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  • Awesome Art: While the animation is much stiffer and less lively than in the original movie (the characters are very obviously ToonBoom puppets), this show still sports some gorgeous visuals — particularly when it comes to the beautiful painted backgrounds, which perfectly capture the look and feel of a Disney feature from the 1940s. The character designs, with the soft, rounded shapes and colored outlines, also capture the classic Disney feel.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In the first episode, the mother of a brat whom Donald has displeased turns out to be… Peg-Leg Pete dressed in drag. Still played in an obviously male voice by Jim Cummings, and all. No, this is never addressed again; indeed, this is Pete's only appearance so far.
  • Crazy Awesome: Ari. The guy made popcorn using a grenade.
  • Cult Classic: For a series that was released on an app in select territories with very little advertising, it amassed a dedicated fanbase almost overnight due to its good writing, characters, and immense amount of references to the various material the characters have been in.
  • Ear Worm: Almost any song that appears in the show is guaranteed to stick in your head for a while.
    • The opening theme, which is a more "adventurous"-sounding recreation of the classic Three Caballeros song — with the exception of replacing "gay" with "brave."
    • Ari's song, which is a Suspiciously Similar Song to the one he sang in The Three Caballeros.
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    • The "Goblin Jail" song. Lampshaded in the episode itself, at that.
    • "Gotta Draw the Line", Mono's song from the episode "Nazca Racing".
    • The musical number performed by the yetis. "Welcome to our spa, you'll find it all right here in Shangri-la-di-da."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • April, May and June, on account of being smart and sassy teenage girls who otherwise rarely appear in animated Duck media.
    • Also Ari, who manages to be a screwball comedy character without becoming too annoying and is often actually helpful to the Caballeros.
    • Xandra is also quite popular for her Action Girl persona mixed with genuine wisdom and occasional Adorkable tendencies. She's also quite hot .
  • Fandom Rivalry: This show and Ducktales 2017 are both based on the Disney Ducks comics, and while there are fans who love both shows, there's still a rivalry brewing. Fans of The Legend of the Three Caballeros claim that it's much closer to the source material its based on with very few drastic changes, Donald feels more like a main character, doesn't have the kids taking away all the focus from the other characters, the animation manages to evoke that of classic Disney cartoons, and it's shorter runtime (13 episodes here as opposed to Ducktales' 23 episodes) means that the show can be more directly serialized. Fans of the latter series think that the franchise is more iconic, it's going for a much darker tone and bolder plots, and the animation manages to evoke that of comic books, and feel that this series plays things a bit too safe. The fact that Panchito and José appeared in an episode of Ducktales, which different voice actors and somewhat different personalities, added some extra fuel to the rivalry.
    • This is more pronounced, as mentioned at 55:00 in this podcast, where Matt Danner mentioned that Tony Anselmo thinks that this series has the truest portrayal of Donald Duck.
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  • He Really Can Act: Just like with DuckTales (2017) , Tony Anselmo shows a lot of range as Donald, especially here since he's the lead.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Who gets stuck with all the bad luck? No one... but Donald Duck! In the first episode he is humiliated and fired from his job, returns home to see his house destroyed and has his girlfriend call him and scold him. On his birthday. In episode five he goes on a date with Daisy, and she ends up breaking up with him because he needed to save his friends and is unable to tell Daisy what he's been up to. Even with his temper, you'll want to give him a hug.
  • Moment of Awesome: The climax of season one as seen in the Action Prologue.
  • Narm Charm: The show is very cliched, but it just works. It also helps that the show never takes itself too seriously and manages to weave in a sense of fun.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show's bible has categorized its audiences as "primarily" boys 8-12, "secondarily" boys in other age groups and parents, and "tertiarily" girls and collectors. Girls and collectors occupy the largest part of the fandom, or at least the most vocal part.
    • Much like DuckTales (2017) , this show has gained a wide audience outside of kids due to being the only 2 shows that use the classic Disney characters for serialized storytelling.
  • The Scrappy: Daisy Duck is seen by many as a toxic and abusive girlfriend who complains about Donald not giving her enough attention and refuses to listen to his explanations even when he has damn good reasons. First, she breaks up with him while his house is burning down, then gets offended when Donald runs off from their date to save the world. Then she shows up at Donald's house with her new date just to make her ex-boyfriend jealous, and gets offended when Donald cares more about stopping a rampaging bear. Although she gets slightly better in the second half of the season, she is never called out for her mean behaviour and she is presented as a desirable partner for Donald, who does his best to get back together with her. The fandom disagrees, believing Donald deserves a better girlfriend.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The Aracuan Bird's theme song is ever-so-slightly different in tune from the original, though it has the same rhythm. Frank Angones, the creator of DuckTales (2017) confirmed on his blog that Disney does not own the rights to the Aracuan song, which explains why Ari sings a Suspiciously Similar Song instead.
  • Tearjerker: Near the middle of the first episode. Donald has lost his job, his house burnt down, and his girlfriend breaks up with him. He even sheds a tear.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Given that the entire purpose of the original animated films was to improve the United State's relations with Latin America, it makes one wonder why there are very few references to Latin American culture outside of two episodes in the show. Even the Caballeros' ancestors are depicted wearing Roman-style armor instead of Aztec-style armor like you'd expect.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Absolutely no one expected Daisy's nieces April, May and June to become recurring characters, especially since their only other animated appearance was a non-speaking cameo in House of Mouse and Huey, Dewey and Louie are far more famous than they are.
    • Alright, how many of you expected Clinton Coot to feature? Or even remembered his existence?
    • "Donald's Double" from Donald's Double Trouble is back... and now he has a name as well (It's Dapper Duck)!
    • Even Humphrey the Bear and Spike the Bee are in this show! Well, unnamed Expies of them, but still!
    • Possibly the most obscure and unexpected is Don Dugo aka Don de Pato, Donald's ancestor and one of the original Three Caballeros, as his only other appearances were a single comic and an obscure version of the Duck family tree. Don Dugo isn't even the name he was given in the English translations.
    • Although one of the best-established characters of the Disney Ducks canon, audiences were still surprised by the brief cameo of Scrooge McDuck in the penultimate episode.


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