If you’re a fan of Gravity Falls, or Star vs. The Forces of Evil, or Wander Over Yonder, or Kim Possible, or Gargoyles, or any Disney Television show, then gather ‘round because I’m about to teach you some history.
“Never forget, that it all started with a Mouse,”~~Walt Disney.
Great things come from humble origins. Never forget that Disney TV…All started with a Duck.
It was the 1980s. Disney Television Animation was a new department at Walt Disney Studios. And Disney was suffering. These days it’s easy to think of Disney as a mega-giant, but back then, Disney was suffering. Movies were being produced on shoestring budgets, and animators (such as Don Bluth) were jumping ship to find work at studios that were paying better and producing better content. The Little Mermaid hadn’t yet hit theaters, sparking the Disney Renaissance. The fledgeling animation department had produced two shows prior, “The Wuzzles” and “The Adventures of Gummy Bears”.
Disney was in dire straights from Walt’s passing in 1966 left the studio suffering up until the 80s, when they started to take a few risks. Risks that paid off. The studio gambled on the idea that investing more money into quality animation would pay off in the long run if the show went into syndication. It was something that worked well with live action, but had yet to be done with animation to that degree. Cheap animation with tons of shortcuts could be syndicated, but something high-quality had never been done before.
Ducktales was the first show that attempted this, and it paid off handsomely. Not only was the show a hit with audiences (and a merchandising cash-cow) but it changed the game. It set the stage for the Disney Afternoon a few years down the road, and paved the path for every show I mentioned at the beginning. Without Ducktales, there would be no Gargoyles, no Star vs. The Forces of Evil, no Gravity Falls.
Heck, I take it even one step beyond that…Without the inspiration of proof-of-concept, I’d wager that even OTHER studios cartoon creations wouldn’t exist. No Animaniacs, No Adventure Time, no Steven Universe (and don’t think I missed the shout-out to Ducktales in “Onion Trade”)
Ducktales was important because it raised the craft of animation to another level, combining storytelling with good, non-repetitive animation to produce quality TV. For a time, Ducktales was Disney’s Flagship TV series, waving the banner and representing the company in the realm of television animation.
And even today, the classic Ducktales series holds up rather nicely. Sure, some things are a little dated, but at the end of the day, I enjoy watching Ducktales without reservations. That’s why I own the DVD sets.
And it’s why I’m so happy about this reboot.
This isn’t just a revamp of an old show. This is Disney returning to its roots, reclaiming a bit of it’s history and polishing it off for the next generation. I’m a little misty eyed. I had some initial misgivings when this was announced, but the cast announcement melted those fears away, and now, seeing the trailer that dropped less than 24 hours ago…I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a TV series ever.
Breaking down this trailer, we finally hear David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck. I’ve actually been aware of Tennant’s presence in the voiceover scene for a few years now (Most notably, he plays bit parts in the How To Train Your Dragon franchise from Dreamworks) But hearing him as Scrooge…I really feel it works. He’s got a certain quality the echos the late, great Alan Young, and I feel like he couldn’t have been better cast without some of that good old fashioned Disney Necromancy (And as we know, they used up their allotment of Necromancy on Peter Cushing for Rogue One)
I love that the Nephews are getting unique characterization and personality. I loved Russi Taylor’s performance way back when, but one Nephew was really interchangeable with another. Dani Pudi, Ben Schwartz, and Chris Moynihan really bring an awesome chemistry to their roles, just from the trailer.
And then there’s Webbigail. Oh my God, I love how they’ve rebooted Webby. She was always the annoying load back in the classic series. Making her a Donald Duck fangirl is freaking GENIUS (and Kate Micucci is perfect for this role too) Bonus points given for Webby’s infamous “Quacky-Patch Doll” being used for dart practice in the background of her room. Webby has gone from outright “The Load” territory, to one of the most fun-seeming characters present in the reboot.
And all of this from one minute and a half trailer. I can’t wait for this series, even though I know I must. I know it’s gonna be something special, I can feel it. Maybe even Disney’s Flagship show, once again. Stay tuned to my Tumblr, for much, much more.
One thing I know for certain that I’m going to do when the pilot for this airs…A side by side comparison of the Classic Pilot and the new one.
What does Daddy/Mommy do when their Princess/Prince is sleeping?
• Goes back and re-reads all of our messages
• Looks at all the cute pictures we have saved from our Love bugs wishing they were sleeping right next to us
• Thinks about hugging/holding/cuddling Kitten, watching their favorite Disney movies/tv shows
• Remembers all the time spent with the Little One and replays the memories over and over again
• Listens to music that reminds us of our Angel
• Watch Disney movies/shows to put us in our daddy/mommy space and act like Baby is right there with you
• Cuddles stuffed animals/pillows, pretending it’s our Little Girl/Boy
• Read their favorite bed time stories, as if they were there
• Become a Lonely Daddy/Mommy without their Princess/Prince to protect them from the monsters. We need protection, too..
• Send them cute messages while they sleep so they have something to wake up to, knowing they were thought of/missed
Mommies/Daddies get lonely, too!! To all the littles who may be self concious about being needy.. we are needy, too! We always want your attention, even if we’re busy, we’re still thinking about you precious angels.
Congrats on getting your own show on Disney!!!!! How does it feel that you'll be the third female show creator for Disney television?
My show hasn’t been greenlit yet. Disney bought the show which means I can’t pitch it to other studios and “developing” means I’m making the pilot and preparing for a series. There’s still time before I hear anything conclusive. It’d be cool if it goes through, though! I like making cartoons! Buuuut there’s still a chance you’ll hear from me in a couple months talking about making a webcomic and moving to Europe haha. ;;; (Not kidding, that’s actually my backup plan).
“If you’ve ever taken a road trip through the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably seen a bumper sticker for a place called Gravity Falls. It’s not on any maps, and most people have never heard of it. Some people think it’s a myth. But if you’re curious, don’t wait. Take a trip. Find it. It’s out there somewhere in the woods, waiting.”
a lot of things honestly get equated to “cringe” when a lot of kids enjoy them and i think it’s really important to realize that kids are allowed to enjoy things too… i know a lot of young kids who really like minecraft, five nights, bendy, undertale, and the more distant angry birds and similar stuff very passionately just because they’re fun for them (even if they’re fleeting interests, we all have plenty of those!) and honestly, i find it very nice that kids can just say a game like one of those and be able to find merch and items all over the place for it and be able to tell their family members things they actually ENJOY instead of getting stock ‘pink for girls and blue for boys’ stuff from them and i like that these things are very accessible and not limited to ‘collectors’ stuff, relatively cheap and easy to digest.
like listen. growing up, we were not that different and our interests were just as silly to everyone else when we were growing up. when i was younger i had a deviantart FILLED with DC super heroes stuff and disney junior tv show art and i had all these OCs, i read stories about characters i like because i liked them, i had all the weird shit that i was passionate about out there for everyone to see… and i don’t think it’s fair that all of us who have and absolutely still do have our weird interest are picking on kids for enjoying things we don’t personally get or think are dumb or whatever.
we were once those kids and a lot of us still have bizarre as hell interests that would be weird to a lot of other people. and like, if there’s nothing inherently wrong with it, i don’t see why indie creators CAN’T release game after game when they make money off of it because of all these younger people just really being into it.
kids don’t really have a concept of shit being ‘dumb’ if it has like 6 short sequel games. if they like something they just like it. idk. it’s not that big of a deal!
Movie(s): Recess: School’s Out | Recess Christmas Miracle on Third Street | Recess: Taking The Fifth Grade
Okay so there was over 100 TV Shows in this video and it was way too time consuming LOL. but i still wanted to share my incomplete list. Unless there is a specific request, I’ll be more than happen to provide you to the episodes or movies! Haha alright good day y'all.
I hope Raven’s Home doesn’t just focus on the kids. I want Raven and Chels to still be just as active and spontaneous like they were in That’s So Raven. Like I don’t want them to change and become stale just because they’re parents. I want to see Raven get in disguise and get into crazy situations that involves her kids or something. And please let her still have visions. I want to see some mother/son psychic team up action.