Clara Cluck is a character who was created by The Walt Disney Company. She debuted in the 1934 Mickey Mouse cartoon Orphan's Benefit. She is an operatic chicken who is a good friend of Mickey Mouse. She was originally voiced by Florence Gill.
It is possible that Clara Cluck played the title role in The Wise Little Hen (June 9, 1934), as both characters were voiced by the same person, Florence Gill, and there is more than just a passing physical resemblance. However, by the time she made her big debut in the original version of Orphan's Benefit, she had changed into an over-sized operatic diva; a role that she would continue in until the end. Clara's singing is meant to be a caricature of the Bel Canto style of Opera singing popular at the time of her appearance. Some of her arias are clearly modeled on those of Tosca. Her last major appearance was as one of the musicians in Symphony Hour. Curiously, although she is seen in the rehearsal scenes at the beginning, she is not seen in the performance scenes at the end. Clara is also in a Silly Symphony.
Despite Clara's absence from most other Disney media, Clara has remained a major supporting character in the Disney Comic universe. She is usually seen with the rest of the classic Disney cast. In most adaptations, she is seen speaking properly rather than her usual clucks from her appearance in Disney cartoons. She has been seen dating Panchito Pistoles on very few occasions.
Clara makes a non-speaking cameo at the end of Who Framed Roger Rabbit along with the other classic cartoon characters joining in singing "Smile Darn Ya Smile", celebrating Roger's innocence as they parade back to Toontown.
In Mickey's Christmas Carol, she can be seen dancing at Fezziwig's party.
Clara Cluck appears in the Disney parks as a meetable character. She is also seen in shows and parades.
During the Disney California Adventure expansion, Clara was seen as a construction worker on a mural with other Disney characters.
Clara can be seen with all the original Disney characters in this parade. In it, she sings from the top of the barn float window in the Frontierland unit and waves to the guests.
Clara can be seen twice in the show. First is during Donald's segment. She was one of the actors and actresses for Donald's film.
- Orphan's Benefit (1934)
- Mickey's Grand Opera
- Mickey's Amateurs
- Orphan's Benefit (1941)
- Mickey's Birthday Party
- Symphony Hour
- Mickey's Christmas Carol (cameo)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (cameo)
- Mickey Mouse Works
- House of Mouse
- Have a Laugh!
- Mickey Mouse