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What’s a reboot? When talking about movies and TV Shows, it’s when you restart a fictional work keeping the same characters, but changing elements of the premise. For example, we have the modern Superhero films in cinema, and “Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated” in the TV field. Nowadays, there’s a big resistance as much to reboots as to remakes, with the audience complaining about the lack of originality in media. However, here’s something ironic: remakes and reboots are nothing new. They have existed since pretty much the dawn of films. Still, I won’t deny that there have been terrible reboots. At difference from remakes, reboots have the disadvantage of a higher percent of disappointing audiences, seeing that their main mission is to give a different focus to a past work, therefore, changes are obligatory, but they won’t always work. A modern example of failed reboot could be the 2016 animated series of “The Powerpuff Girls”, which was actually more of a sequel. People are reluctant to change, but that’s fine. IF something is not broken, don’t fix it. When you want to make either a reboot or remake, it’s not enough an excuse: you need good reasons why to do it. What could be? Easy! Like I have said, no fictional work is perfect, therefore, a movie or TV Series may have flaws you can fix in a new work. Also, sometimes a fictional work has such a great concept that can be done in a different way, exploring another angle or dealing with another issue. Therefore, we have got amazing reboots, like “The Dark Knight”, “Prince of Egypt” and “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”. Today, I’m going to talk about one of the best modern reboots of an animated series, which made this improvement with this character. For this Sunday:
Why the original “Ducktales” is such an important TV Show for the industry of animation? You see:
Like Mr. Enter has said, the 70’s was the darkest period for animation: Walt Disney dead, the cartoon had forbid to use TV Shows to sell toys, and Parent Groups and Censorhip were poisoning the industry. However, in the 80’s, things got better.
Thanks to President Ronald Reagan, TV Cartoons had the right again of promoting sell toys with their series, as long as they had some Educational Substance. Therefore, we got many commercial hidden as Saturday Morning Cartoons like “Transformers”, “My Little Pony” and “G.I. Joe”; however, that didn’t mean they were complete garbage, only sellouts. However, in 1987, came a little something called “Ducktales”, and made some revolutionary stuff.
First of all, it was the first cartoon ever made for syndication. What does this mean? According to Mr. Enter, this was meant it was made with as much high quality as possible, not to sell toys or educate only, it was supposed to survive on its own merits, and won’t be off air forever once its time was up.
For being a gigantic hit, it served as inspiration for other Disney animated series like “Chip ‘n Dale” and “Darkwing Duck”, and it also promoted competitors, like the Nicktoons and the Cartoon Network shows.
Therefore, a reboot sounded as a good idea, so, we finally got it last year, under the same name “Ducktales”.
Even if I still don’t follow it, I’m aware of the main changes it got.
Still based in the premise of Huey, Louie and Dewey going to live with his Uncle Scrooge in order to have so many adventures and face many bad guys, it got some modifications.
First, the characters got new designs which are simpler and more modern in structure, adapted to flash animation (another difference). Then, we got new voices, and I don’t mean it for the actors: the children characters got a new kind of voice. Instead of a squeaky and kind of nasal tone, like Donald’s, it follows the trend of “Gravity Falls” of giving them obvious adult voices, more understandable than the originals. For example, our dear triplets sound like pop star singer, especially when they talk at the same time.
Then, another main change is, unlike the original, Donald is part of the main cast. In the 1987 series, the original premise was about Donald leaving Huey, Dewey and Louie under the care of his Uncle Scrooge while he is at the Navy (instead of returning them with their parents). Uncle Scrooge was a very popular character, it even inspired artists like Ozamu Tezuka, but, taking out Donald Duck was like getting rid of L Lawliet in “Death Note”; it sucked out most of the fun.
So, this reboot offering new adventures, but this time along with the timeless Donald Duck, sounded very tempting.
However, the change I want to talk about today is about this particular character: Webby.
In the 80’s cartoon, Webby was an original character created mainly so the female part of the audience had a character to identify with. Being the granddaughter of Bentina Beakley, Uncle Scrooge’s housekeeper, she was a very sensitive girl who accompanied Uncle Scrooge and the triplets in their adventures once in a while. However, she really didn’t get the love of the audience. People like the Nostalgia Critic complained about how obnoxious she could be, especially for her squeaky voice.
So, seeing the evolution of female characters during this decade, an obligatory changed was to modernize Webby into a more assertive, versatile and strong girl.
In the reboot, we get instead a Webby with a much better look, as much as in hair as in her outfit, with a very charming personality. While Webby was obviously made an expert in stealth techniques like grappling hook and night-vision glasses in order to be a good female role model, she was portrayed as a very smart, but also a very introvert and socially inexpert kid, seeing she never leaves the mansion where her grandmother works in. So, she is like a mini Sheldon Cooper, but with a little touch of Dipper and Mabel Pines.
What do I think of her? Until this day, I have only watched an episode of this reboot (BTW, I never really followed the original TV Series), and, I fucking love it. The animation was cool, the voices a little distracting, but the comedy was amazing, and the characters were very likeable; in addition, that episode was “Daytrip of Doom”.
About Webby, she is very adorable. I’m glad she wasn’t written as a stupid tsundere, but instead into a kind of character I identify a lot with. With only that episode, I really want to watch more about her.
So, when someone asked me for Webbigail Vanderquack as a Toy girl, I said “Yes!” at the instant.
The first step was to turn Webby into a human girl, and it was way easier than what I thought, thanks to the new design she got. I especially loved to draw her new hair. To represent her duck legs, I gave her yellow shoes in the shape of the ones Japanese Girl Students wear.
For the scene, I had to draw her along with her grappling hook, seeing how much she used in the episode I watched. For the pose, seeing this was obviously inspired in Mabel Pines, I looked for samples of the latter character with her own grappling hook, and I drew Webby like in that image.
Seeing her colors were black, I recolored her pupils in bright cyan.
Before, I really didn’t care for this TV Show. I didn’t grew up with the original cartoon, and I didn’t have interest on it. However, after finally watching and episode, I may follow it once it air here in Latin Ameircan, and I may even find more female characters to draw, because “Cuteness shall last”.
It’s sad fun is over, but don’t worry: next week I have more material for you. See you until then! But before closing, let’s talk a little bit about the next Toy Girl. Who is going to be? Let me see, here I have my notes…ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? This is a joke, right? I mean, I have heard about dogs rescuing people, but this is pushing it way much!
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