Q: I know that Mickey has two nephews: Morty and Ferdie, Donald has three nephews: Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Goofy has a son, Max, yet I don't ever recall hearing about Mickey or Donald's siblings or Max's mother. Can you tell me more about this younger generation of Disney characters and how they came to be?
Rachael, Littleton, Colorado
A [Dave Smith]: Disney artists only created characters when they were needed for a story; in the theatrical cartoons no sibling was ever created for Mickey Mouse, and only in some early cartoons did Goofy have a wife. We are told in Donald's Nephews that Donald's sister was named Dumbella, but she was never used in a cartoon. A multitude of relatives for the characters were created for comic books and comic strips.