DuckTales (2017) – Nostalgia Critic


Hello, I’m the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don’t have to. Well, I was right. IT’LL NEVER LEAVE! ♪ [DuckTales theme] ♪ I just got that song out of my head, and it’s back! It’s friggin’ back! In February 2015, it was announced Disney was rebooting one of their most beloved classic shows, DuckTales. At first, people didn’t know what to think of it. Reboots were everywhere and overdone. But at the same time, it’s DuckTales. It seems like there’s possibilities for it. Then the premiere of the intro was put on YouTube, and it was actually pretty damn good. It mixed modern animation with the classic Disney comic book style of the 50s. It was both a great update as well as a great throwback. Then they did something even cooler. They released the first episode on YouTube. Yeah, you can go to Disney XD’s YouTube and watch the premiere right now. Oh, good, I didn’t wanna have to borrow someone’s Disney Go password. I guess they’re that confident that you’ll like it and keep coming back for more. As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve talked about DuckTales several times on this show, so it only makes sense to see if they were right. Is it as good as they’re hyping it up to be and will we come back for more? Let’s find out by taking a look at the first episode of the DuckTales reboot. It opens with a seagull flying through the air and a bunch of feathered sailors shooing it away. They’re all birds! How does this work?! When is Pluto gonna walk Goofy?! IT’S NEVER EXPLAINED! We see some ducks on the water, though, as a boathouse containing Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie– Huey: Good morning, Uncle Donald! Louie: You can’t wear this to your job interview! NC: Who are presumably now little people in their 20’s– try to get Donald to his job interview so they can take the boat out and get into trouble. Donald: Where is that babysitter? Where are you?! Babysitter: I don’t know. Donald: Crazy old bird. NC: Did he just call her a crazy old broad? Donald: Crazy old bird. NC: Someone’s been talking to the cop from Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. Cop: Better get looking for the old broad. Dewey: Alright, boys, we’ll get to Cape Suzette and back before anyone realizes we’re gone! NC: I’ll just put the In-Joke Counter over there and pray there’s a TaleSpin reboot. Ooh, maybe a live-action one! Donald realizes he can’t leave them alone and decides to take them to Uncle Scrooge’s house. Dewey: You were supposed to get him out by 10 o’clock, Hubert! Huey: You were supposed to signal before you started the boat, Dewford! Louie: We never get to do anything! NC: Loubert. Executive: With business expanding in the
Spoonerville and St. Canard markets– NC: You know what? I’m just gonna get rid of that. Trust me, there’s a lot of them. Scrooge finds the color has literally gone out of his life, as he doesn’t really go on adventures anymore, he just mostly sits around and talks with his business executives, a group of vultures. You know, I’m only 3 minutes into this show, and already it’s more insanely clever than it needs to be. Scrooge: Fantastic. NC: Scrooge is voiced by David Tennant, which is very fitting, seeing how he’s so cranky, you can see him instructing someone to throw coffee in their own face. Kilgrave: Throw it in your face. NC: Donald and Scrooge don’t really get along, but Donald does manage to trick him into looking after the boys for just a few hours. And yes, by the way, those apples have diamonds in them. Really think about the number of questions that raises. Scrooge throws them in their room with a bag of marbles and orders his maid Mrs. Beakley to not let them interfere with anything. Mrs. Beakley: A gift from your great uncle. You will return them upon your departure. He’s counted them. NC: Okay, to be fair, marbles were like the Batarang in the original. You can do a lot with them! Louie: So we’re totally ditching this room, right? Dewey: Yep, and I know just how to do it. NC: Ah, see, they’re already getting some idea– Dewey: Stupid doorknob, come off! NC: You know, dammit, show, stop being so clever! They escape, but are immediately captured by Beakley’s granddaughter, Wabel. I mean, Webby. Webby: What are your blood types? What’s Donald really like? Who’s the evil triplet? Tell me everything! NC: QUACKLING HOOK! Okay, so while she does seem eerily similar to Gravity Falls’ most popular character, there certainly are some differences. 1: She has no friends, where Mabel was a social butterfly. Webby: Are we friends now? Huey: If we say yes, will you let us live? Webby: Phht! Good one, new best friend! NC: 2: While she’s excitable, she’s also socially awkward due to Beakley being overly protective. Webby: Hi, Granny, I’m spending the night at a friend’s house, so nothing is wrong! NC: And 3: She has kind of a violent edge. Webby: Who sent you? Ma Beagle? Glomgold? Answer me! NC: And to be fair, most people would rather have a variation of Mabel than a variation of the original Webby. And apparently, the writers thought the same thing as there’s an arrow in a doll of her past design. Too soon. Can you get rid of her while you’re at it? Scrooge feels down about the kids calling him a has-been, though, so he plans to go on an expedition to find Atlantis. Scrooge: I’m no has-been. I am an am-now. A shift in currents may present a pathway to… Atlantis! NC: Eh, Joss Whedon already searched once with Disney. It got mixed results. Webby takes them to the Wing of Secrets– Yeah, I told you we’re done with that! Where they start to wonder if Scrooge as well as Donald actually went on all the adventures they claim to go on. Webby: Donald Duck is one of the most daring adventurers of all time! [quacking] NC: Eh, it’s good to know that Roxanne is still getting job interviews after breaking up with Max. He did not trade up, by the way. He’s dating some model. A butt-ugly CGI model. They accidentally open a chest, releasing the ghost of Captain Peghook and his steed, the Headless Manhorse. [neighing] [gong] NC: I’m… just gonna pretend I’m gonna sleep well tonight. He says he won’t leave until he gets the head of Scrooge, so Scrooge obliges by giving him the head from one of his statues. Peghook: I should’ve been more specific! NC: Okay, as funny as that is, we never see that horse again. And if there’s ANY character I wanna know what happened to… But they release another ancient evil, a giant Chinese dragon. And much like the live-action reboot of Mulan, it’s only there to consume riches, so it chases after Scrooge’s gold. They get Scrooge’s limo driver, Launchpad, to pilot the plane to stop him. They use the Medusa Gauntlet to turn him into stone, and… presumably murder him. Eh, to be fair, they do show not having a head isn’t the roadblock it used to be. Scrooge is impressed with their adventure-making shenanigans, and he wants them to join him in his search for Atlantis. But in a hilarious twist, the job Donald was applying for belongs to Scrooge’s mortal enemy, Glomgold, the second-richest duck in the world. Glomgold: Welcome, new employees, to Glomgold Industries! NC: Well, now we know what the CEO of Tilted Kilt looks like. NC: So Glomgold wants to go after Atlantis to become the richest duck in the world and he’s hired a team of assassins to get it before Scrooge. Donald: Little Dewey’s first steps. And that’s Huey in the playoffs. He was the waterboy. NC: It’s weird enough seeing Donald with modern day technology, but do his feathers have fingerprints to swipe? This show is asking so many questions I never thought I would ask. So Scrooge and the gang make it to Atlantis and find it’s all upside-down. Scrooge: The Atlanteans were so eager to build an epic city of wonders and death traps, they didn’t stop to figure out a proper support structure, and the whole thing fell into the sea! NC: So they made that sign after the city sank? Brother Maynard: He must’ve died while carving it. NC: Dewey wants to experience as much adventure as possible, but he finds being upside-down sucks a lot of the action out of it. But Donald tries to save Dewey from himself. Dewey: Give me a chance instead of lumping us all together in the back seat while you drive! NC: Oh, c’mon, nobody lumps you all together… Blue one. That actually is another cool element of the show. They try to have Huey, Dewey, and Louie have a little bit more identities, so you can tell them a little bit more apart. I can’t even think of the last time I saw an episode of anything where one gets individual focus as opposed to all of them sharing the same amount of time– That’s fond remembering! But Glomgold gets the jewel first and finds out Donald is related to them, and leaves them to drown. Dewey: We gotta stop the water! Donald: WAAAAGH! NC: They’re ducks. They can float. Donald: I knew I couldn’t trust you with the boys! Dewey: Stop! Scrooge was trying to keep me out of trouble. But I was so caught up in– Why is there a lamp on the floor? NC: Hey, c’mon, you interrupted the Disney lesson! We had like 20 more seconds of synth music! Scrooge and Dewey: That’s the real jewel of Atlantis! Scrooge: That thing lit up when the trap was sprung. I bet my bottom dollar it’s the power source that runs the city! NC: And they said they’d never use those scripts from the TV show that never happened. Meanwhile, Glomgold’s henchmen seem to really suck at what they do as Glomgold tries to blow Atlantis up with everybody inside. Gabby McStabberson: Mr. Duck! Could we… um… maybe bum a ride with you? NC: We’re just gonna be confused for Ninja Turtle villains if we don’t get more screen time. They of course help them out and show up Glomgold with the real treasure. Featherly: Mr. McDuck, how do you respond to claims– NC: Wow, Roxanne got another job pretty quick! Applying for henchwoman and ending up as a TV reporter? Life’s funny that way. So through lame excuses not really needed to justify kids going on adventures… Donald: These boys will get into trouble. So maybe you could teach them how
to get out of trouble. NC: Can’t some caregivers just be bad people? It’s agreed that the boys can stay with Scrooge, especially after their houseboat blows up. Dewey: I may have left the engine running in the houseboat. NC: The circle is now complete. Featherly: Reclusive adventure capitalist Scrooge McDuck is back, solving mysteries and rewriting history. NC: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chip and Dale’s Rescue Ran– OH, I HAD IT! So Dewey is happy to know that his family is so adventurous and that he truly belongs. I’ll just celebrate this incredibly serviceable ending by drinking out of my favorite and most expensive champagne glass with my favorite and most expensive champagne inside. As I will do now. Dewey: Mom? NC: Do you know how close I was to dropping that? “Mom?” As in parents? Huey, Dewey, and Louie have parents? Has that ever been addressed in a cartoon ever? I just assumed they were clones spawned in a laboratory of comedic sidekicks. We’re actually gonna do this? It’s finally gonna be explained who Huey, Dewey, and Louie’s parents are?! DUCKTALES! WOO-HOO! This reboot is everything you would want it to be. It’s funny, it’s creative, it’s modern, it’s retro, it’s classic, it’s new, it has great animation with charming characters. It’s clearly combining old-school Disney adventures, like their comics and the Disney Afternoon with newer Disney adventures, like Star vs the Forces of Evil and Gravity Falls. And they mix perfectly. I know it’s only a first episode, but it’s made me an immediate fan, going from slightly curious to incredibly intrigued. I can’t wait to see where this goes. How they represent old characters and how they introduce new characters. If you want to see how to do a reboot right, go over to Disney XD’s YouTube right now and watch DuckTales. Woo-friggin’-hoo. I’m the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don’t have to. Doug, Hey guys, Doug Walker here, doing the Charity Shout-Out, and this week, we have a very special Charity Shout-Out. One of our producers, Tyger, who does MUD2MMO, uh, he’s doing this super-long bike ride to raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Uh, this is a charity that he very much stands behind, he lost both his parents to pancreatic cancer, and he’s doing this super-long bike ride to raise awareness of it. And, you can hear me talk about it, but why when he can tell you himself? Here’s a video explaining what he’s doing, why he’s doing it, and why you should definitely donate. ♪ [somber music] ♪ Tyger: In the last video, I said that me and the tank were going places, and we are. I’ve been doing quite– quite a few overnighters like this one, which you’re watching right now, to prepare for what’s gonna be… quite the epic journey. I’m gonna be taking an Amtrak out of Seattle, Washington, and I’ll be embarking on a bike ride on August 24th, 2017. I’m gonna follow a route that’s been blazed by the Adventure Cycling Association. And this is the current plan map I’ll be taking. Um, it’s several other routes linked together. And I’m gonna be visiting Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, before finally getting back to my home near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And at this point, you might be wondering, well, why? I’m doing this as an awareness and fundraising effort for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. I’ve lost both of my parents to pancreatic cancer. My mom in 2002, my dad in 2016, and in both cases, the doctors and medical staff did everything that they could. But the truth is, there really isn’t much
they currently CAN do. The last time I saw my dad, he– he was really sick, and he had asked me what I’d planned on doing the bike riding stuff, ‘cuz he knew I was really getting into it. And I showed him pictures from my October overnighter, and I showed him this map, and I had this crazy idea riding cross-country, and he wished me luck. He wished me well, and he hoped that I could make it. And two days later, he was gone. And that’s when the trip became more than just a romp across America. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive kinds. It’s the only cancer that has a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits: 9%. There’s currently no early detection method for pancreatic cancer, and most people only find out they have it in the late stages when it’s already spread through the body. Chemotherapy and other traditional methods of treatment are just not working, so what we need are research and clinical trials. And I’m not a doctor, I’m not a researcher, but I want to do something to help fight this. So what I CAN do… is I can help raise money to fund much-needed research, and it might… find a cure someday. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, they fund research, and other programs in the hope that someday, pancreatic cancer is just a bad memory and nothing more. ♪ [hopeful, upbeat music] ♪ So, do you want to support the ride? You can do several things. Under this video, you’re gonna see a fundraising page for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and if you click on that, you can donate directly there. My goal is $5,000, but I would love to double that. Second, please share that link and encourage other people to donate as well. And third, I’m inviting you along for the ride. Even if it’s just virtually speaking. I might be on the road solo, I can’t do this one alone. I’m gonna have a satellite tracking it on my bike, so you’ll be able to follow my progress on the webpage, RiverOtterCycling.club/track You’ll also be able to find a banner there that’ll link to the PanCan fundraising site and that’ll be up in late July. I’m also planning on having live video streams either on Periscope or Facebook as reception permits. I’m fully anticipating being out of cell range on several places, so I don’t have a set schedule for these other than I’m going to try to broadcast between… eh, 4 and 7 PM local time whenever I can. And if you live along the route– And if you ever– I’ll give you a great way to contact me, and you want to join me for a couple miles on a day, that’s fantastic! It’ll be great to meet some people, raise awareness, and maybe even raise some money for pancreatic cancer research. Together… I think we can start to make a difference, and I think we can all wage hope on pancreatic cancer. What are you still doing here? Don’t you want to donate? This ain’t leaving anytime soon. You want to stop cancer? Right?

Comments 100

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *