Western Animation / DuckTales (2017)

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Woo-oo! (Again!)

"You kids are nothing but trouble! Curse me kilts, have I missed trouble! I suppose I'll have to keep an eye on you to make sure you get into trouble properly..."
Scrooge McDuck

DuckTales is a re-imagining of the late 1980s series of the same name. The series premiered on August 12, 2017 on Disney XD with a full-hour television movie, played on repeat for 24 hours. The first season will be composed of 21 half-hour episodes including two full-hour specials. It has also been renewed for a second season, even before the first has aired.

The series shares the same outline of the original series, as we follow famous billionaire Scrooge McDuck traveling the world hunting treasure and having various adventures with his grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, along with Tagalong Kid Webbigail "Webby" Vanderquack and crash-prone pilot Launchpad McQuack. However, this iteration comes with some significant changes that bring it closer to the original comics source material, the most blatant being Donald Duck now tagging along with his family on their shenanigans.

At the same time, the series is a Continuity Reboot set in its own parallel continuity. Some of the more obvious changes:

The show is being executive produced by Matt Youngberg (Ben 10: Omniverse), with Francisco Angones (Wander over Yonder) as story editor and co-producer, and Sean Jimenez (Gravity Falls) as art director.

The cast was announced on December 16, 2016, headlined by Doctor Who star David Tennant as Uncle Scrooge (Alan Young passed away the previous year).

...Get ready to have that theme stuck in your head again.

The first episode, "Woo-oo!" (yes, that is the episode's title, not a Verbal Tic on our part), can be watched on Disney XD's official YouTube channel here, as long as you live in the USA.

"Trope Tales, woo-oo!":

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  • Accidental Misnaming: A Running Gag in the premiere, as Scrooge remembers Huey and Louie, but refers to Dewey as "the third one", "Sonny-Jim", and "...Bluey?" Huey also mentions he's pretty sure Scrooge called him Herbert once.
    • Dewey has since been referred to as "Bluey" by other characters as well.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: After Scrooge tells Dewey that the submarine isn't equipped with a bunch of hi-tech weapons, Dewey asks what it is equipped with. Scrooge tells him seat belts and forcibly straps him into one before walking away chuckling. Dewey admits that's actually a good one.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the pilot, Scrooge and Donald's trust and respect in each other has strained considerably, unlike previous iterations where they had little to no such bad blood. And from the beginning, the show makes a point about the negative emotional repercussions of Scrooge's reclusive life, especially in relation to his family.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Technically, Donald Duck. Though he is the perennial Butt-Monkey of the Disney animated universe, the various comics from which the show takes its inspiration — in particular, the works of Carl Barks — do indeed showcase Donald as being "one of the most daring adventurers of all time."
      • Highlighted in the second episode. Beakley plans to take Bouncer Beagle, leaving the smaller one to Donald. Instead, Donald goes into a berserker rage and trounces both of them without any help from Beakley at all.
    • Webby; her intro involves her wielding a dagger while darting about with massive amounts of energy, and given that the Quacky Patch doll that was her Companion Cube in the original series is stuck to the wall with an arrow, she's likely to have at least some skill in archery. In the theme song, she weaponizes a grappling hook against a mummy. In her introductory short, we're shown her donning night vision goggles and climbing a cabinet to get at the cookies and when she finds out Dewey has the last one, she dives at him.
    • Mrs. Beakley appears to be this, given her Heroic Build. In the intro, she lifts all the nephews and Webby, to protect them from Scrooge's Rogues Gallery, without breaking a sweat, and even seems ready to fight them before the plane crashes into the title. In her introductory short, she's shown to casually suck up a Bedsheet Ghost in her vacuum cleaner, an act that would cause the original Beakley to pass out in fear.
  • Adaptation Deviation:
    • We could probably go on and on about the small changes— but one big change is that in this continuity, Huey is the only one of the triplets to be a Junior Woodchuck scout. He carries a pocket-sized copy of the Guidebook under his hat.
    • Launchpad also doesn't start the series as McDuck's trusted pilot but as a regular, extremely bad, limo driver. In fact it's not until he is flying a plane that Scrooge even knew he was a pilot (despite him mentioning it often). He also pilots a submarine (and that becomes the one vehicle he doesn't crash).
    • The main deviation is that in the original cartoon, when Donald goes to the Navy, the boys show more dislike for Uncle Scrooge, calling him "the old skinflint" while Donald is quite respectful and loving to Scrooge. Here it's Donald who resents Scrooge, while the kids jump at the chance to meet their famous grand-uncle about whom they have heard so many stories (of course eventually they do agree that their Uncle Donald wasn't entirely wrong about Scrooge).
    • How the boys interact with Webby is vastly different from the original cartoon. In the original, while they did care about her and see her as a younger sister, she was very much an Annoying Younger Sibling to them, as well as being a girl. In the reboot, on the other hand, she quickly assimilates into their group with no fuss and the boys happily accept her as a friend (once they get over the initial shock, that is). As the showrunners have said, she is like the fourth triplet, and the boys treat her as such.
  • Adaptational Name Change:
    • Dewey Duck's full name on media made before this project was "Deuteronomy Duck". On this series, his name is "Dewford".
    • Gyro's robot assistant is called "Little Helper" in the original comics and cartoons. Here, he's called "Little Bulb" or "Lil Bulb".
  • Adaptational Villainy: Although Glomgold was certainly corrupt and a rival to Scrooge in the original cartoon, his schemes rarely involved outright murder attempts. In the new series, he doesn't hesitate at the thought of killing Scrooge, Launchpad, Donald, four children, and even his own henchmen once he has what he's after. A later episode has him decide to kill Beaks, just because the guy was annoying for about five minutes, and tries to off Scrooge in the process. Scrooge implies that Glomgold is constantly trying (and failing) to kill him. This is in line with how Glomgold was in the comics, however.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Scrooge has become a recluse due to being isolated from his family. Part of the show is him regaining his love for adventure by pursuing it with his nephews.
    • In the first episode Scrooge takes the triplets on an adventure to Atlantis after he agrees to keep them for a day. Donald, who's been hired by Scrooge's rival for a similar outing then spends his time frantically trying to protect them from both said rival's goons and the various death traps in the city.
  • Aerith and Bob: The triplets' full names are Hubert, Dewford... and Louis.
  • Age Lift: Webby was younger than the triplets in the original series, but all of them seem to be about the same age now, and are preteens instead of young children.
  • Agent Mulder: Webby
  • Agent Scully: Huey
  • Alliterative Name: A number of names: Donald Duck, Dewey Duck, Della Duck, Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, "Glittering" Goldie O'Gilt, Bettina Beakley, the Beagle Boys (Big Time, Burger and Bouncer).
  • Allohistorical Allusion: The Audubon bay separates Duckburg from St. Canard. John James Audubon was a famous naturalist who wrote a book, The Birds of America which is the one of the seminal works of ornithology and quite fitting for a series of talking animals based on various kinds of ducks.
  • All There in the Manual: The name of Scrooge's aeroplane is the "Sun Chaser", a fact that only an ad for the series has mentioned thus far.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Pei Pei the panda that is massaging Gladstone in 'The House of the Lucky Gander"; since we haven't heard Pei Pei speaking, this has yet to be determined, possibly in a future episode...
  • Ambiguous Time Period: The show seems to approach its setting as a Constructed World with elements from multiple periods existing side-by-side:
    • Scrooge, for instance, is an old-time adventure hero in the mould of a late-19th and early-20th Century explorer with a private collection of rare artifacts and trinkets which was still possible in an era before the United Nations and other institutions passed laws to better preserve patrimony.
    • Donald Duck owns a beat-up hatchback with a modern GPS electronic navigating console. Webby uses a cellphone while Scrooge uses a flip-phone and Launchpad flies an old-fashioned sea-plane for transport rather than say a private business jet.
    • We also see parts of this in the Money Bin in "The Great Dime Chase". It's clarified that the Money Bin is not really Scrooge's primary office-space. His real corporate HQ is in the city, and the Money Bin, and the money inside it, is largely of sentimental value. The Bin likewise has old-fashioned technology like pneumatic tubes, while Scrooge's archives still use the Card Index system of cataloguing when modern libraries use computer searches for better accessibility.
  • Amusing Injuries: In the first episode alone, poor Launchpad and Scrooge respectively get to enjoy the pleasantries of being swollen with poison from cobra bites and bashed into buildings while holding onto a flying dragon. Worse? All this pain is Played for Laughs.
    Scrooge: (Covered in cuts, contusions and disheveled feathers)Wheeze... It'll take more than a... bruised spine... to shake off ol'Scrooge, you ye bad dragon-dog ye!
  • Animation Bump: The show is already very nicely animated, but the Title Sequence shows much more shading and fluid movement.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Huey claims his trusty Junior Woodchuck guidebook contains info on everything there is. But he also adds entries on anything new he encounters, which makes it a bit odd that he flatly denies the fabled Terra-Firmians' existence on the basis that they're not in the book.
  • Arch-Enemy: As per the norm, Flintheart Glomgold.
  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: Subverted after Scrooge and the kids stop the Pixiu dragon and Launchpad crashes:
    Scrooge: In the short time I've known, you've wrecked my home and my money bin, unleashed several ancient evils, and almost got me killed twice!
    Huey: Four times, if you count each monster as an individual time... [Scrooge glares angrily at the kids]
    Scrooge: That was incredible, when you pulled me into the airplane and said "No time!" And who would have thought of a Medusa gauntlet? Brilliant! Oh, and then you swung me out and pulled up just in time and... [laughter] You kids are nothing but trouble! Curse me kilts, have I missed trouble! I suppose I'll have to keep an eye on you to teach you how to get into trouble properly.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • While Donald Duck only appeared in the pilot and select episodes of the original series, it's evident that he'll be sticking with his family this time around, as he did in the original comics. One promo quite literally puts him front and center.
    • Fenton Crackshell was introduced in the later episodes as part of a retool that earned him cameo roles in Darkwing Duck, being considered as an annoying rival. He's now seemingly already working for Scrooge, with a new Gizmoduck suit that is three to four times his size.note 
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Buzzards point out that the Money Bin is this.
  • Badass Family:
    • Webby laughs at the idea of the Duck/McDuck family being "normal and boring" and goes on to talk about how Donald is a daring adventurer. The triplets already know how big a deal Scrooge is, and they are set to join him on new adventures.
    • Speaking of Webby, she and her grandmother qualify. Mrs. Beakley is strong, tactical, and Ma Beagle speaks of her as The Dreaded. She taught her granddaughter on how to be an Action Girl.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • The Turn Off Your Phone PSA. Seriously, who was expecting the opening to grind to a halt when a cell phone goes off?
    • This line from the Glomgold Industries training video. "That's the motto of the world's most beloved Scottish billionaire duck... (a silhouette of Scrooge is seen at a wall until Glomgold breaks through it) Flintheart Glomgold!"
    • Scrooge's indignation that Glomgold is threatening Donald to keep him from taking the red jewel for himself. For a second, his anger sounds like he's upset at Glomgold for sinking to such a dirty trick, but...
    Scrooge: Hiring my own nephew to use against me?! [sighs in defeat] Now that is good planning.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Much like in the original show, whether or not a character wear shoes depends on how human-like their body is. Of the main characters only Launchpad and Mrs. Beakley wear shoes, though Scrooge has spats that cover a portion of his feet.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Mrs. Beakley is taking time to... adjust to the nephews' presence.
  • Big Fancy House: McDuck Manor is a huge estate filled with a Peacock casually flying around has large spacious interiors, with paintings of Scrooge's family and other adventures and relics and display cases of old outfits, trinkets, and mysterious artifacts, and of course it has Air-Vent Passageway (albeit just the right size for four small children to crawl through).
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: In one of the promotional shorts, Huey captures a Sasquatch that looks suspiciously similar to the one from A Goofy Movie.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • While his pronunciation is terrible, the line Launchpad uses when he pretends to be "Uncle Hampus" is actual Swedish.
    • The "Uke or Puke" machine in "Daytrip of DOOM!" used actual Japanese characters, and the game spoke in actual Japanese.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: In "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra", when Scrooge is encouraging the followers of Toth-Ra not to give up hope:
    Scrooge: Don't lose hope! Remember the burritos! When a burrito falls apart, you've got to... put it in a bowl and eat it with a fork... or, uhh, grab some tortilla chips and make nachos, I guess. Uh, is any of this making sense?
    Amunet: This was never about burritos.
    Scrooge: It wasn't?
    Amunet: It's about freedom to make a choice, a choice bigger than beef or veggies. We've lived our whole lives toiling in the service of the Pharaoh, now we get to choose for ourselves! And what do we want?
    Members: Burritos!
  • Born Lucky: Gladstone Gander, as it's pretty much his defining characteristic which informs his incredible laziness and selfish behavior.
  • Brick Joke: Two from "Woo-oo!"
    • First, we see Dewey messing with the engine of Donald's boat. By the end of the second part, the boat explodes because Dewey left the engine on.
    • The other is Glomgold's orientation video, where he concludes by saying that "employees are the greatest treasure of all!" His henchmen bring this up when he's about to kill them alongside Scrooge.
      Glomgold: Don't be ridiculous! Treasure is the greatest treasure of all, that's why it's called "treasure"!
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Dewey feels this way about Scrooge at first, especially when the latter starts whining about his family, but it changes when Scrooge reveals his lighter side.
    • The brothers start out thinking Gladstone is the coolest thing since electricity but their opinion of him changes after they see he was willing to trade them all to a luck vampire in exchange for his freedom.
    • Huey, and to a lesser degree Dewey, used to idolize Mark Beaks until he discovered he was a deceitful fraud.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The Beagle Boys eschew the traditional prison numbers on their chests for big black "B"'s.
  • Building of Adventure: The Money Bin is now Bigger on the Inside, boasting 57 Floors, located on an island on the eastern coast of Duckburg, connected by a land-bridge. It has a huge vaulted space for Scrooge's pit of Pooled Funds, in addition there's the underground Mad Scientist Laboratory where Gyro Gearloose tinkers, and there's Scrooge McDuck's archives run by the formidable Miss Quackfaster which is also incredibly huge and elaborate. There's also a large sorting area where machines sort out nickels and dimes from the Soda dispensers in the building. Indeed Scrooge's accountants Lampshade how the building is impractical, noting that Scrooge's real corporate headquarters is in Duckburg's financial district and the Money Bin is more or less an artifact that serves little business purpose, and exists more as Scrooge's private playground where he plots adventures.
  • Butt-Monkey: Zigzagged with Donald Duck, as his portrayal is a mix of his more adventurous qualities from the comics and his traditional bad luck from the cartoons.

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  • Calling Parents by Their Name: The nephews address Scrooge by his name instead of calling him "Uncle Scrooge", which is pretty jarring since they always address him as "Uncle" in the comics and other media.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Mark Beaks represents today's idea of a billionaire: the tech industry billionaire.
    • Lena, a well-traveled teenager that Webby and the boys befriend. It turns out she might be a Canon Character All Along — specifically, the animated version of Minima DeSpell, Magica's niece.
    • Glomgold's band of mercenaries: Gabby McStabberson, Hack & Slash Stabnikov.
    • The Buzzards, Scrooge's financial advisors.
  • Canon Welding: In the pilot, there are mentions of Cape Suzette, Spoonerville, and Saint Canard, confirming the Canon Welding of the old continuities in The Legend of the Chaos God carried over into the new timeline.
  • Cartoony Eyes: Traditionally, Donald and the other ducks have blue sclera in animation. Here, the whites of their eyes are actually white (a brighter shade of white than their body feathers), showing a clear influence from the comics.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A Medusa Gauntlet mentioned early on by Webby is later used to render a gold-hungry dragon Taken for Granite.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Scrooge uses his gold swimming skills to ambush Flintheart.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The triplets still have their Chromatic Arrangement that was established in the comics; Huey wears red, Dewey wears blue and Louie wears green.
  • Composite Character: Mrs. Beakley's characterization as a stoic butler who tags along with Scrooge in some adventures has much more in common with Duckworth, Scrooge's predominant butler from the original series. That being said, Duckworth has been confirmed as showing up in some capacity.
  • Continuity Reboot: The show, unlike the original series, explicitly takes place in an entirely new continuity that draws various elements from the comics and cartoons.
  • Darker and Edgier: The show completely averts Never Say "Die", and Donald's Adult Fear about the danger his nephews are in is played completely straight.
  • Denser and Wackier: Compared to the original series, this show features more exaggerated animation, a faster pace, and a lot of slapstick, although it's balanced with a more frosty dynamic between Scrooge and Donald, Never Say "Die" being completely averted, and the fact that the series will deal with the Triplets' Missing Mom.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Scrooge uses a Promethean candle for Donald's birthday, one that is designed to never go out. His reasoning is that buying a new candle each year would cost too much money. The problem? On a birthday, someone is supposed to blow out the candles. Also, the Promethean candle appears to be sentient.
  • Divergent Character Evolution:
    • The creators decided that since Huey, Dewey, and Louie's names are always given in that order, that it's the birth order for the triplets. They now wear different clothes instead of different colored T-shirts and caps and have three different voice actors, much like they did in Quack Pack, and have distinct personalities:
      • Huey is the only Junior Woodchuck and likes solving mysteries and planning things out.
      • Dewey is excitable, rash, and desperate for adventure.
      • Louie is laidback, sneaky, and openly admits to being "the evil triplet."
    • Flintheart Glomgold's appearance is much more heavyset to give him a much more distinct look from Scrooge, who he's got a lot in common with.
    • Mrs. Beakley is Scrooge's housekeeper who's been with him for a number of years. In the original, she was hired to be the triplets' nanny in addition to being the housekeeper.
  • Dogfaces: They show up as per usual. However, unlike in earlier works, some of the dogfaces have tails.
  • Double Take: A lot of mileage is gained from the "Wait, what?" version of this trope.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Huey, Dewey, and Louie are shooting at each other with toy guns, and Scrooge grabs Dewey and admonishes him not for playing so destructively, but for yelling while firing at Huey because that means he's lost the element of surprise. At the end of the second episode, Donald decides that letting the triplets hang out with Scrooge is okay because he feels they will always get into trouble and mischief but Scrooge will be able to show them how to get out of it and be better prepared.
  • Driving Question: In the first season there are 2. First, why did Donald and Scrooge have a falling out? And second, what is the truth behind Della Duck?
  • Easily Forgiven: Webby is scared to death of how her overprotective grandmother will react when she finds out Webby went on an adventure and lied about being at a friend's house. Mrs. Beakley's annoyed by the lying, but shrugs off the adventure as perfectly safe with Scrooge supervising.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Despite Scrooge and Donald not having the best relationship, they both agree on one thing — they both hate their fellow relative Gladstone Gander, who gets everything he wants without doing anything to earn it.
    • Likewise, Scrooge and Glomgold both dislike Mark Beaks.
  • Epic Fail: In a promotional short, Donald Duck grapples with a Promethean candle that will never go out. Donald's attempt to extinguish it just makes everything so much worse and ruins his birthday.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The shorts give a good idea on what the characters are like in about 30 seconds:
    • Huey's shows how crafty he is, seemingly setting up a tent, only to capture a Sasquatch.
    • Dewey's shows that his first instinct is to touch anything shiny or fancy, which immediately gets him (or others) into trouble.
    • Launchpad is shown cheerfully writing an apology letter for denting someone's car, and tells them Scrooge will pay for the damages... And after he's done with that, it pans out to show a plane he crashed, with Launchpad starting up yet another letter at a much more heavily damaged car.
    • Mrs. Beakley is shown vacuuming the house, as Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby are running from a ghost. When it comes time for her to deal with the ghost, she casually switches the vacuum to a feature that sucks up ghosts, and goes back to work without saying a word.
    • Donald's shows him desperately trying to relax before being dragged on a series of adventures, and his birthday presents being destroyed by Scrooge's Promethean Candle.
    • Scrooge's is cheerfully explaining that he used a Promethean Candle on Donald's cake as buying a new candle for every birthday is an unthinkable waste of money.
  • Evil Counterpart: Glomgold is this to Scrooge, of course. It's even explicitly stated.
    Scrooge: That's Flintheart Glomgold. The poor man's version of me. Which, to be fair, still makes him insanely rich.
  • Evil Twin: The nephews are in agreement that Louie is the "evil triplet". He certainly seems the most adept at lying, at one point telling Webby it's the "responsible thing to do".
  • Exact Words: When the ghost pirate sees Scrooge, he says that he'll only go away when he gets "the head of Scrooge McDuck". Scrooge gives him the head of a statue of himself, and the ghost vanishes while lampshading that he should've been more specific.
  • Excited Show Title!: All episode titles end with an exclamation mark, including "Woo-oo!", "Daytrip of Doom!", "The Great Dime Chase!" and "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!"
  • Excuse Plot: "360° Adventure: The Lost Key of Tralla La": The gang escapes a crumbling temple, run from Flintheart Glomgold and it ends with Scrooge diving in his money bin.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In the first part of "Woo-oo!", Scrooge is admonishing his nephews and Webby for sneaking into the garage. To make a point, he accidentally hits a cursed gong; the other four look on in shock, and Scrooge has this to say:
    Scrooge: Oh, what are you gaping at? The curse is only activated if you ring the gong three times, and, and... and you already hit it two times, didn't ya?
  • Failsafe Failure: Atlantis's booby traps are less effective than they should be because the city flipped upside down when it sank, so the floor traps are now on the ceiling... far above anyone's heads.
  • Fangirl: Webby practically Squees when she meets Huey, Dewey, and Louie simply because they're Donald Duck's nephews and she is a huge fan of their adventurous family.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Duckburg is located in the fictional state of Calisota, much like how Carl Barks imagined it. Calisota is a melange of California and Minnesota, there is also a real-life area in Northern California called "Calistoga" (though it's unlikely Barks cited it as an influence). Duckburg seems like an east coast city (since we see the Money Bin located on an island connected to the main city by a bridge and the bay where Donald's houseboat is also on the East side of the city) and it has a misty gray-looking ambience rather than sunny California. On the other hand given that Saint Canard is located on the other side of the Bay, this could mean that the Audubon Bay and Duckburg in general is based on the San Francisco Bay Area (with St. Canard standing in for Oakland), and Frisco is much colder, grayer, and foggier than the overexposed Southern California.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: An Evil Sorceress, a Ghost Pirate, a ghost horse, a gold-eating Eastern dragon, an ancient Chinese luck-eating spirit with Reality Warper powers, underground beings that cause earthquakes, robots that gain sentience, Atlantis, Sea Monsters, living mummies, a Bedsheet Ghost, a sasquatch, a Time Machine, prophecies and numerous magical artifacts all coexist in this world.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist:
    • Huey is a subdued one. While he's perfectly willing to believe in the supernatural, if there's a scientific explanation, he will cling to that instead, even if evidence begins to point towards the supernatural.
    • Averted with the Buzzards when they bring up Scrooge's magical defense spending. You'd expect them to not believe in magic, and write off the entire expenditure. In fact, they're just concerned with how much Scrooge is spending on it, indicating they do believe that magic exists and that some defenses are worthwhile.
  • Foil:
    • A minor one, but concerning a very important character (see Walking Spoiler below): In Scrooge's painting, Della is wearing an aviator's outfit, contrasting with Donald's sailor uniform. Her jacket also has four yellow buttons on the front, just like Donald's shirt. Arguably doubles as a Mythology Gag for Don Rosa's Life and Times: in Chapter 11, Della and Donald, as kids, wear matching clothes.
    • Gladstone Gander is another foil to Donald. They are cousins who are about the same age and grew up together, but while Gladstone is Born Lucky and thus never had to work in his life, Donald is Born Unlucky and had to fight hard to achieve pretty much anything, which turned him into The Determinator.
    • As usual, Scrooge and Glomgold. Both are insanely rich, world-jetting adventurer ducks, but Glomgold cheats and cares for nothing other than treasure, while Scrooge "earned it square" and has a loving family he cares deeply about.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • All of the newspaper headlines hint towards events coming up in future episodes.
    • In "The Great Dime Chase" Scrooge's Board of Directors argue with him over his spending money on "magical defenses". Magica De Spell shows up in the next episode.
  • Free-Range Children: Zigzagged. While we do see the children escorted to the movie theatre by Mrs. Beakley and Launchpad, most of the time, the triplets are free to run around the city without really informing their guardians of their whereabouts. How else could the boys go for a trip, come back after dark and be able to meet up with Webby instead of heading straight home?
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: There is at least one or two in each episode, mostly in the form of background text. To name a few:
    • The intro briefly shows the only silver coin in the entire sequence is a 10 cent piece, which Scrooge triumphantly holds aloft.
    • As Scrooge, Donald and the kids chase the #1 Dime during the final third of the intro, they form a flying V.
    • Webby's String Theory board is positively bursting with them including background on the Clan McDuck, an Early-Bird Cameo (pun definitely intended!) of Gladstone Gander, a list of names of known Beagle Boys among other goodies, and mention of F.O.W.L.
    • In "Daytrip of Doom!", when Beakley gives Scrooge his breakfast and morning paper, the newspaper shows a headline and a picture of Ma Beagle; it notes that she got pardoned, and that crime has skyrocketed as a result.
    • In the same episode, Webby invades the personal space of a passenger on the bus. The title of the book she reads is "The Joy of Personal Space".
    • In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre", the junkyard where the Beagles hold Ma Beagle's birthday party has a "Beware of Dogs" sign on the entrance.
    • In "Terror of the Terra-Firmians!", the old metro car has advertisement posters for different Glomgold Industries products, including Glomgold Meats, Glomgold Water and Glom Illustrated (tagline: "Entertainment for the Glomgold Enthusiast").
    • In " The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra", Bill Cipher appears as a hieroglyph, albeit green to reference his original concept design. Makes a bit of sense to reference him as a dollar Bill in a show about Scrooge McDuck.
  • Furry Confusion:
    • As usual with Disney duck media, anthropomorphic and non-anthropomorphic animals coexist. The very first scene of the pilot is a non-anthropomorphic seagull flying among ships, with anthropomorphic bird sailors (one of them a seagull!) chasing it away. We later see an anthropomorphic dog-woman walking a pug - and when Launchpad almost hits them with the car, it's the pug, not the woman, that shakes its fist at the car.
    • In "Daytrip of Doom" Webby rides the bus and points out "a dog wearing a bowtie. Did he get that on himself?" The funny thing is that she points this out to an anthropomorphic dog bus driver.

    G-P 
  • Gone Horribly Right: Mrs. Beakley thought that Scrooge needed to spend more time with his family. She didn't mean for him to move them into the manor!
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Played with. Huey still has one Junior Woodchuck Guidebook on hand to work with, but it only has all the scientific/researched information known at the time. So more supernatural stuff like the Headless Manhorse Huey has to add himself.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: As usual, Scrooge, Donald and the triplets wear shirts but no pants. The rest of the characters wear either pants or skirts/kilts.
  • Hero of Another Story: Launchpad in "The House of the Lucky Gander!" doesn't stay with the family, but instead goes to find his girlfriend Zee in Macaw. By the end of the episode, he returns in armor with many arrows sticking out of him, an Eye Patch Of Power and a panda cub clinging to his back.
  • He's Back: After a period of implied hermetic retreat where a headline notes that he hung up his spats, Scrooge is making a comeback:
    Scrooge McDuck: I'm back...Uncharted territory...bold new discoveries!
  • Hollywood Healing: Launchpad goes from still significantly dealing with the snake venom poisoning when Glomgold shoots missiles at Atlantis to try and kill our heroes in the destruction of the city to the picture of health moments later as he's piloting the submarine to escape the city with everyone on board.
  • Honorary Uncle: Averted. Webby address Scrooge as Mr. McDuck, unlike the original where he makes it clear that he considers her family; however this is a one-sided feeling, "The Living Mummies of Toth Ra" shows that Scrooge cares for her as deeply the nephews.
  • Houseboat Hero: Donald and the nephews live in a decrepit boat. By the end of the pilot, it's been relocated to Scrooge's swimming pool.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Webby is initially quite lonely and isolated before the nephews come to stay at McDuck Manor.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The redesigned Fenton greatly resembles Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • It's All About Me: During the Glomgold Industries training video:
    Glomgold: Glomgold Industries: Take an idea, make it your own. Better, faster, cheaper; that's the motto of the world's most beloved Scottish billionaire duck... Flintheart Glomgold!
    • Once he gets his hands on the ruby, he strands the employees:
    Glomgold [over the walkie-talkies]: Hey team... Wanted to thank you for keeping Scrooge's kin busy while I escape with the jewel and blow up Atlantis with my most hated rival inside!
    Hack: But I thought employees were the greatest treasure of all!
    Glomgold: Don't be ridiculous! Treasure is the greatest treasure of all! That's why it's called treasure. Glomgold out!
  • It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Inverted in "Daytrip of DOOM!" Webby read Jane as Ja-Ne. "It's Jane."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both Donald and Scrooge qualify. Both have bad blood between them while the former is short tempered and the latter is closed off and aloof. However, they both love their family dearly, only wanting what's best for them, and do take steps to make amends with each other.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Animal versions of Lupin and Jigen briefly drive past Scrooge's limo in the first episode. note 
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Given that it's been three decades since Scrooge headlined his own TV series, him deciding to get back into action after being told he "used to be" a big deal can be seen in this light.
    • What's, even more, fun about the trailer is that, as soon as Scrooge gets up, the background music abruptly changes to the under beat of the theme, then, when he states that he has low key plans for the day, the music fully comes in.
    • "Woo-oo" shows Scrooge having difficulties remembering his Nephew's names and just considering the boys one singular entity, similar to how many people regard Huey, Dewey, and Louie prior to this series's Divergent Character Evolution.
    • Louie in "Terror of the Terra-Firmians": "Oh man, I didn't see that coming! Really came together in the third act!"
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Dewey is the most reckless of the triplets, with a tendency to barge ahead no matter how dangerous the situation.
  • Left the Background Music On: When the triplets talk about Scrooge's exploits at the beginning, the music swells. Turns out it's just the car radio.
  • Living Legend: Scrooge constantly traveled the globe in his youth, becoming a world-renowned adventurer and treasure hunter in his pursuit to become the richest duck in the world. Meanwhile, Donald himself is known for being a daring adventurer (albeit on a much, much smaller scale). The triplets learning of the latter actually takes them aback to the point where they briefly doubt the authenticity of the former's adventurer status, since they only knew Donald as a chronically unemployed, bumbling single parent who worries about every step they take.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Just like the source materials it's based on, many characters have surnames with duck- or bird-related puns. McQuack, Vanderquack, Quackfaster, Beakley, Beaks, the list goes on. The Beagle Boys likewise have punny names based on their dogface design. Exceptions include Flintheart Glomgold, Magica de Spell, Gyro Gearloose, Gabby McStabberson and the Smashnikov brothers; their names do pun on aspects of their personality, ability, and vocation, but don't have anything bird-related about it.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Donald never told his nephews he was an adventurer nor they were related to Scrooge.
  • Lost in Imitation: Despite the series being more faithful to the comics, it still keeps some of the changes brought by the old cartoon, like the Beagle Boys being led by Ma Beagle instead of Grandpa Beagle.
  • Mama Bear: Mrs. Beakley is one for the nephews and her Webby. In the theme song, she pulls them all up single-handedly to protect them from Scrooge's gallery.
  • Mood Killer:
    • Launchpad's observation about the importance of family gets interrupted by him crashing the plane.
    Launchpad: Aw, family truly is the greatest adventure of OH, NO, THE GROUND!
  • Ms. Exposition: Webby has spent a good deal of her free time trying to research Scrooge's old adventures with Donald, as well as the Duck family tree. She provides information about some of the artifacts in the pilot, namely the Gong of Pixiu, Captain Peghook, the Deus Ex Calibur and the headless man-horse, though that last one is pretty self explanatory.
  • Myth Arc: The first season is supposed to dive into what drove Scrooge McDuck into retiring from adventuring in the first place, apparently involving Donald and the boys' mother.
  • Mythology Gag: Has its own page.
  • Never Say "Die": The show constantly averts this, with the villains being very open about their murderous intentions.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Word of God has it that Webby will not have any romantic interest in any of the triplets, or vice versa.
  • Noodle Incident: The Spear of Selene, which is apparently what caused the rift between Donald and Scrooge.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Atlantis sank because the Atlanteans were so eager to build their city and fill it with deathtraps that they failed to make sure the supports were sufficient.
  • One of the Boys: Webby. When the triplets were heading off to Funzo's, they say, "Come on, boys!" Webby initially thinks she's not being included. Dewey makes a point of asking if she's coming when she doesn't seem to join them. It doesn't hurt that she's an Action Girl with little experience outside of situations of peril.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Pixiu is an Eastern dragon described as a "gold-hunting dragon", attracted to gold, probably with the intention of eating it.
  • Overprotective Dad: Donald is described as such by the creators and it shows during issue #0 of the tie-in comic where he is very reluctant to let them do even low risk activities and even has a Long List of dangers for them to avoid.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Pei Pei and some of the security personnel at the Macaw casino are pandas.
  • Papa Wolf: Donald. Anyone who hurts his kids or puts them in any danger will face his considerable wrath.
  • Pie-Eyed: Most characters are depicted with eyes like these, to imitate the visual style of Carl Barks and give the show a "classic cartoon" feel.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Glomgold's business strategy consists of taking an idea and making it his own. He says as much during his company's training video.
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • David Tennant, an actor in his mid-40's, now plays Scrooge, an elderly duck whose previous voice actor first played him when he was in his late 60's. Incidentally, this means that Scrooge's actor is only a few years older than the actors for Huey, Dewey and Louie (ranging from 35-40) and younger than Donald's (late 50s).
    • Mrs. Beakley is Webby's grandma, yet is voiced by an actress in her early 40s.
    • Beck Bennett, who was born in 1984, voices Launchpad McQuack. This makes him younger than the actors for Webby and the triplets even though his character is older than them.
  • Pooled Funds:
    • Scrooge, naturally. In one of the first trailers, we see him nonchalantly throw a few gold coins into the money bin. The opening sequence shows him swimming through money like some kind of land-shark, confirming he still has his infamous ability to swim through hard cash. In the first episode he falls from a great height, but when he realizes that he's landing in his money bin he dives into it and comes up unharmed. In the second episode, he weaponizes this to allow him to sneak up on Glomgold.
    • The trope is discussed when Louie once tried to dive into Scrooge's money bin. Scrooge tells him that he can swim in money because he's been practicing for years. If Louie, or anyone else, tried it, they would crack their skull open.
      • Notably, later in the same episode, Louie does manage to swim in a river of coins, but doesn't even try to jump into the Money Bin itself. note 
    • Parodied by Gladstone, who makes fun of Scrooge by swimming through a jacuzzi filled with casino gambling chips.
  • Ptero Soarer: The Pteranodon in the "Meet Scrooge!" short has bird-like talons and deformed wing membranes that make it look like it's got bat-wings, but it's comparatively more accurate than the ones from the original series (i.e. no teeth or long tail).

    R-S 
  • Race Lift: Fenton Crackshell becomes Latino, and his last name becomes "Crackshell-Cabrera" to reflect this.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • A scene in "The Great Dime Chase" involves Louie Duck trying to dive into the money bin. Scrooge's immediate response is to stop him and explain that it is a skill that he has to master over several years and that not learning the skill can result in his skull cracking.
    • Dewey tries to get through a laser death trap by dancing around the beams. Far from avoiding them, his awkward dance moves cause him to hit every single one and he only survives because Donald was close to the fire-spitters that the beams activated and was blocking the flames from getting to Dewey anyway. Worse, he's dancing with his eyes closed and so can't even tell if he's hitting the beams or not.
  • Reference Overdosed: Many nods to elements of the original series can be found in Scrooge's garage, including a robot that looks like Armstrong and an oil lamp that looks like the one from DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. Also in "The Great Dime Caper," Gyro makes a list of his inventions that turn evil, including Armstrong, Robotica and Cogs.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Donald asked Mrs. Beakley how a housekeeper knows so much about electrical engineering (and Tae Kwon Do), and she responds, "Simple. I'm a spy." They both laugh it off, but Donald's laughter slows as he wonders if she's actually joking or not.
  • Retired Badass:
    • The first trailer shows that Scrooge used to have quite the adventurous lifestyle, but he's more or less left it behind by the beginning of the series. His nephews pointing this out leads Scrooge to throw off the "retired" part.
    • Donald is one himself, to the point of never mentioning his adventurous past to the boys. When they see him in one of Scrooge's paintings depicting a previous adventure, it leads them to disbelieve everything about Scrooge's adventuring past....for at least five minutes.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant:
    • A Demo Reel at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con showed the Iron Vulture airship, suggesting that the Duck family are gonna go up against Don Karnage's forces.
    • Concept art was also shown for Megavolt, Liquidator and Quackerjack, and one of the newspapers hints that FOWL, a frequent antagonistic organization, is afoot. However, as Darkwing Duck concept art was also shown off, it's unclear if Darkwing or Scrooge and co. (or both) will face these villains.
  • Scary Librarian: Ms. Quackfaster, the archivist of Scrooge's personal library who puts Dewey and Webby through a series of punishing "trials" and actually threatens them with a sword at one point while they're trying to find information on Della Duck.
  • Schizo Tech: Smartphones, GPS, and other modern technologies coexist with Polaroid cameras (used by Webby), pneumatic tubes, and card-index library catalogs. Notably, modern day technology is mostly used by Donald and the nephews, whereas old-fashioned technology is largely used by Scrooge, his employees and their relatives, so it might be a deliberate generation contrast.
  • Screaming Warrior:
    • Deconstructed in "Daytrip of Doom": Hewey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby are having a dart gun free for all, Dewey announces that he's gonna commence his assault, and Scrooge puts his foot down. Specifically, he does so to tell Dewey not to announce his assault, so he can keep the element of surprise.
    • Miss Quackfester is a justified example: she wants to intimidate Dewey and Webby with her screaming and sword-swinging.
    • Donald quacks his lungs out when he goes into an Unstoppable Rage mode. In "The House of the Lucky Gander", he makes a jade tiger disappear just by roaring at it from the top of his lungs.
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
    • Mark Beaks is confirmed to be an African grey parrot by the creators.
    • Most of Toth-Ra's followers from "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!" are lanner falcons or jackals, as they are designed after the Egyptian gods Horus and Anubis.
  • Serious Business: Dartgun battles, at least to Webby. She boobytraps the hall, uses night-vision goggles, and ambushes the nephews from the ceiling. And there are no safe zones...
  • Setting Update: Zig-Zagged; A lot of the technology and fashion appears to be more modern or up-to-date, and has a new character, Mark Beaks, based on the idea of a modern billionaire, but at the same time, a lot of the vehicles and buildings aesthetically have a more classic flair to them, and said new character is shown driving a sports car across an 80s style grid backdrop in the opening, giving the setting a bit more of a Retro Universe feel.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page
  • Shown Their Work: Close-ups of the #1 Dime show that its design is based on the Mercury dime, which was struck from 1916 to 1945, and thus the likeliest candidate to be the US silver dime in circulation during Scrooge's earliest childhood in the new timeline.
  • Show Within a Show: The "Ottoman Empire", a reality show that Louie is fond of watching.
  • Skewed Priorities: The sneak peek for "Daytrip of Doom" has this Played for Laughs. When Scrooge finds his grandnephews and Webby playing an intense war game, he's completely fine with it, to Mrs. Beakley's dismay. However, when he finds Donald doing laundry in his bathroom, he finds that a serious offense and calls for a house meeting.
  • Soft Water: Exaggerated when Scrooge falls from a great height over his money bin; he saves himself by diving into his coinage as if it were a pool, which he does in other shows with great frequency.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Gravity Falls, due to the shows sharing key creative members and a similar madcap humor and adventurous tone.
  • Spoof Aesop: Of the Family-Unfriendly variety, as Louie is aghast that Webby didn't tell Mrs. Beakley she was going anywhere.
    Louie: Webby! That's irresponsible, she'll be worried sick! Call your grandma this instant and tell her that you are spending the night at a friend's house, okay? Lying: it's the responsible thing to do.
  • Stealth Pun: In one of the teaser shorts, Webby's character backstory is that of a Shellshocked Veteran who'd lost troops in Peking - making them Peking Ducks.
  • Story Arc: One of the first season's arcs focuses on the nephews trying to figure out exactly why Donald and Scrooge became estranged for ten years. Whatever it is, it has something to do with the nephews' mom, Della.
  • Suddenly Bilingual: When Webby lies that her friend's Swedish-speaking uncle just arrived to get Mrs. Beakley off the phone, Launchpad (high on snake venom) falls next to her, grabs the phone, and starts spouting Swedish dialog.
  • Super Cell Reception: There's a running gag about Webby trying to reach her grandmother on the cell phone. Unfortunately, they're far under the sea in a sunken city... where it's basically impossible to have any kind of signal at all. She is using a satellite phone, which explains why she can get signals out in the middle of the sea, but not at the bottom of the ocean in the middle of a giant stone temple.

    T-W 
  • Throw the Book at Them:
    • In the 'Meet Huey' promotional short, Huey knocks out Bigfoot by throwing the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook at him. If you look carefully, Huey consults the book before throwing it, implying that the guidebook instructed him to use it as a weapon.
    • In 'The Great Dime Chase', Dewey and Webby defend themselves against Quackfaster by throwing several books at them, the old librarian catching them all with ease.
  • Too Spicy For Yogsothoth: A luck-eating demon tries to eat Donald's luck after he beats Gladstone in a test of luck. Donald's luck is so terrible, the demon gets poisoned by it and loses all his powers. Which was what Scrooge was counting on.
  • Toothy Bird: The duck characters will occasionally be portrayed with teeth, depending on the facial expression they make.
  • Truer to the Text:
    • The Carl Barks stories serve as a big influence, with almost every scene in the Title Sequence being a reference to his paintings. Meanwhile, Word of God says that Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is required reading for new crew members.
    • Scrooge is finally being voiced by an actor who's actually Scottish.note  And Della finally makes an appearance in the cartoons, in a fashion.
    • Donald's personality and characterization in the pilot is far more faithful to the comics version by Carl Barks than any of his previous animated versions. In the original classic cartoons, Donald was unlucky and nearly perpetually angry. It was with Carl Barks that Donald's character developed more and resulted in a new core trait: his endless persistence. In the original Duck Tales he was a supporting character with a far softer and milder personality, unfaithful both to the Barks and classic Disney version. But this Donald is the perfect Adaptation Distillation: fussy, angry and temperamental but also caring and protective, unlucky but also determined.
    • The dynamic between Donald and Scrooge, emotionally estranged, more than a little hostile with the former resenting the latter's exploitative attitude is the first time we've seen their comics' dynamic translated into animation, since the first 1987 series and the few shorts that had them together (such as Mickey's Christmas Carol) had them being cordial and even respectful. Gladstone Gander is also shown with his much harsher and unlikable comics personality from the Barks comic translated on screen, compared to the milder take on the character in the original cartoonnote .
    • This is technically the first cartoon appearance of Emily Quackfaster. In the 1987 Cartoon, her character was made into a similar character with the name Mrs. Featherby. But here she has the name of her original character albeit an entirely different job and personality.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Scrooge's employees don't have to worry about being fired it seems. Scrooge even tells the Buzzards that Gyro and Quackfaster would seek revenge if fired: Scrooge employs them to keep the rest of the world safe from their craziness.
  • Ultimate Universe: The show combines elements from the original series (such as Webby, Launchpad, Gizmoduck and Mrs. Beakley) with those from the original Disney Duck comics (such as Uncle Scrooge wearing red and having Donald getting involved in his uncle's adventures as well as wearing a black sailor suit), all the while throwing in original ideas (like making Flintheart Glomgold a Fat Bastard, Fenton being Latino) and new characters (Mark Beaks). This also expanded to an element in the recent comics, where Darkwing Duck is involved. He now officially exists in parallel to Duck Tales, and will appear in the new series.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The triplets, voiced by adult men, have a bit too deep voices for preteens.
  • Walking Spoiler: Della Duck. Donald's sister and the nephews' mother.
  • Wham Line: At the end of the first episode, Dewey pushes back the fallen part of the painting of Scrooge, Donald, and the ghost pirate to reveal a female duck fighting with one of the pirate's cronies. His response?
    Dewey: Mom?
    • The note Dewey and Webby find in "The Great Dime Chase": “Scrooge, I’ve taken the Spear of Selene. I’m sorry. Della.”.
    • The end of "The Beagle Birthday Massacre":
    Lena: Aunt Magica, I'm in.
  • Wham Shot:
    • At the end of the first half of the premiere, we finally get to see who Donald's job interview is with: it's Flintheart Glomgold.
    • In the end of the very first episode Dewey pulls back a piece of the painting featuring Donald and Scrooge fighting the pirate ghost and sees an image of a female duck atop the mast fighting one of his cronies. His shocked response is, "Mom?"
    • The ending of "The Great Dime Chase" has Gyro Gearloose taking notes for how to improve his robots, with the last shot showing his notepad concluding with something called "Project Blatherskite", alluding to the eventual creation of Gizmoduck.
  • World of Funny Animals: As with the original, but with a wider variety of species. Instead of just ducks and Dogfaces, there's a whole menagerie of different animal characters making up the background population.

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