Saturday Monster Cartoons: Duck Tales

September 24, 2011

DuckTales was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Based on Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge comic book series, it premiered on September 18, 1987 and ended on November 28, 1990 with a total of four seasons and 100 episodes. An animated theatrical spin-off film based on the series, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, was released in 1990.

The main character Scrooge is the richest duck in the world, he constantly tries to find ways to increase his wealth. Many episodes involve protecting his wealth from villains who want to rob Scrooge of all his money. The prominent recurring antagonists in the show include the Beagle Boys and Magica De Spell who are always finding ways to rob and swindle Scrooge and his nephews. Scrooge’s nemesis in the show is Flintheart Glomgold, who always tries to devise plans to dethrone Scrooge McDuck from his “Richest Duck in the World” title. A few of the stories also surround Scrooge’s “Number One Dime” which is the source of Scrooge’s good luck and wealth. Scrooge keeps the dime in a glass jar in his money vault, and constantly protects it from the villains on the show.

That is not all this cartoon was the bet for any kid growing up, it had adventure, good versus evil, mystery, the super natural, slap stick comedy, sci-fi, time travel, suspense, romance, violence, and great versatile storytelling since it covered so many genres and themes.  This cartoon has it all and it’s a damn shame they don”t re-run these cartoons anymore because toy companies would rather buy ad space during commercial breaks from cartoons that their toys were based on.

Kevin Monster out

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