The great monolithic Disney has just launched a new project called D23, which is an official fan club aimed at very serious Disney fans. Hardcore. People who own every copy of a Gemstone comic, basically. The site saves most of its goodies for paying members, but there’s also tons of free historical info. For instance, this page containsbiographies for Disney’s Top Ten cartoon characters and as soon as we saw Clara Cluck was there, we were satisfied.
Clara Cluck was born — make that hatched — to shine in the spotlight. Blessed with buxom good looks, aristocratic bearing and a magnificent singing voice, Madame Cluck was known as “the barnyard nightingale,” the illustrious title with which Mickey Mouse introduced Clara in Orphan’s Benefit (1934). No stranger to the thrill of applause and curtain calls, Clara is a performer serenely confident in her singing abilities. This not-so-little hen radiates stage presence whether she’s squawking an aria or just being a good neighbor to Mickey and Minnie.
The site also features Q&A’s with legendary Disney archivists Dave Smith, and daily comics strips, including Mickey, Donald, and Scamp. They go up every day but last only a day, so repeat attendance is encouraged.
Yes, it’s corporate as all hell but if you’re a serious Disneyphile, they’ve got you coming and going.
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