Darkwing Duck

Darkly Dawns the Duck (1)

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/8/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Darkwing Duck is a little known crime fighter dying for a big break, and the publicity that goes with it. Yet when he gets on the trail of the infamous Taurus Bullba's latest scheme he gets into more trouble than he expected. Bullba has masterminded a scheme from within prison revolving around a powerful invention - The Waddlemeyer Ramrod, but is missing the arming code. Darkwing foils an attempt to kidnap the only living relative of the late inventor of the Ramrod, an orphan named Gosalyn.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Christine Cavanaugh

    Gosalyn Mallard

  • Tad Stones

  • Hal Rayle

    Hammerhead

  • Tim Curry

    Taurus Bullba

  • Marcia Wallace

    Clovis, Mrs. Cavanaugh

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • The beginning of Darkwing duck.

    By ravenclawmoon, Jan 09, 2009

  • The beginning of a great Disney series.

    By stitch069917, Jun 18, 2008

  • Darkwing Duck, little known crimefighter, dreams of going up against real villians to become famous. He gets his chance when he finds villians stealing a powerful device, but ends up with a sidekick and little girl as well.

    By Lauralot, May 09, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Gosalyn: I don't know anything about a pig and I was nowhere near the boy's bathroom at the time! Mrs. Cavanaugh: What pig? Gosalyn: Oh, I meant big! As in big of you to take such an interest in me! How may I help you?

    • Darkwing: I never want to see you again! Launchpad: Okay. So, do you want my phone number?

    • Gosalyn: Keen gear! You guys must be arch-enemies, just like in the comics! Darkwing Duck: Actually, he doesn't even know my name.

    • Darkwing Duck: Its okay miss. You're safe now in the hands of Darkwing Du-- (Gosalyn puches Darkwing in the stomach) Uhh! Hey what was that for?

    • Hoof: Hey, Hammerhead! Ain't we cute in our soldier suits! Hammerhead: Yeah, couple of five star generals. Just watch out for trouble.

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    Notes (19)

    • The stautette that Drake Mallard/Darkwing Duck pushes down to enter his secret lab is of Basil of Baker Street from the Disney feature The Great Mouse Detective (1986).

    • Launchpad McQuack is the first Disney television cartoon character to appear in two seperate cartoon shows (he first appeared in "DuckTales" (1987).

    • This show not only spoofs elements of the Batman films and comics and the Shadow, but the intelligence organization, S.H.U.S.H., also parodies Marvel Comics' S.H.I.E.L.D., a super spy organization that often requests the aid of superheroes, especially Captain America, on missions.

    • According to an interview with the show's creator, Tad Stones, Gosalyn was partly based on what he believed his then two-year-old daughter would be like when she grew older.

    • This show was inspired by two episodes of DuckTales, entitled Double O'Duck and The Masked Mallard. The original concept had Launchpad McQuack as the star.

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    Trivia (6)

    • As Taurus Bullba takes off in his ship, Clovis eye shadow changes from blue to brown a few times.

    • While hovering above the train car in Launchpad's plane, Launchpad's window is visible through Darkwing's head.

    • When Darkwing changes into his bed clothes, he is still wearing his mask, but then the camera does a close up as he approaches his bed, his Darkwing mask is suddenly gone.

    • The newspaper carrying the story about Darkwing supposedly robbing the train shows a photo of him fighting Hoof and Mouth, but the conductor only started taking pictures after Darkwing had knocked them out already.

    • While hovering above the train car in Launchpad's plane, Launchpad's window is visible through Darkwing's head as he ponders his next move.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Taras Bulba:


      Taurus Bulba takes his name from the 1962 movie, Taras Bulba.

    • Darkwing's costume, gas gun, and flashy introductions are all direct references to pulp heroes such as the Crimson Avenger, The Shadow, and The Green Hornet.

    • Talespin Launchpad: Take that you air pirate. This could be a reference to the TV show Talespin, which was originally planned to star Launchpad.

    • The Three Stooges Hammerhead: That's it, boss. I'm a stooge! Just call me Curly!

      Not only is this an obvious reference to the Three Stooges, but one of them, Shemp Howard, did in fact play a character named Hammerhead in the Universal horror-comedy The Invisible Woman in 1940.

    • Darkwing: It's Hoof and Mouth! They work for Taurus Bullba! Bullba's as big as they come!
      Taurus Bullba's name was inspired by Taras Bulba, the main character in Nikolai Gogol's novel, The Nose.

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