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Western Animation: Quack Pack

Short-Lived 1996 Disney Afternoon show featuring Donald Duck, his now-grown nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and his girlfriend Daisy. The three nephews are now portrayed as teenagers, and much less interchangeable than in previous depictions: as might be expected by the rules of Chromatic Arrangement, Huey is depicted as the leader, Dewey is depicted as the tech-whiz, and Louie is depicted as a bit of a nerd as well as the jock-type.

Seemed almost designed to inspire cries of They Changed It, Now It Sucks from Disney purists, fans of the earlier DuckTales, and fans of the classic comics, the inhabitants of Duckburg are now (save Donald, Daisy and the nephews) largely human, the nephews speak with still duck-like voices, but far less "Donald Duck" speech (as opposed the the really "Donald Duck in a higher pitch" voices of DuckTales), the costumes have been redesigned to be Totally Radical (and to include pants), and Daisy and Donald now work as reporter and cameraman for a TV show entitled What in the World. Save for the occasional visit by Ludwig Von Drake (and in one episode, a cameo by Pluto), no other character of the Duck Universe appears. Some fans argue that the producers intentionally filled the world with humans in order to separate the show's universe from that of Ducktales and Darkwing Duck, which did not share Quack Pack's over-the-top wacky tone.

As the show focuses on Donald and Co., rather than Scrooge, the tone is a bit more slapstick in nature, though the stories presented are generally of the Carl Barks and Don Rosa type adventures the characters are known for (and, of course, a good dash of Disney Nightmare Fuel).

Lasted for a single season of 39 episodes, most of which weren't seen until the show was rebroadcast on Toon Disney. Apparently has fallen into Canon Discontinuity, as depictions of Huey, Dewey and Louie have reverted to their classic form in future Disney productions (unlike the aging of Max Goof). However, the teen depictions of the trio from this series did make a cameo in the short comic story "Whatever Happened to Uncle Scrooge?", and their designs were used in the occasional episode of House of Mouse.

Tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Donald Duck ends up getting unwanted affections from an alligator named Antoinette in "Gator Aid".
  • Accidental Hero: Happens to Donald constantly. Among other things, he's defeated a rampaging dragon and halted an invasion of Earth by an alien armada. In both cases, the people involved thought him a great warrior, while in reality Donald was usually not even aware of what happened.
  • Accidental Truth: Happens in "Hero Today, Don Tomorrow", when Donald attempts to impress his nephews by claiming to know Flint Steele when they were younger. At the end of the episode, it turns out that Flint Steele actually did meet Donald when they were younger (Steele used to be a skinny child that Donald played practical jokes on, and it was Donald's pranks that motivated Steele to become the athletic celebrity that he is today).
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Daisy has this reaction in "Shrunken Heroes" to Donald's prank of filling Kent Powers' bug sprayer with syrup so that he attracts bugs instead of making them go away.
  • Animated Shows
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The video game Donald uploads into the navy supercomputer ends up going haywire and hijacks the ships jets, ala WarGames.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Subverted in "Return of the T-Squad". After distracting Captain Muscle (Louie) with a meteor and The Really Incredibly Fast Guy (Huey) with a tidal wave, the disaster the Zalcrovian Overlord uses to keep Brain Boy (Dewey) from saving Donald is said to be "bad clams", but it turns out to refer to an airplane pilot eating bad clams and becoming comatose mid-flight, causing the plane to crash.
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Used in "The Boy Who Cried Ghost", when the triplets figure out that since monsters are hideous, they would find cute things to be scary.
  • Bald of Evil:
    • The villain of "Island of the Not-so-Nice" and Nestor Nocturno from "None Like It Hot".
    • Moltoch is revealed to be one in his second appearance "Hit the Road, Backwater Jack" when he removes his hat.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animals: The nephews. And of course, Donald. Daisy is barefoot in one scene where she first wakes up in the morning.
  • Bear Trap Bed
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Helga Needlehopper in "Take My Duck, Please!", who enjoys doing chores, but unfortunately also has a massive fondness for playing violent and destructive games.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: When mentioning the presents the evil prince gave her in "Leader of the Quack", the dragon first lists normal items that one would give to one's significant other, but then ends the list with live sheep.
  • The Cameo: In the episode "Pride Goeth Before the Fall Guy", the boys get a packet of famous villain cards. The villain on the box is Professor Ratigan.
    • Pluto in the first episode.
    • Scuttle from The Little Mermaid makes a brief appearance in "Phoniest Home Video".
    • The Genie from Aladdin appears on television for a few seconds in "Ducks by Nature".
  • Camp Straight: Rocky "The Rocket" Throttle in "Need 4 Speed", who is extremely flamboyant, but actually flirts with Daisy and attempts to steal her from Donald.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Some would argue it was this from the start, since previous animated duck universe shows had no humans in them (and in fact, when Darkwing Duck was transported to another dimension and saw humans for the first time, he was horrified, referring to them as "hideous, beakless mutants").
  • Cant Get Away With Nothing: Claw reveals that his Start of Darkness was lying once.
  • Character Exaggeration: For Huey, Dewey and Louie. Traditionally they have looked and behaved identically, but in DuckTales they still looked alike but started to have hints of individual personalities (Huey as the leader, Dewey as the Smart Guy and Louie as the tagalong). Here, these personalities have been strengthened and made clearer, for the first time making the boys clearly distinct characters.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Louie's instant lava in "The Germinator", which is first used as part of a gag and later is utilized to defeat Dr. Tovar's germs.
    • Happens again in "The Boy Who Cried Ghost", when the cute animal costumes the triplets got from Donald are later used to scare the monsters that are trying to scare them.
    • Louie's habit of playing the violin in "None Like It Hot" is yet another example. His brothers are annoyed by it in the beginning of the episode, but later proves to be the key to thwarting Nestor Nocturno's plan.
  • Chromatic Arrangement
  • Continuity Nod: One episode has Donald forced to serve one more day in the Navy (which he had been part of during DuckTales). Donald was lying to makes his nephews proud. Here, he does the same for Daisy. Though she never gets wise. But in both episodes, Donald does save the day.
    • "Return of the T-Squad" is one for both "The Late Donald Duck" and "The Really Mighty Ducks". The Zalcrovian Overlord from "The Late Donald Duck" appears and even mentions how Donald managed to accidentally thwart his plan to invade Earth. The callback to "The Really Mighty Ducks" is that it has the triplets become their superhero personae again and Louie shows reluctance by pointing out that the last time they became superheroes, the whole universe was destroyed.
  • Cool Plane: "The Mega Death-wing of Doom!"
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Averted in one episode; Gwumpki invents something called "Tasty Paste", a gooey, slightly chunky paste that looks questionable (like slime), but tastes fantastic. The boys buy the recipe and the rights to sell it from Gwumpki, turning it into a massive corporate empire until an industrial accident turns the stuff into a giant kaiju. Then the boys wake up. Just when they think it was All Just a Dream, Gwumpki offers them a taste of his latest creation: Tasty Paste!
  • Crazy-Prepared: Nigel Nightshade - greatest thief in the world - who has a plan, backup plan, con, or escape for pretty much every situation he finds himself in. Case in point, after he steals a valuable artifact and the heroes bust in on him gloating at his home, he reveals what looked like the artifact was actually made of chocolate, just on the off chance someone walked in while he was holding it.
  • Crossover Punchline: In the episode The Real Mighty Ducks. "Quick! To Pluto!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much all of the characters trade off on this, even Donald, though Daisy has it most consistently. Most episodes have at least one of the nephews (usually Louie) be more levelheaded than the rest and spend the episode being snarky about things. Often combined with Aside Glance, with the characters turning to the camera and flatly snarking about what's going on.
  • Depending on the Artist: Donald, his nephews, and Daisy alternate between having teeth and just having toothless beaks depending on the episode.
  • Destructive Savior: In "Gator Aid", Daisy's effort to stop the gold depository from being raided result in it being destroyed instead. Lampshaded by Daisy herself "We saved the depository!" ''(pull back to show the crumbling remains of the building) "...Well... some of it."
    • The boys as the T-Squad, where with superpowers they tend to cause massive destruction for the sake of minor saves, and sometimes don't even get the job done at all. The first time, they ended up blowing up everything but - conveniently - Ludwig von Drake's laboratory. Lampshaded several times by Louie the second time they were forced to do it:
    "This is a bad idea, guys! The last time we became superheroes, the whole universe got destroyed!"
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Leads to Huey mistakenly going into an evil scientist's lab when he meant to go see the dentist.
  • Dogfaces: In "All Hands on Duck." Some of the soldiers are dogs. Anomorphic dogs.
  • Dressing as the Enemy (Though a strange example... while Huey, Dewey, and Louie indeed manage to get the guards' uniforms... the Big Bad does not seem to notice that the guards are now ducks.)
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: In the first episode, but time travel fixed that.
  • Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: Donald manages to accidentally defeat a fleet of alien invaders in "The Late Donald Duck".
  • Era-Specific Personality: When hit with a De-Aging Ray, Donald reverts to each of his earlier models.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Colonel from "Gator Aid" has some of this. When he tells Daisy to finish off Donald (he has mistaken them both for specialists he has hired), Daisy incorrectly guesses that the Colonel has ordered her to kill him. The Colonel's response to Daisy's conclusion is to say in a disgusted tone "Ew! You really are tough!"
  • Expy: Donald's cousin Mel appears in one episode and looks, sounds, and acts like Herb Muddlefoot.
    • A minor recurring character is Gustav Goose, who has a few similarities with Donald's cousin Gus Goose, mainly in that both have similar names and are overweight.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: "The Germinator", where Huey, Dewey, and Louie have to shrink down to microscopic size and get inside Donald to thwart the plans of Dr. Tovar to use Donald to infect everyone at Duckburg Stadium and make germs thrive indefinitely.
  • Forgotten Birthday: The episode "Ducky Dearest" involves the triplets attempting to hold a surprise birthday party for their Uncle Donald, but the way they act causes Donald to mistake them for doing illegal things behind his back, so he buys self-help tapes from a Dr. Homer, who turns out to be a con man.
  • Freudian Excuse: In "None Like It Hot", the villain Nestor Nocturno wants to use a rocket with a large lense to cause the sun to burn everyone on Earth because he was laughed at in a school play where he was forced to play the sun.
  • Funny Foreigner: Gwumpki, Donald's Wacky Neighbor.
  • Furry Confusion: Not only do anthropomorphic animals coexist with non-anthropomorphic animals, but non-anthropomorphic animals occasionally speak.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Barbie Doll Anatomy notwithstanding, Louie is briefly seen naked in "Return of the T-Squad" when his costume falls off after losing his powers.
    • In "Pardon my Molecules", Huey and Dewey are in a giant rat costume to sneak into the villain's lair. Dewey asks why he has to be the rear half and Huey answers with "Type casting", essentially calling his brother an ass.
    • In "Cat and Louse", the villain flirts with Daisy by telling her that he has better animal magnetism than Donald. Animal magnetism is an informal term for sexual attractiveness.
    • "Feats of Clay" has Huey get the back of his clothes burned off by a dragon, exposing his butt. And he has actual buttocks as opposed to just tail feathers.
  • Going Commando: In "Koi Story", when an earthquake occurs after Gil presses a button on a remote to separate a large, rocky wall to show a giant fish bowl, the shaky earth causes Daisy (wearing her light pink sweater and dark pink short skirt with matching high heels), to lose her balance and bounce a few times. As she does this, she involuntarily flashes the camera and audience, revealing she's not wearing any undies underneath her skirt (let alone tights or even spandex pants). When the quake stops, she's in spread eagle position before turned around (probably modestly) and getting up while looking at the bowl. Her upskirt can be seen from behind as well during this, in another location and she's upskirted when she and Gil are on a wooden platform. These were done probably for humor, like with Minnie perpetually flashing her panties.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Used in "Cat and Louse" when Huey shuts the door on the abusive trainer when his lions and tigers attack him. Huey even hangs a lampshade on the trope by telling the audience that they don't really need to see what is happening to the villain.
  • Green Around the Gills: In "Can't Take A Yolk", Huey, Dewey and Louie's faces turn green after getting motion sickness from an amusement park ride.
    • In "The Really Mighty Ducks", a pilot turns green not only in the face, but his hands are seen green as well, from airsickness.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Averted: The nephews actually wear PANTS in this series. Donald still remains half-dressed, though (although he has traded in his sailor suit for a Hawaiian shirt.)
  • Heel-Face Turn: The Claw is rehabilitated in his second appearance and becomes an almost Tastes Like Diabetes level of nice guy. However...
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Part of his rehabilitation was mental conditioning that worked fine, except that if he sees gold, he will revert to his orginal vicious personality and only the sound of a bell can bring him back. Since this episode is set in a gold mine, Claw undegoes this atleast a dozen times in 22 minutes.
  • Here We Go Again: "Koi Story" ends with Gil letting his fish Winston go in order for him to be happy, but then he takes in a caterpillar as his new pet, who looks just as depressed as Winston was when he was Gil's pet.
  • Hot Scoop: Daisy Duck. No, really. She gets hit on by quite a large number of male characters in this series.
  • Humiliation Conga: Kent Powers suffers a very satisfying one at the end of "Stunt Double or Nothing", where Donald, Daisy, and the triplets get back at Kent for cheating to win his bet by having him dress like a clown and be tricked into doing degrading things while being filmed live.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Nobody hurts the triplets' beloved Uncle D but them. This can even make them stop from plotting something nasty of their own should they be angry at him.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "Pride Goeth Before the Fall Guy" has two examples. When Kent Powers criticizes Donald for never planning ahead, he then bumps into a wall because he wasn't looking where he was going. After that, Donald claims to know a thief when he sees one and then gullibly gives his keys to a burglar who claims to be a parking valet.
    • Another example occurs in "The Late Donald Duck", when Kent Powers accuses Donald of being self-centered, when he himself is rather egotistical.
  • Hulk Speak: CLAW SMASH AND MASH!
  • Intrepid Reporter: Daisy.
  • Karma Houdini: The guy who sold the Triplets an elixir to shrink a tree into a bud (To avoid cutting down said tree which is apparently indestructible) scams them by the fact everything that becomes younger turns back eventually, as well as grows 100 ft taller than it was before this guy is never caught, or even seen again, though he does seem to be The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday of the Travelling Salesman variety.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Several, usually of the kind with characters pointing out how over the top things have gotten, though one episode they have a more direct one. The nephews have developed superpowers thanks to one of Ludwig Von Drake's inventions. Things get severely out of hand when Donald becomes a supervillain, and he ends up destroying EVERYTHING IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, with one exception: Von Drake's lab. Naturally, he's invented a way to fix everything. Huey is quick to point out how incredibly convenient this is.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!
  • Medieval Stasis: An isolated tiny European country that Donald was made king over after he accidently defeated a rampaging dragon without him even noticing is still stuck in the middle ages. Its aware of the outside world, it just doesnt seem to be interested in catching up.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Cooden in "None Like It Hot", who spends most of his time reading a Mantis Boy comic and is easily deceived by Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
  • Monster Mash: "The Boy Who Cried Ghost" features a vampire, a werewolf, a Frankenstein's Monster Valkyrie, and a ghost.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Gil goes through this in "Koi Story" when Daisy points out to him that his pet fish Winston is not really happy.
  • Mythology Gag: In "Pardon my Molecules", a video of one of Daisy's earlier news reports depicts her wearing her classic bow and dress apparel. Daisy is ashamed that she ever dressed like that on live television.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While masquerading as a specialist hired to help raid not-Fort-Knox, Daisy butts in as the villain is explaining his plan, guessing the rest of it. Turns out his plan was something else entirely, that by his own realization "never woulda worked!", and he decides to go with her plan instead. Cue Face Palm and mumbling to herself, "Smooth move, Daisy."
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The villain of "Nosy Neighbors" is essentially Elvis Presley with a moustache.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: The episode "Dental Mental" has Huey accidentally get a mind control device surgically attached to his head, which he subsequently uses to win any contest, order anyone around, and eventually take over the world. However, he becomes unsatisfied once he is king of the world, knowing that no one truly respects him and he's being honored only because of the device on his head.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Daisy Duck has a noticeable bust in this series.
  • Noodle Incident: In "Heavy Dental", Dewey and Louie comment that Huey is in another of his world domination phases. Later, after Huey pulls a Look Behind You on her, the robotic Agent X complains about it being the third time this week she fell for that kind of trick.
  • The Not So Harmless Punishment: Aliens threaten Donald with sixty lashes with a "wet noodle." He laughs it off and boldly tells them to make it seventy. Turns out the "noodle" is a giant, living, carnivorous worm.
  • Panty Shot: There have been a few of these in this:
    • In "Pardon My Molecules", after Donald, Daisy and the nephews first arrive in a desert to set up camp, when Daisy moves as she marvels and takes in the sights while talking about getting the next story break for her and Donald's news show, the hem of her pink dress lifts slightly in a breezy draft caused by her movement, partly or slightly revealing her white, frilly unmentionables.
    • In the same episode, a flashback involving Dr. Emile Crocker's past includes scenes in which some people in the street become horrified and faint at the sight of his face from a ray that distorted his normal face into one designed in an abstract art style. Then a young lady with long, brown hair, wearing a blue beret with matching knee-length dress who is passing by notices him. She jumps with a frightened look on her face, her beret flies up (suspended in mid-air for a few seconds), her hair stands up and her dress flips up, revealing white, frilly panties before the dress flips back down, and she too faints.
    • In "The Boy Who Cried Ghost", the female viking ghost's undies are shown from behind, as she jostles against the blue ghost and vampire to escape a room.
    • In "Heavy Dental", Huey is watching three cheerleaders from a stadium entrance to the field and they're seen waving their pompoms and jumping, which causes their close-fitted mini-skirts to lift slightly, revealing peeks of their blue panties. Huey then uses his dental head gear to control the cheerleaders.
    • Averted with Daisy in "Koi Story" by wearing none. See one of the tropes above this for more info.
  • Portrait Painting Peephole: Used by the vampire and his ghost nephew in "The Boy Who Cried Ghost".
  • Power Trio: The triplets, naturally. They hit several types: though exactly which roles each brother plays depends on the episode, in general Huey is The Hero, Dewey is The Lancer / The Smart Guy and Louie is The Chick / The Heart, but there's also:
    • Freudian Trio: Dewey as typically the impulsive one (the Id, atypically for a character who is also The Smart Guy), Louie generally being the reasonable - if softhearted - one (Superego) and Huey usually as the one who can be both (or neither) - all depending on the episode.
    • Fighter, Mage, Thief: When they turned into superheroes - Louie became a Flying Brick, Dewey became a telekinetic with an enormous brain and Huey essentially became The Flash.
  • The Pig Pen: Dr. Tovar in "The Germinator", who loves germs and cares about their survival to the point that he detests cleanliness.
  • Pluto Is Expendable: One episode actually had Donald becoming planet-sized and smashing Pluto to pieces because that's where his nephews (all pretending to be superheroes) are hiding. The episode also had a brief cameo of the "other" Pluto.
  • Pun-Based Title: Most episodes. The very first is The Really Mighty Ducks.
  • Punny Name: Beef Jerky from "Ducks by Nature".
  • Red Right Hand: The aptly named Claw has a metallic right hand with sharp claws on it. For some odd reason, he's had it since he was a baby, and his kindly grandmother has one as well.
  • Robosexual: Dewey is implied to be one in "Heavy Dental" when he refers to the robotic Agent X as a "fox".
  • Shaped Like Itself: A lot of the Zalcrovian Overlord's dialogue is this, saying things like "wrath-like wrath" and "punishing punishment".
  • Show Within The Show: What in the World. The news-show that Daisy, Donald and Kent all work for.
  • Shout-Out: When Donald is de-aged to his teenage years, his appearance is based on his design from his original appearance in The Wise Little Hen.
    • In Long Arm Of The Claw, the scene where Claw is raging on top of a cliff only to revert to his nice persona when he hears a church bell is based on the Night On Bald Mountain segment from Fantasia.
    • Huey, Dewey, and Louie's escape montage in "Phoniest Home Videos" is a nod to The Great Escape.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kent Powers. The foppish blowhard anchorman who's arrogance, selfishness and vanity is much a subject of comic fodder.
  • Supreme Chef: Gwumpki, despite running a greasy spoon, is an excellent chef of some renknown in his homeland.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Captain Dreadnought from "All Hands on Duck" is one for Admiral Grimitz from DuckTales. Both are Donald's superior in the Navy, both are a Dogface, and both are constantly annoyed by Donald's antics.
  • The Nineties: Extreme attitude on the boy's part and the fact that Daisy was often portrayed as a Murphy Brown-esque career-oriented woman suggest a cartoon from the politically correct era.
  • That Poor Cat: In a garbage chute.
  • Toon Disney: Eventually ran on this channel.
  • Totally Radical: the whole show.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Donald's excuse for being late in "The Late Donald Duck", where he claims to be a selfless hero, but the flashbacks show him only helping people out for personal gain and being a coward in the face of danger.
  • Villain Song:
    • The Mad Scientist in "Island of the Not-so-Nice" has a brief one where he sings about how he plans to de-evolve the world so that he can easily conquer it.
    • Nestor Nocturno from "None Like It Hot" has an even briefer one where he joyfully describes what will happen when his rocket makes it to the sun.
  • Visual Pun: "Pride Goeth Before the Fall Guy" has Donald Duck's head get bigger when he happily signs an autograph for Nigel Nightshade.

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