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DuckTales was practically the perfect cartoon. It took well-known, beloved characters and placed them into a world that was oftentimes as thrilling as an Indiana Jones adventure. The dialog was smart, the villains were diabolical, and the tales were almost always entertaining from start to finish.
When their Uncle Donald goes off to join the marines, Huey, Dewey, and Louie are stuck living with their cranky old Uncle Scrooge in his lavish mansion. Instead of being thrilled to live among the rich and famous, the three ducklings are stuck in an attic room, watched over by an uppity butler. Slowly, over the first few episodes, Scrooge and his nephews grow fond of eachother and eventually they’re constant companions, off traveling the world and constantly saving Scrooge’s fortune from nefarious evildoers.
As solid as the main characters are, the supporting cast is great as well. Each week, Scrooge McDuck and his nephews are joined by Launchpad McQuack, Scrooge’s bumbling pilot, Gyro Gearloose, the wacky inventor, the nanny Mrs. Beakley and her grandaughter Webigail, along with a recurring cast of baddies. Magica De Spell, the Beagle Boys, and Flintheart Glomgold are the ones that appear most often.
I’m happy to report that DuckTales holds up beautifully these days and is still a near-perfect cartoon for any little adventurers-in-training you may have clomping around your house. In fact, DuckTales is the first television show that really hooked my son. Before he could speak, he would say “WooHoo!” (like in the theme song) to indicate that he wanted to watch DuckTales. And to this day, we still break out the DVD sets. Speaking of which, you can find them here: