JOHN CHADWICK wolfsong at
Wed Oct 5 01:38:57 CEST 2005

Somewhere in one of the Gladstone issues of DuckTales, somebody from Disney confirmed this, however it only became a rule with the production of DuckTales, and Gladstone made a note to follow suit. All bets are off on any color coding prior to that show. You'll notice in some of the old cartoons they're all wearing the same color.  Sometimes you'll see a color outside of those three, yellow for instance.  It became more important with onset of DuckTales because of a greater need to distinguish the characters.  (I daresay if you'd asked Al Taliaferro or Carl Barks which nephew that was in a given panel, they might not have always been able to tell you.) Since DuckTales, I've noticed most productions, be it animation, comic or anything theme parkish tries to follow the color code. (Although as Disney World employee, I notice the occasional slip up.)
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> [Original Message]
> From: <raptor165 at>
> To: <dcml at>
> Date: 10/4/2005 9:26:31 AM
> Subject: Colors?
> My brothers and I have a bet going as to which nephew lays claim to 
> which color. They are insisting--ridiculously, of course--that Louie is 
> blue, while I assure them that the correct color code is Huey=red, 
> Dewey=blue, and Louie=green. We've looked it up on several reliable 
> websites, and we are currently scanning our massive comic collection to 
> further verify with the works of Barks, Rosa and Van Horn. However, it 
> would also be a nice subsidary to have the testament of hundreds of 
> loyal duck fans. $2 rides on the crest of this bet. Voices?
> dPayne
> P.S. The "Echo" story has Donald yelling "Dewey's got a girl!" with the 
> blue neph responding "I HAVE NOT!" The brothers concede defeat. 
> However, what does everyone else think?
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