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Mighty Ducks
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The Mighty Ducks title card.
Format Animated series, Science fiction, Action
Created by Walt Disney Television
Voices of Ian Ziering
Steve Mackall
Jeff Bennett
Jennifer Hale
April Winchell
Brad Garrett
James Belushi
Dennis Franz
Tim Curry
Clancy Brown
Frank Welker
Tony Jay
Townsend Coleman
Jim Cummings
Charlie Adler
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC/Syndication
Original run September 7, 1996 – January 10, 1997

Mighty Ducks is a half-hour Disney animated series that aired on ABC and The Disney Afternoon in the fall of 1996. The show was inspired by and very loosely based on the live-action films and NHL team of the same name. Twenty-six episodes were produced in total. The series most recently aired on Toon Disney but was removed from schedules in November 2004, and has not appeared on the channel's lineup since.

A direct-to-video feature film, Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off, was released in 1997. It comprises three episodes of the animated series edited into one continuous movie: The First Face-Off parts I and II, and Duck Hard.

The series' main theme, composed by Carl Swander Johnson, is performed by Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship fame.

DisneyQuest, an "Indoor Interactive Theme Park" located in the Downtown Disney area of the Walt Disney World Resort, has an attraction loosely based on the program called Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam. Wildwing is the only character from the show featured, first as a life-size cutout at the front of the queue line and then again as the goalie in the game.

Contents

Story

In this series, in another universe exists a planet populated entirely by humanoid ducks. Dubbed "Puckworld" by its inhabitants, it is a very cold, icy planet, perfectly suited to the Ducks' favorite pastime, ice hockey. For the citizens of Puckworld, hockey was not simply a sport, but a way of life, occupying virtually every aspect of day-to-day existence, from fashion to philosophy.

A very popular legend has it that centuries ago, during an invasion by a reptilian race called Saurians, a duck by the name of Drake DuCaine became the planet's savior over the Saurians' Overlords. The legend tells that DuCaine did so with a seemingly normal goalie mask that transforms into a high-tech mask. With it, DuCaine sent the Saurians to a mysterious dimension, known only as "Dimensional Limbo".

As it turns out, the legends ended up being true. The last of the Saurians escape Dimensional Limbo and return to Puckworld with an armada of robotic attack ships. The group of four is led by the last of the Saurian Overlords, Lord Dragaunus. They invade the planet, enslaving the people of Puckworld so that they can produce more weapons to conquer the universe. However, a resistance was formed by Canard, a brave duck who found The Mask of Drake DuCaine in a tomb in the mountain called Twin Beaks. With it, the wearer of the Mask could see through the Saurians' invisibility cloak. Canard formed a band of Ducks to fight Dragaunus. The members of his team consists of Wildwing, Nosedive, Tanya, Duke, Mallory and Grin. They go on a mission to destroy Dragaunus's fortress the Master Tower and free the planet from the Saurians' control. However, Dragaunus and his forces escape in their ship, the Raptor. The Saurians opened up a dimensional gateway and did the same thing that they did to escape Dimensional Limbo, attempt to escape through it. But Canard and the others followed him into the portal with the Aerowing, intent on capturing him and returning him to where he belongs and return home victoriously.

Dragaunus finds out that they're following him, attempts to get rid of the Ducks inside the portal by attacking them with an electromagnetic worm that will grow until it can swallow the Aerowing. In a desperate attempt to get rid of the worm, Canard sacrifices his own life by throwing himself to the worm. The plan succeeds, but at the price of Canard being devoured by the worm and never being seen again (except for in the episode "Take Me to your Leader", though this was Chameleon disguised as Canard to lure the ducks into a trap). Luckily, Canard gave the Mask and the leadership of the team to Wildwing Flashblade, his best friend. Both the Raptor and the Aerowing leave the portal and enter a different dimension, landing on Earth. The Ducks meet Phil Pomfeather, a human who becomes their manager and makes them a legitimate NHL team. Their arena, only known as The Pond in the show, has a hockey rink that doubles as a landing pad for the Aerowing above and has a formal HQ below. On Earth, the Ducks and Dragaunus continue their fight, although there are other villains that also challenge the six Ducks.

The Ducks and Saurians that landed on Earth are the only ones seen except in some flashbacks done by Grin when speaking of his past and one Lucretia DeCoy who was a traitoress to the race of the Ducks and a spy for the Saurians. There was no mention of any girlfriends, boyfriends from the other ducks. Falcone was the only Raptrin seen in the show.

Characters

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Main characters

The Mighty Ducks in action, from left: Nosedive, Tanya, Grin, Wildwing (center), Mallory, Duke. Their bills are similar to Donald Duck's bill.
  • Wildwing Flashblade - Saved by Canard back on Puckworld, he is the leader of the Ducks on and off the ice. At first reluctant to take charge after Canard fell, eventually he comes to accept the role of leadership. As a hockey player he's the goalie, known for his ability to take any kind of beating and still remain standing. Brave like Canard before him, Wildwing is also intelligent, and just. He usually plays the straight man to the other ducks and protector to his younger brother, Nosedive. Along with the mask of Drake DuCaine, Wildwing uses body armor and a Puck Launcher on his left gauntlet. In real life, Wildwing is the mascot for the Anaheim Ducks, known as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim until the 2006–07 NHL season. Voiced by Ian Ziering. His jersey number is 00.
  • Nosedive Flashblade - Wildwing's younger brother who initially was not intended to be part of Canard's resistance. However, Wildwing makes Canard take Nosedive with them: "If you want me," says Wildwing, "Then my brother's part of the deal." Once they reach Earth, Nosedive becomes an official member of the team, both on the hockey team and the crime fighting team. Nosedive is by far the team's most impulsive and immature member who is similar to Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His character may have been influenced by Michelangelo; the two series were initially penned by the same writer. Nosedive is more childish and easy-going than the other Ducks, and often looks toward his older brother for support and protection. Nosedive can be very likable, making friends with teammate Grin, and humans Thrash and Mookie. He wears body armor, but not as much as Wildwing. He usually uses a Puck Blaster and rides a Duckcycle. Voiced by Steve Mackall. His jersey number is 33.
  • Duke L'Orange - A notorious jewel thief on Puckworld, Duke changed his ways to battle Lord Dragaunus. Duke has used a Puck Blaster in some episodes, but he mainly uses a golden sword called a Ducksaber (or sometimes just a 'saber'). He also carries lock picks and a grappling hook attached to his wrist. Duke has a Brooklyn accent and is pretty level-headed, albeit egotistical at times. He also has a eyepatch. He was the leader of a gang called The Brotherhood of the Blade. He remains the most experienced of all the Ducks and possesses a good balance of skill with confidence. Unfortunately, there are some minor trust issues with Mallory due to Duke being an ex-thief, though this fact doesn't seem to faze their leader Wildwing. His name is a pun on the dish duck à l'orange. Voiced by Jeff Bennett. His jersey number is 13.
  • Mallory McMallard - Mallory is a fiery red head who is well-learned in Puckworld's version of the martial arts, although most of the time she is content with just using a Puck Blaster. She has a sharp tongue and usually directs it towards Nosedive's immature acts, or anything that she feels is "out of line." Her trust is easily broken, particularly in Duke's case, and as she sees it, for some very good reasons. With her strong military background as a member of the "Puckworld Special Forces," she often thinks in black and white, a strict disciplinarian, and has a high regard for the chain of command. She's stubborn, which can be a fault as much as a strength. Voiced by Jennifer Hale. Her jersey number is 15.
  • Tanya Vanderflock - The Ducks' resident genius who is often the one turned to for advice, even by Wildwing. She is good with mechanics and uses the Omnitool on her wrist with many of her projects. Despite her intellect, she has bad allergies, lacks confidence, has a gentler personality, and is not as good a fighter as the other ducks. She makes up for this with her good common sense and wry humor. According to herself, her middle name is Gertrude. Voiced by April Winchell. Her jersey number is 23.
  • Check "Grin" Hardwing - A super strong Goliath with a Zen-like philosophy. Unlike the stereotype of strong people, Grin is wise and doesn’t let his anger cloud his judgment. He rarely uses weapons in battle, relying on his wisdom and strength instead. He has a strong sense of honor and can always be counted on for support. He is a good friend of Nosedive. During Grin's younger years, he had a horrible temper. He found enlightenment with the training from the grand hockey master Tai Quack Do. Voiced by Brad Garrett. His jersey number is 1.
  • Canard Thunderbeak - Canard Thunderbeak was Wildwing's best friend, and the only remaining survivor of the Resistance from Puckworld (or so we thought). He was the original leader and team captain of the Mighty Ducks before being pulled into dimensional limbo. While following Dragaunus through a dimensional gateway, Canard sacrificed himself when the Saurians released an electromagnetic worm on the Aerowing. Before he did, he gave the mask of Drake DuCaine to Wildwing and told him to be the team captain. Voiced by Townsend Coleman.

To this day, as far as the Mighty Ducks know, Canard is still trapped in dimensional limbo. He was a great leader and a great friend. Wildwing believes Canard is still alive and swears he will find him.

Human allies

  • Phil Palmfeather - The ducks' manager when they are being an ice hockey team. He'd rather have the team do sometimes rather dangerous or stupid promotional gimmicks and autograph signings with fans then having them save the world, although he does acknowledge that they do good. He also has bad taste in fashion. Voiced by James Belushi.
  • Captain Klegghorn - A police officer for the city of Anaheim who initially doesn't trust the ducks, particularly due to the lack of evidence that Dragaunus even existed in the first place. While he still doesn’t like them, eventually they come to terms when he helped Wildwing retake the Pond when the Saurians take their headquarters. Voiced by Dennis Franz.
  • Thrash & Mookie - Nosedive's seemingly only human friends who dress like punk rockers. They run the comics store called "Captain Comics," of which Nosedive is a frequent customer. They were the first people that they met on Earth. Thrash is male, Mookie is female.
  • Bernie "Buzz" Blitzman - Buzz is an orphaned genius young boy in his early teens. Very fond of Mallory McMallard (he might see her as a surrogate big sister). He proves to be a big help to the Ducks. Voiced by Eddie Deezen.

The Saurians

  • Lord Dragaunus - The leader of the Saurians, Dragaunus is evil, big, strong and can breathe fire. He's not above working with humans or even aliens in his quest for world domination. He doesn't take kindly to the failures of his cronies, Siege, Chameleon and Wraith. Dragaunus has lost faith in the Saurian dark magic which Wraith uses, and only when somewhat desperate will he allow Wraith to employ them in a major part of his latest plan. Otherwise, the main tools he equips himself and his henchmen with are teleporters, rays, blasters, rockets, and cloaking devices. Most of Dragaunus's schemes involve trying to create an alternative fuel source for his flagship, The Raptor. Voiced by Tim Curry (who had voiced Taurus Bulba in a previous Disney series, centered around ducks, Darkwing Duck).
  • Siege - Siege is a soldier who is aggressive and has a strong hatred for the Ducks (Particularly Grin, due to the large duck being able to go toe-to-toe with him on a daily basis and generally win or draw in the fight). He can also be viewed as Dragaunus' second in command, though the window is pretty wide. His cruel nature is mechanically and technologically minded, and he believes that brute force is the only means of victory. He often builds weapons and vehicles and directly uses them against the Ducks. He scoffs the dark magic of the ancient Saurians, and Dragaunus seems a little more tolerant and open to his ideas as a result. However, when he fails, he gets little better treatment than the others. Voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • Chameleon - A shapeshifter that is able to increase or decrease his strength, size and dexterity depending on his transformations. Much of the time an imperfect transformation can give him away. Also, he ends up wasting his powers a lot by doing lame impressions of human celebrities. Dragaunus has little patience for his antics and stupidity. The most effective uses of his powers has been in his impersonations of the Ducks. He broke the fourth wall in Dungeons and Ducks, saying that since the Ducks were gone, the show would be called the Mighty Saurians. Voiced by Frank Welker.
  • Wraith - A Saurian warlock with a dry sense of humor. He is smarter than Siege or Chameleon, but disdained by Dragaunus because of his firm belief that the dark magic of their ancestors is the only means for victory. He shuns weapons in battle, preferring to use his ability to throw fireballs. He is very glum and is often predicting the inevitable failure of their mission. Of course, he is usually proven right. Voiced by Tony Jay.
  • Hunter Drones - Robotic foot soldiers of Dragaunus. They have blasters on their hands. They are often easily destroyed by the Ducks. In one episode, they face off against a much larger Drone nicknamed Tiny by Siege. Nosedive destroys Tiny by crushing him with a zamboni.

Other villains

  • Dr. Droid - Formerly a human, Dr. Droid is now mostly android (a cyborg) and wants to turn the world into robots. The Ducks tangle with him twice. Voiced by Charles Adler.
  • Asteroth - An evil wizard from another dimension, which is actually a supernatural version of Anaheim, California. His title is "Lord of the Red Dragon", somewhat obvious since he can morph into a large red dragon when enough power is in his possession. They fight him twice, first in the alternate Anaheim, and then in the "real" Anaheim.
  • Falcone - Falcone is a Raptrin member of The Brotherhood of The Blade. Duke pretended to join up with Falcone to learn what he was up to and found out that Falcone is working for the Saurians trying to help them steal the world's largest jewels for a new weapon. Duke tried to stop him but failed as Falcone got him arrested. Falcone got the gem but not long after that, Falcone's ship blew up and sent Falcone down into a moat. There, the guards of Big Ben found him. Falcone is currently sitting in London's jail cell for stealing a jewel from them.
  • Lucretia DeCoy - Lucretia DeCoy is a traitoress to the race of the Ducks and a spy for the Saurians. Tanya was the only one who knew who she was and Lucretia prevented her from revealing that she was a spy by tying her to the top rafters of The Pond. She tells the others that her name is "Vonda McDrake". She was thrown into Dimensional Limbo by Dragaunus who believed that she switched the item she was sent to steal from a tomb with the help from the Ducks; however, it had really been switched by Wildwing. The end result was her being sent to Dimensional Limbo and the weapon Dragaunus tried to use the chip for blew up in his face. Voiced by Kath Soucie.
  • Dr. Swindle - A corrupt scientist the Saurians hired in "Beak vs. B.R.A.W.N." to create a flotation device. When the Saurians refused to pay him for his work, he attempted to sell the machine to the highest bidder instead. The highest bidder turned out to be Chameleon, who took the device and left Swindle with a suitcase full of newspapers. A running gag has the Doctor insists that his name is pronounced "Swindel". Voiced by Rob Paulsen.
  • Daddy-o - A deformed beat poet who is into monster trucks, in "Monster Rally" he challenged the ducks to monster truck and had planned to put toxic waste into the world's water supply to make the world a cooler place. It's stated that he was once human, when his plan is thwarted, the toxic waste changes him into a 1950s insurance salesman.
  • Dr. Pretorious - A mad scientist who likes to splice different types of DNA on test subjects. His main purpose is to try his experiment out on the ducks by trapping them in a small town called Sunnyville where he disguised himself as the town mechanic, he then kidnapped the town residents and made humanoid replicas of them, after he made a satellite that jammed their frequencies forcing their vehicle to break down and prevented them from using their comlinks, he was about to extract their DNA until Nosedive saved them.

Weapons, items & vehicles

  • Drake One - The Duck's super computer built by Tanya under the Pond.
  • The Migrator - The Duck's battle van; on one occasion, Tanya created the 'Mega-Migrator' when the original was damaged battling one of Daddy-O-Cool's monster trucks, but the new van's weapon systems failed to work properly, either backfiring or not aiming in the right direction, and it was eventually destroyed.
  • The Aerowing - The Duck's airship. It can also travel into outer space, and was the only vehicle that they brought with them from Puckworld.
  • Duckcycles - The Duck's motorcycles.
  • The Duckfoil - The Duck's motorboat.
  • Puck Blasters - A gun that shoots hockey pucks.
  • Puck Launcher - A rocket launcher style weapon that shoots hockey pucks.
  • Omnitool - Tanya's multipurpose tool, containing everything she needs to fix, disassemble, defuse and reprogram mechanical items.
  • Ducksaber - Used by Duke, the ducksaber is a weapon that dematerializes into the hilt once deactivated, and the hilt can be detached at the grip and expanded. (As done in "Power Play")also sometimes shoots pucks with rope attached, Duke fires it so the rope wraps around something and then swings like Indiana Jones on a whip, as in "First Face-off", so who knows what it can do, only Duke knows and he ain't talking!
  • The Raptor - Dragaunus' ship that is stranded on Earth. Considered the base for the Saurians. The tip of the ship held their Dimensional Gateway Generator, which was originally used to travel to Earth when trying to escape the Ducks. Dragaunus later tried to use it to bring more Saurians from Dimensional Limbo to help him conquer Earth, but Wildwing blew it up with the Aerowing. It is currently at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, with it being unknown if the Saurians survived the crash or not. Many of Dragaunus' schemes involve trying to create a fuel source for the Raptor

Episode list

All 26 episodes of The Mighty Ducks and their original air dates.
# Title Original air date
1 "The First Face-Off: Part 1" September 7, 1996 (1996-09-07)
Curious about a team of giant ducks playing hockey, police captain Klegghorn talks to their manager, Phil Palmfeather, who reveals that they are a resistance group against the evil Saurian overlords on the other-dimensional planet Puckworld 
2 "The First Face-Off: Part 2" September 7, 1996 (1996-09-07)
As the Ducks arrive on Earth, leaving Canard trapped in limbo, they attempt to find a place in their new world as Wildwing struggles with the decision of whether or not to fully accept his new role as leader 
3 "A Traitor Among Us" September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13)
An attractive spy is hired by Dragaunus to trick the ducks into acquiring a chip in a mountain, leaving Nosedive and Duke smitten and with only Tanya aware of her true identity 
4 "Zap Attack" September 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)
When Dragaunus creates an energy creature that unleashes havoc on the city, only Tanya's friend Doctor Huggarman can help them save the day 
5 "Phil in the Blank" September 22, 1996 (1996-09-22)
Needing to keep the Ducks occupied while he steals an engine from a rocket, Dragaunus has Wraith cast a spell on Phil to keep the Ducks busy with various public appearances, and only an unconscious Nosedive knows the truth 
6 "Power Play" September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
A hockey goon with a grudge against the Ducks reminds Grin of himself before he met his mentor, but when Dragaunus transforms the goon into a monster- while also creating an electricity-based monster-, Grin must recall his master's lessons before all the Ducks are slaughtered 
7 "Dungeons and Ducks" October 4, 1996 (1996-10-04)
When all the Ducks- minus Grin- are sent to a dimension where magic rules, they must help their new friend Borg defeat the evil wizard Asteroth and get home in time for their next hockey game. A parody of Dungeons and Dragons game 
8 "Take Me to Your Leader" October 11, 1996 (1996-10-11)
After making a mistake in a fight against Dragaunus, Wildwing resigns from his role as leader, leaving the other Ducks each attempting to assume command as Dragaunus unleashes a powerful alien plant against the city 
9 "The Human Factor" October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)
With the Mask broken in a recent confrontation, Wildwing, Nosedive, Mallory and Duke must resort to more conventional detective work when they find themselves trapped in a suspiciously nice town after the Migrator mysteriously breaks down 
10[1] "Beak to the Future" October 18, 1996 (1996-10-18)
When faced with an offer by Dragaunus to return home, the Ducks are confronted by a future version of Phil who takes them to a future where Dragaunus has conquered Earth, forcing the Ducks to defeat Phineus Viper- Earth's ruler in Dragaunus's absence- before they return home to stop Dragaunus's original plan from succeeding. Tanya's method for taking down project X is similar to when Luke Skywalker blows up the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope. A parody of Back to the Future 
11 "Microducks" October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
While investigating a crime spree by the evil Doctor Droid, Nosedive, Tanya and Grin are hit by a shrinking ray, leaving them rapidly shrinking as the others attempt to defeat Droid's powerful robot 
12 "Beaks vs B.R.A.W.N." October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)
When Dragaunus reprograms a B.R.A.W.N. robot- one of the guards who oversaw his dimensional prison- to attack the Ducks, Wildwing, Mallory and Tanya must re-reprogram B.R.A.W.N. to help them stop Dragaunus from acquiring a flotation device he needs to power his new aerial fortress 
13 "Jurassic Puck" November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
Attempting to turn Earth into a Saurian paradise, Dragaunus unleashes a wave of dinosaurs against the Ducks. A parody of Jurassic Park 
14 "The Return of Dr. Droid" November 8, 1996 (1996-11-08)
Doctor Droid has returned in a new robot body that allows him to control every electronic appliance in the world; meanwhile, Phil gets a new girlfriend or does he 
15 "Mondo-Man" November 9, 1996 (1996-11-09)
When the new super-hero in town starts to treat the Ducks like the villains, the Ducks realise that he has been deceived by Dragaunus, leaving them in a race against time to stop him before innocent people are endangered 
16 "Puck Fiction" November 15, 1996 (1996-11-15)
With the other Ducks arrested for a crime they didn't commit, Nosedive and Grin must pose as gangsters to find out what is going on. A parody of Pulp Fiction 
17 "Monster Rally" November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)
The mutated Daddy-O-Cool is determined to make the world a cooler place by contaminating the world's water supply, but he requires the engine from the new Mega-Migrator for his plan to be successful 
18 "Buzz Blitzman—Mighty Duck" November 22, 1996 (1996-11-22)
The Ducks are forced to protect an annoying fan of theirs from Dragaunus, but the attempt is hampered due to the kid refusing to reveal why Dragaunus wants him in the first place 
19 "Bringing Down Baby" November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)
When the ducks discover an alien egg in space, the egg hatches to reveal an alien that imprints on Nosedive as its father, the Ducks little suspecting that Dragaunus arranged for them to find the egg in the first place 
20 "Mad Quacks Beyond Hockeydome" December 6, 1996 (1996-12-06)
While Dragaunus makes a new batch of Balerium Crystals to power his engines, the Ducks are sent to another planet to play a game of Space Hockey where the losers are disintegrated. A Parody of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 
21[2] "The Final Face-Off" December 7, 1996 (1996-12-07)
Wildwing is captured by Dragaunus, who wants to use the Mask to locate Atlantis with its plentiful supply of Balerium Crystals in order to create a portal to limbo 
22 "The Iced Ducks Cometh" December 13, 1996 (1996-12-13)
The ducks find themselves fighting a two-sided war as Dragaunus attempts to heat Earth up at the same time as two aliens try to freeze the planet 
23 "The Most Dangerous Duck Hunt" December 20, 1996 (1996-12-20)
Tracking Dragaunus's recent creation of a Salernite missile to the only place where the mineral is found on Earth, Wildwing, Tanya and Duke find themselves the prey in a big game hunt and restricted to only the basic essentials of their weaponry. A parody of The Most Dangerous Game. Villain Baron Von Lichtenstamp is called "Colonel Klunk" by Duke-a joking reference to Colonel Klink of Hogan's Heros 
24 "The Return of Asteroth" December 27, 1996 (1996-12-27)
When the sorcerer Asteroth comes to Earth to search for his amulet- which the Ducks took from him as a souvenir of their last encounter- the ducks must destroy the amulet before Asteroth kills them all 
25 "Duck Hard" January 3, 1997 (1997-01-03)
When Dragaunus mounts a direct attack on the Ducks' headquarters, Wildwing is forced to team up with the Ducks' old 'nemesis' Captain Klegghorn to get through the base's security systems 
26 "To Catch a Duck" January 10, 1997 (1997-01-10)
When Dragaunus sends notorious Puckworld thief Falcone after the jewels he requires for his latest weapon, tensions arise in the Ducks as Mallory questions Duke's loyalty due to Falcone once having been a part of his gang 

Notes and references

  1. ^ This episode was not aired long in syndication for unknown reasons.
  2. ^ Chronologically the last episode

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