“Life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg. Race cars, lasers, airplanes – it’s a duck-blur. Might solve a mystery or rewrite history…DuckTales – woo-oo!”
30 years ago, Disney’s DuckTales was one of the most popular kid shows on television. That first line of the theme song was a rallying cry to millions of children who flocked home after school to watch the latest adventure of Scrooge McDuck and his family. It was a very clever show with great writing, funny gags and a heaping helping of heart.
I was a big fan of DuckTales from the beginning. I still have that ear-worm of a song memorized three decades later. And I know that many people my age still carry fond memories of the show to this day. So it comes as no surprise that Disney decided to reboot DuckTales for the kids of those first fans. The nostalgia train has been brining back many pop-culture staples lately, and grown millennials have been lapping them up.
Last weekend, Disney XD debuted the first two episodes of the refreshed DuckTales (though both episodes serve one continuous story). For the most part, this new version keeps the adventurous spirit of the original, and even adds some new ideas from both the show’s rich past as well as today’s culture. It’s just as fun and funny, with a dash of sophistication for today’s kids.
DuckTales has always been about the interactions of a family, albeit an unconventional one. And the start of this version is based around a concept that many families learn over time: forgiveness of grudges.
SPOILIERS AHEAD – Woo-oo!