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As the series begins, Donald ships out to sea as he has enlisted in the Navy (the InUniverse reason why he's not one of the main characters as in the original comics[[note]]The real behind-the-scenes reason why DonaldDuck has such a small role in ''[=DuckTales=]'' compared to the Carl Barks comics has everything to do with ExecutiveMeddling. The late Roy E. Disney (Walt Disney’s nephew) didn’t have high opinions about television animation (viewing it more as a necessary evil to make money, rather than having any artistic value at all) and, as chairman of the main feature animation division, he imposed a policy which prohibited the television animation division from using the Fab 5 (WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Pluto) without his express permission. Remember that in 1984/85, when ''[=DuckTales=]'' began in development, Roy E. Disney had recently booted out Walt Disney’s son-in-law Ron Miller as CEO and had brought in the new management team of Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, and in return for which all he wanted to do was to head the feature animation division and to be the protector of the Disney legacy the way he saw it. Eventually, as the years passed, the Fab 5 policy began to wither away with the introduction of ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'' and ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''; but by then, of course, ''[=DuckTales=]'' had already been cancelled long ago (having much do to with the lackluster business and reception made by ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'').[[/note]]), and Scrooge comes into the guardianship of the mischievous triplet nephews and gains the one thing he could never buy with his amazing wealth: family.

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As the series begins, Donald ships out to sea as he has enlisted in the Navy (the InUniverse reason why he's not one of the main characters as in the original comics[[note]]The real behind-the-scenes reason why DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck has such a small role in ''[=DuckTales=]'' compared to the Carl Barks comics has everything to do with ExecutiveMeddling. The late Roy E. Disney (Walt Disney’s nephew) didn’t have high opinions about television animation (viewing it more as a necessary evil to make money, rather than having any artistic value at all) and, as chairman of the main feature animation division, he imposed a policy which prohibited the television animation division from using the Fab 5 (WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Pluto) without his express permission. Remember that in 1984/85, when ''[=DuckTales=]'' began in development, Roy E. Disney had recently booted out Walt Disney’s son-in-law Ron Miller as CEO and had brought in the new management team of Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, and in return for which all he wanted to do was to head the feature animation division and to be the protector of the Disney legacy the way he saw it. Eventually, as the years passed, the Fab 5 policy began to wither away with the introduction of ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'' and ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''; but by then, of course, ''[=DuckTales=]'' had already been cancelled long ago (having much do to with the lackluster business and reception made by ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'').[[/note]]), and Scrooge comes into the guardianship of the mischievous triplet nephews and gains the one thing he could never buy with his amazing wealth: family.

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* BailEqualsFreedom: In "Bubbeo and Juliet", Scrooge is jailed a few times for disturbing the police in his escalating feud with the Blurffs. Scrooge complains about the increasing cost of being bailed out of jail. In effect Scrooge is simply being fined; once Scrooge pays the charges appear to be dropped.


* ContinuitySnarl: In Season 1, Gyro creates a time machine known as the Time Tub, which shows up in a few episodes. Come "Time is Money" in Season 2, Scrooge is amazed to find out that Gyro has discovered time travel, and it's as though the Time Tub had never been built. Interestingly enough, a key plot point in "Time is Money" is that Gyro's "new" time machine, the Millenium Shortcut, requires a rare element known as [[AppliedPhlebotinum bombastium]] in order to work, something that presumably was not an issue for the Time Tub.

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* ContinuitySnarl: In Season 1, Gyro creates a time machine known as the Time Tub, which shows up in a few episodes. Come "Time is Money" in Season 2, Scrooge is amazed to find out that Gyro has discovered time travel, and it's as though the Time Tub had never been built. Interestingly enough, a key plot point in "Time is Money" is that Gyro's "new" time machine, the Millenium Shortcut, requires a rare element known as [[AppliedPhlebotinum [[{{Unobtainium}} bombastium]] in order to work, something that presumably was not an issue for the Time Tub.


* PunkInTheTrunk: "The Good Muddahs" features the variant where someone is stuffed in the trunk in order to effect a getaway from the authorities. Specifically, the Nephews, Bubba and Webby stuff the Beagle Babes into their own trunk, [[ChaseScene and drive away pursued by two stupid rookie cops.]] Interestingly enough, after suffering the bumpy ride, [[TheDitz Boom-Boom Beagle]] refers [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar to the variant where a dead body is stuffed in the trunk:]]

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* PunkInTheTrunk: "The Good Muddahs" features the variant where someone is stuffed in the trunk in order to effect a getaway from the authorities. Specifically, the Nephews, Bubba and Webby stuff the Beagle Babes into their own trunk, [[ChaseScene and drive away pursued by two stupid rookie cops.]] Interestingly enough, after suffering the bumpy ride, [[TheDitz Boom-Boom Beagle]] refers [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar to the variant where a dead body is stuffed in the trunk:]]trunk:


* TheJudge: Scrooge appears before a judge in "Duckman of Aquatraz" and "The Bride Wore Stripes". His judges are gruff, older, anthropomorphic male characters. To make a long story short, it's fair to say Duckburg, USA has an ''injustice'' system, not a justice system.


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* SternOldJudge: Scrooge appears before a judge in "Duckman of Aquatraz" and "The Bride Wore Stripes". His judges are gruff, older, anthropomorphic male characters. To make a long story short, it's fair to say Duckburg, USA has an ''injustice'' system, not a justice system.


** The Korean dub changes the melody from one to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpEFfM8qtQM another]].

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** The Korean dub changes the melody from one opening to a completely different song and a re-edit ed animated sequence. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpEFfM8qtQM another]].This is the opening]], and [[https://youtu.be/pzn2hevXEVk here]] is a better-quality audio upload.



** On top of that, there were two Stateside production teams as well; one headed up by Fred Wolf and Alan Zaslove, which worked on all the seasons, and one led by Bob Hathcock (who later directed TheMovie), which also started working on the show in the second season after Wolf got involved with [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 a certain other cartoon]]. The differences between the two American teams are less pronounced, though many feel that the Wolf/Zaslove team did a better job with action sequences, while Hathcock's episodes were visually richer and had more of a "Disney-esque" feel.

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** On top of that, there were two Stateside production teams as well; one headed up by Fred Wolf and Alan Zaslove, which worked on all the seasons, and one led by Bob Hathcock (who later directed TheMovie), which also started working on the show in the second season after Wolf got involved with [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 a certain other cartoon]].WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987. The differences between the two American teams are less pronounced, though many feel that the Wolf/Zaslove team did a better job with action sequences, while Hathcock's episodes were visually richer and had more of a "Disney-esque" feel.


** In the episode "Bubba's Big Brainstorm", Bubba Duck becomes intelligent, civilized, and utterly ruthless and incapable of compassion, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop something indicated to be directly connected to his new intelligence.]] He becomes dumb and barbaric again when his brute strength is needed to pound a monster threatening his friends.

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** In the episode "Bubba's Big Brainstorm", Bubba Duck becomes intelligent, civilized, and utterly ruthless and incapable of compassion, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop something indicated to be directly connected to his new intelligence.]] intelligence. He becomes dumb and barbaric again when his brute strength is needed to pound a monster threatening his friends.


* NoodleIncident: The theme song includes clips that MakeJustAsMuchSenseInContext, and are not from any aired episodes, in order:

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* NoodleIncident: The theme song includes clips that MakeJustAsMuchSenseInContext, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Make Just As Much Sense In Context]], and are not from any aired episodes, in order:

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* NoodleIncident: The theme song includes clips that MakeJustAsMuchSenseInContext, and are not from any aired episodes, in order:
** Scrooge underwater with Webby being chased by a shark, which Webby kisses.
** Scrooge and Huey battling the Beagle Boys with pies in a bakery.
** The nephews awakening a mummy, which chases theme.
** Huey, Gyro, and Little Helper in space with Scrooge attempting to catch a dollar, which is taken by an alien, who laughs.
** A tiger sniffing the nephews and then hugging them.


*** Let's not forget the black masks Ma Beagle and the beagle boys wear.

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*** Let's not forget the ** The black masks Ma Beagle and the beagle boys wear.

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* HiredHelpAsFamily: Mrs. Beakley is Scrooge's housekeeper and friend but doesn't quite qualify as family. Her granddaughter Webby, on the other hand, does. Scrooge treats her like his surrogate granddaughter or grandniece. He is about as close to her as he is to his own grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

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* GlowingMechanicalEyes: Again, the epoynymous robot in "Armstrong", when he turns on Scrooge.
--> '''Armstrong'': I ... AM... Armstrong. [[BlatantLies I... AM... YOUR... ''FRIEND''.]]

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* MarryingTheMark: There was an episode where Ma Beagle faked a marriage with Scrooge for his money. Scrooge fakes his own death by diving into the money vault, and the servant accused the wife of killing Scrooge for the money. She quickly backpedals about being married, with Scrooge confirming the denial a few seconds later.

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* GeniusSerum: An episode featured Neander-duck Bubba, upset that his lack of intelligence made him do stupid things, ask for [[GadgeteerGenius Gyro Gearloose]]'s help. This resulted in a helmet that turned him genius enough to challenge the mind games of the ancient Thinca Empire, as well as an Aesop about being happy with one's self.


* BellyDancer: In "Double-O-Duck", Launchpad is mistaken to be a spy and ends up going to India to find a certain Feathers Galore, who's revealed to be a spy for F.O.W.L. while fronting as a dancer in a club.

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