I've been having a hankering for some good old-fashioned Scrooge McDuck ever since they announced the cast for the Ducktales reboot back whenever it was that they did that. That's probably part of why, when we ran out of Beverly Hillbillies episodes to watch on Hulu, I suggested we watch Mr. Ed--I've known for years that the star of that show was the same guy who voiced Scrooge McDuck in the original Ducktales series, but by the time we knew that, Mr. Ed was off of Nick at Nite, so we couldn't watch it. Well, it turns out Mr. Ed is a jerk, but Wilbur Post (the real star) is adorable, so it's kind of nice.
Then today we heard another casting announcement about the new Ducktales, and we wanted to watch the old Ducktales even more, mostly because reminders about the reboot also remind me of the less than appealing new character designs, and create an even greater longing for what used to be. I'll think back to when Ducktales made its premiere on ABC one Friday night (I think it was a Friday; they usually had the premieres for Saturday morning cartoons on Friday night so the kids would know what channel to turn to), and our whole family gathered around the TV to watch it together. Much later, I thought about how unusual that was, because Dad's a pretty hardcore Loony Tunes fan and seemed to prefer not to watch Disney if he could help it. We have reason to believe, though, that he read the Ducktales comics back when he was a kid, so it's kind of heartwarming to think of Mom and Dad sitting down to watch the new TV version of Dad's beloved(?) childhood comic. I think we all got together to watch the special that introduced Gizmoduck, and the premiere of Darkwing Duck...but that last one might have just been the kids. Anyway, it's something I remember fondly.
And so! when there was a new reminder that Ducktales exists, we finally decided to take action...and order all the DVDs from the Disney Movie Club! Oh man, I'm so excited. And even though Ducktales was on Toon Disney back when we were in college, I still hardly remember anything about the show, so it will be sort of like watching it new! I remember Scrooge being able to defeat his enemies by playing the bagpipes because he was the only one who could stand their music, and I remember being like, "I like it, too!" At the time, it was just because I was a punk kid who wanted to be tough, but I like to think I would still like the bagpipes, because I have a lot of Scottish blood. But of course it's possible that the Ducktales bagpipes are deliberately played rather poorly.
Alas, I do think that even if I had young children, I probably wouldn't be interested in gathering around the TV for the new premiere. I just can't get past those character designs. Why did they have to take something that was so cute and fun and make it so blah?
But never mind that, I remembered my other point. Speaking of things we watched on Toon Disney. Hercules: The Animated Series. We saw some of it when we were in high school and liked it, but alas, it came on at the exact same time as Pokemon. We'd only just recently discovered anime and our love of Japanese voice actors, and the fact that Pokemon didn't dub over Pikachu's Japanese voice made it the winner by a landslide in our books. Disney couldn't have known that they were about to be overtaken by a global phenomenon.
But anyway, the series was played again around the time we graduated college on Toon Disney, and we watched the whole thing. It's a really great show! It takes place in the middle of Herc's training with Phil, so you have to suspend some disbelief because Hades is still a villain and he's not supposed to know that Herc is still alive at this point, but other than that, it's so great. Zeus has decided that Hercules needs an education, so it's basically Hercules and a bunch of other Greek myths going to high school, but he still has no social skills, so even though he's super jock (like, literally), he ends up with the outcasts Icarus and Cassandra. And his teacher's name is Parentheses!!! It's just really clever and has a lot of great jokes for people who know Greek mythology and people who don't! We keep quoting it to Gaston, and whenever we do, we think, "Gosh, we oughtta go to the Disney Movie Club and ask them if they could release that on DVD." And then we always forget.
But now! we were there anyway, and I remembered. So we sent them a quick message, and oh my goodness, they got back to us right away! ...And they said that it's in the vault and there are no plans to release it. Boo. It seemed to be pretty much their form email for whenever anybody sent an email of that type. But! we haven't given up hope! We think if there's a high enough demand for it, they'll be forced to consider releasing it! We need to start coming up with some memes for Facebook or something. Hmmmmm...
Today I'm thankful for getting to order Ducktales on DVD (of course they then suggested Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, and Talespin, but we decided to stick with one series at a time), fond memories of watching TV with our family, fond memories of Hercules: The Animated Series, making fairly decent progress on work today, and getting to see Alan Young in Mr. Ed.