Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse
Black and white fur
Amelia Fieldmouse (mother)
Mickey Mouse (uncle)
Base of operations:
Minnie Mouse (aunt)
Morty and Ferdie are Mickey Mouse's two nephews who live at his place.
Comics: Mickey's Nephews (1932)
Cartoon: Mickey's Steam-Roller (Sometimes called "High Speed Mickey") (1934)
Country of origin:
Contrary to Huey, Dewey, and Louie, the brothers Morty and Ferdie never gained any real fame. They first appeared in the Mickey Mouse Sundays
in 1932 in the story Mickey's Nephews
, thus predating Huey, Dewey, and Louie by five years. The names and number of nephews Mickey have has not been entirely consistent over the years, but it ended up with two nephews Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse.
The Fieldmouse brothers appeared for the first time in cartoon in Mickey's Steam-Roller
from 1934. For some reason they never really caught on in cartoons. The next appearance was Mickey's Christmas Carol
from 1983 and apart from a cameo appearance in a Mickey Mouse Works
story, which was reused House of Mouse
, they have not been used in cartoons otherwise.
In comics the two mice have been used quite a lot. Especially European comics have used the two mice. It has been claimed that Ferdie disappeared from the Floyd Gottfredson comic strip because Gottfiedson thought the nephews were too much alike. Apparently he had plans to bring Ferdie back later as a bespeckled intellectual, bookworm boy mouse with Eton hat and coat with the explanation that he had been away at school. Whether Ferdie made it back to the strips again or not is unknown at the time (I haven't been able to get hold of the strips). In the European comics the two brothers continued as a pair without any interruptions.
Morty and Ferdie never really crossed over to other medias. They appear on a few merchandise items like pins, a silver plate bell and a collector plate, but that's about it.