DuckTales

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Woo-oo! Adventure, fun, and laughs abound in Disney reboot.
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Parents say

age 6+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Many adventures are set in places of historical or legendary value, such as the Lost City of Atlantis. Even though the stories are fictionalized, they inspire curiosity about more factual versions of those places and eras.

 

Positive Messages

Kids will quickly pick up on the idea that the family that explores together stays together, which sends positive messages about the fun to be had in working together to achieve something. Scrooge evolves from a miserly loner to a willing family man, to the delight of his eager young charges. Huey, Dewey, and Louie are mischievous and sometimes a poor influence on Webby (encouraging her to lie to her grandmother, for instance), but the stories often include subtle reminders of better behavior. As the token female character, Webby proves to be highly logical and intelligent.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Scrooge encourages his great-nephews' sense of adventure and discovery, and he keeps their safety in mind as they explore. He and Donald reconcile past differences and create a more well-rounded home for the boys, which inspires Scrooge to divert his attention (at least temporarily) from his wealth. Villains are greedy and selfish, which usually undermines their efforts in some way.

 

Violence & Scariness

More suspense, mild peril than violence, but there are some scenes that show the characters struggling against enemies, brandishing weapons like swords, crashing through walls, and tumbling down cliffs. Occasional mention of concepts like torture and killing. No injuries, though.

 

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Stupid" (rarely).

Consumerism

The series is a reboot of a popular 1980s cartoon and features characters who are well-known Disney ambassadors.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DuckTales is a cartoon reboot that makes minor adjustments to the characters and adventure style of the beloved 1980s series. The adventures are fun, comical, and full of surprises, and they always result in a greater sense of unity among family members. Scrooge inspires his great-nephews to let their curiosity lead them even as he strives to keep them safe, and he learns the value of family in the process. Expect some suspense and mild peril, and impact (crashes and falls, mostly) that doesn't result in injury. Even though it's not an educational show, the stories relate to historical times and places that might strike a chord with kids, encouraging further learning. This series has fantastic cross-generational appeal, especially for parents who grew up watching the original.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKirbita22 September 18, 2017

Rekindle family bonds watching ducks do the same!

It´s probably still a bit too early to say much, seeing as at the time of writing only the hour-long first episode is out, but so far this show seems fantastic... Continue reading
Adult Written byConno D. December 4, 2017

Best Televison Show on at the moment!

Ducktales is a show Even Little Kids can watch. Lots of Fun!
Teen, 16 years old Written bywizardortitan August 13, 2017

A solid cartoon with fun to be had for all ages

Oftentimes people live in fear that a reboot or remake will completely mess one of their old favorites up. Thankfully, "DuckTales" will not be joining... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMara_Jade August 12, 2017

Woo-oo!

When I first heard about this coming out I was completely not imterested. I've never seen the old Ducktales, and I didn't want to. But the more I saw... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DUCKTALES, Donald Duck's (voiced by Tony Anselmo) impish nephews -- Huey (Danny Pudi), Dewey (Ben Schwartz), and Louie (Bobby Moynihan) -- embark on adventures beyond their wildest dreams when their great-uncle, famed explorer Scrooge McDuck (David Tennant), takes them under his wing. Having gotten over the shock of learning their relation to the reclusive bajillionaire, the boys quickly embrace their family legacy of adventure and join Uncle Scrooge, navigator Launchpad McQuack (Beck Bennett), and their new friend Webby (Kate Micucci) on journeys to faraway places to discover lost cities and reveal hidden treasures. But where Scrooge goes, enemies inevitably follow, and the ducks must outwit the likes of Flintlock Glomgold (Keith Ferguson) to safeguard their quarry.

Is it any good?

These tales of adventure are a treasure unto themselves and definitely worth a remake nearly three decades after the original series premiered. DuckTales' appeal never has been bound by generation, thanks to clever writing and all-around endearing characters. Now that its original kid viewers are parents themselves, there's even more reason to anticipate its positive reception among audiences. Fans of the original will notice some small tweaks to the characters mostly (Donald Duck's glory days as a storied adventurer, for one), but nostalgia, the show's classic look, and a familiar theme song just begging for you to sing along (Woo-oo!) add up to a true winner.

Of course, staying true to a 30-year-old show also preserves some traits that stand out more prominently in a modern light, especially with regard to gender representation. DuckTales' is a heavily male cast, with only young Webby and to a lesser degree, her grandmother, Mrs. Beakley (Scrooge's housekeeper, voiced by Toks Olagundoye), as regularly featured females. It doesn't do the show a disservice, but in light of a younger generation's heightened awareness of such matters, it might raise some questions from your kids about related topics.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this show's representation of a family. Does family always mean people who are biologically related? Do the characters' families extend beyond biology? Who else do they consider part of their family?

  • What special traits does Webby bring to this adventurous group? Is she capable of everything the boys do? How might the show be different if the cast was more balanced in gender? As it stands, is it necessarily a bad thing?

  • How does meeting his nephews inspire Scrooge to change? Kids: Have you ever had an experience that has changed your priorities?

  • How do the characters in the show exhibit curiosity? Why do you think this is an important character strength

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