And You Thought It Would Fail: When it was announced that Disney would be rebooting DuckTales, many fans were not thrilled to say the least; this reboot was developed during the same time as several otheranimatedreboots were airing. However, said reboots have received incredibly polarizing reception from fans of their originalsourcematerials, causing many to think that this would end up with the same consequences. But when the trailer debuted on YouTube, their view changed very quickly and when the first episode aired, fans, old and new, fell in love with the show. Many regard the show as better than the original and it's viewed as an example of how to properly reboot a series.
Angst? What Angst?: A criticism of the show that has popped up. It's been noticed that the show tends to put overt focus on comedy at critical moments, that characters often react blithely to danger, and that emotional traumas are either glossed over or truncated.
Arc Fatigue: Early on in the show's run, there were changes to the order the episodes were aired in, which put several plot-important episodes before a number of standalone episodes, which resulted in large gaps of the overall story arcs pertaining to Della and Magica being spaced far apart due to several standalones having not been aired yet. This combined with the long breaks that could take up to two months to end resulted in fans getting frustrated with how little the arcs were proceeding as a result, especially since "The Spear of Selene!" ends with Ithaquack turning out to be another dead end.
Donald staying silent on the matter of his sister's disappearance. We're in season 2 and the writers have yet to have him voice his opinion on his sister in the present or how much her disappearance impacted him.
The lively character animation (calling back to, among others, Milt Kahl's work on Ludwig Von Drake in the 60's) has been praised highly even by those who don't like the new angular style as such. Speaking of which...
The backgrounds make liberal use of halftones, something that is barely even used in comics anymore except as a Shout-Out to classic comic books. To see it used so effectively in animation is truly something wonderful. Not to mention the paper textures in the background to make it look even more like the pages of a comic.
Lena disobeying Magica and saving Mrs. Beakley gets a piece of heroic music to rival Morpheus snapping his handcuffs. It gets a magnificent reprise at the climax of "Jaw$!".
The music in the golfing montage in "The Missing Links of Moorshire!" where Dewey, Glomgold and Scrooge compete against each other to earn the title of Best Golfer Ever. It's practically an electric Scottish LOTR-esque Ear Worm.
The entirety of the climax music in "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!", up to the Darker and Edgier conclusion of the episode.
The tango music during Goldie's and Scrooge's duel, and the somber music accompanying Goldie's Disney Death following it, in "The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains!".
"The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!" features the culmination of the mystery around Della, and Dewey's desperate final race for the last piece of the puzzle while Scrooge tries to stop him fully gets the epic score it deserves.
The music that closes that episode out is gorgeous and heartbreaking.
The final scene of Season 1 features a brief snippet of the much-beloved score from the Moon level in the NES game.
Expanded in Season 2 as it's revealed to be a lullaby Della wrote for the triplets, meaning that after 30 years the music suddenly has lyrics, which are a perfect ode to the franchise's spirit of adventure.
In "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!", the Three Caballeros sing a glorious rendition of their classic theme song. While fighting a giant man-eating flower, no less!
Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: During "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks", Mark abruptly stops the tour he's giving Huey and Dewey for a "MANDATORY DANCE BREAK!", where everyone stops what they're doing and starts dancing - presumably a riff on modern tech companies' emphasis on fun, unstructured work environments. After it ends, it's not even mentioned.
Donald is hit with a positive version of this trope, going from the perpetually angry personality that was rife for many years to making him just Born Unlucky, with his comic book counterparts adventurous streak intact and an ability to actually avoid losing his temper on a dime.
Zeus was portrayed as a kind-hearted Grandpa God in recent Disney media such as Hercules. Here he's a Jerkass God much closer to his mythological counterpart.
Within the series: after her first two appearances presented her as a Knight of Cerebus, in "Jaw$!", Magica shows that she can be as hammy and Laughably Evil as her earlier counterparts.
For those who like the original 1987 Webby, the behavior of 2017 Webby in "Day of the Only Child!" is more in line with the Annoying Younger Sibling characterization of the original. Namely, she antagonizes Dewey about having the idea of an Only Child Day and teases him about his solo host show, to the point where the episode ends with him shooting her a Death Glare.
Huey's It's All About Me behavior in "McMystery at McDuck Manor" is a temporary return to the troublemaking big brother who leads his little brothers into trouble and back out again.
Carrying over from the original series, "Magicstone", for Gladstone and Magica. Became even more hilarious when it turns out that Magica is, as of this writing, a living shadow, which makes this ship borderline Cargo Ship. It's gone as far as someone asking at Comic-Con 2018 if Lena was actually their daughter.
During the show's early days Della x Magica (DelSpell) had some following.
There are a few fans who ship Louie x Doofus, whichconsidering how Doofus treated Louie in his debut episodecarries a number of disturbing thoughts with it.
The show's version of Emily Quackfaster as a lunatic librarian took many as a surprise since she was always a bit-character in the original comics, and the greater personality and humor more or less made being a librarian and archivist look like an amazing job.
Della and Rocket Raccoon, after the reveal that she has a mechanical leg. "I'm gonna get that leg!"
Draco in Leather Pants: While Gladstone isn't a villain per se, a lot of fanfics will downplay his selfishness and self-serving nature to go along with a common fanon theory that the reason the boys love their "uncle" Gladstone so much is because he helped Donald take care of them. However this is never used to make anyone into Ron the Death Eater, thankfully.
The reveal that this show would be exploring the triplets' parents, namely their mother Della Duck, has got the theories flying in just the first episode. Given that the kids live with Donald, him being so safety obsessed, and him and Scrooge apparently having a falling out has many suspect one of Scrooge's adventures didn't end so well, with dialogue implying it was something to do with an artifact called the Spear Of Selene. And even that's not the real secret as it's later revealed that the Spear is something else entirely!
Not to the same degree, but there are a lot of questions about what happened to Webby's parents as well as Mr. Beakley. The fact that Mrs. Beakley was a spy only adds fuel to the fire.
Their take on Magica de Spell won many fans for making a character who in the comics and original cartoon was at times a joke villain or close to Sitcom Archnemesis into a genuinely compelling threat.
From "The House of the Lucky Gander", Liu Hai "the Luck Vampire" surprised many, both for the way The Reveal was prepared, which took many by surprise, for his ability to manipulate and distract the nephews, and for being a unique villain in terms of power, motivation, and threat level.
Falcon Graves for his stoic demeanor, his debonair style, and his no-nonsense attitude, with just enough flair for the occasional joke.
Don Karnage is as popular as ever, still just as Laughably Evil while also being just enough of a genuine threat to fit in the show's Darker and Edgier tone.
Briar and Bramble, the kelpies from the episode "The Missing Links Of Moorshire" are also popular due to being funny in a dark way, and how they're voiced byTara Strong and Andrea Libman.
Flintheart Glomgold became this in "The Ballad of Duke Baloney". The self-proclaimed Scotsman established himself as Scrooge's greatest Foil, antithesis, and Arch-Enemy.
Fandom Rivalry: Both this series and Legend of the Three Caballeros are based on the Disney Ducks comics, and while there are fans of both, there's still the debate of which truer to the text of the source material. Fans of DuckTales praise it for taking on bolder plots and darker themes, its characters and settings are more iconic, and its animation manages to evoke that of classic comic books, and say that the latter series is too safe. Fans for LOTTC bring up how the animation manages to be almost identical to that of classic Disney cartoons, Donald is more directly involved in the plot, there are very few drastic changes to the source material, its shorter format (13 episodes there as opposed to roughly 23 here) means the show can be more directly serialized, and prefer how it focuses on the adult characters over the kids, unlike the former where the kids have the greater focus.
Fandom Nickname: One part of the fanbase that likes to consider the possibilities of Launchpad being the triplets' father/stepfather calls him "Launchdad."
The show references numerous adventures that Scrooge had over the one-and-a-half century of his life that are not elaborated upon. Some of them are references to actual Carl Barks and Don Rosa comics, but the the rest is a great fanfic premise.
Other than gaining an immediate fandom after the pilot premiere, some fans have shipped Dark Action Girl Gabby McStabberson with Nice Guy Donald due to him having more interaction with her out of any of Glomgold's hired baddies. Not only did he try to make conversation with her (and show her images of him and his nephews), he went as far as to ask about her family life (even though she makes it very clear that her "relations" contrast greatly to his). This artist's drawing supports that ship.
Scrooge and Magica, as par for the course — from her obsession with owning Scrooge's most prized possession, calling him "Scroogey," borrowing his canonical love interest's Catch-Phrase ("You're Scrooge McDuck!"), to, most conspicuously, her sincere, profound disappointment at finding him in such a "pathetic" state in the Season 1 finale. Instead of being glad taking the dime from her enemy will be easier than she thought, she's upset she won't get a grand showdown with her Worthy Opponent and actually gives Scrooge a Get Ahold Of Yourself Man speech to get some fight back in him. The reboot makes it even easier to imagine Magica has an unspoken motive behind her obsession with Scrooge than any previous incarnations.
Mark Beaks and Falcon Graves is also a popular pairing, thanks to their interactions with each other throughout their debut episode.
While not as prevalent, many fans of Sofia the First get along well with fans of this series due to their canon welding to iconic franchises (the Disney Animated Canon for the former, and the Disney Afternoon for the this series).
Donald and Scrooge seeing each other after so long and trading insults with each other? Comical. Finding out that it was because Della disappeared with the Spear of Selene, causing Donald to not trust him again? Gutwrenching.
Meta-wise, the trailer for the rest of Season 1 showing Magica gleefully ranting about a final showdown with Scrooge, only for him to roll into view in disheveled state, much to her confusion? Funny. Finding out that the reason he's in such a state is because a massive falling out with his family about what happened to his niece, leading everyone to abandon him, and all of this has led to Scrooge teetering on the edge of a Despair Event Horizon? Not so funny anymore.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is very popular in the former Soviet Union and in Scandinavia. It helps that the original series was popular in said countries as does Donald Duck's popularity.
Growing the Beard: "Terror of the Terra-Firmians!" takes a hint from "Woo-oo!" and gives a fair amount of adult and child characters a time to shine. It also goes an extra step further by significantly darkening the overall tone of the series.
"The Ballad of Duke Baloney!" gives Glomgold an amazing amount of depth as a legitimately tragic villain, gives proper stakes to his and Scrooge's rivalry (along with pushing it into Black and Gray territory), details plenty of important lore (which is done with some originality and not with some hackneyed fanservice), and significantly contributes to the progress of Season 2's arc.
Just a week after the episode featuring Duckworth's ghost appearing, Chuck McCann, the voice actor who played him in the original series, passed away.
This happened again: Bushroot is absent from the beginning of "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y System," despite Quackerjack, Megavolt, and Liquidator appearing. His voice actor (Tino Insana) had passed away in 2017.note This is actually a coincidence (the writers weren't sure they'd be allowed to use the Darkwing Duck mythos again, and so Frank Angones pushed for the only three villain spots available to be filled by his personal favorites), but that doesn't make it any less sad.
A Tumblr user created an AU in which Scrooge ends up in possession of Lena's amulet and Magica (trapped in said amulet) continually possesses him in order to wreck his relationships with his family. Then, in "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!", Magica discovers that she can fully take over Lena's body and takes advantage of it to advance her plans.
Even harsher - in that AU, Scrooge insulted and drove away his family while under the influence of Magica. Come "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!", Scrooge insults and drives away his family all on his own, no Magica needed. Worse still, this happens just before Magica plans to attack him.
"No one tell your Uncle Donald!" says Scrooge to the kids in the pilot episode when he sneaks them off to Atlantis. As "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!" reveals, telling Donald a lot of things would have resolved many many family rifts.
This music video, starring Webby and the McDuck Clan including Donald, on a space adventure and having a great time. Turns out a prospective space adventure is where Della went missing, which put Donald and Scrooge off speaking terms. The later revelation of some of the circumstances alienates him from Webby and the boys as well when they blame him for it going wrong.
Magica's treatment of Lena was already bad enough, but the revelation that Lena was Magica's Living Shadow the whole time and that Magica didn't really even consider her a real person somehow makes it all even worse.
Della's shock at seeing her grown boys, while stranded on the moon with a makeshift television, becomes this when Dewey appears in the past to a preteen her and Donald. She never forgot the "fifteenth cousin" that tried to warn her about the future.
Heartwarming in Hindsight: Scrooge defending Gyro from his Board of Directors becomes this when we learn that one of Gyro's inventions — Oxy Chew Gum — saved Della's life when she got stranded on the moon. So Gyro has made at least two devices that haven't gone evil and helped the Ducks.
For Donald and for Tony Anselmo's mastery of the voice. Donald has never shown a greater emotional range than he has here, when Donald's previous characterization was largely just the angry guy.
Keith Ferguson is clearly having fun voicing Flintheart Glomgold, and gives him just the right amount of jerkishness that makes him a villain we Love to Hate. He also manages to do a flawless impersonation of the Darkwing Duck villain Megavolt sounding exactly like how Dan Castellaneta voiced him in the original series.
Catherine Tate, best known for her comic roles and her heart-breaking role as Donna from Doctor Who, is surprisingly chilling as Magica De Spell.
The Beagle Boys in the original series were voiced by individual voice actors. More specifically Terrance McGovern, Chuck McCann, Brian Cummings, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, among others. Here, they're all voiced by one voice actor, Eric Bauza, and he manages to give each Beagle their own identity and voice.
Kimiko Glenn and Kate Micucci really make Lena and Webby stand out in the horror-oriented "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!", conveying the fear and grief of their characters during the Nightmare Sequence in a chillingly convincing way.
Bobby Moynihan as Louie is typically laid back and has some skewed priorities, but in "The Secrets Of Castle McDuck", we see more of his vulnerable side when he's just as shocked and hurt as Huey that Dewey kept a secret about their mother from them. Damn! That's fine acting there.
Kate Micucci, the new voice for Webby, sang a song about sex with ducks (NSFW) that specifically references Duck Tales around the 1 minute mark.
The line "might solve a mystery or rewrite history" from the original theme song, one of several completely untouched in the new one, becomes even more fitting with David Tennant as Scrooge. He's even shown to have a Time Machine just lying around doing nothing... (though admittedly Gyro-built time machines are a recurring plot-point in the comics, so this may not be an entirely conscious reference).
Louie asks Scrooge how much his net worth is. The show came out just a few days after Disney commissioned an episode of Game Theory that asked exactly that question.
In "The Beagle Birthday Massacre", Webby says to the triplets, "Okay, how do you get rid of an evil clown?", when It (2017) came out just a month before and saw another group of preteens fighting a Monster Clown.
Another from Doctor Who: Scrooge's iconic nemesis Magica De Spell is voiced by Tennant's one-time companion Catherine Tate. Maybe forcibly erasing her memory wasn't such a good idea?
Becomes Heartwarming in Hindsight when this isn't the first time Catherine Tate's character unintentionally led to David Tennant's character, broken from the events of a previous episode, to fix his attitude.
The Third Doctor once said that "The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But it's not necessarily the most interesting." It got turned on its head on their way to Atlantis when Scrooge pointed out that "the shortest distance between two points isn't always a straight line" and the trip became interesting when Dewey redrew the route meant to avoid danger into a straight line.
This show was partly advertised as homaging the comics. While there are references, they are mostly lowkey blink and you'll miss it moments. Meanwhile Legend of the Three Caballeros basically thrives on making downright esoteric references to the comics and various Disney animated media.
Storkules has a lot of this towards Donald. From seeing his friendship with him as his proudest achievement to sculpting a muscular statue of him wearing only a fig leaf.
Webby/Lena shipping began just from previews, when "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!" released it exploded. Becomes Foe Yay with the Wham Line at the end of the episode. This also means that the ship is nothing new as Webby/Minima was a popular Toy Ship for comic fans. And as of "Jaw$!", it's just made all the more obvious. 'Beautiful idiot' indeed. "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck" feeds the ship further with 'you snoring angel'. And to top it off, the finale produced a fair number of new shippers when Webby described Lena as 'noble teen ne'er-do-well who can break into anything, including your heart'. Both she and Dewey look mildly shocked after the declaration, as if they just realized the implications, themselves.
Della/Selene was already a decently popular pair due to them being close friends in the past. It received a boost in the last few episodes of season 1 where it's revealed that the Spear of Selene was a rocket Della designed and named after the goddess. The cliffhanger ending shows that Della is currently alive on the moon, possibly due to Selene's influence.
Internet Backdraft: Many, many fans weren't happy at Disney neglecting to credit original composer Hiroshige Tonomura in its official online release of Della's lullaby based on the classic NES Moon theme.
Jerkass Woobie: All of the Beagle Boys despite being career criminals, mainly because of how horrible Ma Beagle treats them all.
A lot of younger fans who have never seen the original Duck Tales are interested in the show just because David Tennant is in it. Likewise, quite a few fans who were originally uninterested in the reboot but were won over by Tennant's involvement.
The show has both Wander over Yonder and Gravity Falls alumni, which most certainly prompted interest in this series, especially since both series had ended a year before this one aired.
Donald Duck's expanded role garnered interest from his fans who might not otherwise be interested.
Flintheart Glomgold. He's an awful bastard to the ninth degree, but his hamminess and desire to one-up Scrooge make him an entertaining character to watch, helped by Keith Ferguson's stand-out VO performance. After "The Ballad of Duke Baloney" he quickly became the most popular and liked villain of this series, a major improvement over the 1987 and comics' Glomgold namely for having an actually fleshed out personality that justifies his hatred for Scrooge.
Gladstone Gander is a narcissistic layabout who lives a charmed life he did nothing to merit or deserve, but he's such a perfect foil to Donald and Scrooge, with his bizarre luck introducing a lot of cool storytelling and thematic density, and that he's a unique character for being neither a hero nor a villain, that many are willing to put up with him.
Mark Beaks is described by Word of God as a character "so broad and over the top" that fans will love being annoyed by him.
Magnificent Bitch: Scrooge's old flame and "ex-everything," Goldie O'Gilt, is a beautiful, conniving treasure hunter who rivals Scrooge himself in sheer wit and tenacity. Lacking Scrooge's scruples and possessed of a penchant for betrayal, Goldie has backstabbed Scrooge countless times to leave him in the wake of danger while she constantly walks off untouched. In her debut episode, Goldie plays both Scrooge and Flintheart in her pursuit of the Golden Lagoon, using Scrooge to locate the Lagoon for her before managing to fake her death with the Eye of Demogorgon and making off with the treasure herself, completely untouched in the end. Even through their constant quarreling and rivalry, Goldie and Scrooge retain a fierce, mutual respect for each other, with Goldie always knowing Scrooge will make it out alive out of whatever conundrum she leaves him in and Scrooge acknowledging her as his greatest Worthy Opponent.
Memetic Badass: After Donald Duck's temporary voice change in the season finale (so he's easier to understand), he becomes this. In fact, he even devises a good plan and uses reverse psychology on the nephews and Webby.
Beakley: Get ready for the storm.
Donald: I am the storm.
Beakley: Seriously, have you been saying things like that the whole time?
Misblamed: After the highly praised pilot episode, some fans complained that the episodes that followed seemed to focus on the nephews, and especially Webby, at the expense of Scrooge and Donald, and that they were entirely in Duckburg. Co-producer Frank Angones later clarified that Disney was airing the show out of the intended order, offsetting the Duckburg/globetrotting ratio that was originally envisioned by the showrunners.note To elaborate: after the Pilot and "Daytrip of Doom", "The Impossible Summit of Mount Neverrest" (a globetrotting episode focusing on Huey and Scrooge) should have aired, then "Great Dime Chase" followed by "Beagles Birthday Massacre". As per the current slot, the fifth episode, "The Terror of the Terra-Firmians" was intended to be the 9th Episode, "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks" which is the 6th was originally supposed to be the 7th, "The House of the Lucky Gander" was to be the sixth following "Beagle's Birthday Massacre" but is now the 7th, and "The Living Mummies of Thoth-Ra" was the 8th but supposed to precede "Terra-Firmians".
Moe: All of the kids - Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby and Lena. Their childish personalities are endearing, their friendship and brotherhood with each other is heartwarming, and the designs for them invoke the image of cute children onto anthropomorphic ducklings.
It's revealed in "Jaw$!" that Magica De Spell has her own niece Lena enslaved to do her bidding. To make it even worse, "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck" has her now able to literally possess her to get what she wants. And then in the finale we find out that Magica created Lena, which for all intents and purposes makes Lena her daughter, and get to watch Magica kill Lena practically as soon as she's done what Magica created her for. Twice, if you count the murder of the physical body and the spirit that showed up later separately.
The first few notes of the Moon theme at the ending of "The Shadow War!", accompanying the Wham Shot of Della's survival.
Narm Charm: Don Cheadle voicing Donald Duck in the middle of the season finale is so out of place yet its also both hilarious and badass, especially seeing how the character is known of being hard to understand.
Donald's portrayal in this series, as a competent adventurer who's simultaneously an everyman and devoted father-like figure to Huey, Louie and Dewey. It surprises many who are just familiar with animated incarnations of Donald, unaware that this characterization is the norm in comics ever since Carl Barks' 40's work and to this day. On top of that, his appearance in the DuckTales (1987) series pilot has him portrayed as this, hinting at his Barks adventure origins. In fact, Donald's semi-ridiculous voice change in the season 1 finale is a reference to those same comics, as Donald is perfectly eloquent in print.
The treasure hunt adventure motif and appearances of tropes like the Atlantean Temple of Doom full of Durable Deathtraps and a swarm of snakes have already evoked comparisons to Indiana Jones, which are to be expected... because Indiana Jones was partially inspired by Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge comics of the 1950s. Steven Spielberg was never shy about admitting how things like the Raiders of the Lost Ark rolling boulder Signature Scene was taken directly from Barks' story The Seven Cities of Cibola, or the mine-cart-through-a-flood chase from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom from the story The Prize of Pizarro. Like its 1987 incarnation, the show resembles Indiana Jones because Indiana Jones was inspired by Scrooge McDuck, not the other way around.
The idea of Dewey in particular wanting to stick out from his brothers was actually used in an episode of the original series, "The Duck in the Iron Mask". (The Nephews actually having different personalities dates from at least 1988, when an Italian comic book story had Huey and Louie dealing with their brother's first crush and not having any idea while they still think that Girls Have Cooties.)
Gyro's portrayal as a mad scientist (as in, a well-intentioned scientist who is also a certified loon) has actually been used in comics, mostly in the early Paperinik stories-where he knowingly collaborated with a criminal (as the Paperinik of the early stories acted only to avenge the wrongs he suffered as Donald, and had no qualms about committing crimes such as stealing Scrooge's money-filled bed while he slept on it), and even after Paperinik became more heroic he would from time to time 'demonstrate' his inventions on Donald's skin-such as when he came up with a pool that made those who bathed inside invulnerable, and demonstrated it by pushing Donald into it and then shooting him with rhino-hunt bullets. The earlier Barks comics also show him having anger issues◊.
The Nostalgia Critic sees an enjoyable similarity between Webby and Mabel from Gravity Falls, but she also bears a strong resemblance to earlier young Ellie from Up and the even earlier Gosalyn Mallard, so she's actually the latest in a line of spunky, spirited, adventurous young girls in Disney animation.
For another Gladstone and Luck thing, look at how Donald doesn't benefit even remotely from Gladstone being lucky. The Puppetteers were horrified when they learned that breeding Luck into humanity (of the same kind that Gladstone has) would extend only to humanity, and not to their allies.
Scrooge warning Louie he'll crack his skull if he tries diving into money like Scrooge does is often cited as if it's the first time Scrooge's money swimming hobby has ever been deconstructed. "Only Scrooge can swim in money, anyone else who tries will suffer the predictable consequences" has actually been the rule for over 60 years — Carl Barks was writing such moments as far back as his 1952 story "Only a Poor Old Man" (from the very first issue of the Uncle Scrooge comic), which has Scrooge tricking the Beagle Boys into diving into his money and getting knocked unconscious (when the boys ask Scrooge how he can do it, all he'll say is, "It's a trick.").
Periphery Demographic: Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge and the rest of the Ducks have large, built-in fan bases that consist of people outside of Disney XD's preteen audience that are already interested in this show's take on the characters. The fact that this is the first time the classic Disney characters have ever been used for serialized storytelling adds to this.
The creators have said this is what they want to do with Webby, who some fans of the original show found annoying or bland. The first trailer alone proves that - not only is Webby introduced with an amount of energy and spunk that the original was never shown with (also, holding a frickin' dagger), eagle-eyed viewers will notice her trademark Quacky Patch doll in the same scene... stuck to the wall with an ARROW. That's proof enough on how the creators are serious about un-Scrappyfing Webby. Once the show premiered, viewers agreed that the creators got the job done and she's become a fan favorite.
The original Beakley was never hated, but most people saw her as bland and forgettable. The new opening shows quick scenes of her taking an active role in the group's adventures, including driving Scrooge's jeep and helping all three of the nephews up from a ledge, at the same time! The fact that she does all of this with a stoic look on her face has made her new incarnation very popular with fans, who have also noticed her enhanced physique. That said, unlike Webby the original Mrs. Beakley had her badass moments, and was never The Scrappy in the first place, just less noticed or popular than other more prominent characers.
The heroics he performs in Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!, and his general characterization in that episode, seem to have redeemed Launchpad, whom many thought 2017 was characterizing as much too dumb and ditzy in comparison to the original portrayal, who was a goofball but also had his moments of outstanding competence or bravery that made him more of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer than just the really, really, really incompetent pilot/driver who Scrooge should most definitely fire (and/or send to a mental institution) that he was coming across as previously.
Mark Beaks gets a more threatening status as a villain after the events of "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!".
Lena was initially unpopular with some viewers for seeming like a shoehorned-in "cool" teen character and for drawing focus away from more established characters. The second half of Season 1 remedied this somewhat by turning Lena into The Woobie and revealing that there's more to her and her origins than meets the eye.
Ships That Pass in the Night: Some part of the fanbase ships Delpad (Della Duck/Launchpad McQuack), despite the fact that most likely the two never even met. The likelihood of them meeting in the future has gone up since the season 1 finale reveals that Della is still alive on the moon and could possibly come home one day.
Quite a few die-hard fans of the original have openly expressed dislike (or downright hatred) of the new animation and art style, going as far as to call it "cheap Flash garbage" (ignoring the fact that it's not animated in Flash).
Characters being changed:
A lot fans think Scrooge is way too nice and generous for a character who's named after one of the most famous tightwads in literature; it's probably due to changing social values but a lot of the character's humor is how cheap he is.
The fact Webby does not address Scrooge as "Uncle Scrooge", but merely "Mr. McDuck" — especially it's clear in "The Living Mummies of Toth Ra!" that Scrooge loves her just as much of the nephews. As of "From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22!," it looks like Webby will start calling him this now.
Huey, Dewey and Louie having separate personalities. A lot of the new crowd love the new characters as such, but making the nephews separate is upsetting for much of the comic fans, especially since the abysmally-received Quack Pack.
Gyro becoming an Insufferable Genius with "mad scientist" tendencies has upset many fans — especially since it takes away from what made Gyro so lovable in the original.
Launchpad. In the original he was somewhat ditzy, but still competent, extraordinarily brave, and a Woodchuck Scout Troop Leader that the children often looked up to as a hero. Here, his ditziness is exaggerated to the point of being a Manchild that even the kids almost never take him seriously.
Burger Beagle changed from being overweight who talked a lot into being both skinny and silent. Francisco Angones admitted on Tumblr this happened because Burger was a stereotypical fat guy and a target of bullying toward overweight people that had no place in the reboot.
Goldie O'Glit being turned from an amoral saloon girl into an amoral Catwoman-esque adventuress who's always one step ahead of Scrooge.
Doofus Drake goes from a nice, if bumbling, kid who's friends with the triplets to a Creepy Child and Spoiled Brat who essentially wants to torture Louie into blind obedience.
Remarkably averted, however, with Magica De Spell, who is almost nothing like her original version, yet the fans instantly fell in love with her portrayal as a deadly serious Knight of CerebusSealed Evil in a Can (Although some people do lament the lack of her Eastern European accent). Some people were soured with her new design, giving her green feathers instead of white although they do revert to white when she is Brought Down to Normal.
The replacement of fan favoriteJim Cummings with Jaime Camil as Don Karnage has provoked this reaction from many fans. The purpose is so the character would be voiced by a Latino actor, fitting for Don Karnage's supposed ethnicity; but the most scholarly of TaleSpin fans know that Karnage's accent is intentionally "a mix of Spanish, Cuban, French, and Ricky Ricardo" and tying him down to one particular, accurately-portrayed background is sort of missing the point. (His new design, with a broader snout and no tail, has also drawn criticism, not so much because the new design is unappealing per se as because the change was really unnecessary.)
Similarly, some fans of Legend of the Three Caballeros aren't happy that José Carioca and Panchito will be recast for their appearance in Season 2, especially since both their actors from that show have already provided voice work for the new Ducktales cartoonnote Eric Bauza (Jose in Legend of the Three Caballeros) as all of the Beagle Boys and Jaime Camil (Panchito in Legend of the Three Caballeros) as Don Karnage. Knowing the creators' preference for Actor-Shared Background, it's justified for José (as Eric Bauza is an American-Canadian dual citizen rather than Brazilian), but not for Panchito (as Jamie Camil is Mexican). And that's not even getting into how Carlos Alazraqui (Panchito) and Rob Paulsen (Jose) are again being replaced despite voicing them on House of Mouse and Mickey and the Roadster Racers .
The focus on the kids over Scrooge. Some fans of the first cartoon or the original Uncle Scrooge comics feel the show gives too much focus on the nephews and Webby both in single episodes and the overarching plotlines where they have far more proactive roles, while Scrooge is often a supporting player at best, and while he does get focus episodes, they are notably fewer in amount. Plus for some fans taking Donald and Scrooge, the title characters from the comics and pushing them out of the limelight in favor of the kids, hurts the show's claim of being Truer to the Text to them.
Fergus McDuck and Downy O'Drake are immortal, and, thus, still alive in this series. While this provides good opportunities for an adult Scrooge to interact with them, it's a wild departure from the Prime Universe, and one that foolhardily gives up two of the only unambiguous deaths of major supporting characters in the comics' Duckverse.
Many fans feel this way about Donald, since one of the big draws for the reboot was that he was supposedly going to play a bigger role this time around and he has only appeared a handful times so far since the pilot, with some of those appearances being brief cameos. It's since been explained by Word of God, and subsequently confirmed in The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!, that he was spending most of his time working on repairing his houseboat so he and the boys can move back to the marina. Frank has said we will be seeing more of him in Season 2.
Fans loved the new take on Mrs. Beakley by giving her more of a bodyguard-type role, but aside from A Day in the Limelight in "From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22!," most of her appearances in the show have been minor, and she's had the same amount of screentime Donald has, namely not much. And unlike Donald, she doesn't even have an excuse for all her absences.
Darkwing Duck is a Show Within a Show rather than being a real person the heroes can meet. This may be averted in the future, since Word of God says that was only the beginning.
Scrooge's old butler, Duckworth made his debut in this show as a ghost in "McMystery At McDuck McManor" and the episode ended with him still hanging around the manor, even setting up a complicated relationship between him and current caretaker, Mrs. Beakley. Duckworth's only appearance following this episode was a brief, silent cameo in "The Last Crash of the Sunchaser". It is confirmed he will make reappearances though, so this could be averted down the line.
Hortense hasn't been mentioned outside of the pilot. Francisco Angones has said that she and Quackmore died several years ago, though this hasn't been mentioned in-series yet. Matilda gets it even worse, not even being name-dropped by anyone at all - the only evidence for her existence in this continuity is a note on Webby's String Theory chart.
While making Magica an Abusive Parent to whom Lena is a reluctant but helpless slave doubles down on Magica's newfound darkness, many commented that it would have been way more narratively interesting if Lena had been so brought up as to legitimately want to help her aunt's evil endeavor, making her dilemma of whether to help Magica or save Webby be more about an actual, personal dilemma of who she wants to be, than a mere, less morally-complex choice of evils. Then we learn that she's Magica's Living Shadow...
A lot of complaints in the episode "Who is Gizmoduck" revolve around how the episode felt like it was fitting three or four good stories into one single episode, making none of them feel really developed.
Dewey is Easily Forgiven by his brothers once they find out he's been keeping secrets of their mother from them. Quite a few fans are disappointed by the lack of lasting consequences for Dewey's decisions.
Quite a number of characters have missing/dead family members, but aside from the Della Duck arc, none of the other missing/dead family members are being addressed, including but not limited to Webby's parents (her mother being Beakley's daughter), the triplets' father, Fenton's father, Donald's parents, and Scrooge's sisters. So far, no word on any of their whereabouts or whether they are even still alive. In Lena's case, she doesn't have parents, she's Magica's Living Shadow.
All of the characters (with the exception of Webby and the boys) just gloss over the fact that Lena is a Living Shadow and is apparently destroyed by Magica. But Beakley and Scrooge not even acknowledging Lena is pretty egregious. In "Terror of the Terra-firmians!", Beakley had expressed interest (and concern) for Lena's family status, not to mention being wary about Lena possibly being a bad influence to Webby - but she is never shown reacting to Lena's true nature, nor does she even mourn her loss. Scrooge promised Lena a place in his family once Magica was dealt with, but he doesn't even mourn Lena's (apparent) death and (seemingly) forgets all about his promise to rescue her.
Lena being revealed as nothing more than a Living Shadow has drawn the ire of some fans who were hoping that she turned out to be the daughter of Magica's brother, Poe De Spell. On that note, Magica mentions that her family is "nothing but trouble", but given that she doesn't even consider Lena family (or even a real person), the lack of any other De Spell relatives seems like a waste of what could've been a complex Foil to the McDuck-Duck family.
Quite a bit of interesting lore that could've been used for potential storylines are instead put up on social media by the writers. Information that would make certain arcs and characters more interesting (Scrooge raising Della and Donald, Hortense and Quackmore having died while Della and Donald were still young, Beakley homeschooling Webby and the boys, etc.) can be found on Francisco Angones' Tumblr. A few fans have stated that Season 1 could've used more world-building and set-up in some places, and lore such as these could've been utilized and shown in some episodes rather than just being relegated to All In The Manual.
Dewey and Webby being friends despite having nothing in common besides adventuring could have been the focus of a full episode instead of being a minor subplot in the season two premiere.
As of right now, fans are starting to feel this way about Louie and Dewey's sibling relationship. While most of the kids have had at least one episode where they teamed up during an A plot, Louie and Dewey have yet to receive this treatment together. It's obvious that the two boys love each other fiercely (as all the kids do) but they really do not have much one to one interaction when compared to all the other combinations of the kids. Most fans feel like they can only guess at what their sibling dynamic is really like.
One of the first things Webby tells us is her adoration of Donald Duck yet the two never have interacted much in the show. The writers could have easily given them a story where they would bond together. Adding fuel to the fire is that Webby's adoration of Donald is an Informed Ability and displayed only in the pilot episode. In all other episodes following that, Webby idolizes Scrooge more and shows no further adoration towards Donald.
"The Last Crash of the Sunchaser!" has started to be considered this by fans who thought the Season 1 finale was somewhat lacking in drama and character development.
Toy Ship: Many people have already started shipping Dewey with Webby due to having similar personalities and also being close to each other during the theme song - not to mention how much time they spend together, sharing wonderful experiences with each other. However, Word of God has denied any possibility of Webby and any of the trio bros becoming a "thing". By the end of the second episode Louie and Webby began to gain popularity. And then Huey and Webby gain steam from the Terra-Firmian episode. Shipping Webby with Lena also starts to gain popularity, especially thanks to the pet names they call each other in the show. Seems regardless of the creators' intent, Webby is well on her way to being a Launcher of a Thousand Ships.
At a demo reel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, fans were shocked to see another familiar duck: Darkwing Duck!
While not a specifically a character, the same demo reel showed an updated design for the Iron Vulture aircraft from TaleSpin, suggesting that characters from its series of origin could be popping up as well. The pilot bringing up Cape Suzette only furthers this, and a promo for the series' return not only confirms the appearance of the Sky Pirates, but also shows Don Karnage dueling Dewey.
Who would have thought that Della Duck, Donald's sister, and the triplets' mother, would have been involved in the plot at all, given that the animated canon never mentions them. Della appears in a painting in one of the last shots of the pilot, bringing her into the animated canon for the first time.
The Sasquatch from A Goofy Movie appears in the Huey short, and then returns in "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck" as "Tenderfeet".
Although some people predicted it beforehand, it's still a surprise that Minima De Spell — a one-shot villain from the Ducktales comics — is going to be playing a role here, albeit under a different name.
The SDCC 2018 demo reel also introduces two characters into the animated canon: Fethry Duck and John D. Rockerduck. Many were especially surprised at the latter due to the belief that Mark Beaks was created to take his place for the show.
Almost certainly a factor in the decision to downplay Scrooge's Greed and cheapness. With now decade-long recession afflicting the States, what was once an amusing flaw would probably rub modern viewers the wrong way.
Similarly, the reason why Burger Beagle is changed from a Big EaterFat Comic Relief to a skinny crook is that the creators thought that fat jokes, popular in the 1980s, would be considered tasteless and encourage bullying of fat people nowadays. Despite this, they introduced the Ugly Failure Beagles in a later episode, who are a trio of loser stereotypes, including a fat one. No fat jokes were made around this character so far, though.
It also goes the other way, as Glomgold was changed from South African to Scottish in the '80s series due to their discomfort in having a character be associated with Apartheid. Now that it's long over, Glomgold in this series is revealed to actually be South African, and just pretending to be Scottish to mess with Scrooge.
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Let's see here. Black comedy freely littered throughout? Check. A realistic depiction of abusive relationships with Magica forcing Lena to do her bidding? Double check. Characters often subject to trauma and realistic violence? Triple check. Yeah, there's definitely quite a few elements that make this show much darker than its predecessor.
The announcement of David Tennant as Uncle Scrooge has won over Duck fans and Whovians alike. If nothing else, Scrooge will finally be voiced by an actor who's actually Scottish! Not to mention, he pulls off Scrooge's voice very well, to the point that people are already hoping he becomes the official Scrooge voice for Disney going forward.
The casting of several other actors, like Danny Pudi, Bobby Moynihan, Kate Micucci, and Ben Schwartz has likewise won over many fans.
Donald being a lead instead of being a seldom seen extra won over many fans of him. Especially when the first episode "Woo-oo!" aired, giving him a nuanced personality and making him stand out as a key character while still giving Scrooge, the Triplets, Launchpad and Mrs. Beakley and Webby their due. Many comics fans noted that this is the first time the animated Donald resembles the beloved comics version.
Many Carl Barks fans are happy that the reboot is going to be closer to the comics than the original series.
When Mickey and the Roadster Racers pulled The Other Darrin with Donald's voice completely out of nowhere with no explanation, fans became worried that Tony Anselmo had been replaced, or had needed to suddenly retire. The lack of any confirmation of Donald's voice actor for Ducktales, due to Disney's policies of not giving the voices of the classic cast major publicity, only exacerbated these worries. When the trailer dropped, and Donald spoke in Anselmo's voice, the worried fans all breathed a collective sigh of relief, as it became clear that his involvement in the reboot (and several other things) necessitated Daniel Ross voicing Donald in Roadster Racers.
The new intro, which is a tribute to the Carl Barks comics... AND has an faithful re-imagining of the 1987 intro, which features everyone chasing the #1 Dime. DuckTales, Woo-hoo indeed.
Donald Duck, the combination of his bad luck, overwhelming love of his nephews and earnest determination had many fans feeling sorry for the short-tempered duck, many for the first time.
Webby spent her whole life cooped up in the mansion without anyone to hang out with. Even when the triplets arrive, she's afraid they'll eventually ditch her because she's not normal like them.
Dewey, after seeing just how much learning about Della's disappearance has started getting to him. When he discovers that she could have betrayed Scrooge and Donald it ends up leaving him reluctant to continue finding out the truth, out of fear that she may not be who he thought she was.
Lena is revealed to be this at the end of "Jaw$!", being enslaved to do her evil aunt's bidding, with Magica not giving a damn about her wellbeing. It gets even worse in subsequent episodes, as it becomes clear that Magica is an abusive psychopath, and when Lena tries to resist her and tell Scrooge the truth, Magica stops her by hijacking her body.
As it turns out, Scrooge himself. He was responsible for building the Spear of Selene and not talking down Della when the latter stole it to go up in space. He nearly bankrupt himself and sent many men to their doom trying to save her only to fail. To rub salt in the wound, when the triplets find out about the situation they think he didn't care to search for her because of his greed and and didn't talk her down because of his adventure lust. The bitter old man we saw at the beginning was all because Scrooge never moved on.
Catherine Tate, a comedic actress, as the menacing villainess Magica De Spell. It should be noted that her original voice June Foray was also primarily a comedic actress, but in that show Magica was extremely hammy, whereas here she's a dead-serious Knight of Cerebus. That's only in her first speaking episode, though; later episodes show her with the Evil Is Hammy personality she's well known for, though she's still pretty dangerous.
Some people feel this way about the casting of Allison Janney as Goldie O'Gilt, mostly due to the lack of her southern drawl (never mind that in relation to what is known about her in the comics, it makes no sense for Goldie to have a Southern accent when she's an Irishwoman who immigrated to Dawson City). There are also those who think she's just essentially using her Charlene Doofenshmirtz voice .
Downplayed with Don Cheadle doing Donald's normal voice in the season 1 finale. While many people think he is good, they think it's unnecessary given that Tony Anselmo could've just used his regular voice.
A similar case happens in "Last Christmas!" while some were glad to have Russi Taylor voice young Donald in the same voice she used for Huey, Dewey and Louie in the 1987 DuckTales, others wonder why they didn't just pitch Tony's Donald voice higher, like with the triplets in House of Mouse and a few other properties.