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Ducktails is one of those shows from our childhood that holds up better than others, and given how good a track record Disney's cartoons have had in recent years I was very hyped for this show's reboot. Did it's premier live up to my expectations? Would rhetorically ask that question if I hated the show I was reviewing? Maybe, but not today, this reboot is awesome and you go watch it before I give Flintheart Glomgold all your money!

As the early clips promised, this show is hilarious. I loved gag with what Webby thought was Scrooge's secret museum being his garage. Scrooge has so many treasures from his past adventures that he stores them with his car.

I had grown up with Alan Young as Scrooge McDuck, and even with his passing it was hard for me to picture anybody else voicing the character. But hearing that David Tenant was going to voicing Scrooge, how I could I say no to that? How could any of you say no to that?! HOW?! The clips I saw of him, and his appearance on the Late Show to promote the cartoon, quickly won me over. Scrooge doesn't sound as old with David Tenant voicing him but he does still manage to sound like a grumpy man, and he at least sounds old enough to be Donald Duck's uncle. I also can't help but feel some the traits of the Tenth Doctor in this character given that the second half of the plot starts off because the nephews said that Scrooge "used to be a big deal." His reaction almost feels like one the Doctor would have, except that Scrooge originally didn't plan to bring the kids like the Doctor would have, plus he's just as eager to run off into a dangerous situation as the Doctor, a bit if it nets him a profit. Also Scrooge is much more a badass in this series than the original show, which I assume is drawing from original comic incarnation.

I am not an expert on classic Disney shorts or the characters of Donald's nephews so I have always had a hard time telling which was which and mostly remembered them for the color of their shirt. Their voices are much easier to understand in this series, but they all sound the same despite having different voice actors. Regardless their antics are still a riot. Though I did Dewey's antics causing trouble in the second half to be a little annoying, seeing Donald tortured by them and the point where he admits the danger was his fault and not Scrooge's was a clever moment.

The show's version of Launchpad isn't featured very prominently in these episodes so there isn't much to say about him. Most cartoon reboots try to remove some of the nonsense from the original, but this one cause plot point that made less sense. In the original Ducktales we saw that Scrooge hired Launchpad out of desperation. Here there's no reason why Scrooge is hiring such a clumsy driver/pilot when so far he doesn't even seem to like him. Don't get the wrong idea, I'm still like this version of him, but that's about I can say about him so far besides his stupidity being really funny.

Only one episode in and I am already liking the reboot's version of Mrs. Beakly and Webby far more than the originals. The former didn't have a lot of screen time, but I love how she was assertive with Scrooge, especially over the fact that she's not his secretary. It's hilarious. Webby being eager for adventure and her hyperactive behavior made her a lot more fun than the original version. Her dynamic with the boys was also good, it implies she never had any friends before.

Donald Duck was interesting. In the original cartoon he barely appeared despite being one of Disney's most iconic characters. In this show it looks like we will be seeing a lot more of him, especially since it unlike the original, he and Scrooge are not on good terms for reasons the show is only hinting at. I assume whatever it is, it's probably part of why he's so overprotective of his nephews. Beyond that, his misfortune was a riot.

I was only expecting one episode to establish our main characters, but to set up everything they made this the length of a two parter, which brings us to the last character I will talk about; Flintheart Glomgold. Glomgold was fun villain in the original Ducktales but in my opinion that incarnation doesn't hold a candle to this one. Glomgold being far more over the top makes him a blast to watch, and even though he keeps showing us how morally bankrupt he is, it's impossible to not get a laugh just because how funny he is.

This pilot might have only been two episodes long instead of the original show's five, but I feel like it manage to do far more to establish our characters, and even set up a future plot point. Consider me hyped for the rest of the show.
Ducktails Woo-oo!...
PS, I love the nods to other Disney cartoons I have heard unconfirmed claims that we will see Darkwing Duck appear.
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EclipseNightWingArt Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"I'm wearing a kilt, McDuck! A KILT!!!"
GodDragonKing Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017
But you're still just a poor man's Scrooge McDuck.
YoungSamurai18 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Even then, it sounds rich. XD
GodDragonKing Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017
That was so great I am sure Yang is laughing her ass off at it.
EclipseNightWingArt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
BrigadierDarman Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017
This was a fun start to the series. I at once took notice of the nods to Darkwing Duck, Tale Spin, and even Goof Troop. :la: And I half expected Glomgold to shout out "Number one superstar" at some point.
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