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Everyday They’re Out There Making “DuckTales”! Woo Hoo!

Life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg as the all-new revamped Disney hit show DuckTales premieres its very first episode on Disney XD. Coinciding with the lyrics of the catchy theme song, the series rewrites history by retelling the adventures of Scrooge McDuck (Doctor Who star David Tennant) and company the way Carl Barks has written them in the original graphic novels.

Great family dynamics among Scrooge, the triplets Huey, Louie and Dewey, and Donald, who is rightfully a regular now instead of his usual guest-starring roles in the previous TV version. A badass, quirky and proactive Webby brings a fresh twist to the lovely female companion to the boys, thanks to Garfunkel & Oates‘s Kate Miccucci and her whimsically commanding voice. Plus classic Launchpad is back to crash the airplane as always.

Here are some of my favorite moments and reveals from the 1-hour pilot episode (“Woo Hoo!”), which functions like a standard TV drama:

  • Scrooge riding a dragon Game of Thrones style!
  • The city of Atlantis! It’s definitely fascinating and the perfect way to start the series!
  • Huey, Louie and Dewey’s individual personalities are more distinguishable here. Gotta love adventurous Dewey and him making up his own theme song during the bridge-crossing (PS. It turns out actor Ben Schwartz did an improv on that, and the song got put on the scene).
  • Donald being a responsible, caring uncle to the trio and also the voice of reason on the show. This sweet side of Donald is what I’ve been longing to see, just like in the comics. Adults will find the Scrooge-Donald interactions interesting.
  • Flintheart Glomgold making his first grand appearance. SPOILER alert: Donald ended up working for Glomgold not knowing he’s Scrooge’s sworn enemy ’til Scrooge found out about it.
  • The cliffhanger at the end courtesy of Dewey.

Overall, the first episode of DuckTales 2017 exceeds my expectations and delivers tons of unexpected surprises. Top-notch animation too with the promise of adventure, mystery, action, and lighthearted comedy. Kudos to Frank Angones, Matt Youngberg and their team for bringing it back in a massive way.

DuckTales is definitely not your typical Disney show. There’s a grandness and cinematic quality to it that viewers of all ages can enjoy. It’s like a treasure chest full of endless gold. So if you haven’t already, come and join Uncle Scrooge, Donald, the boys, Webby, Launchpad and Mrs. Beakley on their exciting escapades! Who knows… you might solve a mystery!

 

 

Donald Duck’s Birthday!

Disney ducks always kick butt and go on the most exciting adventures, but my ultimate favorite is the one and only Donald. So it’s only fitting that a special dedication to him is made in honor of his birthday (and years of service in the Navy).

If you’ve been following the Carl Barks comics and TV shows like the original DuckTales and House of Mouse, it’s very clear that Donald is way more than just that quacky guy with an uncontrollable temper. He comes across as genuine and is very much a team player, especially in stories where he, Mickey and Goofy are a trio. It’s also shown in the comics that he’d go out of his way to make his darling Daisy happy while being a cool uncle for the triplets at the same time. And that performance he gave in The Three Musketeers film? Astounding, heartfelt and daring! From the original voice actor Clarence Nash to the current successor Tony Anselmo who Nash personally mentored, Donald’s character continues to evolve and in a positive direction.

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In The Three Musketeers.

Here’s to more Donald in the new DuckTales that’s set to premiere this summer on Disney XD! To celebrate his birthday, the team behind DuckTales presents a brand new short with Donald, Huey, Louie, Dewey, Webby and of course, the great Uncle Scrooge!

Hey, it’s all fun in this duck family, right? Happy Birthday, Don!

DisneySea’s 15th Anniversary

Set sail and make a wish on the shining sea!

DisneySea (Tokyo, Japan) – the only one to ever exist in the entire universe – is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, and a number of exclusive merchandises have been released earlier on to mark this big event.

The dominant image on most of the items sold at the DisneySea stores couldn’t look grander with adventurers Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto sailing on a golden ship with Chip and Dale plus the Duffy bears as company. Everyone’s all dressed up in dashing outfits. Even my all-time favorite Donald has his sporty gloves on, which we don’t really see everywhere else.

After a very short and pleasant wait, my 15th anniversary package has finally arrived courtesy of Instagram Disney shop Disneyland Jakarta. Even though I didn’t get the chance to visit (my first trip to DisneySea was back in 2014), I got to at least grab a hold of the magic in the form of the the stuff I ordered (shoutout to TDR Explorer for all the merch previews):

  • Assorted cookies that come in a gorgeous limited edition tin box
  • 15th anniversary postcard
  • Lovely clear holders featuring characters like Anna, Elsa and Rapunzel
  • Donald & Daisy mug – Donaisy are my newest OTP, by the way

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In light of this Disney-themed post, allow me to present you my little Disney list.

~ Jules’s Disney List ~

  • The first Disney film I saw at the cinema: The Little Mermaid
  • Favorite animated films: Robin Hood, Frozen, Hercules, The Aristocats, 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp, Mary Poppins, Brave, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Beauty & the Beast, The Princess & the Frog, Oliver & Company, Treasure Planet, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Bambi, Mickey, Donald & Goofy: The Three Musketeers, A Goofy Movie, An Extremely Goofy Movie, Tarzan
  • Favorite live action films: 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Best sequels in my book: Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure, The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride
  • Favorite classic character: Donald (obviously) 😉
  • Favorite film characters: Elsa, Maid Marian, Belle, Merida, Nala, Tiana, Mary Poppins
  • Favorite villain: Cruella de Vil
  • OTPs: Robin Hood/Maid Marian, Scamp/Angel, Donald/Daisy, Anna/Kristoff, Pongo/Perdita
  • Favorite TV shows: DuckTales (excited for the 2017 reboot since they’re making Donald part of the main cast like in the original Carl Barks/Don Rosa stories), Darkwing Duck
  • My Disney playlist:
    – “Why Should I Worry” (Oliver & Company)
    – “Bella Notte” (Lady & the Tramp)
    – “Zero to Hero” & “Go the Distance” (Hercules)
    – “Oo De Lally” & “Love” (Robin Hood)
    – “Cruella de Vil” (101 Dalmatians)
    – “Love is an Open Door” & “Let It Go” (Frozen)
    – “I 2 I” (A Goofy Movie)
    – “Gaston” & “Beauty & the Beast” (Beauty & the Beast)
    – “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” (The Aristocats)
    – “Jolly Holiday”, “A Spoonful of Sugar” & “Chim Chim Cheree” (Mary Poppins)
    – “Second Star to the Right” (Peter Pan)
    – “I Didn’t Know That I Could Feel This Way” (Lady & the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure)
    – “Just Around the River Bend” & “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas)
    – “Out There”, “God Help the Outcasts” & “Someday” (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

You’re also invited to let me know your Disney favorites.

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