This DuckTales review contains spoilers.
DuckTales Season 2 Episode 4
DuckTales is a delight. Seriously, down to every single frame of animation you can tell the people who work on this show are having a blast. Even if this episode doesn’t have much to say that’s completely fine. Not every episode has to be a big moral lesson or exploring how wealth corrupts.
Sometimes it can just be a fun romp with a musical number! That isn’t to say there isn’t anything to appreciate here. The inclusion of Panchito and José is reaffirming DuckTales commitment to diversity. It’s nice the series is able to include bits of their culture and weave it into the tapestry of the episode.
It makes the world of DuckTales feel bigger and closer our real world. Plus, representation of any sort is great. With the long history of the Duck comics being exported all over the world it’s nice to see DuckTales is committed to giving love to its incredibly diverse group of fans.
This episode also gave us a loving tribute to the original Three Caballeros film in the form of their famous song. While a TV show’s budget could never match a film, especially in the golden age of Disney’s animation, the way the animators played around with staging of the scene and the colors still made it pleasing. Donald’s awful voice was even used as a plot point to kill the monster!
Adding to the fun romp was Scrooge. I love this guy and the way he played old and then just continued to slap Donald was the best bit of physical comedy this show has done yet. Not only is David Tennant a brilliant performer but again, the animation and timing just sells it. For not having a feature film budget, the DuckTales team still manages to create the kind of laughs you’re only used to on the big screen.
Less successful was the Dewey, Louie, and Webby plot involving the cell phone. It fit all their personalities sure but the payoff at the end was weak. It just couldn’t match up to the fun of Donald with his old pals or the crackling comedic energy of Scrooge and Huey.
Of special note is how much this episode did with so little. The whole story takes place in one location and it easily filled the plot with ease. That takes skill in writing, to keep your locations down, but DuckTales smartly just let the characters go at each other and that’s all the spectacle it really needed.
While the episode doesn’t seemingly develop anything major for the show, it at least gives us some nice back-story for Donald. I’m all for episodes like this every so often. A fun little romp that enjoys the series’ status quo and is simply content being as fun as possible.
DuckTales Quotes To Make Your Life Better
– “Please, not everything is a dark family secret.”
– “I have been trying to earn my improve theater merit badge”
– “DONALD, WE HAVE TO LIE TO YOUR FRIENDS YOU HEAR?”
– “Hey you can’t take a photographers camera… phone.”
– “All that pretending threw out my back!”
– “Unhand me you walloping weed!”