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Hubert, Deuteronomy and Louis Duck (full names retconned as Hubert, Dewford Dingus, and Llewellyn Duck in the 2017 DuckTales reboot), better known as Huey, Dewey and Louie, are Donald Duck's triplet nephews featured in the character's cartoons and comics. First appearing in the Donald Duck newspaper comic strip, they are the sons of Donald's rarely-seen sister, Della. In animation, the three boys are often seen pulling pranks on their uncle. In comics, however, as developed by Al Taliaferro and Carl Barks, the young ducks are more well-behaved, often assisting Donald as well as their great-uncle Scrooge McDuck in numerous adventures, and they are also members of the scouting organization known as the Junior Woodchucks.

In the classic shorts and comics, the trio had no set color scheme, to the point that later shorts would even have them all wearing the same outfits. Around the time the characters were featured in the 1987 animated series DuckTales, it became established that Huey is the one who dresses in red, Dewey dresses in blue, and Louie dresses in green.

Appearances in Christmas specials[]

Huey, Dewey and Louie make a very brief cameo at the very end of the compilation special From All of Us to All of You, in which they, alongside their uncle and various other Disney characters, listen to Jiminy Cricket's performance of "When You Wish Upon a Star".

In Mickey's Christmas Carol, Huey, Dewey and Louie make a brief cameo decorating a tree at Fezziwig's Christmas party.

The original DuckTales ironically did not get a Christmas episode, but in the 1991 holiday season, over a year after its final episodes had aired, the nephews appeared in a specially-made promotional short that ran on the affiliates that carried the Disney Afternoon.

Stuck On Christmas

Promotional artwork of the nephews for Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas.

The nephews finally got a major animated Christmas role in the direct-to-video film, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, which stars them in its first segment, "Stuck on Christmas". In this adaptation of the story Christmas Every Day, the boys wish that it were Christmas every day, only to end up in a Groundhog Day-esque loop they must learn their way out of. They, along with Donald and Daisy, appear again at the end to join in the caroling medley that closes out the movie.

HDnL in Mickey's Magical Christmas

The nephews performing as the house band in Mickey's Magical Christmas.

Being the house band on Disney's House of Mouse, the boys naturally appear in that role in the framing device for this direct-to-video compilation film Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, though they do not have any dialogue. Likewise, they are seen performing in the regular episode "Clarabelle's Christmas List", but again do not have a speaking part.

In Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, Huey, Dewey and Louie star in the film's second segment, "Christmas: Impossible". In it, the boys try and trick their way into raising their standing with Santa, only to end up threatening Christmas for everyone else. They also appear prominently in Donald's segment, "Donald's Gift", and then appear again at the end of "Mickey's Dog-Gone Christmas" to join the rest of the cast in singing the closing medley. Despite this being a sequel to Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, the nephews do not seem to be any older here than in the previous movie, despite Goofy's son Max, who was around their age in the first movie, now being in college.

In "Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special", the nephews and the rest of the Duck family vacate to Florida. They become worried for Donald's safety because he wanted to stay behind in Mouseton to celebrate Christmas with his buddies.

In the 2017 holiday season, the nephews, as they appeared in the 2017 DuckTales reboot, appeared in stop-motion for the "Share the Joy" interstitial shorts aired on Disney XD.

All three of the triplets appear in "Last Christmas!", the first Christmas episode of the reboot, but Dewey in particular has a larger individual role. When he learns that Scrooge actually doesn't hate Christmas and likes to spend Christmas Eve with the three Ghosts of Christmas, Dewey tags along when the Ghosts take Scrooge time-traveling. However, he slips away and lands in a Christmas Eve from his mother Della and his uncle Donald's youth.

The nephews' most recent Christmas cartoon was the DuckTales reboot's second Christmas episode, "How Santa Stole Christmas!", though this time, neither one of them gets a more prominent role, due to the story instead focusing on Scrooge's relationship with his former friend Santa.

Mentions in other Christmas specials[]

At the beginning of the ALF episode "Oh, Tannerbaum", ALF is trying to memorize the names of Santa's reindeer, and incorrectly lists Huey, Dewey and Louie among them. Brian tells him "those are ducks", to which ALF replies "Then how do they pull the sleigh?"


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