July 12, 2012
Alan Young: The History
of Scrooge McDuck's Voice
By Justin Smith
You may remember
two months ago, I wrote an article for
sharing my Disney comic collection. Something
cool happened to me the past week that relates
to those comics.
I mentioned in that article how
Scrooge McDuck has been one of Disney's most
fascinating characters because he actually first
appeared on comics instead of a short or a
movie. The first time Scrooge McDuck appeared on
screen was for the 1967 short "Scrooge McDuck
And Money"(one of the few shorts that has yet to
be released on DVD). He was voiced by veteran
Disney voice-artist Bill Thompson.
Scrooge McDuck wouldn't be seen
on screen again for 16 years until Disney's
released Mickey's Christmas Carol,
Mickey's first cartoon in 30 years. The short
was based a Disney record that was co-written by
Alan Young, most famous for having played Wilbur
on the popular 1960s sitcom Mister Ed.
When Disney decided to adapt the record into the
short, they asked Alan Young, since Bill
Thompson had passed away, if he would be
interested in voicing the old Scottish duck.
Alan Young accepted, and became the official
voice for Scrooge McDuck ever since.
Scrooge McDuck would become
quite a ubiquitous throughout the 1980s/early
1990s, thanks in large part to the hit
television series DuckTales, where for
every week for 4 seasons, he embarked on his
various adventures in Duckberg.
Since DuckTales has been off the
air, Scrooge doesn't make many appearances,
outside of the comics, anymore. But whenever he
does, be it on episodes of House of Mouse,
the direct-to-videos "Mickey's Once Upon a
Christmas" and "Mickey's Twice Upon A
Christmas," or even on the video-game "Kingdom
Hearts: Birth By Sleep" released just a couple
years ago, Alan Young, who as of this date in 92
years old, is happy to come and record lines as
everyone's favorite billionaire duck.
Since DuckTales is about to
celebrate its 25th anniversary on September 18th
this year, and since 2013, which also happens to
be the year of the next D23 Expo, is the 30th
anniversary of Mickey's A Christmas Carol,
it would be nice if Disney selected Alan
Young to be a Disney Legend. We'll just have to
wait and see when the Legends are announced.
So why did I just ramble on
about the history of Scrooge's voice? Well,
having always been interested in starting an
autograph collection, I pursued to get Alan
Young's autograph. Not only did I get his
autograph, but as icing on the cake, I happened
to get a signed photo of Scrooge McDuck from
Mickey's A Christmas Carol.
If your interested in getting
his autograph, you can visit Alan Young's
Be warned, they can be pricey, considering you
also have to pay shipping, but if you love
Scrooge McDuck and are interested in autograph
collecting, its well worth a look.