He first appeared in the 1936 Mickey Mouse cartoon Alpine Climbers where he is a rescue St. Bernard who comes to the aid of Mickey, Donald and Pluto in the Alps. He rescues Pluto from freezing in the snow, after which the two are found by Mickey and Donald to be drunk on Bolivar's own brandy. Bolivar is unusual for a Disney character in that he is not anthropomorphised beyond showing an unusually broad range of facial expressions; he is actually represented with the characteristics of his species.
Later on he appeared in the newspaper comic strips by Bob Karp and Al Taliaferro as Donald's pet dog. Ever since 1938, Bolivar has been a prominent member of the Duck family. He was a recurring character in Carl Barks' comics, as the family' pet dog and companion for Huey Dewey, and Louie, and appears now and then in recent stories (the Disney artist Daniel Branca had Bolivar as one of his favourite characters).
In some comic strips, Bolivar had son named Behemoth.
Bolivar has also been called Bornworthy and Bernie, possibly to avoid any political implications (see Simón Bolívar). Nevertheless from 1992 onward the original name Bolivar has almost always been used in the United States.
- While Bolivar did not return to animation, a look-alike named Toliver appeared in More Kittens (December 19, 1936).
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