1 9 8 7 – 1 9 9 0 (USA)
100 x 23 minute episodes
Duck Tales was the first Disney cartoon to be produced for syndication on television.
The studio gambled that a larger investment into quality animation could be made back through syndication. The gamble paid off and it became the first programme to dethrone He-Man from its top rating spot.
The series was funny enough for children who warmed to the young adventure-prone ducks Huey, Dewey and Louie, and savvy enough for parents, who could appreciate touches like Uncle Scrooge McDuck being interviewed for a television show called Lifestyles Of The Filthy Rich.
Its bright animation was higher in quality than many cartoon features, especially the typical low-rent television cartoon.
Duck Tales invaded the big screen in 1991 with pleasing results in Duck Tales: The Movie – an Indiana Jones-style adventure involving a magic lamp and a genie.
Uncle Scrooge McDuck