For anyone of a certain age group, thoughts of running home from school in order to plop yourself in front of a television in order to watch afternoon cartoons will bring a smile to their face. When it comes to the company whose animated series reigned supreme during the ‘90s, it is very easy to argue that Disney stood head and shoulders above its competition. After all, during that decade that company had shows like DuckTales, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, and Gargoyles on the air
Almost always thought of as a family-friendly company, Disney’s animated shows were mostly pretty innocent but that doesn’t mean their production processes always were so sweet. With that in mind, it is time to take a look at this list of 15 facts about Disney animated series from the ‘90s.
15 DuckTales Broke Ground Internationally
Definitely one of the most memorable Disney animated shows of all-time, DuckTales is so beloved that the series received a reboot decades after it first went off the air. Already a huge deal during its first run, the series managed to break through to an all-new market as it was the first American animated show to air in the former Soviet Union.
14 Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series Could’ve Featured An Acting Legend
Only on the air for a single season, there is no doubt that Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series failed to catch on with the masses. With that in mind, we can only assume that Tim Curry doesn’t regret turning down a lead role in the show. However, it is amusing that the only reason he declined the role is he thought he’d been offered a part in another live-action Mighty Ducks sequel.
13 Recess’ Main Characters Were Based on Real People
Despite the fact that the gang from Recess clearly lived in a cartoonish world, one of the keys to the show’s success is that many viewers could relate to them for one reason or another. As it turns out, that makes sense since all of the show’s main characters were based on real people, including schoolmates of the two creators and one of their wives.
12 Gargoyles Was Partly Inspired by a Much More Sticky Sweet Series
Clearly, one of Disney’s most over the top animated series, Gargoyles never shied away from featuring more mature content. Despite that, during an interview with comimcbook.com one of the show’s producers, Greg Weisman, said: “So we set out very consciously to create a show like Gummi Bears with that kind of rich backstory and mythology to it, but that would get more respect, honestly”.
11 Darkwing Duck Made Things Simple
Before Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones came up with the idea for that show, Disney’s creative team were in the early stages of working on a reboot of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. However, Disney actually didn’t own the rights to that show so it was decided that it would be easier to come up with a whole new original series.
10 TaleSpin’s Origin Story Is Less Than Inspiring
Considering the fact that TaleSpin was a show that developed a loyal fan following, it may seem safe to assume that the series was a passion project for some of the people involved with its creation. However, the truth of the matter is that TaleSpin was quickly conceived, created, and put into production because Disney needed to fill a spot in its afternoon schedule or lay workers off.
9 Adventures of the Gummi Bears Came to Be Due to a Sweet Tooth
During the lead up to the creation of Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, the company’s creative team were throwing around ideas for a series that starred Mickey Mouse. However, Disney’s head honcho at the time, Michael Esiner, thought Mickey was too special for TV so he came up with the idea to make a show that focused on myths about one of his favorite candies.
8 Darkwing Duck’s Trusty Sidekick Was a Replacement
As any fan of Darkwing Duck is bound to know, the main character’s trusty sidekick Launchpad McQuack played a big role in the series’ storylines and success. Remarkably enough, however, originally the plan was for the show’s caped crime fighter to be backed up by an entire team of underlings instead of a single trusty friend.
7 Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Was Going to Star a Different Crime Stopping Duo
Over the years, Disney has produced several TV shows that were based on their hit movies, including the likes of Hercules, Aladdin, and many others. On top of those examples, there almost was another instance of this as the series that became known as Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers originally was going to star the main characters from Disney’s The Rescuers. Those plans changed when the movie The Rescuers Down Under was put into production instead.
6 Goof Troop Tragedy
Despite only being on the air for two seasons, Goof Troop clearly had an impact on its audience as it went on to inspire a pair of full length animated movies. Sadly, one of the series’ main stars, Dana Hill, who voiced Max Goof wasn’t a part of either film as by then she’d passed away from diabetes complications at the age of only 32.
5 Some of the Original Ideas for Adventures of the Gummi Bears Were Really Bad
Back when Jymn Magon was assigned the job of co-creating Adventures of the Gummi Bears, he was baffled about how to come up with a show about candy. In fact, during an appearance on the Great Big Beautiful Podcast, Magon revealed some of the bad ideas for the show that were considered. “We had a bad guy named Licorice Whip. We had a villainous, traitor gummy called Scummi Gummi. Oh, it was horrible.”
4 According to Darkwing Duck’s Creator, the Show Doesn’t Share a Universe With DuckTales
Even though several DuckTales and Darkwing Duck characters have crossed over into each other’s shows, the latter show’s creator Tad Stones told The Hollywood Reporter: “Because Launchpad appeared in DuckTales and we used Roboduck as the Superman character, the hero who gets all the glory as opposed to Darkwing, fans try to connect the two realities. They are two different universes in my book. We work in the alternate Duckiverse.”
3 The Cheers Connection
When it came time to create TaleSpin, not only were the people working on the show inspired by the classic animated movie A Jungle Book but the hit series Cheers affected them as well. This is the case because the TaleSpin character Rebecca and her relationship with Baloo was a take on a Cheers character of the same name and how she interacted with Sam.
2 Gargoyles’ Connection to Star Trek Runs Very Deep
During Gargoyles’ first season, the show included two former Star Trek actors among its voice cast, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes. However, over time many other Trek alumni played a role on the show, including Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Avery Brooks, Colm Meaney, Kate Mulgrew, and Nichelle Nichols.
1 DuckTales Influenced a Major Film Franchise
Obviously, a huge success in its own right, not only did DuckTales mean a lot to its fans but it also influenced one of the most popular film franchises of all-time. After all, according to the official Disney Fan Club website D23, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have said the adventures seen on Ducktales had a major influence on Raiders of the Lost Ark.