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"On why dont they just show reruns"
That's a death wish for any kids channel worth its salt. Just ask The Hub. Reruns of really old shows just wont cut it anymore.
Or Toonami. Reruns is what got their block chopped in half.
I imagine Disney wants to keep it's keystone properties in front of the public eye, so it behooves them to come up with projects involving Mickey, Donald, Goofy, etc. Duck Tales was a great show (though I lost interest around the time Bubba Duck showed up, though some of the ones featuring Gizmo Duck were pretty good). I'll definitely watch it. I can live with it if they insist on doing it in CGI, even though I HOPE it's in traditional 2d animation. Just so long as it ain't flash. I'd love to see most of the Disney Afternoon block come back (though I can live without Goof Troop or Quack Pack). It'd be cool to see a Gummi Bears: The Next Generation, or something (yeah, good luck there).
I admit I laughed out loud at Teen Titans,Go!'s shout out to Duck Tales.
Clar Ence also did a shout out, too.
The main thing that concerns me is Disney XD.
It doesn't seem like the best place to do the original justice.
More like Quack Pack.
Disney XD is where Disney dumps all their animated shows now.
Carl Barks, who created the characters, was just fine with Ducktales. It was Don Rosa that hated it because he's a Barks fanboy that basically went "They Changed It, Now It Sucks!" in response to Scrooge's lighter and softer characterization and how some Barks stories got nerfed in animation (Especially Klondike)
Well, it looks like now we all comes to know that the "rewrite history" part of the theme tune lyrics would eventually become Hilarious in Hindsight eventually.
But in all honest though, this is very great news! I have never seen Duck Tales as a kid, but I did get to see some of the episodes later on. It seems that Disney XD has been very positive as of late, with shows like Gravity Falls, Wander Over Yonder, and the recent Star Vs. The Forces of Evil (Am I not the only one who thinks that Marco is a near-allusion to my own self?)
Also, is it just me, or have we been getting a lot of reboots as of late? The Powerpuff Girls, The Magic School Bus, Danger Mouse, Inspector Gadget, The Lion Guard and now this!
...Okay, granted, Inspector Gadget is from 1983-1986, and The Lion Guard is actually a continuation of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. But still, it seems that the 90s are making a comeback at this point, and I am very happy to see a new generation of children to grow up with what we used to grown up with.
Come up with new ideas, Hollywood!
But most of Disney's current animated series are new ideas. Other than the Mickey shorts, which are just the logical continuation of a legacy that will never die as long as there's a Disney, and The Lion Guard, which hasn't premiered yet, we have Phineas & Ferb, Wander Over Yonder, Gravity Falls, Star and the Forces of Evil... almost all new ideas not based on pre-existing properties (I'm not counting projects from Disney side enterprises like Marvel or Lucasfilm, of course, which are its own thing). And it's been that way a while now since the end of the Disney Afternoon; for every Lilo and Stitch Animated Series we had a Proud Family, a Kim Possible, a Reccess, a Brandy and Mr. Whiskers, a Pepper Ann... Really, even Warner/CN is worse at recycling properties for TV animation than Disney is. Aint' that right, Scooby Doo?
edited 25th Feb '15 6:08:29 PM by NapoleonDeCheese
No. Because these days, people hate change, and only relish what's familiar to them. Welcome to hell.
Maybe if that Rescue Rangers movie actually gets made, a new Rescue Rangers animated series might follow.
At any rate, this may finally signal a new era of Disney GIVIN' a crap about their Disney Afternoon properties.
Epic season long adaptation of "The Life and Times of Scrooge Mc Duck"? Maybe? Maybe?
I do hope they include Donald in the stories more. Reading the Carl Barks and Don Rosa comics, Donald really did add a ton to the stories, and the Duck Tales-original characters simply could not replace him.
Can you imagine the series starting out with an adaptation of Don Rosa's "The Son of the Sun"? It'd be the perfect reintroduction, a classic story of Scrooge and Glomgold racing to find a treasure, and a good way to introduce the idea of Donald joining in on the adventures regularly.
Could this also mean a revival of Gargoyles or more crazy... Pepper Ann?!
Huh, they're not usually interested in reviving shows that aired 20-30 years ago.
Or maybe it's been so long that a whole new generation now works there that misses those shows?
Also, this isn't just a revival of one show from several decades ago but an adaptation of a series as well which, as far as I know, is still ongoing. And even beyond that, it's a new show starring several of the company's staple characters.
edited 25th Feb '15 7:51:02 PM by KnownUnknown
Duck Tales is an adaptation of the Carl Barks Duck stories, which are, to put it mildly, extremely popular, especially in Europe. More artists than Barks have tackled the continuity he established (it's pretty much THE Duck continuity), but pretty much any series that focuses on Scrooge and the Nephews might as well be called Duck Tales, regardless of whether it is a conscious continuation or not. If it has Launchpad and Webby (though I could do without Webby) it's a direct continuation.
The Disney Afternoon was a goldmine of good stuff. Aladdin, for instance, was an excellent light adventure cartoon, and Gargoyles was just...Gargoyles (anyone remember the parody they did on Freakazoid, the Lawn Gnomes?)
A bit of cartoon geek trivia: Duck Tales was voice-directing legend Andrea Romano's first job as a voice director. She's said that all the actors were so polished and professional that it took them about half the time to record and episode than was usual.
edited 25th Feb '15 9:51:45 PM by Robbery
Carl Barks, who created the characters, was just fine with Ducktales. It was Don Rosa that hated it because he's a Barks fanboy that basically went "They Changed It, Now It Sucks" in response to Scrooge's lighter and softer characterization and how some Barks stories got nerfed in animation (Especially Klondike)
Actually, that's a misconception. Rosa has said he actually enjoys DuckTales on its own merits, he just doesn't regard it as a very definitive depiction of the characters.
IIRC he's just irked off it gained a higher public perception level than the actual Barks stuff, but that's just sort of unavoidable if an adaptation takes off successfully. Ain't that right, Lord of the Rings?
As for Webby, I didn't like her a lot either, but it's understandable she'd be back since they just have to keep some steady female presence. I only hope she's more assertive this time now. Not that I'm asking her to be Gosalyn II, but maybe more Isabella-like, especially if the ducklings are older now.
You know, does this mean there's a good chance Uncle Scrooge will be included in Disney Infinity? They seem to mostly put characters there when they want to promote a product.
edited 26th Feb '15 5:00:53 AM by NapoleonDeCheese
I haven't seen Duck Tales since I was a kid. But yeah, great news and everything. And even moreso if we're gonna see more of Donald. I kinda wondered why we didn't see more of Donald in the original show. Also, I wonder what are the odds that we'll get a team-up episode with Howard the Duck?
edited 26th Feb '15 7:01:30 AM by TargetmasterJoe
The article that I've read about the new series (over at Newsarama) did specifically say that Donald would be in it. I think he only appeared a handful of times on the original series. I don't recall ever hearing why he wasn't used more...Launchpad ended up more or less taking his role in most adventures.
https://miscellaneoussoup.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/parody-ducktales-theme-song-rebooted/ This might be interesting.
I think it might work if Webby was aged up to no longer be younger than the nephews. I think a big part of what hurt her was that she very much felt like a Tagalong Kid. She doesn't necessarily have to be aged up so far that she's distinctly older than Huey, Dewey, and Louie (although that could work), but having her no longer like a kindergartener would help immensely.
As for complaints about remaking old stuff... eh, entertainment is always like that. I bet Shakespeare caught hell from people who complained that he was just ripping off Pyramus and Thisbe from Ovid's Metamorphosis. If they can do it well, let them remake it.
Webby was that young? I never got that impression?
Seconding the Darkwing Duck crossover, especially since they did so in the Boom Studio Comics if I recall.
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