Friday, May 20, 2016

Daytime Heroes: DuckTales (1987)

Disney kickstarted a new era in television animation for themselves with the launch of DuckTales, which lasted three seasons total (1987-90), and a grand total of 100 episodes.

Huey, Dewey, & Louie, normally accompanying their uncle, Donald Duck, were left in the care of their other uncle, Scrooge McDuck (Alan Young, ex-Mister Ed) while Donald served in the Navy. Well, it would justify Donald still wearing a sailor's uniform after all these years. This led to all kinds of adventures with Scrooge's personal chauffeur/pilot, Launchpad McQuack, as well as Scrooge himself. The series spun off a feature film, "Treasure of the Lost Lamp", during the course of its run.

Six years after the series ended, the three brothers would return, this time with Donald, having grown up a wee bit, like Jonny Quest that same year, in Quack Pack, but, just as viewers wouldn't accept Jonny or his BFF Hadji as teens, they wouldn't accept Huey, Dewey, & Louie as adolescents, either, and so Quack was cancelled after its one and only season.

Posting a sample episode in memory of Alan Young, who passed away today at 96. Here's "Scrooge's Last Adventure", from 1990.



Rating: A.

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