Disney’s DuckTales was a beloved afternoon cartoon series in the late 1980s and early ’90s, with an infectious theme song and the marketing power of The House of Mouse behind it. The series followed the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, along with a few accomplices as they traversed the world (and beyond) on zany adventures leading to Scrooge accumulating more wealth.
Now, Disney has released a new live-action version of the iconic opening credits as a part of their “’90s week” celebration. The video was created by the geniuses at Oh My Disney, and along with the aforementioned theme song, the video uses real ducks in scenarios taken straight from the animated show’s opening.
DuckTales ran in syndication from 1987 to 1990 and even spawned a feature-length film in the fall of 1990. The popularity of the show would spawn a very successful and equally beloved video game by Capcom for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). That popular DuckTales game was recently remastered for current gen game consoles, as reported previously on the Inquisitr.
DuckTales also paved the way for other Disney Television Studios properties, such as Chip n Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Tailspin, and Darkwing Duck. Darkwing Duck was actually a spin off from DuckTales.
The original animated opening can be seen here for comparison. Be warned, listening to the theme song more than three times in five minutes will in fact get it so lodged in your skull that it may take days to recover. You’ve been warned.
DuckTales was one of those shows that transcended generations due to its light hearted plots and use of the nefarious Beagle Boys and Magica De Spell as the show’s villains. Parents who grew up with Mickey Mouse and Disney cartoons were able to introduce their children to the characters and a whole new generation became fans, just as Walt Disney Animation was beginning its feature length theatrical comeback with The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. In some ways, DuckTales is just as responsible for the success of those films as the amazing skill of the artists and award-winning songs. DuckTales will always have that distinction, and that makes this live action video all the more special.
DuckTales, Woo-Hoo, forever.