Ludwig Von Drake

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Ludwig von Drake is one of Walt Disney's cartoon and comic book characters. He was first introduced on September 24, 1961, as the presenter (and singer of "The Spectrum Song") in the cartoon An Adventure in Color, part of the first show of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color on NBC.[1] Said to be an uncle of Donald Duck, he was supposedly named after either Ludwig von Mises or Ludwig van Beethoven. He is described as a scientist, lecturer, psychologist, and road traveler. The character displayed his "expert" knowledge on a variety of subjects in eighteen episodes of the classic anthology series,[2] as well as on a number of Disneyland Records.[3]

Paul Frees was the original voice of Ludwig von Drake. Frees retired from the role before his death in 1986, and Walker Edmiston took over.[4] Corey Burton currently voices the character.

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Ludwig von Drake comes from Vienna, Austria. Some creators have presumed that his family is a German branch of the Duck family but that hasn't been included in any major stories. In the comic strips by the famous Disney cartoonist Al Taliaferro, Donald and his nephews usually call him 'Uncle Ludwig', so it would be undeniable they are relatives. According to a theory by Don Rosa the professor married Matilda McDuck, one of Scrooge McDuck's sisters - his other sister is Donald's mother Hortense McDuck. Though this is by no means canon, it might be the only way that Ludwig could be Donald's uncle, since it apparently seems impossible that Ludwig is Donald's uncle on father's side. His father is called Quackmore Duck, son of Humperdink Duck and Grandma Duck (her real name is Elvira Coot, according to Don Rosa). In some comic stories where Ludwig visits Grandma on her farm it's clear that they have a close relationship, even so it would be rash to affirm that they are close relatives. Anyway, a theory where Humperdink Duck and Ludwig von Drake would be half brothers on mother's side cannot be discarded, since nothing relevant about Humperdink's life before having a family with Grandma has been revealed in the comics with the Duck Family until today. In this case, Ludwig would be granduncle of Donald, of course. There is an enlightening sequence of two panels in the story "The Rural Eggs-pert", where Ludwig is sat in an old chair of Grandma's house when an antique buyer asks Grandma to sell him "this fine old specimen" (the chair) and she answers, "Well, it's been in the family for years, but I could do without it!", what makes Ludwig astonished, since he thinks she's referring to him. It may also be possible that he's Donald's uncle because there would be between them a fictive kinship, something that would also explain why Gladstone Gander and Fethry Duck consider Scrooge as their uncle, since those ones and Scrooge aren't relatives indeed, according to Don Rosa's Duck/McDuck/Coot Family Tree, however you can assume that Scrooge would have become a close friend of the Duck Family, specially after the marriage of Quackmore Duck and Hortense McDuck.

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