Like most fans of the classic 80’s series DuckTales, I was a bit skeptical (okay, more than a bit) when I heard about Disney rebooting it for an all new generation to enjoy. I’m happy to say that the new series is just as fun and exciting as the original, and may I dare say almost even more so. So now Disney has finally placed a few of the episodes on home video for everyone to check out on the DuckTales Destination: Adventure DVD. If you’re a fan of the original show or just hanging out with the ducks for the first time, you’ll want to travel around the world with this flock.
I would’ve never thought in a million years that Disney would try to reboot DuckTales, which was a hit show back in 1987. It’s cool that thirty-some years later it’s back and just as fun and crazy as ever. For those new to the show, it follows the life and adventures of Scrooge McDuck (voiced shocking well by David Tennant who takes over for the late and great Alan Young), a bazillionaire with too much money and not enough adventure like he had when he was younger. That all changes one day when Donald Duck brings over his nephews Huey (Danny Pudi), Dewey (Ben Schwartz), and Louie (Bobby Moynihan) over to be watched over as he goes on a job interview. It doesn’t take long for the boys to go exploring around Scrooge’s enormous mansion filled with all sorts of magical trophies and keepsakes from his adventures, which quickly gets on his nerves at first, but then reignites his spark for action and adventure which leads us to the six episodes included on this disc.
From going to Egypt and getting into trouble with mummies, to dealing with the infamous but goofy Beagle Boys, these ducks are always into something exciting, especially when they’re accompanied by the spunky girl of the group named Webby (Kate Micucci), the doofy but loyal Launchpad (Beck Bennett), the tough but loving Mrs. Beakley (Toks Olagundoye) and of course Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera who we know and love as Gizmoduck (Lin-Manuel Miranda who is everything nowadays). There were times when I made my way through these episodes that I felt like a kid again watching the original series back in the late 80’s, despite the show using a sharp digital look while also using the outfits and colors from the classic DuckTales comic book series.
For a DVD, the picture and sound quality is pretty good, though I’ll be holding out hope that one day we’ll get a full season release on Blu-ray. As far as extras go, fans will be happy to know that two episodes from the original show are included on here. Talk about a trip down memory lane, as I hadn’t seen or heard the classic intro song (an instant catchy classic you’ll be humming all day) nor seen the series since the early 90’s.
If you’re a fan, a child of the 80s, or just a newcomer to the flock, do yourself a favor and check out the DuckTales Destination: Adventure DVD. While I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for a complete first season Blu-ray release, this is the next best thing to watch until then. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to Duckburg where life is like a hurricane thanks to race cars, lasers, airplanes, etc., etc.