With its ‘tales of derring-do, bad and good luck tales’ (A-woo-ooh!), DuckTales made its foray into daily syndication in the fall of 1987. Featuring some familiar animated faces and a few that were new, the show captured the hearts and minds of kids everywhere, and continued to build upon one of the most successful branches of one of the largest animation empires in the world… Disney Ducks.
Based upon the works of famed Disney animator, Carl Barks, DuckTales followed the story of Uncle Scrooge (McDuck) and the beloved trio of ducklings Huey, Dewey and Louie – who, incidentally, were the nephews of one of the most famous ducks in history, Donald Duck. In order to explain dear old uncle’s absence, the story was that he joined the Navy and left his nephews in the capable and wealthy hands of his rich uncle, leaving the door wide open for the emphasis to be on the otherwise lesser-known of the Disney Ducks.
Scrooge was a serious businessman, not unlike the Dickensian character of the same name. He was a tightwad, but in the process built himself a fortune so vast that, well, he could swim in gold. As he put it, he was “smarter than the smarties, and tougher than the toughies.” Given his harsh demeanor, dear old Scrooge seemed to have a soft spot for the trio of ducklings under his watch, who proved themselves clever and intelligent in their own unique way.
Huey, Dewey and Louie were identical triplets, and actually his grand-nephews. With a quick glance, they were identifiable by the color of their clothes: Huey wore red, Dewey wore blue, and Louie wore green. However, upon further inspection, there were a number of other noticeable personality differences between the three that really had the opportunity to shine in the Duck Tales series. Huey was the leader, Dewey was clever, and Louie was the most creative.