DuckTales (1987–1990)
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The Golden Fleecing 

Scrooge, his nephews and Launchpad must fight their way through harpies and a dragon to steal the legendary Golden Fleecing.

Director:

Terence Harrison

Writers:

Ken Koonce, David Weimers (as David Wiemers) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Corey Burton ... Ludwig Von Drake (voice)
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ... Mrs. Bentina Beakley (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... (voice)
Terence McGovern ... Launchpad McQuack (voice) (as Terry McGovern)
Russi Taylor ... Huey Duck / Dewey Duck / Louie Duck / Webbigail Vanderquack (voice)
Alan Young ... Scrooge McDuck (voice)
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Scrooge, his nephews and Launchpad must fight their way through harpies and a dragon to steal the legendary Golden Fleecing.

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TV-G
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Language:

Spanish | Italian | Hindi | Romanian | Hungarian

Release Date:

16 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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Quotes

Scrooge McDuck: [on Launchpad] It's no wonder he doesn't wear a crash helmet - what's to protect?
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Connections

Referenced in DuckTales: The Spear of Selene! (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

My Favorite Things
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Corey Burton
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Has the golden touch
10 December 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Significant in my life has always been watching animation, consistently successful in cheering me up during hard times. Have a lot of passion for it, Disney and Looney Tunes being my earliest exposures and influences. Have more appreciation for it now with broader knowledge of it.

Am still immensely fond of 'Ducktales', loved it when younger and love it even more so now with getting more out of the writing, getting the jokes and references more and generally finding the show funnier. It was a personal favourite when younger and it has held up very well (not all my childhood favourites have, just in case one is wondering that this is nostalgia talking). Like many favourites re-visited recently as a young adult 'DuckTales' is even more entertaining now.

Once again, "The Golden Fleecing" may not be one of my favourite 'Ducktales' episodes but it is still wonderful and entertaining. Even if other episodes have more memorable supporting/non-regular characters.

Nothing really to criticise the animation apart from the occasional lack of finesse, animation quality has seldom been an issue and that's still the case here. I is very vibrant, fluidly drawn and the attention to detail in the backgrounds is also note-worthy. Likewise with the music, the score is dynamic, beautifully orchestrated, never jarring with the action and full of energy. Irresistible and unforgettably catchy the theme song continues to be, Disney shows in the late 80s all the way through the 90s were very good at this.

From beginning to end, the writing here, like 'Ducktales' in general, is smart, intelligent and funny, more so through young adult eyes (though it was still very funny as a child). Part of this is due to understanding and appreciating the references, which came over as 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 continues to be hilarious, quotable and surprisingly fresh by today's standards, also surprisingly thought-provoking.

"The Golden Fleecing" has good storytelling too. It doesn't fall into the traps of predictability and repetition, also not taking too long to get started or to the point. It is immensely entertaining to watch, has many thrills, goes at an energetic pace, has suspense, is never dull and has emotional investment while the conflict is tense without being over-the-top.

Have always loved the characters. Scrooge is still interesting and likeable with lines that never fail to be either thought-provoking, funny or both. Love how a great job is done giving Huey, Dewey and Louie distinct personalities from each other, meaning you can tell them apart. Launchpad never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Fabulous voice acting as always. Alan Young is without equal as Scrooge, he is a big reason why Scrooge works so well as a character. Likewise with Terence McGovern's Launchpad. Russi Taylor as always on 'Ducktales' has to fill in the most roles and brings individuality and variety to all of them, she has always had experience voicing multiple roles and has never been taxed.

All in all, great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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