DuckTales (1987–1990)
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Duck in the Iron Mask 

Scrooge visits his old friend, Count Roy, of the mountain kingdom of Montedumas, only to find that his evil twin brother Ray has usurped the throne, and thrown Roy in jail wearing an iron mask.

Director:

David Block

Writer:

Donald F. Glut (as Don Glut)
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Episode cast overview:
Arte Johnson ... Count Ray (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Count Roy (voice)
Terence McGovern ... Launchpad McQuack (voice)
Pat Musick Pat Musick ... Umpire (voice)
Will Ryan ... Captain Pietro (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Huey Duck / Dewey Duck / Louie Duck / Webbigail Vanderquack (voice)
Alan Young ... Scrooge McDuck (voice)
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Scrooge visits his old friend, Count Roy, of the mountain kingdom of Montedumas, only to find that his evil twin brother Ray has usurped the throne, and thrown Roy in jail wearing an iron mask.

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7 December 1987 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode contains references to Alexandre Dumas' three most famous novels, "The Three Musketeers," "The Man in the Iron Mask" and "The Count of Monte Cristo." See more »

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References The Man in the Iron Mask (1928) See more »

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Spoofing Alexandre Dumas
16 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.

All the episodes up to this point ranged from decent to classic, "Duck in the Iron Mask" is one of the classic ones.

The animation in "Duck in the Iron Mask" 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.

"Duck in the Iron Mask's" 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. At this point of the show, the literary references to 'The Man in the Iron Mask' and 'The Three Musketeers' are among the show's cleverest. 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 "Duck in the Iron Mask" is the storytelling. It is a thrilling and remarkably inventive story, as well as a very clever take/spoof of 'The Man in the Iron Mask', 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. The two counts that spoof the twin brothers in the book are fun and interesting characters, particularly Ray

In "Duck in the Iron Mask", 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. Arte Johnson is another standout, relishing Ray's villainy, while comparatively Maurice LaMarche brings a little pathos to Roy.

Summing up, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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