Post by TheMidgetMoose on Dec 29, 2020 16:51:05 GMT
I think I would agree with what, so far, seems to be the opinion of the majority. Della is not, in my opinion, needed or desired for future Mickey & Friends Productions, at least not most Mickey & Friends Productions. I most certainly would not mind seeing her more often in stories which take place in the "past" (before the status quo was established), though I can't say that it's the DuckTales version which I would like to see return. To be totally honest, DuckTales 2017 didn't manage to keep me engaged as a viewer, and I can't say that I cared for it too much, though it did have a few good episodes and an absolutely hilarious albeit radically different version of Flintheart Glomgold. If I were a DuckTales fan, then I would probably feel differently, but as a non-DuckTales fan, I, personally, don't care for seeing Della appear again exactly as she did in DuckTales 2017.
Still, I truly would not oppose seeing Della more often in stories set in the past. Perhaps we can even have some stories with her which take place just as the status quo was about to be established. Maybe there was a time before Huey, Dewey, and Louie were born but after Donald and Della had matured some and had already met Mickey Mouse & co., which is totally feasible since some stories have Donald knowing Mickey and friends since he was a baby or in his earlyish school days. I would not mind a short or a series which goes back to the old formula of "Mickey and friends putting on a show of some sorts" (see Orphan's Benefit and Mickey's Amateurs, among others), but with Della joining her brother as one of the performers. That could be fun if Della is written properly. Maybe she could also appear in shorts that follow the tradition of On Ice and Hawaiian Holiday, films that place the cast in a certain setting and let us see the various things the characters get up to there while also seeing interaction between them.
With all that said, I do not personally want to Della to become a feature of "present-day" stories. In other words, I don't think that I want her to appear alongside Huey, Dewey, and Louie. I know that it hasn't really been touched on that much in the cartoons, but I think that Della's absence is the very reason why the cartoons are the way that they are. I also feel that there is untapped potential in exploring more of what impact Della's absence has had on Huey, Dewey, and Louie's life. Whether she died, ran away, or went missing, Della's absence is most certainly why Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie are together. It is why we have been able to have the many shorts and series which feature Donald and the boys. To bring her back would be to disrupt the very fabric of the Duck universe and to miss out on the opportunity to explore what emotional impact Della's absence has had on her family's lives. I wouldn't mind more mentions of Della, so long as these mentions are for the purpose of highlighting the facts that Huey, Dewey, and Louie have no mother and might still be dealing with the grief from the loss of her and that Donald is now essentially the boys' father.
I guess what I'm doing a terrible job of attempting to say is that Della is the reason why things are the way that they are and her absence can provide emotional moments and character depth and development in present-day stories. She is not needed in the present-day for the stories to work, and if she did appear on a recurring basis, then Donald would most likely not be able to be Huey, Dewey, and Louie's father anymore. Donald has raised those boys onscreen for the past eighty-two years. As far as I'm concerned, they are his boys. I, personally, would rather not see that changed.
Finally, I do have to disagree with designating Clarabelle as a "Satellite Love Interest." She's a very interesting character in her own right, and she's not always used a romantic partner for another character. Look at Ye Olden Days where she appears not as a love interest for Horace or Goofy but as a friend and supporter of Minnie's, or think about Mickey's Amateurs where she is here paired, not with a male love interest, but with Clara Cluck. Even when Clarabelle is a love interest, she's not always strictly a distaff counterpart of her romancer. Look at The Three Musketeers where she has a radically different personality from her love interest, Goofy, and is not only his love interest but a secondary villain, serving under the big bad Pete.
By the way, if we're looking for ways to diversify the Mouse cast, why not make Clara Cluck a bigger part of the cast? I guess that Mickey's Birthday Party may have vaguely implied her to be a potential love interest for Donald, but she's really so much more than that. She's a singer who seems to have a love for show business and, more recently, she's been established as the mother of two chicks, Clifford and Cleo. This was established in Mickey and the Roadster Racers, which appears to have now been renamed Mickey Mouse Mixed Up Adventures (). Maybe the wise little hen from the short of the same name can also make a comeback. Perhaps she is Clara Cluck's sister if not she is not Clara herself. Maybe we can finally see Ludwig von Drake's mother onscreen after her being alluded to in House of Mouse. She could be a fun character.
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Maybe the wise little hen from the short of the same name can also make a comeback. Perhaps she is Clara Cluck's sister if not she is not Clara herself.
My theory is that she's Clara's aunt rather than sister. In her cartoon appearance, she's clearly a generation older than Donald, and I assume Clara must be around the same age as Donald, Daisy and the others.