Ducktales may by my favourite cartoon from my childhood.
The spirit of adventure, the mythology and sense of fun were all par for the course each and every week, and while the movie wasn’t as good as the series itself it’s still a great kids movie.
So when I read that they’re developing a new series of Ducktales for Disney XD, I was instantly intrigued. I mean yes, it could end up being a terrible reboot that is a disgrace to the original (I’m very worried that the new Thunderbirds is going to be like that) but I’m optimistic.
Why? Well, because of the source material. Firstly, the original cartoon is great. Seriously, if you plonk kids down in front of it today they’d still love it. I’d argue that it’s as timeless as Scooby Doo (love that show too). Plus look at some of these character names: Launchpad McQuack. Flintheart Glomgold. Gyro Gearloose. Magica DeSpell. Webbigail Vanderquack. All fantastic names.
Secondly, the original source material: Carl Barks and Don Rosa’s Uncle Scrooge Comics.
The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is a book I’ve sat down with a few times but never got around to finishing it (it’s pretty dense, you guys) but I absolutely love it. If you think a comic book about an anthropomorphic millionnaire duck would just be plain silly then you need to give ‘Life and Times’ a look. It’s hard to get in print now but it’s a love letter from Don Rosa to the near seminal narrative of his predecessor Carl Barks, and I’ve never known a fictional work that is so dedicated to chronology. Every little nugget of Scrooge’s past that Barks mentions, references or even implies all gets thoroughly collected together into a solid, definitive biography. That, along with the highly detailed artwork, is just stunning.
Now, will this new series from Disney XD be anything like that?? Probably not, but if you’re building a new MoneyBin, it’s a good idea to have solid foundations.
Now if you’ll excuse me I need to change my name to Matthew Vanderquack…