Local Boy Daydreams, news at 11
This is the closest thing I’ve come to completing a duck picture lately, and there’s a few errors with it and things I’d change before coloring, but it’s cute anyway so here ya go. What’s he thinking about? I’unno,
Gizmoduck science and stuff?
You tried, Donald. It’s okay we still love you.
So. Doofus. *gulps* he- oh man. HE SURE IS SUPER CREEPY. I think this is a very interesting turn, but I am curious: Why did you guys make the decision to make him a spoiled (mentally unstable) rich kid?
For this story about the triplets experiencing life without the other two, we wanted to highlight how things could go wrong for them (Huey demanding obedience vs. Big Time’s ruling through fear, Dewey’s desire to be the “most special one”TM meaning no one was there to help him).
For Louie, we wanted to show why would happen if his greed was unchecked by family. We really wanted his foil to be a version of Anthony in the Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life,” where everyone lives in fear of an omnipotent kid who no one ever says no to. Someone really unhinged from reality. We also liked the idea of introducing a rich kid villain specifically as a foe for Louie because, let’s face it, Louie’s too lazy to fight adults.
In that Twilight Zone ep, part of what made Anthony so scary is that he seems so innocent and enthusiastic until he turns. We thought that would be an interesting way to use what we knew of Doofus and come at it from a new angle.
We also settled on Doofus because he was the one character on original DuckTales that we just did not like as kids. For all the great stuff in that show, it did not have the best record with fat shaming, especially when it came to kids. There are whole episodes that hinge on Doofus’ love of pie getting in the way of saving the day. And he was impossibly clumsy to boot. We’d already changed up some other characters to get away from that idea (Beakley as a badass, for example), so we knew we wanted to strip out that element.
And trust me, before we made the change, I did a deep dive on the internet to make sure that there wasn’t some passionate “Cult of Doofus” fandom that would be devastated by a change to their favorite character in all of fiction.
I literally only found a couple of drawings of him falling down and kissing a hamburger.
As much as I love DuckTales 2017, I do find it extremely disappointing that Donald basically disappears from the show unless it's a Della episode. Especially when they billed him as a main character.
He’s certainly more involved with the main story this time, but I’m not surprised that he isn’t in every episode. Let me tell you why this isn’t a bad thing!
Ducktales has a large cast (many of which haven’t even deputed yet), and the new series is following the formula of the original in that aspect: it’s rare for the whole cast to appear in the same episode. When it does it’s a treat, but not the standard. In both the original and DT17, even main characters didn’t always show up.
People may have different opinions about this, but in my opinion it’s not feasible to tell a good story with every single character present in every episode. Some characters have to fall back temporarily in order to focus the spotlight on a specific character, and then the spotlight shifts, and the focus becomes the other character, etc.
You can’t develop everyone properly and have them interact in a believable non-rushed manner when they’re all thrown together in a single episode every time for only 22 minutes.
The focus keeps shifting, and eventually we will get a Donald-centric episode, just like we got one focusing on Launchpad, one focusing on Webby, etc.
Donald’s one will probably be a Wham Episode, too.