Italian Disney Comic Shorts

Jan 29, 2019

Disney Comics and Stories #3
January 30, 2019

Have I mentioned I visited Walt Disney World when I was four years old, way back in 2000? No, of course I haven’t, but within the last few years I found myself rediscovering a love for the classic Disney characters. You know the ones, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, etc. With that said, this comic caught my eye. A bonus is the fact all these shorts were from Italy! Ooh, how exotic!
Without further ado, here’s my review of the three comic shorts featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy (with a small appearance from a rare character, Horace).

Mickey Mouse and The Night in Sleepyhead Valley
Written by: Enrico Faccini
Art by: Enrico Faccini
Colors by: Disney Italia
Letters by: Tom B. Long

This was… interesting. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting magical weirdness from a comic involving this trio, but that’s sure what I got! The trio of the aforementioned characters Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, rent a cabin to get away from society for a weekend - rented through that rare character I mentioned - and after dinner, the nightmare ensues. From lively pillows, to grossly warping dimensions, the trio were sent into a world where nothing made sense - as dreams/ nightmares normally are. Apparently, the cabin was already occupied by, and I quote, “Jokey, the Prankster Magician.”

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Jokey basically trolled the trio all night, and in the end, made them re-live the whole thing over again, “Groundhog Day” style.

This story was cute, and I was surprised to see a character that is hardly used anymore. The repeating torture was… modern, to say the least. I guess I still think the Disney cartoons are supposed to be cheery and sweet. Boy, has it been a while.

Fethry at Work
Written by: Enrico Faccini
Art by: Enrico Faccini
Colors by: Disney Italia
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Translation and Dialogue by: Erin Brady

This was a no dialogue piece and all pantomime. It starred a duck - not Donald - that gets a job at a construction site, working a jackhammer. Basically, the poor duck cannot stop shaking from the jackhammer. Speaking of Donald, that’s who the duck happens upon on the way home. Wanting to eat his bag of shelled nuts, Donald uses the jackhammer duck to crack them open. And then… he starts shaking after eating the nut? What? It made sense up until the magic nut.
It’s cute. Very cute. But the nut had me confused. Not all cartoon logic makes sense, folks.

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Written by: Tito Faraci
Art by: Silvia Ziche
Colors by: Disney Italia
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Translation and Dialogue by: Erin Brady

This was cute (I keep saying this…). I hadn’t pegged Goofy as being a complete moron, but this comic sure pegged him down as one. He’s shopping and asking questions to an employee. Sounds simple enough, but wait, there’s more! He doesn’t seem to understand what shopping is, like what or how to purchase, I mean, he thought he could purchase a wall (a wall holding up the store, mind you), as well as thinking a sign saying ‘3×2’ (haha, that’s the title) meant he had to buy six. Eventually, he drives the employee mad, only for the manager to come out, steer the employee away, and thank Goofy for his work. Apparently, the manager hired Goofy to teach his employees patience and politeness.
This was extremely cute to read. I feel bad for Goofy as I’m sure he’s not that much of a moron. He’s just a big goof…

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