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Frank Angones Nov 21
Replying to @FrankAngones
I teared up three times writing the first draft: “I am the terror…”, Launchpad saying “ Let’s Get Dangerous,” and Fenton saying “Blathering Blatherskite!”
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Frank Angones Nov 21
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Again, we were playing with the idea of Fenton being an unnamed background character, which would make him announcing his name on the phone a big reveal. Of course, casting Lin as a seemingly random extra probably would have tipped it off.
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Frank Angones Nov 21
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An executive raised concern early on in the outline process that having Gizmoduck AND Darkwing show up this early in the run. After all, Gizmoduck didn’t appear in DuckTales until late in the run.
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Frank Angones Nov 21
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Our response: we want to get everything in there because if we hadn’t got a second season, we didn’t want to have regrets about not getting to play with these things we love.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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14. THE GOLDEN LAGOON OF WHITE AGONY PLAINS! The debut of our version of Glitterin’ Goldie O’Gilt. Because our show emphasizes Scrooge as an adventurer, we made Goldie a bit of a swindler who was the only person sharper than him.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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We wanted the relationship between Scrooge and Goldie to have the energy of an old screwball energy, like Carey Grant and Katherine Hepburn or pretty much any Billy Wilder movie. It really comes across in their tango.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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“You loved gold more than you loved me.” “And that’s why you loved me.” I mean, OOF, I love that.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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Sometimes when we record, we’ll play an actor in with lines we’ve recorded from someone else. When many of our actors heard David for the first time, they’d literally miss a beat and say “Oh my God, it’s Scrooge McDuck!”
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Frank Angones Nov 22
Replying to @AllisonBJanney
For this record, David missed a beat and said “Oh my God, it’s C.J. Cregg!” Honestly, if you’re going to do a screwball adventure romantic comedy, you should be so lucky as to have David Tennant and . I don’t know how we pulled it off.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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Odd coincidence: our version of Goldie was influenced by the character The Jackal in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," while Allison Janney famously IS The Jackal.
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Frank Angones
This was one of the hardest ones to get approved by the network in S1. This being a “kid’s channel,” they sometimes get antsy whenever kids don’t feature prominently in the story. Even more so when they’re sidelined for two “senior citizens”.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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Our response, of course, was that these aren’t two “senior citizens,” they’re THE MOST DARING ADVENTURERS THIS CENTURY HAS EVER SEEN.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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At one point it was suggested that we periodically cut back to the mansion to show the boys “wondering about” what Scrooge and Goldie were doing in the Klondike. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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This is actually one of our rare episodes that just focuses on an A-Story. See also “The Beagle Birthday Breakout!” and “What Ever Happened to Della Duck?!”
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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It was Sean Jimenez’s idea to set the episode in an area not unlike the famed Rainbow Caves in China. He did such beautiful design work on this episode that he made it his end credits card.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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This isn’t really trivia, but I LOVE paralleling the dance at the gala with the pick axe fight at the end. I’m a sucker for ideas/dialogue in Act 1 coming back in Act 3. This whole bit feels so lovely and cinematic to me.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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Obviously, we pulled a lot of elements from Don Rosa comics on this one, including the mammoth and the notion of a dispute over a claim at White Agony Plains leading to romance.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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The Goldie/Scrooge/Glomgold triangle was somewhat inspired by the og DuckTales episode “Ducky Mountain High” and a LOT inspired by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
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Frank Angones Nov 22
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In an episode visually inspired by Barks paintings of Klondike Scrooge, I wish I could remember who decided to have Glomgold’s flashbacks mirror Lichtensteins. Glomgold’s very existence is, like most Pop Art, riffing on a pre-existing theme.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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15. FROM THE CONFIDENTIAL CASEFILES OF AGENT 22! Some BIG backstory for Beakley here, introducing that thread from all the way back in Episode 3 “Daytrip of Doom!” and introducing SHUSH and F.O.W.L., who obviously play huge roles in Season 3.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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I’ve often said this ep is the promise of the premise of our approach to heritage: the “Secret Formula” as Gummi Berry Juice from Gummi Bears, Spy Orgs from Darkwing, and classic character Ludwig Von Drake, mashed together in a new, unique adventure.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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We typically don’t start off with “How would we incorporate THIS character?” but rather look at the needs of the story and say “Is there some interesting way we can incorporate something from Disney heritage while still being true to the character.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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When you start a series, you typically have a meeting with Legal to clear the names of the characters to make sure you’re legally allowed to use those names, or, in the case of pre-existing IP, making sure you’re allowed to use them.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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For example, you can’t just throw a character named “Harry Potter” in your show without getting very much sued.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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When we had that meeting for DuckTales, we really got away with something. We asked them to clear every character from the original series, as well as all American, European, and South American duck comics.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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Then, not knowing if they’d go for it, we asked them to clear every character from Darkwing Duck. And TaleSpin. And Gummi Bears. And…
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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They shockingly approved it. To this day I’m not sure that they knew what a gift they were giving us. Long story short, I will never complain about our legal clearances team.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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I’m pretty proud to say that by the end of Season 3, I’m pretty sure we hit everything that I consider to be “Peak Disney Afternoon”.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
Replying to @domlewismx
My favorite bit of fan service that I didn’t notice until it aired: snuck a bit of “Gummi Bears” into the score during the backstory of the “Ancients of Castle Dunwin”.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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Inside writers scoop: Von Drake is RIDULOUSLY fun to write. My kids were listening to a lot of old Sherman Brothers albums at the time and Von Drake’s patter got under my skin. He’s SO fun and specific.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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That’s key I think: a character with enough facets that they can still be surprising, but specific enough that a savvy writer will instinctively know how they’ll react in any situation. Surprising but satisfying. See also Glomgold, Darkwing Duck.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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This was a surprisingly tricky story to break. We wanted to do a Webby/Scrooge bonding episode as we had done with the other boys. But they had all been on so many adventures at this point.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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It also felt reductive to Webby to have Scrooge say, “What?! A little girl is a great adventurer?” Because of course she is. She’s Beakley’s granddaughter, right?
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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But we hit on something when we realized how much Webby knew about and idolized Scrooge, but how little he knew about this girl as a person, despite her having lived in his house for years. But he wasn’t really talking to anyone post-Della.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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Remember how I said “bottle episode” cartoons are a lie? That doesn’t mean that we can’t find tricks to make epic stories manageable. This episode takes place in the same locations at two points in time, so we could cut down on background design.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
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They still had to be redressed and differentiated, though. And the director and board team had to go above and beyond to make the two different time periods clear.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
Replying to @TannerTrue
Luckily, this was ’s solo-directorial debut, and he nailed that tricky balancing act. He also boarded that awesome, brutal Beakley/Heron fight.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
Replying to @FrankAngones
Bummed we lost a joke in translation: the binary code scrawled in the cave wall in the present was meant to read “Revenge for Number 4!” The robot that Scrooge let go in the 60s had been camped out waiting for a chance to avenge his fallen brother.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
Replying to @theironwrist
One of the joys/challenges of working for is that he’s SUCH a prolific action-comedy director and he’ll never let you get away with a trope he’s already done.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
Replying to @FrankAngones
Robots, superheroes, spies, aliens. Dude's done it all and DOES NOT like repeating himself.
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Frank Angones Nov 23
Replying to @TheOneCMag
Poor kept volunteering for episodes that Youngberg would have specific opinions about. See also “Who is Gizmoduck?!”
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