Donn Gift, above right, played the character Fodderwing, the youngest of the Forrester Clan, sometimes friends and more often than not, scalawag neighbors of the Baxters. Fodderwing, declared Jody (Claude Jarman) to his disapproving mother, was “just . . . different.”
Fodderwing had an affinity for the local “critters” and claimed in the scene below he’d seen ‘coons and rabbits and the like playing together to a skeptical Jody. “They’s enemies,” said Jody but Fodderwing assured him that after dark, the local animals behaved in manners much different than observed by common mankind.
Gift appeared in several motion pictures of the mid-to late-Forties including Fighting Father Dunne, starring Pat O’Brien, and The Happy Years where he was cast with other rising young child stars Dean Stockwell, Darryl Hickman, and Scotty Becket.
Gift was nearly 20 years of age when he appeared in The Yearling.
In the top scene, Jody bids good-bye to his only friend in the neighborhood, Fodderwing whom his mother labeled, “M’ little crookedy boy.” Before his death, however, Fodderwing did bestow a name on Jody’s fawn, christening it “Flag”.