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Spies in Their Eyes 

Donald is hypnotized into stealing the control module for a prototype attack submarine Scrooge has developed for the Navy.

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David Block
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Tony Anselmo ... Donald Duck (voice)
Peter Cullen ... Admiral Grimitz (voice)
Ed Gilbert ... (voice)
Bernie Kopell ... (voice) (as Bernie Koppel)
Haunani Minn ... Cinnamon Teal (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Huey Duck / Dewey Duck / Louie Duck / Webbigail Vanderquack (voice)
Alan Young ... Scrooge McDuck (voice)
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Donald is hypnotized into stealing the control module for a prototype attack submarine Scrooge has developed for the Navy.

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TV-G
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Spanish | Italian | Hindi | Romanian | Hungarian

Release Date:

25 December 1987 (USA) See more »

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Connections

References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)
(uncredited)
Written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington
Performed by Tony Anselmo (as "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (A Sailor's Life for Me)"
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Criminal hypnosis
19 October 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As said many, many times, love animation to bits, always have. Not just Disney, Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Tex Avery and Hanna Barbera, but getting older it also broadened to include Pixar, Studio Ghibli, Soyuzmultfilm and Fleischer. It has always been a huge part of my life and helped me through all the tough times in school, with a broader knowledge actually appreciate it even more now.

Very like as has been said with 'Darkwing Duck' and 'Talespin' in individual episodes of them, 'DuckTales' is a show dear to my heart. While not quite one of the all-time greats in animation and ever it is a personal favourite and one of my favourite shows from Disney. Felt that way as a child, still do. One of those personal favourites from a young age that has held up very well (not all my childhood favourites have), and like many favourites seen recently as a young adult 'DuckTales' is even more entertaining through adult eyes from appreciating the writing and stories even more.

Not one of my favourite episodes but still very enjoyable. It would have been even better though if the supporting/secondary cast were more memorable.

The animation in "Spies in Their Eyes" looks very pleasing on the eyes, nothing shoddy about it. Instead it is very vibrant, fluidly drawn and the attention to detail in the backgrounds is also note-worthy. Can say nothing wrong about the music, the score is dynamic, beautifully orchestrated, never jarring with the action and full of energy. Just as animated shows of this kind should be. It is impossible to resist or forget the theme song, one of the catchiest in animation and ever.

"Spies in Their Eyes" writing is even smarter, even more intelligent and even funnier as an adult. Part of this is due to understanding and appreciating the references, which came over as very funny and brilliantly timed when a child but easier to get and notice as an adult. Have found the same experience re-visiting other favourites like 'Animaniacs', 'Pinky and the Brain' and 'Tiny Toon Adventures'. The dialogue is hilarious, quotable and surprisingly fresh by today's standards, also surprisingly thought-provoking and educational.

Similarly great in "Spies in Their Eyes" is the storytelling. It is very compelling as a story, that is not predictable or repetitive, also not taking too long to get started or to the point. It is immensely entertaining to watch, has thrills and energy aplenty, is never dull and has emotional investment while the conflict has tension.

Have always loved the characters. Scrooge is one of those characters that does live up to his name at first, a notable example actually of the show being here, but the character grows and goes on a journey. It is wonderful to see Huey, Duey and Louie be given distinct personalities and it is much easier to tell them apart as a result than before when partnered with their uncle Donald Duck. Love Donald's presence here and he is as fun as he always is as a character.

In "Spies in Their Eyes", the voice acting is faultless. Cannot imagine anybody else as the character of Scrooge than Alan Young, he is a big reason why Scrooge works so well as a character. Tony Anselmo is great as always as Donald and Peter Cullen is great value as the admiral.

Overall, very enjoyable. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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