DuckTales Episode 1 – That Theme Song, Though

This is Right in the Childhood, a column where I review cartoons from the 70s, 80s, and 90s (sometimes 2000s). I have either haven’t watched them in a long time or have never watched them in the first place. In other words, they are basically fresh to me. I am not going to lie, my personal favorite recap so far has been He-Man. However, this time, I ran a poll on Twitter and the winner was the 1980s classic, DuckTales!

80s Cartoons Had the Best Theme Songs

One thing I frequently note in my reviews of these cartoons is that the 80s probably had some of the best theme songs of all. Just listen to this and take a trip to pure 1987…

Life is like a hurricane
Here in Duckburg
Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes
It’s a duck-blur!
Might solve a mystery
Or rewrite history!

DuckTales! Woo-hoo!
Every day they’re out there making
DuckTales! Woo-hoo!
Tales of derring-do
Bad and good luck tales!

D-d-d-danger! Watch behind you!
There’s a stranger out to find you
What to do, just grab on to some…

DuckTales! Woo-hoo!
Every day they’re out there making
DuckTales! Woo-hoo!
Tales of derring-do
Bad and good luck tales! Woo-hoo!

Not ponytails or cottontails, no
DuckTales! Woo-hoo!

Now excuse me while I get my groove on…

Some DuckTales Facts

DuckTales stars popular Disney characters Scrooge McDuck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The main character, Scrooge McDuck first debuted in comic book form in 1947. He is inspired by Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. Huey, Dewey, and Louie first appeared in a comic strip in 1937. Needless to say, there is definitely a lot of history with these characters.

Scrooge’s biggest appearance outside of DuckTales is the Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol. This is often thought of as a favorite among the many interpretations of that Charles Dickens classic.

DuckTales was on the air for 4 years and spawned a movie as well. It was the launching pad for other popular late 80s and early 90s Disney cartoons such as Chip N Dale’s Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, and Darkwing Duck.

Episode 1 – The Treasure of the Golden Suns: Don’t Give Up the Ship

Donald Duck is giving up his nephews to his Uncle Scrooge and joining the navy. Sheesh, what a huge jerk Donald is to give up his parental rights like that. Those are basically your kids, dude, and you’d rather travel the world (basically his words). Who does that?! DONALD DUCK! That’s who. I knew I couldn’t trust that duck at all!

Anyway, we cut to Scrooge McDuck who is almost a bigger asshole (except the fact that at least he is taking in the now orphaned Huey, Dewey, and Louie). Scrooge is worth a lot of money…

Despite by a Multiplujillionaire, Scrooge says the homeless aren’t worth spending on, takes all of the free samples from a sample lady, laughs at solicitors, and doesn’t tip the freaking cab driver. Hey man, that cab driver has to make a living dude. This guy will say it better than me…

At one point, the three nephews get excited because they discover a wooden boat in Scrooge’s museum. As it turns out, The Beagle Boys are sent by El Capitan who is after a treasure map in the boat. They successfully steal it and frame Scrooge’s nephews, who locks them up in the attic.

The ducks construct some sort of hang glider and fly out there as they will pursue the Beagle Boys. They land in the water. Okay, now Huey, Dewey, and Louie are complaining about being wet, but I have news for these ducks…

Ducks swim, bro!

It all leads to some Three Stooges-like wackery at the candy factory. Like, you could really just go “WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP” though the entire battle between the Beagle Boys and the ducks. No joke.At the end, they get the ship, which has the map to some buried treasure somewhere in the world.

Thus begins the DuckTales journey! What is this journey? Why our plucky cast is going to set out on some cool adventures looking for treasure. It is pretty cool concept. I would be way more invested, you know, if Scrooge didn’t necessarily need all of that treasure. I think that was just me though as this was a very popular cartoon at the time.

My Opinion

Look I know it seemed like I was hating on this cartoon, but it is just fun if you don’t think about it too hard. Yes, I’m not too crazy about the Scrooge McDuck character (maybe he develops as the series goes on?) I did enjoy the hi jinks of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. They were cute as hell. That theme song is also straight up . Overall, it is a good time.

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