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Trivia / DuckTales (1987)

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  • Accidentally Correct Writing: Bubba is a neanderthal-like caveduck is depicted with red hair. A 2007 study suggests that red hair was common among Neanderthals.
  • Actor Allusion: Bernie Kopell voices a villainous spy, talking in almost the exact same voice as Siegfried no less.
    • In one episode, Scrooge dealt with a genie. Scrooge's voice actor has dealt with a genie before named Gourdy, and not only that but he was the genie's 'mastuh.'
  • Breaking News Interruption: A December 1993 broadcast of the episode "A Whale of a Bad Time" in Hungary was cut to announce the death of the then-serving prime minister. The event confused children across the country and became a defining generational moment — they were eventually dubbed the "DuckTales Generation" and became the focus of numerous articles and cultural analyses.
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  • Channel Hop: Kind of- though the majority of the series aired in syndication, Super DuckTales made its premiere on The Magical World of Disney on NBC primetime for Easter 1989, with "A Duck Tales Valentine (Amour or Less)" airing on NBC on February 1990.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Chinese, 唐老鴨俱樂部 (Donald Duck Club)
    • Danish, Rip, Rap og Rup på eventyr (Huey, Dewey and Louie Adventures)
    • French, La Bande à Picsou (Scrooge's Gang)
    • Japanese, わんぱくダック夢冒険 (Naughty Ducks Dream Adventure)
    • Korean, 욕심쟁이 오리아저씨 (Mr. Greedy-duck)
    • Romanian, Povești cu Mac-Mac (Stories with Mac-Mac)
    • Hispanic America (or Spanish-speaking Latin American countries), Spain and Portugal, Pato Aventuras (Duck Adventures)
    • The Foreign Subtitle: In Brazil it was DuckTales: Os Caçadores de Aventuras (The Adventure Hunters).
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  • The Danza: In "The Duck Who Knew Too Much", Alan Oppenheimer guest stars as a villain named Oppenheimer.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Downplayed with Disney comic writers Carl Barks and Don Rosa. Contrary to rumours, they didn't hate the show outright, and even gave some praise to it standalone. They did not, however, consider it as being in tone with the Disney Ducks Comic Universe they established, while Rosa in particular resented being referred to as a "DuckTales cartoonist" as a result of its popularity. According to some of the show's staff such as Michael Peraza (art director), Barks was in fact quite fond of some of the ideas in the first season, though he wasn't as fond of some of the retools in Season Two.
  • Edited for Syndication: Hence Better on DVD.
    • The Disney Channel/Toon Disney versions of this show (and other shows under the Disney Afternoon umbrella) were edited to remove a lot of gun violence, anything dangerous that impressionable viewers could imitate (for this show, it was messing with electric wires), and scenes considered too scary or intense for younger viewers.
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    • In "Sir Gyro De Gearloose," when Merloon is trying to make Gyro's magnet work by slamming it into the table, he says "Work, work, work!" - but because of his accent, it sounds like he is saying F-Bomb instead. This is why they eventually dubbed that sentence over again. The original VHS tape has the original dialogue, but the DVD has the new version of the sentence.
    • Disney's iTunes/Amazon Video streaming uses the censored cuts.
  • Fake Brit: Duckworth speaks in an approximation of an upper-class English accent, though his voice actor Chuck McCann is from New York.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Not all episodes were initially issued on DVD. And some countries only released the movie!
  • Missing Episode: For some reason, "Sphinx for the Memories" is missing from Disney's iTunes/Amazon Video streaming, and both "Sphinx for the Memories" and "Launchpad's Civil War" are absent for the Disney+ release. That said, the episodes are available on DVD, so all is not lost if you wish to watch the whole series legally.
  • Name's the Same: Ariel from the episode "Home Sweet Homer" is the Queen of Ithaquack, and just happens to share the name of a certain other Disney character of royalty named Ariel.
  • Out of Order: The DVD releases mostly have the episodes in the order they aired... but for whatever reason, the five-parter that started the series is in Vol. 2's DVD set.
  • Recursive Adaptation: This animated series is based on a comic book series which is based on a series of animated shorts. And, to continue the loop, there's a comic book adaptation of the series!
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: At one point, the theme song was blocked on YouTube for copyright by Warner Music Group, a move that got many Disney uploaders banned. Fans were not impressed.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Russi Taylor did the voices of Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby, so this was bound to come up in pretty much every episode featuring those characters.
    • Many of the voices for the more minor characters in episodes were provided by Peter Cullen. There are several episodes where nearly every male character that isn't a main character is him, conversing with each other or not.
    • In the episode "Earthquack," Scrooge is imprisoned by a guard also voiced by Alan Young.
    • The inevitable Frank Welker gets in on the action as Big Time and Baggy Beagle, as well as the two dim-witted cops in "The Good Muddahs."
  • The Wiki Rule: The DuckTales Wiki.


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