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Like a Duckblur – A Ducktales Story

April 14, 2020

The Cloudslayer sailed peacefully through the sky. For once, nobody was nervous since neither Launchpad nor Della was at the controls. In fact, none of the grownups were on board. No Launchpad, Della, Donald, Beakley, or even Scrooge. The oldest person on board was Lena who was only a teenager. She was either sleeping in one of the chairs or pretending to sleep. Dewey was the one flying the plane as he had had the most lessons with his mother, Della. Webby was sitting in the co-pilot seat, vibrating with excitement as usual. Huey was looking over some charts in the cargo area. Louie was on his phone, looking bored but everybody knew that his brain was always turning.

“Isn’t everybody excited?” Webby asked. “I’m so excited!”

“Really?” Louie asked, voice dripping with sarcasm. “I don’t think any of us noticed. You’re subtle as usual.”

“This is our first mission on our own!” Webby said. “We’re finally getting to show what we’re made of.”

“Technically, we’ve gone off on our own dozens of times,” Huey said without looking up from his charts. “We do it all the time.”

“But this is the first time that we’ve done it with permission,” Webby said. “Without my grandma or your family looking over our shoulders. It’s a big step!”

“Guys,” Dewey said. “She’s right. This is a big deal.”

“Why are we doing this without Uncle Scrooge?” Louie asked. “I mean, we’ve done it without Mom and Uncle Donald before but usually Scrooge and Launchpad come along.”

“And Uncle Scrooge is always the leader,” Dewey said. “We need to prove to them that we can Dewey this on our own.”

Louie rolled his eyes and let his brother’s pun slide on by. “Ugh. That sounds like way more work!” he said. “Sliding in at the last minute and taking all of the credit is way easier.”

“Technically, this way nets us more profit,” Huey said, again not looking up from his calculations.

“What?” Louie asked, looking up from his phone at last.

“Well,” Huey said. “If we were to find any coins, gems, or artifacts then there are fewer people to split the profits with, right?”

“When you’re right, you’re right,” Louie said and went back to his phone.

Dewey shot Huey a grateful look and Huey smiled back and nodded. Sometimes their brother needed a little coaxing to get down to business but the three of them remained inseparable, bonded even closer together by adventure. Besides, Louie had seemed less money-hungry after giving Scrooge back his fortune. He and Scrooge really hadn’t talked about their solo adventure but Louie had seemed shaken by whatever happened.

Still, the boys had all grown a lot during their time living at the Scrooge Estate. Dewey had taken the lead in their little circle and had been labeled the Toughest of the Toughies by Scrooge but was learning how and when to act. Huey had always been the Smartest of the Smarties but he was gaining more and more confidence from his brothers. Louie was still the Sharpest of the Sharpies, a super observant guy who saw all of the angles. Webbigail had grown up looking up to her granny who just happened to be one of the most accomplished secret agents. She was learning to calm down a little more. And then there was Lena, a former loaner who was learning the superior power of friendship.

Lena yawned and stretched. “What’s going on?” she asked.

“Lena!” Webby cried out before realizing how loud she was being. “Sorry, did you have a good nap?”

“It was fine,” Lena said. “The nightmares have stopped for now.”

That statement went by without remark. All of them knew about Lena’s nightmares that sprung from her aunt Magicka de Spell. Lena had been Webby’s first real friend except for the three brothers. She and Lena had saved each other several times over during the long conflict with Magicka. Now Lena was fully on their team and, although she pretended she was not, she was excited to go on adventures with Webby and her family.

“Do you still sense the artifact?” Dewey asked. “We must be getting close.”

“Yeah yeah,” Lena said. “I have no idea what we’ll find when we get there but I know exactly where it is. I can feel it in my bones.”

“Well, according to Violet, the area is steeped in the occult,” Webby said. “The location of the artifact should be in an old abandoned castle.”

“All sorts of weird atmospheric phenomenon surrounds the area,” Huey said. “So far it’s scientifically unexplained but I’ll change that.”

“Guys,” Dewey said softly at first. “Better strap in for landing. Castle Duckula is straight ahead.”

Media Update 1/11/18

January 11, 2018

Ducktales (2017)

As an old-school Disney nerd, I loved the first series of Ducktales which featured Uncle Scrooge having to deal with nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The adventures were fun as the show had a curmudgeonly yet lovable hero with a great supporting cast. Of course, it also had one of the catchiest theme songs in the history of children’s television. Last year (still weird to refer to 2017 that way), Disney decided to resurrect this show. I was a little skeptical until they announced that David Tennant would be playing Scrooge McDuck and then I was sold. I was right. This show was able to capture the charm of the original show and they even improved on a few things. The new series has more dynamic animation and each character has more detail. The three nephews actually look different from one another and have different voices. Webby is both not annoying and is actually allowed to be a cool, interesting character. They added Donald Duck to the cast instead of just being MIA. The show is funny and exciting and it still has that awesome theme song. Best of all, it feels like they have added some central lore that will tie all of the episodes together as it is slowly revealed. I will be digging up all of the episodes so far of this as soon as possible and I recommend it.

The Magic School Bus Rides Again

As a kid, I had a couple of sources for science beyond school. I was a big fan of Beakman’s World and I also occasionally watched Mr. Wizard and Bill Nye The Science Guy. However, few things got me as excited about science as The Magic School Bus. I read all the books as they were released (and even met the author) and when the television show premiered I was very into it. The books and show were somewhat formulaic but the characters were excited about science and the writing was clever. This new show is basically a continuation of the original series, picking up as the kids start a new school year. The show adds two new characters in new teacher Fiona Frizzle, the original Friz’ sister and new student Jyoti Kaur. The new additions help the new viewer but also make the new show a little fresher for those who absorbed the original show. Basically, the show has the same formula as the old one. Ms. Frizzle goes on a field trip with her students to show them something new about science and often a lesson about dealing with life as well. The original Friz (voiced by Lily Tomlin) is still on the show and she finishes each episode by explaining a few further things about the episode. Finally, the show’s great theme song is actually sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I definitely recommend this especially if you have a child in your life who is excited about science.

Danger Mouse (2015)

Danger Mouse is a British cartoon which is basically a 007 parody starring a mouse with a hamster sidekick trying to save the world. I watched the original show when it was rebroadcast on Nickelodeon not long after it premiered in England. The creators made a great choice to give the show a license to get silly and therefore puns and absurdity ruled the original show. More than that, the show was also fairly meta and the narrator was constantly accidentally breaking the fourth wall. The new show is really just more of the same with leaner, more exciting animation. The new show also has an expanded budget which is lampshaded in the very first episode. The original was forced to cut whole sequences (literally plunging scenes into total darkness) in order to come in under budget. The new show does not have that problem although they do bring it back once or twice for fun. Something new for American audiences is that they took away a lot of the localization changes such as restoring an Italian villain. The show is fun and I can’t wait to see how they treat some of the old characters as they return. (Count Duckula!) The show feels fresh to me and more accessible now that I have indulged so much in English television since I first watched the show. I definitely recommend this one too.

Music of the Week:
The Regrettes – Hey Now

Saint Motel – My Type

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Tiger Lillies – Crack of Doom

Animadness – Kizuna

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– I watched more Season 2 of Little Witch Academia
– I continued watching Season of The Magicians
– I finished Season 1 of Blue Exorcist
– I started Season 2 of Schitt’s Creek
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