Huey, Dewey, and Louie's pivotal role in modern Family Planning
August 1, 2013 7:33 AM Subscribe
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In 1968, well loved cartoon character Donald Duck continued his educational film career by appearing in a Disney-produced short for the Population Council
, called Family Planning
for the now 60-year-old NGO, the U.S. Population Council
, and distributed by Chilean Planned Parenthood affiliate, Asociación Chilena de Protección de la Familia
, the ten minute film has the normally crotchety duck introducing the concept of family planning to a composite couple of the world, made up of a skeptical, somewhat resigned husband and a demure but curious wife.
The Population Council is not without controversy. Like other advocates for family planning and birth control of the time, it was influenced by the earlier eugenics movement, and had appointed for its first president, Major General Frederick Osborn
. A respected eugenicist of the time, and one of the founding directors of the Pioneer Fund
, an organization that continues
to wade into the waters of seeking links between race, IQ, and heritability
For good measure, here's a clip
from Louis Malle's 1969 documentary series, L’Inde fantôme
, featuring a family planning campaign in India with a curiously Disney-like logo.