In climbing the highest mountain, DuckTales understands scale, but doesn't understand stakes

DuckTales returns the weekend with the long-delayed “The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!”–an episode that focuses on the nature of determination-turned-obsession, in Scrooge’s relentless desire to scale Mt. Neverrest, and Huey’s desire to map it and earn a new Junior Woodchuck merit badge. It’s a episode that has…

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DuckTales struggles to adapt Silicon Valley culture into its world

I was looking forward to “The Infernal Internship Of Mark Beaks!” because I was deeply curious how DuckTales would incorporate more contemporary concepts, perspectives, and industries into its orbit. So far we’ve had two episodes with newcomer Lena, a character who’s teenage “too cool for school” vibe could be…

An underground adventure provides DuckTales with its most entertaining (and self-aware) episode yet

To be clear, I am aware of that DuckTales is airing episodes wildly out of order. While this is fairly normal for most TV programs, the argument seems to be that this is a particularly bad case of episode reordering, and that it really reflects poorly on, if not so much the overall story arc, than the connotations of…

Ducktales' second episode unexpectedly puts its spotlight on Webby

Welcome back to The A.V. Club’s official Ducktales reviews! Considering the myriad ways Disney aired “Woo-oo”—on the Disney XD Channel, on the app, on Youtube—by now you have to have seen the first episode, probably more than once. Hell, you’re probably sick of it by now. Well, finally we’re at the point where we’ll…

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Fill your ears with the sound of 1 billion Ducktales “woo-oos” simultaneously

The original DuckTales theme song is much more than nostalgia; it’s a genuine earworm, the type of hook that’d latch itself onto your brain no matter when it came out or why. That it happened to be attached to a beloved childhood cartoon just added to the appeal. Over the decades, its inimitable “woo-oo!” hook has…

Get to know the dream team behind the immortal, majestic DuckTales theme song

DuckTales premiered 30 years ago this September, and while plot details remain fuzzy—didn’t it hurt when Scrooge dove into that pile of gold coins?—the theme song is as catchy as ever. As this history of the song from Vanity Fair reminds us, the minute-long tune has been covered by everyone from a pre-fame Darren…