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2013-02-26 07:46:46 AM
Life's such a mystery
 
2013-02-26 07:56:45 AM
Man I loved DuckTales. I was probably too old really, I was in college but I was immature back then, not like today.

My grandad gave me the Carl Barks comics when I was little and they were the best things I had ever read. Seeing them more or less come to life in the late 80s was awesome. I didn't have an internet then you know.

It was such a good show but you can tell most all of it was made in one batch. The few later seasons sucked, and GizmoDuck was supposed to be called RoboDuck but there were legal issues with the RoboCop people that Disney decided to avoid.

And I always hated Webby.
 
2013-02-26 08:06:54 AM
Tailspin's universe always used to throw me for a loop. It had that PG-13 edge that anime had in the late 80s/early 90s.

Confabulat: My grandad gave me the Carl Barks comics when I was little and they were the best things I had ever read. Seeing them more or less come to life in the late 80s was awesome. I didn't have an internet then you know.


There are several collections of Banks' work and I highly recommend you look them up as presents for your kids or nieces/nephews. They are really well done.
 
2013-02-26 08:40:36 AM
My favorite cartoon growing up. I was almost tempted to buy the dvds at cracker barrel the other day.

I went to Disney the other day with my gf and saw Scrooge Mcduck taking pictures with kids. I was like, Wtf ? Who would know who he was. I then found out they only had him out for a week as a limited engagement.

Still have my original Nintendo with the game. Good times...
 
2013-02-26 08:50:22 AM
Great show.  I loved the Super DuckTales movie where GizmoDuck was introduced.  That and the porn VHS that I acquired as an early teen led to my parent's VCR's demise.

Also, DuckTales was the best NES game hands down.
 
2013-02-26 08:54:26 AM
Hopefully the recent deal between Disney and Netflix will lead to some of these shows ending up on instant view.

My youngest was home sick the other day, and i found some of the Gummy Bear episodes on Youtube. Would love to show the kids more but they are impossible to find.
 
2013-02-26 08:56:32 AM
Search youtube for "ducktales ask illuminati"
 
2013-02-26 08:57:18 AM
I also forgot to mention that I loved the movie that was released in theaters.

/goofy movie was great too
 
2013-02-26 09:01:44 AM
Evidently the first season may be streamed for free to Amazon Prime members. I was unaware of this.
 
2013-02-26 09:03:43 AM
I was the exact audience for these shows, and watched them religiously everyday after school. It was nice to no longer have to wake up at 6 am on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. Tailspin and Darkwing Duck were my favorites, until Batman came out later. The stories were darker and more dangerous, which I loved. I think Tailspin and Ducktales stand the test of time the best, though...we just got the Ducktales movie on DVD, and my 4 year old loves it. She now plays with my husband's Scrooge McDuck toy, which was his favorite when he was her age. I'll probably show her Tailspin, too.
 
2013-02-26 09:05:08 AM

JonZoidberg: Great show.  I loved the Super DuckTales movie where GizmoDuck was introduced.  That and the porn VHS that I acquired as an early teen led to my parent's VCR's demise.

Also, DuckTales was the best NES game hands down.


The NES game was scary good. Most game adaptations of TV and movie properties sucked horribly back then.
 
2013-02-26 09:07:04 AM

bborchar: I was the exact audience for these shows, and watched them religiously everyday after school. It was nice to no longer have to wake up at 6 am on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. Tailspin and Darkwing Duck were my favorites, until Batman came out later. The stories were darker and more dangerous, which I loved. I think Tailspin and Ducktales stand the test of time the best, though...we just got the Ducktales movie on DVD, and my 4 year old loves it. She now plays with my husband's Scrooge McDuck toy, which was his favorite when he was her age. I'll probably show her Tailspin, too.


The late 80s-mid 90s was a great time for animation and kids programming. Thank jebus we have Venture Bros. today.
 
2013-02-26 09:08:05 AM

bborchar: Tailspin and Darkwing Duck were my favorites, until Batman came out later.


Add Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Gargoyles to this list and you basically nailed my adolescent TV viewing

Also...Reboot
 
2013-02-26 09:11:34 AM
I'd rather live in St. Canard anyway.
 
2013-02-26 09:20:52 AM
If they made a CG movie based off of "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck", count me sold.
 
2013-02-26 09:25:59 AM

tdyak: If they made a CG movie based off of "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck", count me sold.


> CG
> Not the 2D foundation with extra effects from the latest Winnie the Pooh movie

I wish I could hate you bald.
 
2013-02-26 09:29:27 AM
Now I wanna go back to Costco and see if they still are selling the Ducktales, Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck and Talespin dvds for $10.
 
2013-02-26 09:38:51 AM

tdyak: If they made a CG movie


NO
 
2013-02-26 09:41:25 AM
Can we all agree the show started to suck when that goddamn caveman duckboy became part of the cast? Bubba was the Dawn Summers of Ducktales.
 
2013-02-26 09:41:51 AM
www.deviantart.com

Admit it, at the time you thought she was hot.
 
2013-02-26 09:55:27 AM

Burr: bborchar: Tailspin and Darkwing Duck were my favorites, until Batman came out later.

Add Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Gargoyles to this list and you basically nailed my adolescent TV viewing

Also...Reboot


Plus, Disney's Aladdin series was great as well.

/sucker for mythology
 
2013-02-26 09:56:29 AM
Uh, someone post the Fatal Farm video link.

An oldie but goodie.
 
2013-02-26 10:07:47 AM
Ducktales theme in Hindi is just fantastic.
 
2013-02-26 10:09:11 AM

Burr: Add Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Gargoyles to this list and you basically nailed my adolescent TV viewing


Fun fact: Gadget from Chip and Dale was the first time I was aware of Rule 34.
 
2013-02-26 10:14:44 AM
NES Ducktales - Moon . Makes my ringtone rotation.
 
2013-02-26 10:17:29 AM

Ishkur: Burr: Add Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Gargoyles to this list and you basically nailed my adolescent TV viewing

Fun fact: Gadget from Chip and Dale was the first time I was aware of Rule 34.


Gadget is responsible for 40% of all furries on the Internet.

/Cheetara is responsible for the other 60%
 
2013-02-26 10:17:35 AM

Ishkur: Burr: Add Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and Gargoyles to this list and you basically nailed my adolescent TV viewing

Fun fact: Gadget from Chip and Dale was the first time I was aware of Rule 34.


That does seem like something from which furries would get their associated porno-jollies...

/...and now I have to sit and quietly seethe about how much I hate furries.
 
2013-02-26 10:23:57 AM

Bloody William: Gadget is responsible for 40% of all furries on the Internet.
/Cheetara is responsible for the other 60%


Always thought it was Maid Marion from the 70s Robin Hood cartoon. They drew her too sexy, and then we got the furry epidemic, with specific emphasis on foxes....
 
2013-02-26 10:30:10 AM

texdent: Admit it, at the time you thought she was hot.


Ducklips
 
2013-02-26 10:59:24 AM

WienerButt: My favorite cartoon growing up. I was almost tempted to buy the dvds at cracker barrel the other day.

I went to Disney the other day with my gf and saw Scrooge Mcduck taking pictures with kids. I was like, Wtf ? Who would know who he was. I then found out they only had him out for a week as a limited engagement.

Still have my original Nintendo with the game. Good times...


Did you get a picture with him?

I would have.

I also wish I'd played the phineous cell phone game but my phone didn't have the batteries to support that.
 
2013-02-26 11:12:07 AM

texdent: [www.deviantart.com image 550x954]

Admit it, at the time you thought she was hot.


encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

I was always more a Beakley guy myself....."HOT"

*barf's in mouth*
 
2013-02-26 11:17:08 AM

verbaltoxin: bborchar: I was the exact audience for these shows, and watched them religiously everyday after school. It was nice to no longer have to wake up at 6 am on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. Tailspin and Darkwing Duck were my favorites, until Batman came out later. The stories were darker and more dangerous, which I loved. I think Tailspin and Ducktales stand the test of time the best, though...we just got the Ducktales movie on DVD, and my 4 year old loves it. She now plays with my husband's Scrooge McDuck toy, which was his favorite when he was her age. I'll probably show her Tailspin, too.

The late 80s-mid 90s was a great time for animation and kids programming. Thank jebus we have Venture Bros. today.


I showed my nephews (both born late 90s/early 00s) the cartoon openings from different decades videos on youtube.  They couldn't believe it when I told them that we used to have cartoons only on Saturday mornings.  Of course, that would explain why we played outside much more, too.
 
2013-02-26 11:34:49 AM

Smackledorfer: WienerButt: My favorite cartoon growing up. I was almost tempted to buy the dvds at cracker barrel the other day.

I went to Disney the other day with my gf and saw Scrooge Mcduck taking pictures with kids. I was like, Wtf ? Who would know who he was. I then found out they only had him out for a week as a limited engagement.

Still have my original Nintendo with the game. Good times...

Did you get a picture with him?

I would have.

I also wish I'd played the phineous cell phone game but my phone didn't have the batteries to support that.


Yeah we did. I also have a picture with darkwing duck and launchpad from a few years back.
 
2013-02-26 11:55:37 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wITs43kUds8

Sadly Scrouge couldn't last once the internet was a thing
 
2013-02-26 12:04:05 PM
 
2013-02-26 01:49:10 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Tailspin's universe always used to throw me for a loop. It had that PG-13 edge that anime had in the late 80s/early 90s.


As a sucker for alternate universes where air travel is the major mode of transportation, Tailspin totally did it for me. Floating gas stations! Louie's bar being moored high in the sky on bamboo poles! Plus re-casting Shere Khan as an opportunistic CEO was pure genius.

Hell, now when I get the chance, I am going to go play Crimson Skies.
 
2013-02-26 01:56:03 PM

WienerButt: I went to Disney the other day with my gf and saw Scrooge Mcduck taking pictures with kids. I was like, Wtf ? Who would know who he was. I then found out they only had him out for a week as a limited engagement.


Scrooge still gets some exposure. There are two modern Disney christmas movies (Once Upon a Christmas and Twice Upon a Christmas) that each have a bunch of Christmas themed shorts. Each on has a Huey, Dewey and Louie story that featured Scrooge. I know because my 2 year old did not want to stop watching them over Christmas and only wanted to watch "Ducks!".
 
2013-02-26 04:17:09 PM
I keep seeing the term "short-lived" being thrown around in that article.  Ducktales hit TV when I was in third grade.  It and the shows that followed it over the next few years formed the basis of Disney Afternoon, which was still on the air when I graduated in 1997.  I had to check the author's age, thinking maybe he was a bit over a decade too young to be slapping on the nostalgia glasses.  He's 32.

Short-lived is Eerie, Indiana or Mann & Machine.  4 seasons is pretty solid.
 
2013-02-26 04:56:29 PM
Life is like a hurricane
 
2013-02-26 05:46:08 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-26 05:56:12 PM

Zombie Eater: I keep seeing the term "short-lived" being thrown around in that article.  Ducktales hit TV when I was in third grade.  It and the shows that followed it over the next few years formed the basis of Disney Afternoon, which was still on the air when I graduated in 1997.  I had to check the author's age, thinking maybe he was a bit over a decade too young to be slapping on the nostalgia glasses.  He's 32.

Short-lived is Eerie, Indiana or Mann & Machine.  4 seasons is pretty solid.


You can't have nostalgia at 32? I guess I'll throw out my NES then.
 
2013-02-26 05:58:35 PM

evilmrsock: tdyak: If they made a CG movie based off of "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck", count me sold.

> CG
> Not the 2D foundation with extra effects from the latest Winnie the Pooh movie

I wish I could hate you bald.


Well if they did it with the tech that they did Paperman with it would work.

I am shocked that Disney has ignored Don Rosa's work though. Not really that shocked if they mined his stuff for T.V. and movies then they would have to give him his just due. Something Disney is not keen on. But there is a wealth of stories and Duck lore in them ripe for movies and T.V.

"The Life and Times of Scooge McDuck" is one of the best graphic novels you will ever read though

The one mystery that Rosa or Barks never answered though is who is Donald's sister/the boys mom
 
2013-02-26 06:18:22 PM
Is it just me, or did the writer of the article miss the point of Scrooge McDuck v. Flintheart Glomgold?

Scrooge was always about earning his money fairly, even if 'fair' meant a treasure hunt to the far ends of the earth... Flintheart was willing to lie, cheat and swindle his way to riches, and that's what made him a villain, and not just a rival.
 
2013-02-26 07:05:35 PM
Does anyone remember the awesome NES ducktails game?

rescue rangers was pretty good also
 
2013-02-26 07:55:00 PM
I sure do remember the Ducktales and Rescue Rangers video games. Don't forget Darkwing Duck, while not as good it was still great.

/loved the CDRR and DWD cartoons as a kid. I wonder if they'd be worth watching today.
 
2013-02-27 02:37:53 AM

TV's Vinnie: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x327]


I realize how sacrilegious this is, but I might...might...just like Don Rosa a teensy bit more than Carl Barks.

/Barks laid the foundation, Rosa built the "irritatingly detailed" (his words) Duckburgian world on that foundation.
 
2013-02-27 07:16:15 AM

Bloody William: Can we all agree the show started to suck when that goddamn caveman duckboy became part of the cast? Bubba was the Dawn Summers of Ducktales.


Bubba was Scrappy Doo.

Or Slimer when we started to be able to understand him and he got added to the title.


I remember liking that miniseries when it first aired, and I think it could have been fine as a one-off. But keeping Bubba as a cast member after that was a mistake. It really turned me off the show, and I stopped watching soon after.
 
2013-02-27 08:12:13 AM
Gizmoduck and Bubba were jump-the-shark moments for the show. They didn't really add anything character-wise except comic relief and suspension of disbelief for some really bizarre storylines (not that the show didn't require any from the get-go. I mean, really: Who keeps a pilot on payroll who crashes every thing he flies?). They basically introduced science fiction to what is supposed to be a classic Indiana Jones adventure serial, and much like the fourth Indy movie, didn't work too well.
 
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