DCML digest, Vol 1 #220 - 10 msgs
favio31 at caramail.com
Sat Aug 5 18:27:04 CEST 2000
Don Rosa wrote:
> Remember this Duckburg world is not a "Disney World"...
> it was created by Dell and by Barks. I find it's a bigger
> challenge and a more satisfying accomplishment to produce
> (hopefully) entertaining stories under such limiting
> parameters of logic and actual history.
> Plus, that's the way Barks did it (unless ordered to do
> otherwise by his editors) and that's the way I likes it.
Clement le Hyaric:
> I think Don is right when he says Barks' Duck universe is
> not a fantasy universe
I too think that Don is rigth. I've always seen Barks'
universe as a real word; Donald and other Duckies as humans.
Barks' universe (and lots of other Duck artists' universes)
are not a kind of ("childish"?) Disney fairy tales. They are
In most of Barks' ten-pagers the Ducks live in an ordinary
American city. In the long adventures, the stories are based
on history: the fountain of youth story or "Ghost of the
Grotto" contain long explanations of everything.
I love "Letter to Santa" but have always been disappointed by
the end of the story (the appearance of Santa). This ending
seems impossible to me, at least in Barks' universe. I would
not be surprised if this idea was imposed to him by his
editors. "Trick or Treat" or "the Golden Christmas Tree" are
"wrong" as well, even if both stories contain some magical
and typical Barks pages. I'm convinced that Barks would never
have done a story like "Trick or Treat" if it was not a
command of its editors.
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