Darkwing Duck (1991) - Volume 2

Genre(s): Animation
Disney || NR - 0 minutes - $34.99 || August 7, 2007
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-08-06


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital Stereo)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

"Ahhhh, Lobster Women!"

As a child, “Darkwing Duck” was one of my favorite cartoons. It, like “Ducktales” and Rescue Rangers before it, was shown as part of a weekday afternoon block of toons called The Disney Afternoon. “Darkwing Duck” is a spin-off of “Ducktales” that follows the adventures of mild-mannered Drake Mallard who spends his nights as Darkwing Duck, fearless defender of St. Canard. His sidekick Launchpad Mcquack (who is the main link between this and Ducktales) and his adopted daughter, Gosalyn, usually accompany him. Together, they face a wide variety of wacky villains and situations.

Volume 2 is a vast improvement over Volume 1. The show's first batch of episodes on the previous set indicated that the writers weren't exactly sure what kind of show this was as they often seemed to just make up a villain and have Darkwing fight him the whole episode in scene after scene of chases and monologue. Here, there's not nearly as much of that as the show started figuring out that first and foremost, it's a superhero show. These episodes take many cues from other well-known heroes as inspirations for their stories. For example, there's "The secret origins of Darkwing Duck" which is more or less a Superman spoof.

There's also "Time and Punishment" (my favorite episode) which is a take on the infamous Batman story "The Dark Knight Returns". There are also episodes that dare to be different. The biggest example (and one of the best of the set as well) is "Dead Duck" in which Darkwing gets into an accident... AND DIES!!! Not only does he die but we see Darkwing go to hell(and speak to Satan! Disney wisely tiptoes around the names though. For example, Darkwing whispers to the devil, "You mean you're...inaudible" and "We're in.. Inaudible") and heaven where St. Peter and Lucifer fight over Darkwing's soul. It's oddly heavy for a Disney cartoon. There are other episodes still that are just plain fun like "Dry Hard"(which includes the origin of the Liquidator and well, jingle singing lobster women lol) and "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" which takes it's cues from Superman's bizarro's world.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

None



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The picture here is great, better than the last set even but I don't think the audio was great. It seemed a bit muted at times. What do you expect?



.::OVERALL::.

"Darkwing Duck: Volume 2" is a vast improvement over volume 2 and is the beginning of the "great episodes" of the series(i expect volume 3 and 4 to kick tons of butt). If you're a fan, pick it up, if not, and you just like old cartoons, it's worth a rent for sure.