- The overall aesthetics of the reboot harken back to the original show's roots of being based on the Disney Ducks series of comics.
- In the first released image◊, Donald's wearing a white sailor cap looking just like the one he wore when he first appeared in the original show. In the third released image,◊ he now has a white-on-black version of his classic sailor cap. In all of the released images, his sailor shirt is black, like in the comics.
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie are wearing differentiating outfits, much like in Quack Pack.
- While it has a different design here, Donald's house is, once again, a boat, like his house at Mickey's Toontown at the Disney Theme Parks and in Mickey Mouse Works.
- Inspired by how Glomgold was changed from South African to Scottish for the original series, the creators chose to have Glomgold exaggerate his Scottishness to present himself as a bigger, louder, "more Scottish" knockoff of the real Scrooge McDuck to suggest he is literally No True Scotsman.
- Season Two has revealed that they are merging the cartoon and comic depictions: Glomgold is a South African who pretends to be Scottish just to beat Scrooge.
- According to Word of God, Scrooge's backstory will be primarily based on The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
- The Title Sequence recreates various illustrations of Carl Barks, including Cave of Ali Baba◊, Flying Dutchman◊, Far Out Safari◊, and Cave of the Minotaur◊. In addition, the dime that the characters chase throughout the opening is a reference to the Trope Namer from The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Finally, the mummy serves as a reference to both the title sequence of the first DuckTales seriesnote and the 1989 video game.
- During the bit referencing Cave of Ali Baba, the silhouette on the background is one of the giant scorpions from the beginning sequence of Treasure of The Lost Lamp.
- The rhino in the intro is a reference to the very first issue◊ of Disney Adventures.
- In Launchpad's themesong takeover version , Launchpad starts to run from the collapsing floor referencing the first theme song.
- In the first episode, when going to his job interview, Donald wears a suit similar to Fenton Crackshell from the original series.
- The nephews end up locked in a room, and Dewey concocts a plan involving marbles to get them out. Of course, instead of employing Improbable Aiming Skills to escape, he just smashes the doorknob off with the entire bag. This references the original series' first episode "Don't Give Up The Ship (where Scrooge initially places the nephews in the attic, guarded by Duckworth) and the episode "The Pearl of Wisdom" where Huey is an expert with marbles.
- And it ties in with Scrooge hesitatingly asking if kids still played with marbles. Apparently, the answer is "no".
- Webby's Quacky Patch doll can be seen in the background when she meets Huey, Dewey and Louie. It's noticeably struck by an arrow, which could be a Take That! to her original character who was dressed identically to the doll.
- The nephews revitalizing Scrooges thirst for adventure after he spends a number of years as a retired recluse is right out of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Dewey's skepticism over the relics of past adventures comes from Donald in the original, who in this version a) isn't there and b) knows they're true.
- The painting Always Another Rainbow by Carl Barks hangs above Scrooge's mantle.
- Donald wears a blue and gold sailor shirt (with a matching cap) at the beginning of the first episode (before Louie shoves it into the washer), like the one he usually wears in animation. Apparently, this was his usual outfit before "Woo-oo", as he's even seen wearing it in the Embarrassing Family Photos he later shows Glomgold's employees.
- Roxanne Featherly, the reporter at the end of "Woo-oo", says that Scrooge is "solving mysteries and rewriting history", referencing the iconic theme song.
- Scrooge's garage is filled with gags and references to the original cartoon.
- You can spot one of the discs from the temple of the original series' five-parter, "Treasure of the Golden Suns".
- The head of the robot Armstrong from the original series can also be seen.
- There's also a lamp that looks suspiciously like the one from DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.
- There is also the skeleton of a caveduck and a Triceratops, possibly a reference to Bubba and Tootsie.
- While the triplets are convinced the treasures are fake, Louie says that a treasure chest was probably bought by Scrooge at an auction. The episode "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. McDuck" from the original series kicked off by having Scrooge buy a chest from an auction.
- In the original series, the episode "Aquaducks" sees Scrooge, Launchpad, Gyro and Doofus imprisoned in the underground city. Atop the city, is a sunken upside-down boat. In "Woo-oo", Atlantis itself sunk upside-down.
- At the end of "Woo-oo", Glomgold is attacked by a sea monster much like the one that went after Scrooge in "Bermuda Triangle Tangle".
- As in the first episode of the original series, "Woo-oo" has Launchpad McQuack get in trouble with snakes. In "Treasure of the Golden Suns" he's attacked by a boa constrictor while fixing the plane. In "Woo-oo", he's bitten by dozens of rattlesnakes.
- In "Woo-oo", Scrooge tells Dewey he's "got to work smarter lad, not harder". That's the advice Scrooge received from his father in the previous series' episode "Once Upon a Dime".
- After diving into the money bin for the first time, Scrooge surfaces and makes the same pose he does in the title card of the original series.
- Webby's wall chart includes many mythology gags, including an article referring to the "Treasure of the Lost Lamp", and the Terrafirmians (which also foreshadows their appearance in Episode 5).
- One of the notes on the chart says "Scotty McDuck - alternate timeline???". Scotty McDuck was the original name given to Scrooge's father by Carl Barks; his name was changed to Fergus in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck (which is also the name used in this show).
- In this episode, Donald doesn't remember that his new boss is Scrooge's Arch-Enemy ("I can't keep track of ALL your sworn enemies!"). Like uncle, like nephew — in the Don Rosa comics continuity, Scrooge never remembers that the rival he now knows as Flintheart Glomgold is also the scoundrel who left him to die in the African wilderness after Scrooge saved his life in "The Terror of the Transvaal." Poor Glomgold — so forgettable...
"Daytrip of Doom!"
- Scrooge's nonchalant reaction to the loud war games taking place right outside his door brings to mind the Barks story "Mystery of the Ghost Town Railroad," where Scrooge and the gang go to an old ghost town to find where Scrooge hid some important documents decades ago. Scrooge can't sleep with the place being so quiet now and asks the kids to pretend there's a raucous fight going on like there always was when he stayed there (he's unaware that a real Chase Scene ensues when the villains show up, but he finds the sounds of the fight pleasantly soothing).
- When the Beagles decide to capture the nephews and Webby in lieu of finishing their armored truck robbery, Bigtime namedrops the driver, who he puts in the back of the truck, as "Carl", likely as a reference to prominent Duck comics writer Carl Barks.
"The Great Dime Chase!"
- During the board meeting, the international markets mentioned are Dawson, Lillehammer, Eldorado, and Culebra, all shout-outs to the works of Don Rosa.
- A photo of Donald Duck, which is taken before the Series is set, has him wearing his blue uniform, rather than the black uniform he wears in the Show.
- The incident that got Della Duck out of the picture was the "Spear of Selene", referencing the Greek goddess of the Moon. In the Dutch comics in 2014, it was revealed that she was an astronaut that got lost in space. Also, she wears a pilot jacket, and she aspired to be a pilot in those comics.
- Louie is seen drinking Pep-brand soda. In the original cartoon, Fenton created a series of commercials for "Pep" without having a product, then used one of Gyro's inventions to satisfy public demand.
- Louie spends what he believes is Scrooge's #1 Dime in a vending machine; it's actually a decoy. Louie spends the rest of the episode trying to get the dime back. In the original series, "Frozen Assets" sees Fenton Crackshell take the dime for its case - and use it in a Pay Phone. Fenton spends the rest of the episode trying to get the dime back.
- The book on Della in "The Great Dime Chase" is titled "The Life and Times of Della Duck".
- Gyro keeps a notepad of all the robots he's built and marks down if they've stayed good or turned evil. note Along with Robotica, Armstrong and the Time Tub being on the list from the old series, the Cogs from Toontown Online are on there too. In the original storyline for Toon Town Gyro built the Cogs as accountants for Scrooge and they ran amok, but this story was ultimately retconned out of the game and forgotten until now.
- Gyro uses the curse "Blathering Blatherskite". That was Fenton Crackshell's catchphrase and the transformation phrase for Gizmoduck, which Gyro had chosen at random. His "Project Blatherskite" hints at him building the Gizmoduck suit, which is confirmed in "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System."
- Despite being such a huge building, the Money Bin apparently only has one elevator, which was established in Don Rosa's designs shown in the story "The Beagle Boys vs. the Money Bin."
"The Beagle Birthday Massacre!"
- When Lena accuses Huey, Dewey and Louie of being the exact same, they all protest... speaking in perfect unison. Just like they constantly do in the comics, and especially when someone accuses them of being the exact same. The Ducktales incarnation of the boys, who have more individual personalities, do seem to be a bit more self-aware about it, though:COMIC VERSION:
Scrooge: You know, nephew, I've often wondered how you tell the boys apart when they look and act exactly alike!
Huey, Dewey & Louie: Exactly alike? Exactly alike?! Did you hear what he said about you being exactly like me? What a ridiculous notion!-DUCKTALES VERSION:
Lena: That's cute, with the names and the color-coded outfits... is that your thing, you're all exactly the same?
Huey, Dewey, & Louie: Ha, no way! We're all unique snowflakes! (beat) ...Well, this usually never happens! This is really weird! Okay, stop talking! (beat)' Antidisestablishmentarianism! Seriously?! GAH!
- Magica appears as a Living Shadow with glowing, red eyes. In the original series episode "Magica's Shadow War" she once brought her own shadow to life, which gained red eyes of its own when it decided to rebel from her.
- The scene where the Beagle boys chase Lena and Webby with a giant truck through Duckburg streets is reminiscent of a game level from Donald Duck: Goin' Qu@ckers where a Beagle Boy in a truck chases Donald through the level in a Crash Bandicoot style run-into-the-camera level. One of the angles is similar to that game.
"Terror of the Terra-firmians"
- The backstory of the Terra-firmians as told by Webby is a combination of their two, contrasting earlier portrayals. In the Carl Barks comic Land Beneath the Ground!, they were split into two warring factions named "Terries" and "Firmies", whereas in the episode "Earth Quack" from the 1987 cartoon series, they are united under a king. In Webby's story, the Terries and the Firmies were united under one king, but after his death they turned against each other in a civil war.
- Huey uses his Junior Woodchuck Guidebook to scout out rocks. In the original series episode "Superdoo," the nephews spend the first portions of the episode finding rocks to earn their Junior Woodchuck Geology Merit Badges.
- Launchpad's obsession with Molemen in disguise parallels Dewey and Louie's belief in "Send in the Clones" that Huey has been "Quackersnatched," that is to say, possessed by aliens.
- The episode begins with the nephews, Webby, Lena and Mrs. Beakly going to a monster movie. An argument about the existence of "monsters" (here, the Terra-firmians) sets off the action. In the original series, "Ducky Horror Picture Show" begins much the same way, with the nephews attending Scrooge's monster movie marathon and discussing the existence of "real" monsters.
"The House of the Lucky Gander"
- Gladstone's outfit as a child is based off how he dresses in the comics.
- When Gladstone meets Scrooge, Donald, Webby and the nephews, he mocks Scrooge by diving into the casino tokens and giving a few Scrooge-like impressions. The phrase "Bless Me Bagpipes!" was actually a favorite of Scrooge's in the original Ducktales series.
- The episode gives a few nods to Gladstone's only starring role in the original ''DuckTales'', the episode "Dime Enough For Luck".
- Gladstone's brief resolve to get a job is a nod to his appearance in the original ''DuckTales'' ("Dime Enough for Luck"), where he learned not to rely so much on his luck.
- Gladstone finds twenty dollars on the street in Donald's flashback, while Donald gets splashed by a car. In "Dime Enough for Luck", Gladstone finds a dollar while Scrooge is the one who gets splashed by a passing car.
- Gladstone's run of the race, and his lucky avoidance of all obstacles, is reminiscent of the hypnotized Gladstone's run through Scrooge's security system.
- At the end of "Dime Enough For Luck", Gladstone considers getting a job at the end. However, his resolve vanishes when a ticket for a one-year world cruise blows into his hand. Similarly, here Gladstone considers getting a job rather than relying on luck. However, a bit of nautical good fortune again makes him give up on the idea. A rich woman sells him a giant yacht for twenty dollars.
- Donald defeating a jade tiger by roaring back at it is similar to how Scrooge tamed a lion in the Life and Times chapter "Terror of the Transvaal".
- Donald bashing his way through a bunch of Pachinko pegs headfirst may reference how in the comic "This Is Your Life, Donald Duck", before he got his hat, Donald's go-to way of expressing his rage as a duckling was headbutting things with enough force that it managed to once put a huge gouge in a stone statue◊.
- Launchpad having an epic off-screen adventure recalls the episode "Double O Duck" from the original series, where Launchpad also goes on an epic spying adventure by himself.
"The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks"
- Mark Beaks' "Project Tah-Dah" doesn't exist. He was building up hype over the nonexistent project in order to attract more investors to his company. In the original DuckTales (1987), Fenton Crackshell does much the same thing with his commercials for "Pep" - although his commercials are only aired accidentally.
- Almost a Shadow Archetype in that the shenanigans of the 1987 episode revolved around Fenton trying to come up with a product for his accidental overnight success ad campaign and pushing an experimental and largely untested product to market to fill the unintentional void, while this episode's shenanigans revolve around Mark Beaks deliberately hyping something that was never intended to exist and taking steps to make sure he doesn't actually have to make it.
- Huey and Dewey are interested in getting into the business world, and landing a position with up-and-coming Mark Beaks. In the original series, "itching" to get into business was the impetus behind the nephews' disastrous turn directing Scrooge's financial empire in "Yuppy Ducks".
- An ax falls off a suit of armor and narrowly misses Scrooge, just like an obstacle in the Transylvania level of the NES game.
"The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra"
- The episode is inspired by the episode "Sphinx for the Memories" from the original series, which also featured an ancient Egyptian cult and a living mummy (plus a corrupt high priest controlling said mummy for power).
- The first few minutes are also very reminiscent of the initial sequence of DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.
- Then there's the scene where Scrooge, Huey, Dewey and Launchpad are surrounded by the bandaged "mummies", only to be laughed at when the "mummies" assure them they're very much alive and just dress in bandages. This neatly copies a scene from the original series' "Bermuda Triangle Tangle". There, when stranded on a seaweed island, Scrooge and the nephews are surrounded by a crowd of "zombies" partially clad in seaweed. The so-called "zombies" laugh, assuring the ducks they're merely castaways living on the seaweed.
- Launchpad's burrito obsession hearkens to a scene in ''The Status Seekers" of the original series. After being literally thrown out of a fancy restaurant, Launchpad tells Scrooge "I would skip this place if I were you. They don't even serve burritos!"
- It is also reminiscent of Launchpad's characterization in ''Darkwing Duck", where he is dim and fast-food obsessed.
- The plot about Scrooge taking his family to the Himalayas, braving avalanches and ice caves, to reach a place which would give him glory resembles "The Lost Crown of Genghis Khan", a Carl Barks comic that was adapted to both an episode of the 1987 series and a level in the NES game. However, this time there's neither any treasure nor a yeti - but both plot elements get a nod by Louie being disappointed by the lack of treasure and Launchpad mistaking a man for a yeti at the tourist resort.
- Huey points out a mountain goat on the map he found at the tourist resort (and complains about the Misplaced Wildlife), and names a big cliff "Bunny Rock". In the Himalayas level of the NES video game, goats and bunnies are the two most common enemies Scrooge encounters.
- Mallardy betraying Scrooge is not unlike the famous flashback sequence in "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck", where while diamond mining in South Africa, Scrooge hires Glomgold to be his guide, who of course betrays him. The key difference is that Scrooge got his revenge on Glomgold by publicly humiliating him and had him thrown in jail, while here Scrooge doesn't do anything about the betrayal except stew in bitterness for nearly a century. Granted, it's a little hard to get your revenge on someone via arrest and/or public humiliation when they never show up alive again.
- Scrooge saying he doesn't allow Santa Claus in his house (muttering that "he knows what he did"). Now:
- Santa Claus being real in the classic Duckverse is a recurring element in the comics, and he's been shown to have an occasionally-antagonistic relationship with Scrooge, who sold him some of the equipment his elves use to create gifts.
- This implies he doesn't like Christmas, just like in Mickey's Christmas Carol where he plays the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and in his comic debut Christmas on Bear Mountain.
- Thematically, the episode resembles the final episode of the Five-Episode Pilot of the original show, "Too Much of a Gold Thing". In both stories, Scrooge gets obsessed with something (gold/glory) and makes selfish and reckless decisions to achieve it, endangering his family on the way. Also, the "ice fever" Launchpad apparently gets in this episode may be a reference to the "gold fever" Scrooge had in "Too Much of a Gold Thing".
"The Missing Links of Moonshire"
- Just like in the original comics, an ancestor of Scrooge, Black Donald McDuck (named for his foul temper) was the inventor of golf.
- The end of the episode recalls the original series' Grand Finale, "The Golden Goose". Both involve the cast rushing to stop a force that will turn everyone into a statue (golden there; stone here) and end with the curse just barely being broken at the very last second right as the last member of the party has been fully transformed into a statue.
"The Spear of Selene"
- The island where the Greek gods live is called "Ithaquack". The same pun already appeared in the episode of the original series "Home Sweet Homer", though it was a regular Ancient Greek kingdom there, not a seaside resort for gods.
- It may seem odd at first glance that Storkules's name is an outrageous bird-pun, whereas Zeus, Selene, Ligeia and Charybdis all retain their actual name. But this is actually a very clever callback to "A DuckTales Valentine", another episode from the original series, where Aphrodite became "Aphroducky", but the names of Vulcan and Cupido were kept intact.
- Donald Duck already interacted with Zeus in the 1940 cartoon Trombone Trouble (although in that cartoon he was referred to by his Roman name, Jupiter). The design of Zeus in this show owes a lot to the short, most notably wearing a golden leaf crown, as well as being a duck. An early promotional map of Duckburg teasing at Zeus even used the Trombone Trouble design with no changes.
"Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System"
- The plot is a loose remake of the episode "Armstrong" of the original series, where Launchpad goes on a Man Versus Machine contest against a robot, which eventually turns evil.
- Launchpad's birthday is the day the first episode of the original DuckTales (1987) aired, which was the first appearance of Launchpad in any media.
- In the final scene of the episode, as Fenton talks with Gyro about his fate, there is a PEP vending machine in the background. In the original series, "PEP" was a mock-brand created by Fenton (from the episode whose plot inspired Mark Beaks' debut, no less).
- Launchpad is a fan of the Show Within a Show version of Darkwing Duck. In the original continuity, the pilot of Darkwing Duck portrayed Launchpad as a fan of the real DW who became an Ascended Fanboy as his sidekick.
McMystery at McDuck McManor
- The name of Black Arts Beagle is a punny reference to the founder of the Beagle Boys in the comics, Blackheart Beagle.
- A reference to DuckTales (1987): When Huey reveals a security system behind Duckworth's painting, Ma Beagle says "Boy howdy, that's a DT-87. Toughest security system out there", with DT-87 obviously being short for Ducktales 1987.
- The adventure Scrooge and his family return from in the Cold Open is inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk, a story that has been adapted featuring Donald Duck in Fun and Fancy Free.
- The old magic book that Webby keeps in her bedroom is "The Grimoire du Merlock", referencing the Big Bad of DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.
- In the episode "A Whale of a Bad Time" from the original series, what appears to be a Sea Monster eats Scrooge's cash. In this episode, Scrooge's cash itself turns into some kind of sea monster.
"The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains"
- Glomgold goes after Goldie purely to one-up Scrooge (and get a treasure), just like in Goldie's last appearance in the original series, "Ducky Mountain High."
- The "Glacier Monster" is right out of Keno Don Rosa's "The Prisoner of White Agony Creek," where it was the frozen body of a mammoth in an ice cave that scared everyone but Scrooge away from White Agony Valley on the other side.
- Scrooge's flashback begins with a recreation of the Carl Barks painting "Always Another Rainbow".
- Scrooge tells Goldie that "you love gold more than me", which is similar to a line in Mickey's Christmas Carol, when the Ghost of Christmas Past (Jiminy Cricket) tells Scrooge "you loved your gold more than that precious creature (Isabel), and you lost her forever."
- 2-for-1 with Scrooge taming a bear to act as his bodyguard: Goldie did the same in both the comic and 1987 animated versions of "Back to the Klondike" (though her bear was named Blackjack and not Nanook), and The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck regularly depicts Scrooge as The Beastmaster who could tame any wild animal into helping him.
- Goldie mentions that she looks so young because she found a Fountain of Youth in Ronguay - which is a city in South America in the second episode of the Five-Episode Pilot from the original show, "Wrong way in Ronguay".
"Day of the Only Child"
- In what is also a Call-Back to McMystery at McDuck McManor above, the security drone's serial number is DT-87.
"From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22"
- Webby mentions that Scrooge once encountered a unicorn - which he indeed did, in the 1950 comic Trail of the Unicorn.
- Scrooge's favorite drink, nutmeg tea, was first shown in the comic story A Spicy Tale and was the subject of many a Continuity Nod later on.
- Scrooge mentions dealing with Jack the Tripper, the villain from the original series episode "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. McDuck."
"Who is Gizmoduck?"
- In the 1987 series, Launchpad is mistaken for Gizmoduck and Huey, Dewey and Louie remain convinced of this even when Fenton calls their attention to the fact his beak is more like Gizmoduck's than Launchpad's. When Mark Beaks passes himself as Gizmoduck, the people in the reboot show themselves capable of noticing that difference.
The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!
- The doll that Magica turns Webby into during the nightmare scene is her Quacky Patch doll from the original series, which wears exactly the same clothes as Webby did in that series.
The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck!
- The ghosts of Castle McDuck are Scrooge's ancestors from the established family tree by Don Rosa.
- The nephews' birthday is revealed to be April 15th, the day they made their animated debut in the 1938 short Donald's Nephews.
- The Demon Dog is based on the Hound of Castle McDuck that appears in "The Curse of Castle McDuck", an episode of the 1987 show.
The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!
- The expo that the family is going to has "experimental race cars, lasers and airplanes." Just like the theme song says there are in their world.
- A heartbreaking one occurs in the final shots of the episode, where a bitter, broken and lonely Scrooge sits down on a comfy chair in a manner reminiscent of his very first appearance in his very first story, Christmas on Bear Mountain.
- Della's fate i.e. disappearing in space is based on a 2014 Dutch comic book, published for the 80th anniversary of Donald's debut.
The Shadow War!
- In order to make Donald more understandable, Gyro forces him to swallow a pill called the Barksian Modulator, named for Carl Barks. In the Carl Barks comics, Donald was perfectly intelligible thanks to the printed medium. The pill is also a reference to the 1948 short "Donald's Dream Voice" in which Donald took voice pills that gave him a much more intelligible voice.
- Scrooge originally fought Magica in Mt. Vesuvius. This was also the new final stage of DuckTales Remastered, which also revolved around a magical plot by Magica.
- When trying to guilt the boys and Donald, Ms. Beakly brings out one of Scrooge's favorite treats from his boyhood. Sea-Salt Ice Cream.
- Lena is revealed to be Magica's shadow brought to life, just like in her first appearance in the 1987 series. That shadow also turned against her, though in that case it became Eviler Than Thou and forced her into an Enemy Mine with Scrooge.
- Magica mockingly turning some of Scrooge's gold into ice cream may be a reference to the episode "A Whale of a Bad Time", where a ship carrying Scrooge's cash is officially stated to carry ice cream (leading to Scrooge's memetic "A sea monster ate my ice cream!" rant).
- The opening scene is inspired by the Uncle Scrooge comic "The Seven Cities of Cibola." That's right, it's not a reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark, but what that film was itself referencing!
- Before that, Scrooge and Huey dodge the arrows in the same rhythm as the opening chords of the theme song.
- Scrooge mentions the little known "sharper than the sharpies" part of his Catchphrase, used by 10-year-old Scrooge in "The Last of the Clan McDuck."
The Ballad of Duke Baloney!
- Part of Glomgold's memories returning is him and Scrooge racing to climb a tall pillar to get a magic lamp, like in the original show's opening credits.
- Glomgold is revealed to actually be South African, like in the original comics.
- Although the way Scrooge and Glomgold met has been completely changed from "The Terror of the Transvaal," one aspect the episode retains is that Scrooge has no idea his current arch enemy is the nobody he once met decades ago in Africa. He and Glomgold even bicker over how "forgettable" Glomgold is.
- The original series episode "Blue Collar Scrooge" also had a billionaire duck (Scrooge, that time) lose his memory, gain a new accent, and briefly find happiness living a simpler life.
- Glomgold's real name is a reference to the Duke of Baloni, a one-shot character whom Donald Duck impersonated in one Carl Barks story because Baloni was the first character Barks described as "the world's second-richest duck" before retconning the title to Glomgold a few years later. (The comics' Baloni has little in common with Glomgold's Baloney persona, mind if you except that both have black hair.)
- Zan Owlson graduated from Mouseton School of Business. In the comics, Mouseton is the home of Mickey Mouse, supposedly not far from Duckburg to allow Character Overlap.
The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!
- Panchito greets the triplets with a hearty "¡Saludos Amigos!", a reference to the film of the same name that introduced José Carioca (with Panchito himself introduced in its sequel).
- The scene with the Caballeros jamming to samba music is directly lifted Saludos Amigos; the only difference is that here it's Panchito playing José's umbrella as a flute and Donald playing his hat as an accordion, whereas in the original scene all of these were done by José.
- In addition, promo material has Panchito going by his old name of Panchito Pistoles, and his belt once again displays prominent holsters. In the episode he puts cellphones into them rather than guns.
- One of the Caballeros is introduced by jumping from a plane with a parachute, just like in Legend of the Three Caballeros. In this show it's José, in Legend it's Panchito.
- When the Three Caballeros perform their iconic theme song, the visuals are pretty closely following the song's visuals from their original movie.
- Donald saving the town by his bad singing recalls the plot of "Silver Don" one of the Disney Ducks Comics published by Egmont.
Storkules in Duckburg!
- The Duck family has encountered harpies (although slightly more human-like ones) in the Carl Barks comic "The Golden Fleecing" and the DuckTales (1987) episode based on said comic and in the former, they transported the Ducks to their homeland by carrying their ship (the Argo) into the air exactly like they do with Donald's Houseboat in the climax.
- The episode has a lot of these to Mickey's Christmas Carol.
- The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future show great resemblance to their counterparts in Mickey's Christmas Carol: Past is an anthropomorphic cricket carrying an umbrella; Present is a large, fat person with a Simpleton Voice (although a pig rather than a human-like giant, to follow the show's "no humans" rule); and Future is a gigantic, menacing, hooded figure.
- When traveling through time, Scrooge is hanging off of Past's foot, (with the rest of the spirits then hanging off his foot).
- Scrooge angrily exclaims "Bah, humbug!", which was Ebenezer Scrooge's Catch-Phrase. Lampshaded by Webby.
- The end credits of the episode also resemble the intro sequence of Mickey's Christmas Carol.
- Mrs. Beakley schedules the screening of a movie called "Christmas on Bear Mountain", which was the title of the classic Carl Barks comic in which Scrooge McDuck debuted.
- Pre-Teen Donald refers to Della as "Dumbella" as an insult, the name used for her in the Triplet's animated debut in "Donald's Nephews".
- Dewey hugging a child version of his mother echoes a similar moment from Don Rosa's "The Dream of a Lifetime" (otherwise known as the proto-Inception comic) where it's Donald who hugs his mother Hortense as a little girl.
- Scrooge beats the Wendigo by hopping on it with his cane, similar to how he attacks in the classic videogame.
- Donald's Grunge song has a closing refrain, "So phooey, phooey, phooey on you" sounds a lot like the refrain of "Der Fuehrer's Face" "Heil (Phhft), heil (phfft), right in Der Fuehrer's Face"
- The phrases young Donald says, such as You big palooka! and "Quackarooni!", are the catchphrases of the triplets from the original 1987 series. Doubles as an Actor Allusion, as young Donald is voiced by Russi Taylor, who voiced Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby in most modern projects, including the original DuckTales.
Whatever Happened to Della Duck?!
- Della adds lyrics to the Moon Theme from the NES game as a lullaby she sang to the triplets.
- Oxy-Chew first appeared in DuckTales Remastered to explain how the characters could breathe on the Moon.
Treasure Of The Found Lamp
- The whole episode is a reference to DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. Specific elements include:
- There are other references to the classic episode "Master of the Djinni", also centering around a genie's lamp:
- The scene involving Scrooge and Ma Beagle climbing a tower of tires to reach the lamp is a homage to the scene from said episode, featuring Scrooge and Glomgold in the same scenario, which served as the final shot of the opening credits.
- The genie's design in Djinn's backstory owes a lot to the genie in said episode, particularly the shape of his turban.
- The artifact Scrooge shows to the children at the end of the episode is the candy-striped ruby from the island of Rippan Taro, originating in the Carl Barks story The Status Seeker and also seen in Rightful Owners.
The Outlaw Scrooge McDuck
- Goldie mentions she should have stayed in Dawson. She also distracts Rockerduck with a song; in the comics Scrooge met Goldie when she was a singer at the local saloon.
- Goldie refers to Scrooge as "The Buckaroo of the Badlands" and "The Maverick of the Montana Cattle Wars", both nicknames from The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
- Gyro's bathtub time machine was featured in the original series episode "Sir Gyro De Gearloose".
The 87 Cent Solution
- In the original DuckTales, "gold fever" was treated as an actual disease Scrooge at one point suffered, with symptoms that resemble the fake disease in this episode.
- One of the original Duck Tales episodes also had the Beagle Boys use time freezing in order to rob the Money Bin. Glomgold is just not competent enough to get all the money out of the bin.
- During the montage of Scrooge going over his security measures, Donald walks into a door forcefield in the exact same way Scrooge does in the opening of the 1987 series, complete with the same reverb effect.
Nothing Can Stop Della Duck
- One of the photos in the houseboat is based on a Carl Barks painting of Donald keeping the boys warm during a blizzard.
- The giant golden robot Della fights is a reference to the Gilded Man from a Carl Barks Donald Duck comic from 1952, but in the comic he was just a regular person covered in gold. He also appears in a Don Rosa Scrooge comic from 1998.
- When Della is trying to learn the names of her kids, she mentions "Huey like hue, like the red hue," part of a trick commonly used to keep the triplets color schemes straight.
Raiders of the Doomsday Vault
- Ludwig von Drake appears as a recording, and his song about the color sequence code for the vault door is straight out of An Adventure In Color.
The Dangerous Chemistry of Gandra Dee
- The Universal Solvent comes from Don Rosa comic The Universal Solvent and its sequels The Black Knight and The Black Knight Glorps Again.
Whatever Happened to Donald Duck?!
- In an effort to have an adventure, Dewey invents a missing sibling he calls "Phooey Duck". Phooey is a reference to various Duck comics where the artist accidentally draws a fourth nephew, usually colored yellow. A European comic explained that as a side effect from the boys being hit by lightning, Phooey spontaneously appears for a few seconds.
Nightmare on Killmotor Hill!
- While in the dream world, Dewey imagines Phooey into reality before he's briefly taken over by Magica to threaten Lena.
The Golden Armory of Cornelius Coot!
- Cornelius Coot using popcorn to simulate gunfire comes from Don Rosa's "His Majesty McDuck". The revised statue of Coot seen at the end of the episode, with him holding a pile of ears of corn, resembles the statues of Coot built in Carl Barks' "Statuesque Spendthrifts".
- Webby introduces herself to Bubba as "Webba," which was his nickname for her in the original series.
- Dewey briefly sings Bubba's theme song from the original series.
- Huey calls the Triceratops "Tootsie". In the original series, Bubba had a pet Triceratops by the same name.
- Bubba also rides on that Triceratops, referencing his relationship with Tootsie in the original series.
The Richest Duck in the World!
- In the comics, Bombie the Zombie was a curse placed on Scrooge by an African witch doctor after Scrooge cheated a tribe out of their land. Due to the, hrm, squicky nature both of the whole story (Scrooge cheats a native tribe out of their land and the tribe are the bad guys) and of the design of the witch doctor in question, this has been changed to just a curse that follows the richest person on Earth with no specific ties to voodoo. Bombie himself is no longer a zombie but an impossibly large creature known as "the Bombie". However:
- He first encounters Scrooge in Africa, where he originated from.
- He is seen rising from the sea covered in seaweed after following the richest duck on the sea floor, as he had done in Chapter 11 of the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck;
- He is so large as to threaten to briefly crush Louie underfoot, alluding to the fact that the curse he carried in the original Carl Barks story would have been to shrink Scrooge to mouse-size.
- Scrooge defeats two Moonlander goons by jumping on them with his cane like a pogo stick, just like in the video game.
- Scrooge poses as Darkwing, a reference to "The Masked Mallard", an episode that had Scrooge adopting a superhero identity, which name would later become one of Darkwing's Superhero Sobriquets.
- Darkwing Duck meets Gizmoduck for the first time and teams up with him, as in the original show. And yes, Darkwing still doesn't like Gizmoduck.
- When Gizmoduck introduces himself to Darkwing, he quotes the latter's theme tune.
- When there's trouble you call me!
- And just like in the original, Darkwing starts off as a little-known superhero.
- Lena, a manifestation of Magica's shadow with all her magical powers, turns one of the Moonlander's ray guns into a crow. Magica has a talking raven sidekicks in the comics, Ratface, and the 1987 series also showed that her brother Poe had been transformed into a raven.
- As Melon is tossed into the ocean, Donald makes it shout, "See you real soon!"
- Upon the reveal of F.O.W.L. High Command, the three are shown in silhouette, and their eyes visible in the dark, much like how they were always shown in Darkwing Duck. Their beaks are also angled very similarly to F.O.W.L. High Command's faces in that series.
- In Issue #19, Glomgold disguises himself as Scrooge and that story ends with Launchpad, the last character to figure out Glomgold isn't Scrooge, mentioning carrying a fish. Back in the 1987 Ducktales series, Glomgold and the Beagle Boys once used a password that mentioned having a fish in one's pocket as part of a plan to trick the managers of Scrooge's banks into mistaking him for an imposter.