Just in time for the Holidays, DuckTales Woo-Oo! hits DVD. This is of course the hit Disney XD show and not the classic 1987 series. I certainly had my doubts about a reboot of DuckTales as I didn’t see any need. But in all honesty the new show is worthy of the name as well as the works of Carl Barks. In fact I think ol’ Scrooge McDuck himself would gladly store DuckTales Woo-Oo! in his fabled money bin.
This first release of the 2017 reboot features the pilot movie. Entitled Woo-Oo! obviously. The story concerns Donald Duck, who finds himself needing to find a place to leave his three nephews, while he goes on a job interview. Huey, Dewey and Louie are indeed good kids…but they are danger to themselves when left alone. To say the very least.
So Donald finds himself having to turn to his alienated Uncle Scrooge McDuck. While the two definitely have some bad blood between them, Family wins out in the end though. Well, more like thanks to Mrs. Beakley in fact.
Of course it’s not long after the boys meet Webby Vanderquack that adventure comes calling. In the form of accidentally releasing ancient spirits from McDuck’s relic room. However this does help the former adventurer feel the need to seek out the Lost Jewel of Atlantis!
On the other hand this causes some Family issues as Scrooge’s old rival, Flintheart Glomgold, has secured himself a new employee. Donald Duck. And of course Flintheart is totally looking for the Lost Jewel of Atlantis as well.
While this new DuckTales has been updated for a new generation. There are MANY nods to the original series. Not to mention that this series has an embarrassingly amount of incredible voice talent. Case in point David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck, Danny Pudi as Huey, Bobby Moynihan as Louie, and Ben Schwartz as Dewey. Tony Anselmo lends his voice as Donald with Kate Micucci playing Webby!
Furthermore beyond the 44 minute film, the DVD includes six bonus shorts as well. Those six bonus make up Welcome to Duckburg!:
Meet Mrs. Beakley
You can totally pick up DuckTales Woo-Oo! on DVD starting tomorrow! Of course you could hop on over to the official Disney shop and secure your copy today.
Until you get a chance to add DuckTales Woo-Oo! to your home collection. Why not enjoy the updated theme song?
While speeding on the road, Donald Duck blows a tire in his car, necessitating its replacement with the car’s spare. He encounters difficulty lifting the car with his jack, removing the damaged tire, and repairing it with a patch. Unfortunately for him, all four tires immediately pop once he resumes driving, but he continues his trip undaunted on four flats.
Donald is washing windows on a high-rise; Pluto is his assistant, hauling the rope for the platform and refilling buckets but mostly sleeping. And when things are finally going well, Donald makes the mistake of tormenting a bee. You know, because he is Donald.
In the 1954 “Dragon Around”, Chip and Dale think they see a dragon coming toward their tree, but it is really just Donald with a power shovel, clearing the way for a freeway. For some reason Donald thinks this awesome and decides to play along, fitting a welding torch to the jaws for an appropriate flame.
I’m a huge fan of A Disney Halloween/Disney’s Halloween Treat. I’ve posted about it before. I’ve even done my own podcast about it. But recently, while searching YouTube for videos about it, I stumbled upon something similar that I had either forgotten or never knew existed: Disney’s Halloween Hall o’ Fame.
I may or may not have seen this special. It seemed familiar to me, and I almost remember being shown it in middle school, but I can’t tell if these memories are real or just the phantom memories I often experience. In any case, the special stars Jonathan Winters as a Disney security guard. He finds himself in a room full of Disney props one Halloween night. He cuts up Jonathan Winters-style for a little bit, and then comes across a crystal ball in which he sees a talking jack o’lantern (also Winters) who introduces a handful of classic Disney Halloween cartoons: “Trick or Treat”, “Pluto’s Judgment Day”, and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.
I honestly didn’t care for this one as much as I did A Disney Halloween/Disney’s Halloween Treat. There was less content and I just found Winters’ shtick to be tiresome. Still, it’s got those great Disney shorts. Not only so, but some YouTube hero has remastered both this and Disney’s Halloween Treat so that they are sharper and more vibrant (in contrast, my version of Disney’s Halloween Treat is so faded it is nearly unwatchable). You can find his channel and all the remastered videos here.