Donald Duck’s nephews arrived on the animation scene in 1938 in the film “Donald’s Nephews.”
They were sent by Donald’s sister, Dumbella, with a note describing them as “angels,” but it didn’t take long for Donald to realize he’d been tricked or, at the very least, misled.
The origins of the three pranksters’ names are stories in and of themselves.
Contemporary political figures Huey P. Long of Louisiana and Thomas E. Dewey of New York were the inspiration for two of the boys.
A friend of Walt Disney’s, Louie Schmidt, was the third.
Later, writers of the comic created a new variation, that their names were short for Huebert, Deuteronomy, and Louis.