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Duck Tales is an animated series centered around three young ducks, Huey, Duey, and Louie, as they live with their great uncle, Scrooge McDuck. The series is based on the Uncle Scrooge comic books by Carl Barks. The initial premise for the series stems from the boys being left by their uncle Donald Duck with his great uncle Scrooge when the former goes off to join the Navy. A typical story line involves the boys going off on a treasure hunt of some sort with any of the secondary characters, and realizing in the end that real treasure is not always gold, much to the chagrin of their miserly uncle.

Uncle Scrooge is often plagued by villains and arch-enemies who try to steal his fortune, most importantly his "Number One Dime," the first thing he ever earned, which he keeps in a glass jar inside his vault. The main villains are Magica de Spell, the Beagle Boys, and Scrooge's most hate nemesis, Flintheart Glomgold. Although Scrooge is already wealthy, he is constantly trying to grow his wealth, all the while attempting to keep his title of "Richest Duck in the World" from being stolen by Flintheart.

Secondary characters include the pilot, Launchpad McQuack, the butler, Duckworth, the inventor, Gyro Gearloose, and the nanny, Mrs. Beakley, as well as her granddaughter, Webby. Throughout the series more secondary characters were added, generally drawn from the "Duck Universe," such as Gladstone Gander, with extremely good luck, and the lovable but often bumbling, Bubba Duck. While much of the first season centered around world travelling and far-reaching adventures, the later episodes were based mainly in the town of Duckburg. While some of these characters were originally seen in the comic book, many of them were created exclusively for Duck Tales.

Along with their globetrotting story lines, their were also many pop culture references, with stories that involved everyone from Sherlock Holmes to Shakespeare and everything in between.

The show originally aired from September 18, 1987 through November 28, 1990, with a total of 100 episodes. It was the first Disney cartoon created for syndication.

Walt Disney Television Animation
3 Seasons, 100 Episodes
September 18, 1987
Animation & Cartoons, Children
8.1/10
Cast: Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Chuck McCann, Terence McGovern
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Ducktales Full Episode Guide

  • Scrooge must retrieve the Golden Goose from Glomgold and the Beagle Boys in order to save his nephews from spending eternity as golden statues.

  • Scrooge and Glomgold compete for the Ultimate Treasure, a Golden Goose with the Midas Touch. But is the prize worth the terrible cost: Huey, Dewey and Louie are transformed by the Goose into Golden Statues!

  • When Dr. Glockenspel, a clock maker, informs Scrooge that his "ticker" is beyond repair, Scrooge mistakenly believes that the "doctor" is referring to his heart. Deciding to put his affairs in order, Scrooge has Fenton place his money in a computer.

  • Mrs. Crackshell and Ma Beagle are both trying to win "Mother of the Year". Ma Beagle breaks her Boys out of jail. Mrs. Crackshell does the yearly laundry and accidentally shrinks Fenton's Gizmo-suit.

  • In order to get time off to go on a ski trip to Swizzleland, Fenton pretends to be bedridden at home with beak pox. As fate would have it, however, Scrooge arrives in Swizzleland on business at the same time and ends up checking into Fenton's hotel!

  • Glomgold's Metal-eating bugs are heading straight for Scrooge's Money Bin, stopping first to eat GizmoDuck's Gizmo-suit. As the bugs eat their way across Duckburg, Scrooge, Gyro, Webby and the nephews, all try to stop them from reaching the bin.

  • Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby's Valentine's Day plans are dashed when Scrooge's acquisition of Cupid's arrows attracts the attention of the Love Goddess herself, Aphroducky.

  • When Scrooge and Glomgold discover that there is gold on Glittering Goldie's property, they vie for her affections in order to purchase her land.

  • In an effort to change his poor public image, Scrooge becomes the Masked Mallard, a costumed do-gooder who goes about the city fighting crime. All goes well for Scrooge, until a second Masked Mallard appears on the scene, becoming a one-man crime wave. In order to clear his name, Scrooge must track down the importer and bring him to justice.

  • Webby, who has been feeling neglected and overlooked, accidentally turns into a fifty-foot giant after falling into a magical spring. Suddenly she's the center of everyone's attention, much to her dismay.

  • When Gyro invents an unbreakable glass, Scrooge has his money bin sheathed in the stuff. Confident that his bin is completely impervious, Scrooge fires Gizmoduck, whom he no longer needs, and heads off on a long-overdue vacation.

  • Through a series of clever deceptions, Ma Beagle convinces the court that she is Scrooge's wife, and moves into the mansion, where she and her boys make like miserable for Scrooge's household.

  • Scrooge takes a dip into his money bin and comes down with a bad case of loot lice. Now that Scrooge is quarantined this opens the door for Ma Beagle to steal Scrooge's money bin.

  • Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys win a million dollars in a radio contest with their bona-fide hit, "Boogie Beagle Blues."

  • Scrooge is inadvertently hit on the head by a skateboard and develops amnesia. He wanders around town trying to find out who he is and is taken in by Mrs. Crackshell while Fenton hires him at the Skateboard Factory.

  • Fenton becomes jealous when the Nephews conclude that Launchpad must be Gizmoduck. Every time Fenton tries to disprove their theory, his efforts backfire, causing more people to think that Launchpad is Gizmo.

  • Scrooge sees potential of making a fast profit with new inventions and has Gyro invent a helium-based chewing gum, but it hasn't been tested for side effects.

  • Bubba's grades are awful so Gyro invents a Thinking Cap! But when Scrooge decides to take him and the nephews to search for the lost treasure of the Ancient Thinkas, they find that Bubba has forgotten his survival instincts.

  • The nephews need more allowance money and asks Uncle Scrooge for an increase, but he tells them to get a job. The young entrepreneur's start a service called "The Dirtbusters" and while employed by Gyro they stumble across The Multiphonic Duplicator and decide to borrow it.

  • Gyro needs a challenge and Mrs. Beakley needs help with the housework, so Gyro invents Robotica, a lean, mean, cleaning machine. Unfortunately, Robotica falls head over bolts in love with Gizmoduck, making his life crazy.

  • Mrs. Crackshell receives a jolt of electricity from her TV set, and she now can predict the future. Scrooge realizes what a rich future this can be and moves her into his mansion to predict stock market trends for him.

  • Scrooge's Sowbuggian Crown Jewel exhibit at the Duckburg Museum becomes a target for a jewel heist for the Beagle Boys' cousins. When the heist goes awry they take Webbigail for ransom.

  • The Nephews want a new bike that is on sale, but since they don't get their allowance till Saturday, they decide to move time ahead. They change all the calendars, clocks, newspapers, and even put on videotape of Saturday morning cartoons to convince Uncle Scrooge that Friday is really Saturday.

  • Scrooge reaches the breaking point when dealing with glad handlers, and curses his money. He never wants to see money again and so his doctor recommends a vacation to Trala La, a land where there is no such thing as money.

  • While Scrooge and various Duckburg citizens try to retrieve the sunken money bin, a spacecraft suddenly appears out of nowhere and takes it away. Scrooge and company travel in a rocket to get the bin back.

  • With her newly acquired money bin, Ma Beagle is now the wealthiest lady in Duckburg! Meanwhile, Scrooge is put out of his mansion due to foreclosure. Ma Beagle then buys the mansion and manipulates the affluent people of Duckburg into accepting her into their high society.

  • Gizmoduck defeats GICU-2 over the possession of the money bin! Scrooge then hires him as a security guard. However, Ma Beagle finds the Gizmoduck Owner's Manual and uses a remote control device to make him do her bidding.

  • The Lake Doughbegone Dam breaks and all the cash and water sweep down stream to conveniently settle in Ma Beagle's backyard. However, Scrooge regains his cash by freezing the re-located lake and moving it with giant ice tongs.

  • The Beagle Boys, determined to steal Scrooge's money bin for Ma Beagle's birthday present, force Scrooge to move the bin. In order to keep track of all his cash, Scrooge hires a loony accountant, Fenton Crackshell to supervise the move.

  • Returning to Duckbill Island, Scrooge and Co. attempt to secure a diamond from the mine to pay Glomgold the remainder of the payment, but Glomgold is already there!

  • Scrooge blames his recent misfortunes on Bubba and treats him unfairly and Glomgold convinces the police that Scrooge is an imposter and they throw Scrooge in jail.

  • When Scrooge returns home, Gyro tells him that he may have changed history by bringing Bubba back, and that Bubba must be returned or Scrooge may lose his fortune.

  • Scrooge and Launchpad are captured as they fly in the Millennium Shortcut to Too-Pei. Luckily Bubba arrives riding Tootsie and is mistaken for the "great one" described in a prophecy.

  • Scrooge and Glomgold dispute over the price of Glomgold's island of Duckbill, which unbeknownst to Glomgold has a diamond mine.

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