Ensemble cast of off-the-wall Warner Brothers characters, appearing in a wide variety of roles. Mainly staring the Warner Siblings Wakko, Yakko, and Dot, who were created by the WB Studios ... See full summary »
In the city of St. Canard, the people are plagued by the most bizarre criminals, but they have a protector as well, Darkwing Duck. This bumbling and egotistical superhero battles evil in that fair city with the help of his dumb pilot sidekick, Launchpad McQuack and his rambunctious adopted daughter, Gosalyn.Written by
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The creators admitted that the show was created specifically as a satirical parody of Batman, in particular the 1989 film featuring Michael Keaton. Early versions of the series were going to have a Robin-like sidekick and a butler like Alfred, but in an effort to not call too much attention to Batman, these characters were dropped and Launchpad McQuack was added in place of these two roles. See more »
I feel awful... stooping to such petty crimes. But you can't imagine how expensive thermonuclear warheads are these days.
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The home video release of the two-part pilot, "Darkly Dawns the Duck", restores a number of cuts that were made to the episodes in reruns:
An opening chase sequence showing Darkwing capturing a gang of fleeing criminals (oddly enough, the scene of Darkwing ramping the Ratcatcher up and into the bed of a pickup truck, catapulting the criminals inside into some trashcans, is featured prominently in the show's opening sequence).
While following Tantalus on the Ratcatcher, Darkwing almost has a head-on collision with a large truck and is yelled at by the driver.
A longer version of the scene where Hoof and Mouth are twirling their rifles around before Darkwing jumps them.
A scene showing Taurus Bulba wheeling a cart of dirty clothes to the prison laundromat, establishing that Hammerhead, Hoof and Mouth are hiding inside it.
Following the car chase, Mouth has a panic attack and begins screaming, "We're all gonna die! We're all gonna die!" until Hammerhead hits him.
A longer scene of Taurus Bulba ranting about Darkwing's ego, with him imitating Darkwing's mannerisms and poses: "His posing, his flamboyance, the mask and cape! Ha, ha! That hat! It all indicates an ego the size of a small planet!"
While in his jail cell, the scene where Darkwing tries to get the biker pig to punch him is much longer.
A brief scene where Taurus Bulba comments that the design of the Thunderquack is ugly.
This was a wonderful show. It cashed in on the big "superheroes-battle-crime-in-dark-city" trend that included Batman and the Ninja Turtles and lampooned it brilliantly. I can still remember Darkwing's wonderfully over-the-top vocal delivery and the many colorful villains (just thinking about Quackerjack and his psychotic chattering teeth brings a smile to my face). I'd love to see a live-action movie based on this cartoon (a la "Inspector Gadget"), with the animals replaced by human actors, a Gothic-style Saint Canard, and the latest special effects.
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