New DuckTales should go back to its OLD roots, like TMNT

What in the world is going on?

All of a sudden, we are being deluged with reboot after reboot of the classic shows we all grew up with! What basically started with Hasbro launching Transformers Prime and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has spread like an epidemic!

Now, there could be a number of reasons for this, and I may very well discuss them at a later date, but let’s focus on the big one that was announced in the past few days.

That would be Disney’s announcement that a new DuckTales series is in development for release in 2017 on the Disney XD channel. Yes, the series described by at least one blogger as the most influential animated series in TV history is getting remade.

Or is it? Is this a complete reboot or a continuation of the previous series in some way? The details that have been released so far can be contradictory, as is usually the case with what’s released online.

But there are definitely questions as to how well this series will turn out. Will it be as a hit as MLP:FIM or TMNT, or will it bomb worse than Seth Macfarlane’s attempt to revive the Flintstones? Given how well the original, which pretty much started the Disney Afternoon, is remembered, this would definitely be a tough act to follow.

But there is a way I think the new series can actually be a success for newer viewers: If they went the route of the Ninja Turtles and, instead of making the new series exactly like the old one, made it closer to the comics it was based on.

For those not aware, the original DuckTales was a very loose adaptation of the stories told in the Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck comic books that were created by Carl Barks and, later, Don Rosa. There definitely were differences, like removing Donald as a main character, the introduction of Launchpad McQuack and giving names to all of the Beagle Boys. So, in a way, DuckTales was to the Disney comics what the Fred Wolf Ninja Turtles series was to Eastman and Laird’s original comics.

It worked at the time, and we all still love the show to this day. But would it work today? To assume that may be like saying the original He-Man would work today, and that’s probably not the case. The failure of the DuckTales DVD collections to sell en masse may be proof of this. When each DVD volume can sell at Target for $9.99, there probably isn’t as much demand as we hoped there would be.

That was given further proof when the Mouse-Eared regime’s attempt to re-enter the comics market was a bust. When Disney started re-publishing their comic titles a few years ago through Boom Comics, the Uncle Scrooge title followed the same themes of the previous books. Likely due to low sales, those issues started including more story elements from DuckTales after about eight issues. Things still didn’t sell as well as Disney hoped, and this eventually resulted in the book being replaced with a full-on DuckTales book series, which itself lasted only six issues before Disney and Boom pulled the plug on all the Disney comic titles.

A new TV series that is more faithful to the comics might be just what is needed to revive interest in Disney’s classic characters and their old titles in general. It could spark interest in hunting down Barks and Rosa’s old books as well as finally getting Disney the publicity it needs to re-release those comic titles to better success this time. And it would allow this new series to have its own identity while allowing the original to keep its spot in Disney and television history.

But make sure the new series still has a theme song that will also get stuck in the viewers’ heads FOREVER. Because today’s viewers should have to suffer that like we did.

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TLOTA: Should We Blame Movies for the Problems We Have?

(0:36-end mark from the theme from the final season of American Gladiators original run play the camera moves back to see James on top of the slab with the words “The Last Of The Americans” on it then the camera zooms to the backside of the slab with the word editorial on it)

TLOTA: I’m James Faraci, The Last Of The Americans and the views I’m about to express are that of my own & some of yours. I was watching some news recently where Disney’s animated movie “Frozen” got criticized for showing men being nice to women (Dramatic music sting) HEAVENS FOREFEND! (Cut to clips of Frozen while James does a voice over)

TLOTA (Voice over): Yeah, I do not hate this movie. My nieces love this movie and I do not blame this movie for the men having to apologize for being men. I blame society for making things so hard for guys being guys they need a lawyer to even to say Hello to a woman! But that’s not to say I think women are to blame for all of the ills of society. (Cut to James physically.)

TLOTA: We as a species need entertainment. But far too often we blame entertainment for when someone goes nuts. But should we blame everything wrong in our lives on the stuff we watch? NO! (Cut to clips of movies and TV Shows while James does a voice over.)

TLOTA (Voice over): The media wants to slam the movies or Television shows we watch or the music we listen to. They never talk about the person if they were mentally ill or felt out of place. This is where I give the series “GLEE” some praise, The concept of the series about outcasts and gave them somewhere they can fit into and something to believe in: HOPE! Just because I don’t like so much in entertainment doesn’t mean I want to make people pay for it with their lives nor for the most part do I wish anything bad happen to them. I don’t blame my problems on something meant to entertain me and neither should you and now I feel I HAVE to use this quote Randal from “Clerks”

Randal: You want to blame somebody blame yourself! (Continue with Clips of movies and TV Shows while James does a voice over.)

TLOTA (Voice over): I never blame my problems with society on the shows or movies I watch or the music I listen to. I put the blame where it belongs on me. Something we all should do when things go wrong but to blame what we enjoy is something I can never do nor should any one! I can not stress this, I do not blame a movie my nieces love for men not acting manly, I do not blame entertainment in general for problems in the real world and if you’re one of those who do blame entertainment for the problems for your life then maybe you need a reality check by kicking back and enjoying a movie, a TV Show or reading a book or listening to a song you enjoy. (Cut to James physically)

TLOTA: And for those who STILL have complains about “Frozen”, Well, listen to what she has to say. (Show Lea Michele’s version of “Let It Go” from Frozen before cutting back to James)

TLOTA: I had to, she was amazing. I’m James Faraci The Last Of The Americans & That’s my opinion.

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Rowdy C Patreon Update

Greetings, all my Rowdy Friends! With the fifth anniversary of TV Trash approaching, this is as good a time as any to let you all know that I am updating the terms of my Patreon campaign so that you will all know exactly what you can get – as well as set my own standards on making sure you are all adequately rewarded.

$1 – Donors will get at least one new “Rowdy Riff” video each month. Most of these Rowdy Riffs are exclusive to my Parteons/donors. TV episode for the riff not included.
$5 – Donors will get, in addition to the monthly Rowdy Riffs, a digital copy of each ovum in my “Quest Seekers” fantasy novel series. This is an ongoing series with one volume currently published and the second soon to be. Patreons/donors may be eligible to score a copy of a new volume before its official publishing on Amazon Kindle.
$10 – Donors will get, in addition to the Riffs and books, special downloads of previous TV Trash episodes. These videos are in mp4 format for easy play on any computer to be viewed at an time without the need of streaming and can even include special extensive footage not released on videos currently online!

I am also looking into possibilities as to what I can do to expand my review shows and give you more material should I start reaching certain milestones on number of Patreons and the total amount donated monthly.

And yes, many of these are coming very soon. Once the fifth anniversary review is done, the next week will hopefully get me the free time to start sending quite a few of these.

Stay Rowdy, My Friends!

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