Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse are the twin nephews of Mickey Mouse. They are the mouse considered counterparts to Millie and Melody and to Huey, Dewey, and Louie. One of the main differences is unlike Huey, Dewey and Louie who are under the guardianship of their uncles Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck, Mickey is not their guardian but instead their mother. However, the boys are mainly often being taken care of by Mickey and spend a lot of time with their Uncle Mickey, who truely seem to care deeply for him.
They first appeared in Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse Sunday strip story line titled "Mickey's Nephews" (1932). Since then they have appeared in lots of comic strips and comic book stories starring Mickey Mouse and Pluto.
Ferdie disappeared from the Mickey Mouse comic strip in 1943 because Gottfredson thought the nephews were too much alike. He had plans to bring Ferdie back later as a bespectacled, intellectual, bookworm mouse with an Eton hat and coat with the explanation that he had been away at school. However, Gottfredson never got around to bringing Ferdie back and Morty remained in the strip alone. Morty was occasionally depicted with his best friend named Alvin and a sweetheart named Millie. Both were anthropomorphic dogs. Ferdie never vanished from comic book stories, however. In recent years, some of Morty and Ferdie's comic book appearances have portrayed them as football players on the team Riverside Rovers.
In pre-World War 2 children's books produced by Disney, the nephews were usually called Morty and Monty. Earlier books contain three or more nephews with various names, including Maisie and Marmaduke.
In animation, Mickey's nephews first appear in the 1933 Mickey Mouse film Giantland, although the film shows Mickey with as many as 14 nephews at the same time. The following year the nephews appear again in Gulliver Mickey. The following film, Mickey's Steam Roller, is the first to show Mickey with only two nephews, who can be presumed to be Morty and Ferdie, although they are unnamed in the film itself. This was two years after the twins debuted in the comic strip. Morty and Ferdie also make a cameo towards the end of 1938's Boat Builders and appear again in 1983's Mickey's Christmas Carol in speaking roles, albeit at different ages as one of the twins took on the role of Tiny Tim. In 1999 they make a cameo in the two part Mickey Mouse Works segment "Around the World in Eighty Days", which was used again in Disney's House of Mouse.
- The Mickey Mouse Club (cameo in theme song)
- Mickey Mouse Works (cameos in various episodes)
- Mickey Mouse (TV Series)
- Those Were the Days (1988)
Main Article: Morty and Ferdie’s Relationships
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