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Friday, April 8, 2011

Professor Ludwig von Drake

My God, I love this guy! He always brightens my day with his kooky narrations and wacky inventions. I just think he's one of the most underrated Disney characters out there (Trust me, there's a lot!). Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he was created by Bill Justice (Wikipedia now says both Walt and Milt Kahl created him now) as a host for The Wonderful World of Color. As an added bonus, Paul Frees created that wonderful German accent he speaks in. Today, the equally-talented Corey Burton performs him. Below are some videos of his best stuff, including his Academy Award nominated short, A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962), and two of my favorite shorts of his from House of Mouse.


The Mush said...

HOLY CRAP! I just found out how great this guy was again! Thanks for posting!

J Lee said...

Frees' befuddled German dialect, when used right, never failed to get laughs, even in low-budget TV cartoons like this one, linked to by Cartoon Brew recently for its Jim Tyer animation (the story here is by future M*A*S*H writer Laurence Marks).

Rodan said...

Great, I always loved Ludwig! And I even remember the "Rutabaga Rag", though I didn't remember what feature it was from.

Please offer more from Ludwig and Audobon Woodlore was another good one.