- April, May and June Duck
name =April, May, and June Duck
image caption =April, May and June Duck
first appearance =
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories" #149 in the "Donald Duck" Flip Decision story (Feb. 1953)
created by =
voiced by =
April, May, and June Duck are a trio of
Walt Disney's comic bookcharacters. They were created by Carl Barksand were first used in a story published in February 1953.cite web
title= April, May & June: Daisy's Nieces
publisher= [http://users.cwnet.com/xephyr/rich/dzone/hoozoo/hzlist.html Disney's HooZoo] ]
According to Disney artist
Don Rosa, they were born in 1940 as the triplet daughters of Daisy Duck's un-named sister. Even at family gatherings their parents are not present, and Daisy usually brings them with her. They presumably live in Duckburg, Calisota. In some stories, mostly Dutch, they live along with their aunt, but in other comics, such as the comics by Barks, they're only visiting Daisy. The triplets act as their cousins' Huey, Dewey and LouieDuck female counterparts, occasional rivals, occasional friends, and occasional dates. They are members of the organization The Junior Chickadees, who serve as The Junior Woodchucks' female counterparts. Unusually for children of their age, the girls routinely wear high-heeled shoes.
Like the Nephews, April, May & June usually wear the colors "
Red," " Blue" and " Green," but unlike them, a color assignment has never been established. The girls also frequently wear " Yellow," " Purple" and "Orange." However, one might consider "blue" to be April's color since that was the color she wore when she appeared solo in "Dell Giant" #35. It is also unknown which Nephew is paired with which Niece when they double date with their Uncle Donald and Aunt Daisy.
In 1998, the editors of the Dutch 'Donald Duck' weekly magazine decided the three girls should be modernized, and they got permission from the Disney Company to do so. Dutch Duck-comic artist Mau Heymans designed a new hairdo and new wardrobe for April, May and June. They now don't look the same at all in Dutch stories, and don't have the 'girly' occupations anymore they had when Barks created them. In some Danish stories, the new hairdo has been copied.
April, May, and June were not seen in animation until they were given a special
cameo appearanceon the " House of Mouse" episode "Ladies' Night". [ [http://www.disneyshorts.org/television/houseofmouseepisode212.html Ladies' Night] . " [http://www.disneyshorts.org/index.html The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts] . Retrieved on March 22, 2008.]
Curiously, April, May, and June never appeared on
DuckTales, but Webby Vanderquackfrom said series, strongly resembles them. That even led Dutch translators to give Webby the name 'Lizzy', which is used for April in Dutch. May and June are Juultje and Babetje there. [ [http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzy%2C_Juultje_en_Babetje Webby Vanderquack] . " [http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoofdpagina Dutch Wikipedia] . Retrieved on March 22, 2008.]
The names were also used in a
Three Stoogesshort for three sisters the protagonists end up marrying.
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