Sunday, August 30, 2009

Words of Wisdom from Donald Duck

I stumbled across this gem of a story in Chuck Shepherd’s News of the Weird newspaper column, distributed weekly by the Universal Press Syndicate:
Quacking Up

Donald Duck may be a lovable icon of comic mishap to American youngsters, but in Germany, he is wise and complicated and retains followers well past their childhoods. Using licensed Disney storyline[s] and art, the legendary translator Erika Fuchs created an erudite Donald, who often “quotes from German literature, speaks in grammatically complex sentences, and is prone to philosophical musings,: according to a May Wall Street Journal dispatch. Though Donald and Ungle Scrooge ("Dagoberto") speak in a lofty richness, nephews Tick, Trick, and Track use the slang of youth. Recently in Stuttgart, academics gathered for the 32nd annual convention of the "German Organization for Non-Commercial Follwers of Pure Donaldism" with presentations on such topics as Duckburg’s solar system. [hyperlinks added]

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