouse); the Phantom Blot; Chief O’Hara -or- Mr Casey (head detective); Gyro Gearloose; [appears before Gyro with smoke] Superduck “Paperinik” which is Donald’s Italian super-hero alias; Scrooge McDuck, Brigitta MacBridge; Beagle Boys; Gladstone Gander; Black Pete (Peg-Leg Pete); Dickie Duck (Paperetta Yé-Yé) an Italian character; and the hawk seems to be an Italian made character (Captian Loyal Hawk???)

    Other people might have thought the duck women to be bad drawing of Grandma “Elvira” Duck (also known as “Elviry”) who appeared in the Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Goofy comics from the 40s -OR- Emily Quackfaster (or Miss Typefast), Scrooge’s secretary. Scrooge also has two sisters Matilda and Hortense, but they were often seen together.Grandama Duck first appeared in the old newpaper comics in 1943. In the 50s – 60s she was re-drawn to look like a female Scrooge. She was replaced by Webbigil Vanderquack’s caretaker, Mrs Beakley on Ducktales. According to Ducktales, Uncle Scrooge had a love, Glittering Goldie back when he was looking for gold in the Klondike as a young duck (after he came to the US). Before that he dated Daisy for the Christmas Carol in 1983.

    The comics kinda went off on their own & the features went other places. What a wacky company.

  • Talita, it’s a blog. chill out. jerry wouldn’t say that in the ny times.

    Bill, WTF means “what the FUCK” not funk. where’s george carlin when you need him?(rip)

  • Marc Baker

    Wow, that was a neat little find. I wondered if that girl behind Scrooge was Glittering Goldie, but found out it was Brigitta MacBridge. Now that i think about it, it would’ve been neat if she appeared on ‘Ducktales’, but oh well. Millionera Vanderbucks kinda filled that void when she was about to marry Scooge. I enjoy like seeing the Phantom Blot, and Chief O’Hara.

  • Bill Field

    Patrick Smith says:
    ” Bill, WTF means “what the FUCK” not funk. where’s george carlin when you need him?(rip)”

    *SIGH* Patrick, read my earlier posts, WTF are my initials so I know the true definition , but my point was that- 40 years ago, we’d say WHAT IN THE WORLD?, shocked at a unique situation or event, funk and funky are used in that context, more often than not… And since it’s a common phrase, most folks know the F word that’s meant, and it’s just plain respectful to all, to allude, rather than go rude.