DuckTales

by Adam Holz

When Donald Duck needs a last-minute babysitter, he takes his nephews to the home of billionaire Scrooge McDuck. Before long, Huey, Dewey and Louie reawaken Uncle Scrooge’s love of adventure. The family starts traveling the globe, along with their friend Webby, searching for lost treasure.

Your parents might remember the original “DuckTales” cartoon from the 1980s. Adventure in Odyssey’s Alan Young (who played Jack Allen) used to voice Scrooge McDuck. The reboot, with a brand-new cast, gives each triplet a distinct personality. We hear positive messages about sibling squabbles, respecting your elders and true friendship.

But don’t get too cozy. Like the theme song says, “D-d-d-danger lurks behind you.” The ducks frequently clash with supernatural forces: spells and curses, myths and monsters, ghosts, gods and more. Some creatures might scare young or sensitive viewers. Anytime a show dives this deep into spiritual issues, your parents need to know. They can help you understand where “DuckTales” doesn’t line up with Scripture—or if it’s time to stop watching.

Also, be aware that the “good” characters lie to each other. Louie and Dewey act particularly selfish, usually without consequences. In addition, the family keeps dangerous secrets instead of getting the truth out in the open, which would’ve saved a lot of anger and tears.

“DuckTales” feels like old-school Disney, more focused on laughs than messages. But its tricky spots remind us to stay wise and discerning... even during a show about treasure-hunting ducks.

“Like a madman who throws flaming darts and deadly arrows, so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!’” —Proverbs 26:18-19

On “DuckTales,” we often hear characters tell “white lies,” little untruths for which there are no obvious bad outcomes. During their first voyage, Louie tells Webby to lie to her grandmother so she won’t worry. “Lying—it’s the responsible thing to do,” he says. It’s a joke, but lying is nothing to laugh at.

Little lies have a way of turning into bigger ones. You might think you’re just joking or tricking someone. The Bible disagrees. Solomon compares “harmless” lies to throwing fiery darts. Even if it’s in “fun,” somebody’s going to get hurt. Also, people will quickly learn that they can’t trust you. Whether you behave recklessly with a weapon or the truth, a little joke can seriously damage your character.

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