Darkwing Duck (1991–1992)
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Beauty and the Beet 

Darkwing Duck finds himself up against Bushroot, a scientist-turned-plant, for the first time, and he's out to get revenge on those who tormented him. Can DW get Bushroot before he turns everyone into plants?


Tad Stones, Alan Zaslove


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Episode cast overview:
S. Scott Bullock S. Scott Bullock ... Dr. Gary (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Drake Mallard / Darkwing Duck (voice)
Jennifer Darling ... Dr. Rhoda Dendron (voice)
Tino Insana ... Dr. Reginald Bushroot (voice)
Terence McGovern ... Launchpad McQuack (voice) (as Terry McGovern)
Frank Welker ... Dean Tightbill / Dr. Larson / Plants (voice)


D.W. recounts the story of his first encounter with Dr. Reggie Bushroot, a research scientist at St. Canard University with a love of both plants and Dr. Rhoda Dendron. However, he was constantly tormented by his fellow scientists, and as his experiments had as of yet yielded no results, the dean of the university planned to shut down funding for his research. As a last resort, he used a device to inject his own body with the DNA of a plant. At first seemingly unsuccessful, it not only gave him the ability to gain nutrients from the sun, but literally changed him into a half-duck, half-plant creature. He was hoping to prove his success to the others, but all but Dr. Dendron ridiculed his new form. However, he soon found his new body had given him mental control over other plants, and used them to take revenge on his aggressors one by one. Darkwing Duck and Launchpad were called onto the case and met with Dr. Dendron, who still believed Reginald wasn't truly evil. Overhearing this, ... Written by gigacaesar

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9 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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Dr. Gary and Dr. Larson - the two scientists who bully Dr. Bushroot - are drawn in a style reminiscent of Gary Larson, creator of the comic strip "The Far Side." See more »


[first lines]
Darkwing Duck: This is the city of St. Canard, my city. There must be a million stories about it and I know them all - all the important ones, anyway - and I keep them all locked in the "Darkwing Files"!
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Darkwing Duck and Bushroot
31 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Darkwing Duck' has always been a show dear to my heart. One of those favourites from a young age that holds up really well, and is even more entertaining through adult eyes from appreciating the writing and stories even more.

Have been on a roll reviewing individual episodes for certain shows, animated, non-animated and of as many genres as possible (many as part of certain quests), and decided to do it with 'Darkwing Duck' and some others. Already reviewed both parts of the first two episodes "Darkly Dawns the Duck", great episodes and a fine way to start, and a couple of other 'Darkwing Duck' episodes that were among the first ones seen getting into the show, nine years ago. So will be starting with "Beauty and the Beet".

"Beauty and the Beet" is a very good episode. Not one of the best of 'Darkwing Duck' but has a lot of what makes me love the show so much. Gossalyn is very much missed, she adds such a lot to the show and her absence is deeply felt when her presence would have spiced things up even more. Bushroot is not one of the best 'Darkwing Duck' villains, being not one of the most menacing or entertaining. He is interesting though, there is surprisingly more to him than meets the eye and he is given a story that allows one to see his point of view somewhat.

The animation is very colourful and atmospheric as always. The music matches what is going on perfectly while it is impossible to forget one of the catchiest theme songs in animation.

Writing is witty, very funny without being too silly and thought-probing without being complicated. Things don't get too childish and it is all easy to follow. The story is compelling and lively in pace without being rushed. Darkwing is an immensely likeable and fun title character and Launchpad never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Jim Cummings fits Darkwing like a glove, it is always lovely to hear him in non-villain roles when he excels just as well in them. Tino Insara is well-suited to Bushroot as well, and imagining anybody else other than Terence McGovern for Launchpad isn't easy.

Overall, very good episode albeit there are better ones. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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