Whilst visiting Costco to pick up 55 gallon drums of wing sauce and wistfully looking at the 3-packs of 70-inch televisions, I noticed that they had seasons of DuckTales and Talespin on sale for about 9 bucks each.
So my “when I retire, I am soooooo going to watch this!” shelf just got fuller.
Anyway, when watching these the first time, I was surprised at the amount of care put into the quality. Most of the cartoons I grew up with, after all, were put together with the thought of “they don’t know any better” (Kwicky Koala, I’m lookin at you). Duck Tales had surprisingly dense plots (based on the surprisingly awesome Carl Banks comics), many of which were multi-part episodes (that required “previously on Ducktales”) that ran with the best tropes of the whole “amateur archeologists trying to get rich” thing. Action, adventure, thrills, comic relief, and lessons about stickin’ together.
Trying to put together a brief synopsis of Talespin, however, is something a lot tougher than I thought it would be when I started this post… so you take the characters from Jungle Book and put them in a 1930’s Art Deco city where Baloo runs an air transport business allowing for stories involving swashbuckling sky pirates, tension between Baloo’s being a small business owner and Shere Khan being a Lex Luthor giant of industry, and (chaste) romantic tension involving the new office manager.
Man, those were good shows. I can’t wait to retire.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?