Basically, the prime minister of Norway, Stoltenberg, adopted a duckling that showed up in his yard and laid eggs. He took care of it, fed them and even had a public facebook voting to name the duck. Once the eggs had hatched and it was time for the ducks to return to sea, Stoltenberg followed the ducks down to the shore personally and had traffic stopped for the hour to ensure that they got there safely from his place.
Donald Duck & Co magazine named Stoltenberg an honorary member of Duckburg this week and Donald himself sent him the news saying "Conquackulations". Stoltenberg was apparently very touched by the news and commented on it saying that the honor means a lot to him.
Europe is weird. I might be able to understand some of it, though. As a kid, I ended up getting a huge collection of Donald Duck comic books from a friend. I hadn't even realized that Donald had comics at the time, let alone that anyone beyond the age of six would be interested in them.
It took a while, but eventually I got bored enough to give one of them a shot. What I found was...bizarre. For one thing, Donald in the comics talks like a regular adult (albeit perpetually pissed off), rather than the speech-impediment-laced nonsense that most Americans are probably used to. Additionally, the subject matter was jarringly serious, with more than one issue dealing with death. It was funny in a way, though. Donald swore like a sailor and he got depressed over someone dying, but no one thought it was weird that three little boys were living with their "uncle", with no mention of their birth parents at any time.
So I guess the precedent is out there for Donald being something other than what the American media has presented him as. It's still very weird to me, though. It would be like us taking a British invention like, oh, Winnie the Pooh and completely changing his...
Herr Braun is perhaps the world's leading expert in laser weaponry, and his presence in the Kavango means that the Soviet bloc is planning some sort of laser mission.
While European comics messed around a lot with the Duckburg-verse, the more "mature" approach was first developed by Carl Barks. IMHO, Don Rosa surpassed him. His The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is the best thing to ever bear the Disney logo. To Rosa, Scrooge died in 1967.
World of Illusion is probably the only game I ever played from beginning to end co-op with my younger non-gamer sister when we were younger. It really was a great title.
Thanks for this article Audi - Donald's always been my favourite Disney character by far. Was highly enjoyable to read the history of his video game endeavours. I do love that you guys are including more and more original material in the already packed reviews (Articles?) - it makes them significantly more special then just another retrospective.
I always loved World of Illusions. It was my first real co-op game If I remember correctly and its definitely one of the bests you can get for Mega Drive.
I also liked DD's playground a lot.
If anyone's interested in checking out Donald Duck related comics, I too recommend anything done by Don Rosa. Carl Barks too, although it has that "old school" appeal (but reading it helps to understand a lot of mythological jokes on Rosa's work). And Paperinik/Duck Avenger/Whatever comic is really worth checking out.
"It's only a game if you win, but if you lose it's a stinking waste of time." - Al Bundy
Post by TheGunheart on Jun 2, 2011 13:01:30 GMT -5
This is probably one of my favorite multi-game articles on the site. You've done amazing job giving a detailed analysis to each and every game here, regardless of the genre or content.
You know, I remember actually wanting Cold Shadow back in the day because of some game magazine article. Goin' Qu@ackers, too, though I forgot it had a remake. Or rather, I remember the remake, but forgot it had a previous version.
Post by Gendo Ikari on Jun 2, 2011 18:06:24 GMT -5
I'll have to read the whole article, but from bits I see that there's a lot of research already. I've stopped reading Disney comics long ago so I don't know if they have shrinked in the meantime, but when I grew up with them, they were huge here in Italy. Dozens of writers also means a lot of different portrayals of the characters - Donald goes from absurdly unlucky to a jerkass to Paperinik. Fond memories of the latter too. Afer the release of Tim Burton's movies, it was increasingly influenced by Batman. I've read only a few issues of New Adventures and I was surprised at how dark it could be at times. AFAIK, in later issues at least a couple of supporting characters die.
Just a clarification: while the original series was ended to avoid slipping in quality, PK didn't stop there. The second series was a big retool, which sidelined or completely forgot a lot of characters; I've heard it was even darker but the plot was weak, it ended up very contested and lasted only 18 issues. Disney however was undeterred and later made a reboot: now Donald had never been Paperinik previously, was member of a corp of PKs, probably inspired by the Green Lanterns. It was much more kiddie-ish and much reviled. The fact it was hastily closed after 32 issues and that a reprint of the original PKNA series started soon after says a lot.