My dream of an Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe is dead. Probably.
I had such high hopes. And it made so much sense in my mind. The dream was a crystal clear vision of a bunch of interlocking Disney cartoon shows from my youth, a vast tapestry of fan favorite characters and shows intermingling in the new DuckTales to all our glorious benefit.
In today’s age of epic cartoon mythologies and reveals, I thought for sure the creative minds behind DuckTales were really going to do what they were teasing.
But no. They’re not. The Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe is dead before it even began.
They have squandered Darkwing Dark. And I’m sure that’s only the beginning.
That is a screenshot from last Friday’s new episode of DuckTales. Darkwing had been promised for the show and anticipation was high. Friday’s episode was the promised introduction of Gizmoduck, a personal favorite, and the episode was fine (not really, I didn’t care for it). But nobody expected the episode to kick-off with an extended sequence of Darkwing Duck taking on some of his classic foes, Crackerjack, Megavolt and Liquidator!
Join me after the jump for why the arrival of Darkwing Duck in the new DuckTales cartoon has killed the dream.
We are on the verge of greatness, people. Nothing has been absolutely confirmed so far, but a new commercial for the DuckTales cartoon has a snippet of awesomeness hidden inside. You can spot it at the 51 second mark.
Did you see? It was right there!
Don freakin’ Karnage! One of the villains from TaleSpin! With an appearance in the new DuckTales cartoon! How cool is that? My dreams of an Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe just took a huge step forward!
What is the Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe, you ask? It’s quite simple! With the success of the new DuckTales reboot cartoon, it seems that the creators might combine all of the classic 80s/90s-era Disney cartoons that I loved so much as a child. DuckTales! TaleSpin! Goof Troop! Darkwing Dark! Maybe even Chip’n Dale Rescue Rangers!
I’m gonna need a better name than Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe, though. It doesn’t really roll off the tongue. The Disneyverse? Disney Cartoon Universe? The DuckVerse? DuckSpin?
I’ll work on it.
The new DuckTales reboot cartoon is all the rage. Woo-hoo! I was a huge fan as a kid, and I watched the first episode of the new reboot and quite enjoyed it. The show is fun all on its own, but it’s also clearly made with the sensibilities of a modern cartoon show. There are Easter Eggs galore and a real effort has clearly been made to create a larger, deeper mythology. All the good cartoons these days have a deep mythology.
If you haven’t seen the opening pair of episodes yet, you can check them out right now! Trust me, it’s a good show.
Now that we’re all on the same level, I hope you caught all the great Easter Eggs the first few episodes dropped. I won’t spoil them until after the jump, but I think this new series has the makings to launch a larger Disney Expanded Universe, and I’m all in favor of that!
Join me after the jump to see what I mean!
If, like me, you cut the cable cord years ago and have to find alternate means to watch TV shows, you might be wondering how you can watch the new DuckTales cartoon. Fortunately, Disney XD has decided to apparently put the whole thing up on YouTube! I fully support this technological marvel.
I haven’t watched it yet since I only discovered this video this morning before work. But you best believe I have my afternoon plans now! Enjoy the show!
I’m pretty sure I’m gonna try to watch the new Ducktales cartoon. I’ve got no reason not to. I loved the original, and I love how well cartoons are made today. I’m confident that the creative minds behind the new Ducktales have put together a quality show.
But maybe I won’t watch, because I’m lazy. At least we have this neat opening theme.
I’ll let you know if I watch. I’m excited for Gizmoduck. And I have to believe that someone, somewhere has discussed including Darkwing Duck in their new universe.