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CHARACTER CORNER: Clarabelle Cow

Updated: Nov 3, 2023


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Clarabelle Cow is a classic character from Disney's vast cast of animated characters. Here's a summary of everything you might want to know about her:



Clarabelle Cow first appeared in the 1928 short film "Steamboat Willie", which is famously known as Mickey Mouse's debut as well. She is one of Disney's oldest continuing characters. Over the years, Clarabelle has been closely associated with Horace Horsecollar. In the earlier years of Disney cartoons, they were often portrayed as a couple, much like Mickey and Minnie or Donald and Daisy.


Clarabelle is an anthropomorphic cow with a white face, hands, and legs, while the rest of her body is black. She often wears a variety of dresses, but in some early cartoons, she appeared more like a regular cow on four legs. She's generally portrayed as kind, friendly, and a bit gossipy. Over the years, her personality has seen slight variations, but these core traits remain consistent.



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Like many early Disney characters, Clarabelle's design and personality have evolved over the years. In her early appearances, she was more of a typical farm cow. Over time, she became increasingly anthropomorphic and developed more of a defined personality. While she's not as prominent as the main trio (Mickey, Minnie, and Donald), Clarabelle has appeared in numerous cartoons, comic strips, and even some feature films. She has been a character in "House of Mouse," "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "Mickey and the Roadster Racers," and more. Several voice actresses have lent their voices to Clarabelle over the years. In recent times, April Winchell is the voice actress most associated with the character. In some early cartoons and comic strips, Clarabelle was occasionally portrayed as Goofy's girlfriend before her more consistent pairing with Horace. Clarabelle, unlike some of the other classic Disney characters, didn't have a consistent presence throughout all the eras of Disney animation. She saw a resurgence in the 2000s with the "House of Mouse" series and later with "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse."


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Outside of animation, Clarabelle has been featured in various Disney comic strips and books. She often appears in stories set in the "Mickey Mouse universe," interacting with other familiar characters. While Clarabelle Cow might not have the same level of recognition as characters like Mickey or Minnie Mouse, she has a rich history and remains a beloved figure in the Disney pantheon.

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