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

joedrawsstuff:

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…

I believe this is every American comic book cover to claim the…

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…

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!!!

And here’s the next episode of DuckTales following the Saturday,…

And here’s the next episode of DuckTales following the Saturday, September 23, premiere. This description is also courtesy of @disneytva.

I’m stoked to have Ma Beagle around again. I was always puzzled why her character didn’t get more traction in DuckTales comic books and merchandising. Some of my favorite original DT episodes feature her…

Courtesy of @disneytva, here are the plot descriptions for the…

Courtesy of @disneytva, here are the plot descriptions for the first two episodes of the official September 23 DuckTales premiere.

I’m excited that we’ll be meeting Ma Beagle and Gyro Gearloose right out of the gate…

And now for a new feature on this blog… Fan Art Fridays! At…

And now for a new feature on this blog…

Fan Art Fridays!

At first, I thought this piece was the cover for a future issue of the DuckTales comic book…