Coming to Target this summer!
Coming to Target this summer!
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…
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…
I believe this is every American comic book cover to claim the numerical designation of “DuckTales #1.” I’d love to see any DT #1s from other countries…
Ma Beagle! Margo Martindale! Ma Beagle!! Margo Martindale!! Ma Martindale!!! Margo Beagle!!!
Thirty years ago today (September 18, 2017), a made-for-TV-movie unlike anything else on the air at the time debuted in syndication: Disney’s DuckTales – “The Treasure of the Golden Suns.”
Of course, this made-for-TV movie was really a five-part serial that was edited down for primetime in advance of DuckTales’ official Monday, September 21, 1987, afternoon debut (with the episode “Send in the Clones”). “The Treasure of the Golden Suns” wouldn’t actually be seen in its five-part entirety until the week of November 9 to November 13, 1987.
In fact, that’s the only way “The Treasure of the Golden Suns” has been seen by most DuckTales fans. The TV movie cut has long been lost…or so most of us thought.
Thanks to an anonymous uploader over at archive.org–an anonymous uploader who had the foresight to not only videotape “Treasure” but to also keep that VHS tape for the better part of 30 years and then had the presence of mind to upload it to the Internet–we can now watch “Treasure” as it was originally seen exactly three decades ago.
As many of us who recorded stuff in those pre-DVD days were wont to do, a lot of clutter was on this person’s videotape. You’ll want to go to the file labeled “VTS 01 2″ and skip ahead to roughly the 26:00 mark. “Treasure” is then continued in “VTS 01 3.”
I was hoping to edit these files down and make them available on YouTube, but the Gods of the Copyright Violation have no blind spots for Fair Use (or for a 30-year-old videotape apparently!).
And here’s a hint: If you go on an archive.org scavenger hunt, there are a few other DT rubles to be found.
(But shhhhhhhh!!! Don’t tell Disney!)
The one character I miss (so far) in the DT reboot. I know he’s in there somewhere, but I kinda hope he ends up being Scrooge’s butler again. They had such an interesting rapport in the original series.
Also! All hail the great Chuck McCann!
So in my Ducktales video, I made some comments about my concerns for the upcoming reboot, one of which was what might happen to the Webby character. Since then I’ve received a number of comments from people stating that Webby isn’t an important character at all, that she’s never been anything important, and frankly I disagree.
Am I the only one that thinks she’s worth including?