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DuckTales is an animated series produced by The Walt Disney Company starring characters from the Scrooge McDuck universe as largely created by Carl Barks. The pilot episode first aired on September 11, 1987. The main stars of the series were Scrooge McDuck himself and his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Duckburg was the show's setting.
Other characters from the comics include Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, Glittering Goldie O'Gilt, Magica De Spell, Flintheart Glomgold and the Beagle Boys.
The series also introduced many original characters, such as Launchpad McQuack, Mrs. Bentina Beakly, Webby Vanderquack, Doofus Drake, and Duckworth the Butler.
DuckTales was the most successful of Disney's early attempts to create high-quality animation for a TV animated series (earlier shows included The Wuzzles and The Gummi Bears in 1985). Disney invested a far greater amount of money into the TV series than had previously been spent on animated shows of the time. This was considered a risky move, because animated TV series were generally considered low-budget, throwaway investments for most of the history of TV cartoons up through the 1980s.
Many critics say that Disney's own animation studio had lost most of its luster during the period from Walt Disney's passing through the 1980s. However, the studio took a number of risks that paid off handsomely, and DuckTales was one of those risks that won big. The studio gambled on the idea that a larger investment into quality animation could be made back through syndication--a concept that worked well with live-action TV reruns, but which had only been used with inexpensive cartoon series that either recycled theatrical shorts from decades past or only featured limited, low-budget animation.
The 1987-1988 season of DuckTales consisted of 65 episodes (the standard length for a Disney TV show nowadays). The next season (1989-1990) included an additional 35 episodes (bringing the total to 100 episodes - making DuckTales the longest-running Disney show episode-wise). In the second season, Bubba the Caveduck and his pet triceratops, Tootsie, and Fenton Crackshell and his alter ego Gizmo Duck appeared.
The show was so successful it spawned a feature film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, and two spinoffs series: Darkwing Duck and Quack Pack. The success of DuckTales also paved the way for a new wave of high-quality animated TV series, including Disney's own The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1988.
The new for 1989 series Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers was paired with DuckTales in an hour-long syndicated show through the 1989-1990 television season. In the 1990-1991 season, Disney expanded the idea even further, to create The Disney Afternoon, a two-hour long syndicated block of half-hour cartoons. DuckTales was one of the early flagship cartoons in the series.
DuckTales inspired competing studios such as Warner Bros. to make their own investments in animation with Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs.
Hewey, Dewey, and Louie all appeared in the drug prevention video Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.
As for DuckTales itself, it was last seen on Toon Disney, Disney's (so-called) all-toon network. Due to scheduling and the addition of JETIX, it has vanished completely off the network. It is unknown if it will ever return, and Disney currently has no plans to release the series on a DVD set.
Show Description Credit: wikipedia.org
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|Last Airing||Oct 12, 1998|
|Premiere||September 18, 1987|
|Format/Time||Color / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Additional Voices (voice) (1989-1990)
Peter Cullen.... Bankjob Beagle/Admiral Grimmace (voice)
Joan Gerber.... Betina Beakley/Glittering Goldie (voice)
Will Ryan.... Black Pete (voice)
Frank Welker.... Bubba Duck/Bigtime Beagle/Baggy Beagle/The Phantom Blot (voice)
Sacco Made.... Dagobert Duck
Tony Anselmo.... Donald Duck (voice)
Brian Cummings.... Doofus Drake/Bebop Beagle (voice)
Rene Auberjonois.... Dr. Nogood (voice)
Chuck McCann.... Duckworth/Burger Beagle/Bouncer Beagle (voice)
Hamilton Camp.... Fenton Crackshell a.k.a. Gizmoduck (voice)
Miriam Flynn.... Gandra Dee (voice)
Rob Paulsen.... Gladstone Gander (voice)
Hal Smith.... Gyro Gearloose/Flintheart Glomgold (voice)
Russi Taylor.... Huey Duck/Dewey Duck/Louie Duck/Webbigail Vanderquack (voice)
John Harryson.... Joakim von Anka (Voice)
Terence McGovern.... Launchpad McQuack/Babyface Beagle (voice)
Corey Burton.... Ludwig Von Drake (voice)
Kathleen Freeman.... Mrs. Crackshell (voice)
June Foray.... Mrs. Featherby/Ma Beagle/Magica De Spell (voice)
Stig Grybe.... Oppfinnar-Jocke (voice)
Alan Young.... Scrooge McDuck (voice)
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