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joedrawsstuff: Here’s the poster I made when proposing a…


Here’s the poster I made when proposing a Ducktales reboot back in 2013. Not the final style I was going for, but was a start. The big idea I wanted was to bring Donald back into the mix and make the story surrounding Scrooge based off of Don Rosa’s work. They wanted a different angle with the nephews as the leads. This is when we parted ways.

For those of you who are becoming as disenchanted with DuckTales 2017 as I am, here’s what’s really going on. Wouldn’t you rather see Joe Pitt’s show than the one we’re getting?

Leave it to Gladstone Gander to help this series feel like…

Leave it to Gladstone Gander to help this series feel like DuckTales again! Everything felt and played right about “The House of the Lucky Gander!,” including how the ensemble behaved and interacted. As a fan, this is how I envisioned the series playing out when they first announced it: Scrooge, Donald, the Boys, Webby, and Launchpad as the constants with the other characters making regular appearances.

And Launchpad! Such a change from “Terror of the Terra-firmians!” I prefer this take on Launchpad to the one we’ve seen in previous episodes. He can be goofy and boneheaded, but he’s, above all, a brave adventurer who is the epitome of everything the DuckTales theme song promises.

I also applaud the writers for coming up with a genuinely unique and original Gladstone Gander story. Paul F. Tompkins was a treat as Gladstone. I’ve always enjoyed Rob Paulsen’s take in the two episodes Gladstone appeared in in the original series, and Tompkins was a worthy successor, capturing how Gladstone can be both charming and annoying and a bit of a jerk. That’s not an easy balance to portray. I look forward to seeing more of him!

Going forward, I hope “The House of the Lucky Gander!” represents more of what we’ll see than the episodes after “Woo-oo!” did. While those episodes were enjoyable, they just didn’t feel like DuckTales or the Duck comics. “The House of the Lucky Gander!” felt like both…

Passing on “Terror”I don’t see DuckTales until the day after it airs, given the…

Passing on “Terror”

I don’t see DuckTales until the day after it airs, given the fact that I’m a cord-cutter and receive the series via an Amazon Prime Season Pass.

Word on the Web is that “Terror of the Terra-Firmians!” is yet another episode of “The Webby Show” featuring Huey, Dewey, and Louie with cameos by a character who’s named Launchpad but acts too stupid and one-note to actually be Launchpad and a character named Mrs. Beakley who lacks any warmth or maternal instincts, is stereotypically British, and instead acts like she’s an undercover agent.

Apparently, a few characters named Donald and Scrooge are referenced (or not), but are nowhere to be found in this episode, even though this episode uses characters from one of the most famous Uncle Scrooge stories and DuckTales episodes ever.

I think I’ve lost any interest I had in watching “Terror.” Hearing Ben Schwartz, Danny Pudi, Bobby Moynihan, and Kate Micucci scream their lines at me for 22 minutes isn’t my idea of a good time. I think I may watch the original “Earth Quack” episode and read the original Barks story instead.

Everyone is blaming the episode order for the wonkiness of the last few DT episodes, but it’s starting to sound more like a lame excuse with each passing week. Maybe I’ll wait until the entire season has been released to see it how it was meant to be seen. Maybe I’ll resume watching it in a few weeks when I have more than one episode to choose from. Who knows.

DuckTales 2017, a.k.a., “The a Webby Show,” is an ensemble show whose characters never assemble.

What a disappointment this series is turning out to be…

General Gripes About the Last Three DuckTales Episodes A common Disney PR talking point over the…

General Gripes About the Last Three DuckTales Episodes

A common Disney PR talking point over the last year has been that the original DuckTales series never did anything with Webby. It’s not true, of course, but that hasn’t stopped said talking point from being parroted all over the media.

It’s quite possible the new series is doing too much with her.

Frank Angones says the scheduling of the episodes has been wonky, especially in light of the production order. I can believe this, but the last three episodes, while enjoyable, have been frustrating.

Scrooge has not really seemed like Scrooge and has been barely there. In fact, he seems downright delinquent as a businessman and an uncle. This is not the aggressive, Type-A Scrooge who’s been that way across many iterations since Barks first created him. No wonder The Vultures keep complaining about declining profits. They’re actually correct!

The Scrooge of old wouldn’t have had to be told this! He would have been in his Worry Room hashing out a solution. Also: Since when has Scrooge allowed other people to make decisions for him? If he liked Lil’ Bulb, he would authorize its development, The Vultures be damned!

Donald is hardly around. Oh, sure, he battled the Beagle Boys in “Day Trip of Doom!” But…since then?

Launchpad has yet to come off as the complex character he was in DT ‘87. So far, this LP has been incredibly one-note and lacks the charm of Terry McGovern’s LP. And he’s barely there.

The new voice of the Beagle Boys, Eric Bauza, makes them all sound alike or have only passing variations on that same voice. Chuck McCann went out of his way to distinguish between the Beagles and their voices. Their voices were fun, too. The new voices are just…gruff.

We can’t have the original Burger and his love of food because that’s fat-shaming, but we can have the Ugly Failures?

Don’t get me wrong. I like the series and have enjoyed many parts of it (Ma Beagle most of all; the Glam Yankees; Beakley and Donald’s interaction; madcap genius Gyro; Quackfaster).

But look back at the first syndicated episode of the original series, “Send in the Clones.” Not only did that ep juggle a huge ensemble, but it gave them all significant beats to play. In fact, look at the following four episodes from that first week of DT (“Sphinx for the Memories,” “Where No Duck Has Gone Before,” “Armstrong,” “Robot Robbers”). All ensemble adventure pieces. All with Scrooge at the forefront of the action. All with major character beats for the core cast.

So far, DT 2017 feels tonally disjointed and adrift. In many ways, it’s starting to feel like Quack Pack 2.0 (with Webby; lots and lots of Webby).

And I can’t help but wonder if the decision to make HD&L so distinct hasn’t damaged a core element of DuckTales and the Duck Family as a whole. With the boys being so distinct, it seems we’ve lost the endearing rapport they had and are supposed to have with both Scrooge and Donald…

Loving the show so far, but I’m curious as what to led to the change in Gyro’s personality, given that in the comics and the original show, he was much more genteel and a doormat. It’s quite fun, but I have to get used to it, although Jim Rash’s mad-scientist routine is a lot of fun.

There was a big push overall to make Scrooge seem more dangerous/risky, to make you really wonder whether Scrooge or Donald’s parenting styles were right. It was important that Scrooge still have an adventurous life on the fringes of his business. That was reflected in our versions of Beakley and Webby. Part of that was making Scrooge’s business and his associates a little more out there: the payoff of new Gyro’s inventions could be amazing but it’s also fraught with peril. Also, in service of story, this version of Gyro creates more conflict that we can build stories off of.

In terms of how we approached the update, we looked at all of Gyro’s inventions in the original series and how a STAGGERING number of them turned evil and posed some kind of threat. Pretty much only Gizmoduck worked out, because he had Fenton’s good heart powering him.

So we wanted to put Gyro in the same position Scrooge was in the pilot: with the McDuck Enterprises board breathing down his neck and calling all of his ideas “too dangerous”. Gyro ultimately relates to machines more than he does people, and believes each of his inventions are his children, which you can see when he tries to talk Big Bulb down. This is a Gyro who has already built a BUNCH of things that already went evil, but defend them and legitimately believes half his inventions are wildly misunderstood. He reserves his vitriol for those who stand in the way of his work. Gyro has the same passion for inventing that Scrooge has for discovery.

That felt more in keeping with the tone of our show than Gyro being apologetic when an invention went haywire. We have a lot of love for original, kind-hearted, absent-minded Gyro (who, in the comics, COULD go pretty dark or deadpan when an invention went awry). But there are a bunch of other characters coming up whose personalities also fill that roll (Von Drake among them). So for the sake of stories, we pushed Gyro a little out of his typical comfort zone.

Also, because we got Jim Rash, and Jim Rash is AMAZING when he’s going over the top. On more than one occasion, I have referred to him as our show’s secret superweapon.

unclescrooge: queenbean03: Updated DuckTales schedule “The Beagle Birthday Massacre!” September…



Updated DuckTales schedule

  1. “The Beagle Birthday Massacre!” September 30, 2017
  2. “Escape To; From Atlantis!” October 3, 2017
  3. “The Tunnel of Terra (firmians)!” October 7, 2017
  4. “The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!” October 14, 2017
  5. “The House of the Lucky Gander!” October 21, 2017
  6. “The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!” October 28, 2017

((Wait they’re going to Atlantis AGAIN?!?))

There’s not a single episode in this batch that doesn’t intrigue me. Looking forward to going to Terry Fermy again. “Earth Quack” (the TV episode) and “Land Beneath the Ground!” (the Carl Barks story) are among my favorite duck tales…

Here’s an amazing clip from one of today’s DuckTales…

Here’s an amazing clip from one of today’s DuckTales episodes…

It feels so good to write “today’s DuckTales”…

Ma Beagle! Margo Martindale! Ma Beagle!! Margo Martindale!! Ma…

Ma Beagle! Margo Martindale! Ma Beagle!! Margo Martindale!! Ma Martindale!!! Margo Beagle!!!

disneytva: Everyone knows it takes YEARS of practice to…


Everyone knows it takes YEARS of practice to master the Money Bin jump!

One of my favorite promo spots so far. Out of the three nephews, I think Louie intrigues me the most. His potential character arc seems to be unpredictable and the limited interactions that he’s had with Scrooge are interesting in that he’s not eager to please his great-uncle like Huey and Dewey are. In fact, his interest in being descended from a McDuck is borderline mercenary.

He is the evil triplet, after all…

I saw the first episode and it was great! All redesigns and recharacterizations were very well. That Flintheart Glomgold was far different from the comics one, but I loved it. Some questions about it: 1. Is he Scottish ore South-African? He’s got a kilt but it all seems exasperated… 2. What’s your favourite comic with Flintheart? Mine is Uncle Scrooge the last adventure, I really love that evil Flintheart at least as I will love this DT one. PS Looking worward to see Gyro, BB and Rockerduck!

1) Flintheart Glomgold is definitely Scottish.
2) Can’t say yet. For secret reasons.