DuckTales "Woo-ooo!" This is the DuckTales series we have always deserved. I'm less grateful than many fans, because this is how it always SHOULD have been. It's not like it was based on a cr*p property like Transformers, which made me vastly appreciate Transformers: Prime more than I would have if every other Transformers project didn't suck. But the Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge comics were literally the best untapped children's property ever, and they managed to drastically change enough things to out right ruin it in the 1980's. This is much closer to Don Rosa than Carl Barks, which suits me fine. Rosa has always been far nerdier in his stories, and more slavish to Barks than any other writer or artist. It's sort of the fact that while Duck Comic fans before me grew up on Barks, which is why I prefer Rosa. Barks is technically better, but I was THERE for when Rosa's stories were published, so I appreciated reading them more. Because they were new, and I was one of the first people reading them before they got reprinted a bunch of times. But yeah, this has a ton of Easter Eggs, and references to other properties. St. Canard from Darkwing Duck was mentioned, as was Spoonerville from Goof Troop, and Cape Suzette from TaleSpin. I was disappointed we didn't immmediately get a shout-out to Mouseton (if I never see Spoonerville again I'll consider myself lucky) but these cities being referenced in the Pilot suggests it is possible the writers plan to build up a giant rebooted Disney Afternoon inspired universe with various spin-offs coming, based on how successful this is. Which is AGAIN something we should have already gotten with Darkwing Duck. I still can't believe we never got a proper DuckTales crossover on that show. What was Disney thinking? The Cape Suzette thing also says to me that the producers consider TaleSpin set in the DuckTales universe, only a prequel from the 1940's. I'd love to see TaleSpin brought back in that capacity myself. There were a ton of Easter Eggs, but the ones that caught my eye were the Giant Golden Suns coins, Merlock's Lamp, and a deactivated Armstrong. Donald being a seasoned adventurer is a great twist. Do you know what really bothers me about Donald's absence on the original series in hindsight? Apparently, Disney was afraid he'd pull the focus from Scooge. Which means Disney didn't understand the property at ALL, and never did. You just watched the same thing I did. Who was the break-out character there: Donald or Scrooge? It's Scrooge, of course, and always would be, and always was in the comics, and Disney not getting that that's what EVERYONE would think immediately, shows that they had so little faith in Barks' stories, that they probably should have waited to adapt them until they found it. I love that Donald speaks in complete sentences. This was my biggest concern upon hearing that Tony Anselmo was still going to voice Donald. It sounds sacrilegious, but I would have totally accepted a recast on Donald's voice for this project only, to be able to have Donald speak like he does in the comics. And the interesting thing is that the recent Paul Rudish Mickey Mouse cartoons have given Anselmo enough practice to be able to have Donald speaking full sentences, and be able to hold onto a conversation. This does not work perfectly, as I don't understand everything he says. Subtitles will be very helpful on whatever DVD's come out. But I also now recognize the character as the exact same person from the Barks / Rosa comics, who is completely alien to me in every other animated version. Donald Duck is an everyman in the comics, not a spoiled brat, and an amazing parent and a terrible one at the same time. It's the fact that he possesses both of these facets which is what makes his struggles interesting and relateable. This is literally the first cartoon I have EVER seen that uses Donald Duck properly, and as he should be. And people might be a little surprised at how muted the character seems compared to other tantrumy characterizations. But this is the Donald I know and love. The reboot also goes back to the original series, and keeps things that worked practically the same (Launchpad McQuack), tweaked the things that didn't until they did (Webby and Mrs. Beakley), and ignoring the crap that would NEVER work (Bubba and Doofus). I always hated that Flintheart Glomgold was Scottish on the old show. Him being South African in the comics struck me as extremely exotic and mysterious sounding. Somebody recently pointed out to me that the cartoon producers changed it because of Apartheid in the 1980's. And that makes sense to me now. But I think the Scottish thing works for me for the first time ever. Because as Scrooge notes, he's the poor man's Scrooge McDuck. Scrooge is Scottish also, but he speaks in a very naturalistic tone (probably because David Tennant is Scottish). But the guy doing Glomgold sounds like a cartoon, and like he's trying too hard. He actually has to point out the kilt, and say, "I'm Scottish," several times for people to take him seriously. And suddenly when Scrooge calls him "The poor man's Scrooge McDuck," I approve of the Scottish thing for the first time ever. Because it's half a put-on, and a part of the chip on Glomgold's shoulder. Dewey recognizing Della in the picture at the end is interesting. Rosa had tried to do a story about the origin stories of the nephew's parents, but Disney nixed it for the same reason they didn't let him reunite Donald with his mother, Hortense. The reader would ask of Della, "Where the frak was she? What kind of mother leaves her child like that?" I'm thinking at this point, with modern families being defined in lots of different ways, Disney is now more open to exploring that idea. But it's also possible she's dead. Rosa sort of hinted Donald's twin sister WAS dead in The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, in the absence of being able to create an explanation for her being missing from Return To Xanadu. I personally hope she winds up popping up on the show. The reveal of the nephew's father would also be explosive, because Rosa wasn't even allowed to put that on the freaking McDuck family tree! It seems like Disney is being a lot more permissive with its iconic characters (Paul Rudish's Mickey Mouse is another good example) and this show will be better for it. I cannot decide if this is now my current favorite cartoon on the air, or if Justice League Action is. I often have cartoons I get obsessed about, that I will probably get as obsessed with as this. But there never tends to be two of them on the air at the same time. My kid-friendly cartoon fanboy self is very happy right now. *****.