starback at Minsk.DoCS.UU.SE
Tue Apr 13 21:26:18 CEST 1993
> There was a question a while ago about the place of Duckburg. There was a
> discussion about this last year on rec.arts.disney. If I remember well, the
> outcome was that it can not be desided where Duckburg is, if you take ALL
> the comic stories.
> In most of the stories, though, Duckburg is a town in the west of the USA.
> Barks placed Duckburg in the state of Calisota, USA.
One interesting fact from Barks is that in "Terror of the River"
(1946) Donald and the boys travel 2400 miles to get to Floodout, Ohio.
> 2. Before Donald went do Duckburg, he lived in several places:
> - Hollywood (see the address of the letter from his sister/cousin
> D[umb]ella in a previous thread)
> - Burbanks (where the Disney Studios were; Burbanks is mentioned in the
> Barks story "Maharajah Donald")
Compare also Donald's remark in Lost in the Andes (1949): "Howdy Bud!
I'm from the South myself---South Burbank!"
> 3. According to Rich Bellacera, Mickey lives in Mouseton, USA. But in most
> of the old comics where Donald and Mickey star together, they live in
> the same town. So Mickey must have moved recently.
Or maybe Mickey stayed when Donald moved on to Duckburg?
> 5. In some of the (older) european stories, Donald has to fly to go to the
> Wild West, while his car can take him to, let's say, Italy.
E.g., the Swedish translators have sometimes tried to hide the fact
that the stories take place in the USA. So for instance when Donald's
become a tightrope walker (WDC 49, from 1944):
Donald: Pack our grips, boys! We're headin' for Buffalo, New York!
The boys: Buffalo, New York! What're you gonna do there?
Donald: I'm gonna walk a tight wire across Niagara falls!
"Buffalo, New York" is changed into just "America" in the Swedish
> P.S. Per, have you been to the Duckburg comics convention, last
> Septober? 8-)
Hm, I guess I missed it again. Next year in Calisota!
Per Starback, Uppsala, Sweden. email: starback at student.docs.uu.se
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