$crooge McDuck, Donald Duck's infamous grumpy Scottish uncle, was created in 1947 by a freelance artist named Carl Barks. For nearly a century, the richest duck in the world has inspired countless creative fans around the globe who turned his adventures into music, films, sculptures, books and so on. To unveil this (duck) tale, we met with Keno Don Rosa, his biggest fan, who became the celebrated author of the world-famous biopic: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. The Will Eisner award winning artist explains the reasons behind his love for the Disney-licensed character while recreating some of its most famous portraits. Following Uncle Scrooge's webbed-step around the world, this 'duckumentary' also features some of the most unique and talented minds that were inspired by the character including Tuomas Holopainen, leader of Finnish metal band Nightwish, and Don Murphy, producer of the Transformers movie franchise.
The best movie that Don Rosa's fans could hope for
Such a beautiful movie for a Don Rosa fan! At last, the fans of the Life and Time of Scrooge McDuck (and all of Don Rosa's amazing ScroogeMcDuck comics) have a movie not only to learn about his story, but also to unite them as fans from around the world. (No I know, this is not a review about the Fellowship of the Ring).
All along, Don Rosa's story and fans' stories are intertwined, which makes you grasp how Scrooge adventures have impacted on people's lives all over the world (and maybe yours). Some of the fans' stories are truly touching, as you see fully grown-up, respectable adults acknowledging the importance of this childhood reading in their life. It's a pleasure to dive into Don Rosa's life, and especially to discover how he came to draw Scrooge comics.
I loved the artistic and storytelling choices - the fact that the fans are speaking in their mother tongue, the interview in different chapters, the beautiful lightning on Don Rosa's face, the fact that we see so much of the drawings while he speaks... The close-up shots of his mischievous eyes and smile are a treat; but even more so are the drawing sequences, when we can see him draw fully colored illustrations come alive on screen. I was so happy to learn about Don Rosa's unexpected background, his drawing techniques, the way he's been dealing with fandom (very different fandoms in US and Europe apparently!!) for years. Oh and did I mention the music? I love the music.
The ending is deeply moving and the story all along makes you want both to believe in your childhood dreams and to go read again all of Don Rosa's work. What more could we wish for?
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