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4.0 out of 5 stars Bare bones release of a TV classic, November 8, 2005
This review is from: DuckTales - Volume 1 (DVD)
With the popularity of DVD season sets, it was inevitable that cartoons from the '80s (easily the most prolific decade for animation on the small screen) would get their due. However, the results have been pretty poor: incorrect footage for G.I. Joe and The Transformers, incomplete series releases (G.I. Joe, Jem, and The Inhumanoids), editing (My Little Pony), quadruple-dipping (Robotech), and time-compressed episodes (He-Man and Fat Albert). Despite these issues, the sets have sold like gangbusters and have given hope even to fans of the most obscure cartoons of the era.

Of the cartoons people would most like to see on DVD, the whopping majority were produced by Disney for their Disney Afternoon syndication package, or owned by the Mouse (namely, the Marvel Productions library). When Gargoyles finally saw its first season come to DVD last December, the hope was that the rest of Disney's excellent TV series would hit DVD as well. And now, at last, DuckTales (along with Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers) are here with a very basic 27 episode release, on 3 discs.

If you're expecting special features like those that Gargoyles received....think again. You're getting the episodes, and the episodes alone. The two-hour premiere movie (which was later broken up to air with the rest of the series on weekdays) is not here, presumably because Disney is thinking about putting that on a separate DVD (even though the premiere explains why Huey, Louie, and Dewey are shacked up with Uncle Scrooge as opposed to driving their Oscar-winning uncle completely insane). Unless you're familiar with the show, you're probably going to be lost, since there's no Donald at all. (And let's not get into the reasoning why Donald, a World War II veteran with the Army, would join the Navy, especially since he was obsessed with flying....)

These quibbles aside, you're getting 27 episodes of an excellent cartoon, unedited, at their proper speed, and in reasonably good (if unrestored) condition. Compared to how other great cartoons are being treated on DVD, this is a fine DVD set indeed.
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