YMMV: DuckTales

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The series:

  • Adaptation Displacement: Depending on where you live. The comics that the show was based on seem to have grown rather obscure in America, but in most of Europe, the comics are still far better known than the cartoon. In France, the comics are still well known while most people hardly even heard of the cartoon.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Gandra Dee gets a lot of flack from fans because of how she treats Fenton Crackshell in some of her episodes, but in at least two of them, she isn't completely in the wrong.
    • In "Metal Attraction", she is either an ungrateful bitch for not thanking Fenton for the lengths he goes to make her happy, or she is justified in complaining that he is overdoing it.
    • Was Gandra despising Fenton because filming her for the Pep commercial ruined her reputation in "The Big Flub" uncalled for, or did she have every right to be angry at her boyfriend because of the town's backlash to a product that Fenton didn't bother to test before releasing?
  • Anvilicious and Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • The episode "Blue Collar Scrooge" is not subtle at all about its themes of relation between workers and bosses, and the workers' rights. But its themes are important to this day.
    • Likewise, The Golden Fleecing is not subtle with its moral of not letting greed tempt you into doing the wrong thing.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Seen by critics as a huge, expensive folly that would cost Disney millions with very little reward. As happened once before, they were so very wrong.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Despite being ditched by not one but two parental figures (Donald and their mother, whatever happened to her) Huey, Dewey and Louie barely have an angsty moment between them.
  • Awesome Art: The first season in particular has some of the best traditional animation ever put on television.
  • Awesome Music: Pretty much the entire instrumental score, rich with leitmotifs and themes that uplift and inspire. Pay any attention to the music, particularly during the "Treasure of the Golden Suns" five-parter, and it becomes apparent how much love Ron Jones poured into scoring this series. It's a positive tragedy that, to this day, Disney Records still hasn't released the BGM to the public on a CD collection. It's perhaps an even more appalling tragedy that even among DuckTales fans, those who pay enough attention to the score to merit a CD release comprise a very small pocket fandom.
  • Base Breaker: Fenton/Gizmoduck is an interesting case since the love/hate reactions he gets often stem from whether a fan encoutered him first on DuckTales or Dark Wing Duck. For fans who watched the former first, he's often an Ensemble Darkhorse as is shown below on this very page. For fans who met him when he cameod alongside St. Canard's resident vigilante hero, he's often not nearly so well liked. But then, if these second group of fans goes back and retroactively watches DuckTales, they often warm up to Fenton/Giz after seeing him fleshed out and with a real backstory other than just DW's rival. See Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
    • Webby. Some hate her for her Purity Sue, Tastes Like Diabetes tendancies and find her to be a Damsel Scrappy and terrible role model for the show's young female audience members when compared to Huey, Dewey and Louie. Others find her adorable and like how she subverts the Real Women Don't Wear Dresses trope by managing to be extremely feminine and getting to adventure and save the day on occasion. The base just can't decide, even to this day. It didn't help that she was designed and animated to look the same age as the nephews but was probably meant to be much younger, justifying some of her worse moments.
  • Bizarro Episode: "Luck O' The Ducks" which sees Scrooge and co. head to Ireland and stay in a castle populated by humanoid leprechauns. No, not Disney dogs or ducks, actual little humans.
  • Broken Base:
    • Some fans feel that season two was inferior to the first and that it had weaker animation and missed the adventure stories that made up season one. Others felt that the second season was just as strong as the first.
    • The news of the revival is currently a big one. Some are ecstatic that Disney is revitalizing the characters for a new generation and hoping that this will lead to the same happening for other Disney cartoons from the same era. Others are less enthused, worried that They Changed It, Now It Sucks will ensue by the new show not capturing what made the original a fan favorite.
  • Canon Fodder: Just what the heck happened with the triplets' Missing Mom and Disappeared Dad anyway? In the comics we know they've passed away, but it's never made clear in the show itself.
    • Scrooge dusting off the cape (or at least buying a new one) and returning as the Masked Mallard is very popular in Fan-Art and Fan Fic alike.
  • Crack Pairing: Scrooge/Fenton. Heck, it's even called McCrack.
  • Demoted to Extra: Bubba, rather hilariously straight after he was introduced as a new main character.
  • Ear Worm: The Title Theme Tune. Even if you've never seen an episode of the show in your life, you know the theme song of it, whether you want to admit it or not. This song is in the repertoire of the University of Oregon pep band, due to its catchiness and because the U of O mascot is a duck.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Launchpad, who later went on to become Darkwing Duck's sidekick. Ironically, when Launchpad started appearing in non-''DuckTales'' related comics, he was poorly received by comic readers and accused of being an unnecessary carbon copy of Donald. Which is really weird, considering that Launchpad hardly ever gets angry or complains about doing what he's told to do. Donald's defining characteristic, on the other hand, is his temper.
    • It's really not that weird. Launchpad isn't similar to Donald personality-wise, but the role he played on DuckTales was an obvious stand-in for Donald's usual role in the comics. Since the comics already have the actual Donald, Launchpad is a rather pointless character in most of his comic appearances. This, coupled with writers not knowing what to do with the character, probably led to some readers thinking of Launchpad as, essentially, "Donald minus his personality".
    • Glittering Goldie, who appeared in a handful of episodes despite only appearing in one Carl Barks story. Rosa also padded out the character a lot in comics that mostly came after the show, including his epic masterpiece.
    • Gizmoduck, plain and simple. He turned an accountant into the most powerful array of mechanical components and accessories who is a bodyguard and security guard for Scrooge, as well as a super hero to Duckburg and even went on to help Darkwing Duck protect St. Canard.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Magica De Spell, Circe, Cinnamon Teal, Feathers Galore and Boom-Boom Beagle.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: Scrooge becoming the Masked Mallard again and teaming up with Gizmoduck is very popular.
    • The triplets' parents coming to DuckBurg to reunite with them.
    • Crossovers with the Dark Wing Duck cast were a given even before the comics.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Since he was so poorly received and then barely appeared again after his debut episodes, many fans will either ignore or just honestly forget Bubba's existence till someone reminds them he's still supposed to be part of the McDuck household.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Scrooge and Magica de Spell.
    • Also Scrooge and Ma Beagle.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Dark Wing Duck, natch.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Launchpad lets everyone stay at his home after the Beagle Boys rob Scrooge of his money and then take the mansion from him. Back in "Down and Out in Duckburg" when Scrooge had also lost both his wealth and home he was afraid of going to Launchpad for help because he believed that Launchpad wouldn't want to give him the time of day anymore now that he was poor.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "All Ducks on Board" The Phantom Blot was boasting about how evil he is by saying "I am the Phantom Blot! I make Darth Vader look about as scary as a hood ornament of a 53 Buick! Compared to me, Dr. Doom is a wimp!" Guess what franchises Disney eventually got ownership of?
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In the multi-parter Time Is Money, Scrooge is frequently called out for his shabby treatment of Bubba to the extent even his own conscience becomes ashamed of him. However, the show ignores the fact that Bubba's actions are incredibly, albeit innocently, disruptive and destructive in Scrooge's business and home life to the extent he almost loses his fortune to the Beagle Boys because of him. While Scrooge was very mean to Bubba, it's hard not to feel a little bad for the guy as he suffers catastrophe after catastrophe and noone seems to care beyond how he hurt Bubba's feelings.
  • Memetic Badass: Scrooge seems pretty strong to be able to swim through a pile of gold coins.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: Webby.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The magical harp's, "Uh-uh-uh! You are fibbing, fibbing, fibbing!" got old very fast.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The Beagle Boys mainly resort to burglary and thievery throughout the show, and don't really harm anyone. However, they cross this line BIG time in the series finale, "The Golden Goose", when they turn Huey, Dewey, and Louie into golden statues, essentially killing them...though the effect is reversed at the end of the episode. They get their comeuppance when they suffer the same fate, and it's their own fault it happens no less.
    • Fritter O'Way in "Down and Out in Duckburg" was already a Jerkass, but once he discovers that Scrooge can get his fortune back, he goes to where he and the others are at and opens fire on them with a rifle intent on killing them or sinking their ship.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The Duck Tales NES game is very much in the running for being the best example of this trope; the game actually became a classic and is considered one of the finest games made during the 8-bit era, by Capcom or anyone. Its sequel is rare, but had similar reception. In modern times, it's ranked up along with Golden Eye 1997 and Kingdom Hearts (which is, interestingly, another Disney property) as an example of a licensed game done right. Hell, Game Informer and EGM have BOTH placed it at #2 of all-time... In fact, as it says on the game's page, the game is SO popular it got an HD remake.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: As said above, Fenton/Gizmoduck for those who disliked him in Dark Wing Duck but then met him again in DuckTales.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Bubba. This is so bad that he was Put on a Bus shortly after starring in a few episodes.
    • It can be argued that Webby is a Base Breaker at least, being essentially the female edition of the duck triplets. Probably classes as Annoying Younger Sibling, but she did have quite a few Awesome Moments to neutralize some of her Tastes Like Diabetes moments. It could have to do with the fact that she's a Purity Sue mixed with a Damsel Scrappy. She often got in trouble or captured, forcing everyone else to drop everything so they could come to her aid. When that wasn't the case, whenever she was directly involved in an episode's story she'd almost always be the one to save the day, often making the other characters look completely incompetent by comparison (for example, one episode has her pulling a Big Damn Heroes and saving Launchpad from drowning since he doesn't know how to swim... EVEN THOUGH SEVERAL EPISODES BEFORE THIS HAVE HAD THE GANG GO UNDERWATER AND HAVE SHOWED HIM SWIMMING JUST FINE).
    • Gandra Dee is not particularly well-liked, mostly due to being a Flat Character and Satellite Love Interest for Fenton.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Half of Webby's appearances are accompanied by music of this kind.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Three of them in fact. Launchpad's loving family; Ripcord, Birdie and Loopey McQuack are very well liked and fondly remembered despite only appearing once in the episode "Top Duck" (with Ripcord and Loopy getting a non-speaking cameo in "Til Nephews Do Us Part"). Fans requested they make another appearance but all they got was a cameo in the Dark Wing Duck episode "U.F. Foe."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Scrooge finds out that Fenton is Gizmoduck at the end of "Super DuckTales". If Fenton's secret had stayed that way passed his introductory episodes, it would have been interesting to see how he'd have juggled trying to work two jobs as Scrooge's accountant and security guard without his boss uncovering his secret.
  • Toy Ship: There's some fanfiction pairing Webbie with one of the three nephews... Unfortunately for them, "Duck to the Future" hints that she ends up married to Doofus.
    • To be fair though That episode is a Bad Future where the boys are evil so the door's still open
    • Also: Crossover Ship. You'd be surprised how much fanfiction there is pairing one of the boys, usually Louie, with Gosalyn Mallard.
  • Ugly Cute: Bubba
  • Uncanny Valley: A few times when they tried to make some of the background dogs easier on the eye by downplaying their canine traits and upping their human ones. The results were pretty creepy, especially alongside the very cartoonish regulars.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Scrooge in Time Is Money. See Jerkass Has a Point above.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The Junior Woodchucks in "Superdoo", who turn against Doofus for doing the things they were doing to him before he became empowered.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The duel between the real and faux Masked Mallards in the episode of the same name is gloriously animated, and holds up even today nearly 25 years later.
  • What an Idiot: With one hundred episodes and a movie, most members of the cast had their moments. Examples would be Huey, Dewey and Louie becoming convinced Launchpad was Gizmoduck (despite having seen the two together many times) and Fenton not believing Scrooge when his boss told him there were two Masked Mallards running around for almost the same reason.
  • The Woobie:
    • Webby, so very much.
    • Fenton. He was extraordinarilly good at counting, and he did become the super hero Gizmo Duck. However, becoming Gizmo Duck is the one time when he finally feels like he's worth something. But he also had an extreme case of bad luck. Not to mention that he was stuck dating Gandra Dee, who often was ungrateful or cold-hearted towards him.
    • The show carefully avoids drawing attention to this, but Huey, Dewey, and Louie were already orphaned by their biological parents (the original 1930s cartoons show them abandoned on Donald's doorstep) when Donald decides to up and abandon them to his elderly, initially uncaring uncle to pursue a career in the navy. Glimpses of the future suggest that he never returns to them, and over time he stops being mentioned at all. Luckily Scrooge quickly warms to them and does his level best to be a good caregiver, but, still, that's a pretty horrifying back story.

The games:

  • Awesome Music: The Moon, one of the greatest songs of the 8-bit era, and one of the most praised and well-remembered video game songs ever.
  • Critical Dissonance: The remake's rather divisive; quite a few critics savaged it, but quite a few YouTubers loved it.
  • Disappointing Last Level: The last level of the game is... Transylvania. Which you had to go through twice before, and it's exactly the same as it was before. Subverted in the remake, where the last level is replaced by Mount Vesuvius, aka Magica's lair.
  • 4.5: The GameSpot review of DuckTales: Remastered written by Tom McShea was very infamous.
  • First Installment Wins: The second game's problem isn't so much it being a bad game as most gamers just not being aware that it existed. Aside from that it's usually acknowledged to be a decent sequel, albeit not quite as good as the first.
  • Good Bad Bugs: In the Game Boy version, if you can nab one of Mrs. Beakley's ice creams before they appear on the screen, it doesn't refill your life, but instead acts as a "red" diamond, giving you $50,000! Grabbing all four nets $200,000, and you can scroll her off the screen to come back and collect again, and it's an easy way to get tens of millions of dollars by sacrificing a few lives in the African Mines for easy money!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Brentalfloss did a 'What if the Moon theme to Duck Tales NES had lyrics?', at one point explicitly saying it sounds like an ending credits theme. Come Remastered, not only is the Moon theme a recurring motif in the soundtrack, it gets a rather heartfelt piano remix in the second half of the credits.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: A lot of critics threw this accusation at Remastered, saying that choosing to marry modern visuals and storytelling devices with 1989 gameplay was a stupid idea, and that Disney and WayForward should have made a completely new game from scratch.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In the remake's storyline, both Evil Sorceress Magica De Spell and Evil Counterpart Glomgold were pretty much the cartoony villains like they were in the series. But if the former's kidnapping Huey, Dewey, and Louie and the latter's teaming up with Magica's side the whole time wasn't bad enough, there's them letting the boys be killed by Count Dracula Duck.
  • Narm Charm: The engrishy ending for the prototype version of the first game. Scrooge tells his nephews that the one thing more important than the treasures he found is "Dream and Friends". Remastered references this for a heartwarming A Winner Is You effect upon beating the hardest difficulty mode.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The first game especially is one of the best on the NES.
  • Pandering to the Base: Remastered, possibly, with its references to the Moon level themenote  in both the level select theme, and the ending credits music (which is the TV theme song, followed by a piano rendition of said Moon theme), and with the ability to play the game using the original 8-bit music from the NES game.
  • That One Achievement: "Look Ma, No Spats". This achievement has you getting to the other side of the underground section of the Amazon, using only the pogo jump. While this was fairly easy to do in the NES version, Remastered decreases the amount of length between the top and the bottom, making this really harder to do, especially when the PC version of the game is running slowly. Did we mention the section is also littered with thorns?
  • That One Level: The last section of Mount Vestivus in Remastered. It requires very precise plaforming, which will most of the time lead to your downfall. Toppled with the fact that you lose a life if you fail to reach the top in time.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: A common criticism of Remastered (and the Castle of Illusion remake that was released a few weeks later) was that it was too difficult and wouldn't appeal to children. In addition to the Unfortunate Implications that younger gamers are too stupid and/or impatient to bother with a difficult platformer, the reviewers seemingly forgot that most older gamers were also children when the original NES version came out.