Darkwing Duck (1991–1992)
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It's a Wonderful Leaf 

After everyone treats Bushroot like "last year's fruit-cake" he decides to wreak havoc on Christmas.

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Tad Stones, Alan Zaslove
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Cast

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Christine Cavanaugh ... Gosalyn Waddlemeyer-Mallard (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Darkwing Duck / Drake Mallard / Herb Muddlefoot (voice)
Dana Hill ... Tank Muddlefoot (voice)
Tino Insana ... Dr. Reginald Bushroot (voice)
Katie Leigh ... Honker Muddlefoot (voice)
Terence McGovern ... Launchpad McQuack (voice) (as Terry McGovern)
Susan Tolsky Susan Tolsky ... Binkie Muddlefoot (voice)
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After everyone treats Bushroot like "last year's fruit-cake" he decides to wreak havoc on Christmas.

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4 November 1991 (USA) See more »

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The title is a play on the famous Christmas movie 'It's a Wonderful Life.' See more »

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Darkwing Duck: [after Bushroot runs him over with a snowplow] All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth
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Bushroot's Christmas havoc
27 May 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. Something that, as expected and hoped, has proven to be a more than worthwhile project and experience. "It's a Wonderful Leaf" is one of the best episodes, and exemplifies what is so great about the show.

Bushroot may not be one of my favourite villains on the show but he is fun (as is the conflict between him and Darkwing), has really grown as a character and Tino Insara voices him beautifully. Love the episode for its Christmas atmosphere, its 'It's a Wonderful Life' influence and the scattering of references to Christmas (like Darkwing's "two front teeth" line, after the famous song)

The animation is very colourful and atmospheric as always however. 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, and executes a nice idea imaginatively without being too silly. Darkwing is an immensely likeable and fun title character and Launchpad never fails to bring a smile to my face. Gossalyn adds a lot of spunk and really spices things up even more, she is not a brat neither is she too overly-cute.

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. Christine Cavanaugh is a major part of why Gossalyn works so well as a character, and Terence McGovern is note-perfect for Launchpad.

In conclusion, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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