10 Things You Didn't Know About 'DuckTales'
Many children of the 80s and 90s fondly remember 'DuckTales' and its catchy theme song. Take a trip down memory lane with these little-known facts about the classic series that featured Scrooge and his nephews.
It Was the First Disney Cartoon Produced for Syndication
'DuckTales' broke new ground by becoming the first Disney cartoon made for syndication. The series paved the way for other animated series like 'Rescue Rangers' and 'TaleSpin.'
Based on Comic Books
Disney can't take all the credit for coming up with 'DuckTales.' Duck Universe comics by Carl Barks inspired the series.
Pop Culture References
'DuckTales' kept parents watching with their children entertained with smart pop culture references. Even the opening song referenced 'Indiana Jones' in the animation sequence.
Four Versions of the Theme Song
The classic theme song has four different versions. The original version only contained one verse, a bridge, and a chorus. A shortened version appeared as the opening in The Disney Afternoon Lineup. Longer versions appeared on two Disney music anthologies.
The beloved show received critical and mass acclaim. IGN lists 'DuckTales' at number 18 of the top 100 animated series of all time. Additionally, the series won several Emmy awards for outstanding animated programming.
Big Budget Animation
Disney took a serious risk in 'DuckTales' by investing serious capital in the series. Earlier series were not given nearly the funding that 'DuckTales' was and the risk paid off in producing quality programming.
Big Screen Release
The television series was so successful that Disney released 'DuckTales the Movie: Treasures of the Lost Lamp.' The movie didn't replicate the series's small screen success and only earned back its budget and received mixed critical reviews.
Several different gaming companies developed 'DuckTales' video games. Games were available for Nintendo and Game Boy. In 2013, fans rejoiced when an updated game hit the shelves for PlayStation 3 and Xbox.
The show became popular worldwide. It was translated to Russian, Spanish, and Hindi among other languages.
The show became so popular that Disney released 'Darkwing Duck' as a spin-off to 'DuckTales.' The show referenced a 'DuckTales' episode where Scrooge McDuck wore a mask and became a vigilante superhero.