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Encyclopedia > Darkly Dawns the Duck
Darkly Dawns the Duck
Directed by [[]]
Written by Tad Stones
Starring Jim Cummings
Christine Cavanaugh
Terry McGovern
Tim Curry
Produced by [[]]
Distributed by Walt Disney Television
Walt Disney Home Video
Release date 1991
Runtime 48 m
Language English
Budget
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Darkly Dawns the Duck is an animated Disney television special that aired in two parts in 1991, and was the pilot film for the television series Darkwing Duck. After the success of the pilot and the launching of the series, the two parts of the special were edited for time and aired as regular episodes during reruns. It was also released in its uncut form on home video, combining the two parts of the special into a 48-minute movie. Jim Cummings (born 1953 in Youngstown, Ohio) is a prolific American voice actor. ... Christine Cavanaugh is a voice actor who has provided many voice talents to animated cartoons. ... Terrible Terry McGovern (March 9, 1880–February 22, 1918), born John Terrence McGovern in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a hard punching aggressive boxer who held the world bantamweight and featherweight titles. ... Tim Curry Timothy James Curry (born April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, a district of Warrington, England) is a British actor, vocalist and composer perhaps best known for his role as mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). ... Walt Disney Television is a United States-based television production company, and is a division of The Walt Disney Company. ... Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... Disney empire The name Disney may refer to several aspects of the entertainment empire of The Walt Disney Company: The Walt Disney Company Walt Disney Pictures, the companys flagship motion picture studio Walt Disney Feature Animation, part of Walt Disney Pictures and The Walt Disney Company Walt Disney Studios... A television special is a television program, typically a short film or television movie intended to be run in prime time. ... The word pilot has several meanings: In shipping, a pilot is someone who guides ships through the waters near a harbour, or especially narrow or otherwise dangerous coastal waters. ... The character of Darkwing Duck as seen on the series Bonkers. ... Rerun van Pelt is the name of Linus and Lucys younger brother in the comic strip Peanuts. ... The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ...


The plot converns Darkwing Duck, an up-and-coming superhero who wants to be famous but is stuck busting regular criminals in the bustling metropolis of St. Canard. Annoyed that he isn't getting enough attention from the press, Darkwing longs to fight a super-villain. He gets more than he bargained for however when he stumbles onto a fiendish plot by criminal mastermind Taurus Bulba to steal a top-secret weapon from the military: an anti-gravity beam cannon called the Ramrod. Superman (left) and Batman, two of the most recognizable and influential superheroes. ... A metropolis (in Greek metera = mother and polis = city/town) is a major city, which is an economical and cultural center for some country, and usually a hub for its international connections. ... The Green Goblin, a supervillain and enemy of Spider-Man. ... Hypothetical anti-gravity device (artists conception) Anti-gravity is a hypothetical means of countering or otherwise modifying the effects of gravity, typically in the context of spacecraft propulsion. ...


Darkwing fails to stop Taurus Bulba's three henchmen, the hard-headed Hammerhead Hannigan and the clumsy Hoof and Mouth, from stealing the Ramrod, despite "help" from his biggest (and only) fan, accident-prone pilot Launchpad McQuack. Furious at having lost Bulba's henchmen, Darkwing turns down the hopeful Launchpad's request to be the hero's sidekick. The word Henchman referred originally to one who attended on a horse, that is, a groom. ...


Meanwhile, Bulba discovers that although he has the Ramrod, he lacks the arming code. An earlier botched attempt to steal the weapon resulted in the accidental death of its inventor, Professor Waddlemeyer, before Bulba could learn the code. He sends Hammerhead, Hoof, and Mouth to kidnap the Professor's granddaughter, Gosalyn, from the St. Canard Orphanage, on the gamble that she knows the arming code. Darkwing, having discovered what Bulba's henchmen stole, races to the rescue and snatches Gosalyn out of the henchmen's grasp. An inventor is a person who creates new inventions, typically technical devices such as mechanical, electrical or software devices or methods. ... A professor is a senior teacher, lecturer and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... An orphanage is an institution dedicated to caring for orphans (children without living parents). ...


After a car chase, Darkwing returns to the safety of his hideout with Gosalyn, promising to protect her until Taurus Bulba is brought to justice. As he and the child bond, he discovers, inadvertently, that the arming code for the Ramrod is hidden in the lyrics of a lullaby taught to Gosalyn by her grandfather. But can he keep her safe from Bulba, who even now is hatching a plot to capture them both by exploiting Darkwing's desire to be a famous crimefighter?


Cast

Jim Cummings (born 1953 in Youngstown, Ohio) is a prolific American voice actor. ... Christine Cavanaugh is a voice actor who has provided many voice talents to animated cartoons. ... Terrible Terry McGovern (March 9, 1880–February 22, 1918), born John Terrence McGovern in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a hard punching aggressive boxer who held the world bantamweight and featherweight titles. ... Tim Curry Timothy James Curry (born April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, a district of Warrington, England) is a British actor, vocalist and composer perhaps best known for his role as mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). ... Marcia Wallace (born November 1, 1942) is an actress from Creston, Iowa. ... Eddie Deezen (born March 6, 1958 in Cumberland, Maryland) is an American character actor, primarily cast in stereotypical nerd roles. ...

The Uncut Version

A number of scenes were cut from the pilot film when it was edited to become two regular episodes of the TV series. These scenes were subsequently restoried when it was released uncut on video. These scenes include:

  • An opening chase sequence showing Darkwing capturing a gang of fleeing criminals. The scene of Darkwing ramping his motorcycle sidecar, the Ratcatcher, up and into the bed of a pickup truck, catapulting the criminals inside into some trashcans, is featured prominently in the show's opening sequence despite being absent from the current televised versions.
  • While following Taurus Bulba's pet condor Tantalus on the Ratcatcher, Darkwing almost has a head-on collision with a large truck and is yelled at by the driver.
  • A longer version of the scene where Hoof and Mouth are twirling their rifles around before Darkwing jumps them.
  • A scene showing Taurus Bulba wheeling a cart of dirty clothes to the prison laundromat, establishing that Hammerhead, Hoof, and Mouth are hiding inside it.
  • Following the car chase, Mouth has a panic attack and begins screaming, "We're all gonna die! We're all gonna die!" until Hammerhead hits him.
  • A longer scene of Taurus Bulba ranting about Darkwing's ego, with him imitating Darkwing's mannerisms and poses: "His posing, his flamboyance, the mask and cape! Ha, ha! That hat! It all indicates an ego the size of a small planet!"
  • While in his jail cell, the scene where Darkwing tries to get the biker pig to punch him is much longer.
  • A brief scene where Taurus Bulba comments that the design of the Thunderquack, Launchpad's fan-made jet, is ugly.

 
 

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