DuckTales Celebrating 33 years in Spotlight
Disney Ducktales celebrating 33 birthday today. The animated series premiered on television on 1987 September 18. DuckTales is an American animated television series, produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and distributed by Buena Vista Television. The cartoon series premiered on September 18, 1987, and ran for a total of 100 episodes over four seasons, with its final episode airing on November 28, 1990.
Based upon Uncle Scrooge and other Duck universe comic books created by Carl Barks, the show follows Scrooge McDuck, his three grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and close friends of the group, on various adventures, most of which either involve seeking out treasure or thwarting the efforts of villains seeking to steal Scrooge’s fortune or his Number One Dime.
DuckTales has inspired merchandise, including video games, merchandise, and comic books, along with an animated theatrical spin-off film entitled DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, that was released to theatres across the United States on August 3, 1990.
The series is notable for being the first Disney cartoon to be produced for weekday syndication, with its success paving the way for future Disney cartoons, such as Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers and TaleSpin. The show’s popular theme song was written by Mark Mueller. Also, Launchpad McQuack later returned to appear in another Disney animated series, becoming the main character in Darkwing Duck.
The show proved an immense success for Disney, who decided to commission other cartoons with a similar level of quality, which included Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, and TaleSpin. In addition, DuckTales also spawned its own feature-length movie, entitled DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, which was released to theatres on August 3, 1990, along with a franchise of merchandise, including toys, comic books and video games, a spin-off series, and eventually a revival in 2017, that rebooted the series.