1 9 8 7 – 1 9 9 0 (USA)
100 x 23 minute episodes
As Donald Duck leaves to join the Navy, he sends his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, to live with their uncle, Scrooge McDuck. Stories followed the mischievous nephews as they plagued their stingy uncle’s life with their antics.
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 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