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DuckTales: A Reboot Done Right
D-d-danger lurks in reboots ...
Not all reboots are bad … and I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I enjoyed the recent DuckTales reboot.
When I first subscribed to Disney+, I watched the first episode of the original series. It was a nice trip down memory lane, and I could appreciate that it was a quality children’s show and I had good taste back in the day. But one episode was all I needed to see as an adult.
The reboot, however, is geared for the whole family to enjoy. It’s loaded with nostalgia (such as some great Disney Afternoon guest stars and even references to the Nintendo game), but it doesn’t rely solely on that.
It’s sort of like a second draft. It keeps what worked in the original and improves where needed. The kids all get distinct personalities, and the triplets’ mother is now an actual character, for example. The series builds on itself as it goes, creating a well-developed world and ongoing plotlines.
All those years ago, I didn’t realize that DuckTales was an adaptation of comic books. Donald Duck’s comic series introduced Uncle Scrooge, who was spun off into his own series, which served as the basis of the show.
And that must be why this new cartoon works for me. It’s basically an exceptionally well-done comic book series in animated form.
As an added bonus, I discovered that the soundtrack to the Nintendo game is available for download on Apple Music. Something I never knew I needed.
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