Season 1 Episode 1

Treasure of the Golden Suns

Aired Weekdays 4:00 PM Sep 18, 1987 on
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Treasure of the Golden Suns
The series opens with a special 2-hour episode. Donald joins the Navy and leaves Duckburg, while Huey, Dewey and Louie stay behind with Uncle Scrooge. The boys must prove themselves innocent of stealing an expensive model ship and help Scrooge find a lost treasure ship. The scene then shifts to the Andes and later Antarctica where other adventures await the ducks.moreless

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  • A show ahead of its time and unlike any before or after.

    Excitement, Mystery, Adventure, Suspense. These are all words to describe this episode. And while the notion of a five part episode may seem like an avant-garde concept for a children's show, in this case it works out.

    The Treasure of the Golden Suns introduces the audience to Scrooge McDuck a wealthy, but cheap man. Later it introduces Huey, Dewey and Louie and answers the lifelong question what happened to Donald Duck. Although no one wants to claim that their kids are theirs (Donald is their uncle and so is Scrooge) later we are introduced to Webby and her Grandmother Mrs. Beakley (another young duck with no parents (?)). And of course most important but not least we meet Launchpad McQuack. This episode a large set of characters, including arch nemesis Flintheart Glomgold, re-occurring villains The Beagle Boys, and truly sinister character, El Capitan.

    This episode sets the stage for what the series is going to do and where it's going to do. The heart of the show is treasure hunting. The show involves traveling to various locales along with some minor problem solving. Infused with some cheesy humor, likable characters, and great writing this is the beginning of something beautiful, and a sign of good things to come for the show.moreless
  • Very fine pilot!

    This episode started a good show called Ducktales and i think this episode was great we learn that Scrooge did'nt always like the nephews he hated them in this episode called them brats and stuff but later when he learns that they were telling the truth about the Beagle Boys they become a team by putting some traps on them and stuff i'll say this is a very good first episode of the series glad this was'nt a bad episode and if you did'nt like this episode then you are not a true DuckTales fan.moreless
  • The all-time greatest episode of any cartoon I've ever seen... Perfect in every way...

    I originally saw this episode in it's complete form when it aired for the first time. I was flipping through the channels at my grandfather's house and stopped when I came to a colorful cartoon featuring Scrooge McDuck and his nephews: Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Fortunately I tuned in during the first few minutes (right as Donald was leaving for the navy.) I sat through the entire show and was absolutely blown away. I was only seven years old at the time, but I will never forget that experience, or the feeling I had by the time it had finished.

    The funny thing is that I re-watched the pilot on the DVD collection and was surprised at how well I remembered the last segment, "Too Much of a Gold Thing" (Which remains my all-time favorite episode of Ducktales. I must have watched it close to 100 times when I was a kid.) I could practically quote it in my head before the lines were said, and I even remember which music played during which scenes. It's nice that as an adult, I can still watch it and feel the same way I did almost 20 years ago.moreless
  • Scrooge is saddled with the Nephews after Donald joins the Navy. The boys learn that a small ship Scrooge has in his money bin is really a map to a lost city of gold, but first they hust outsmart the Beagle Boys, Glomgold, and the mysterious El Capitan.moreless

    I remember back in 1987 when I first saw this in its whole form. All I can say when I look back on those emotions that I got from as it as a small boy is that I never wanted to go on an adventure of my own more. After this pilot, Ducktales became the first thing I looked forward to after school. The rest of the series, although stellar in its own right, only measured up to the adventure of this pilot a few times.moreless
  • A beautiful beginning to a quacking good series that could've challenged Simpsons as America's classic.

    DuckTales, the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his nephew Donald and his nephews Huey, Louie, and Dewey, took off nicely with this pilot episode. Based on Carl Barks' classic and more closely tied with Don Rosa's comic book remake, this episode showed what made the whole series great. It featured great action, hilarious comedy, and a wonderful collection of characters with the right match of voice talents. I can still hear Scrrrrroge McDuck bark, or should I say quack, orders at the mumbling and bumbling Donald Duck. The show became on instant classic with this episode. I wish McDuck was still taking adventures on the tube, burrowing through his money bin like a gopher, diving like a dolphin, and tossing his money up and letting it hit him on the head...moreless
Alan Young (I)

Alan Young (I)

Scrooge McDuck

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby

Chuck McCann

Chuck McCann

Duckworth, Burger Beagle & Bouncer Beagle

Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Flintheart Glomgold & Gyro Gearloose

Joan Gerber

Joan Gerber

Mrs. Beakley & Skittles' Mother

Terence McGovern

Terence McGovern

Launchpad McQuack

Stan Wojno

Stan Wojno


Guest Star

Patricia Parris

Patricia Parris


Guest Star

Tony Anselmo

Tony Anselmo

Donald Duck

Recurring Role

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

El Capitan

Recurring Role

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Bigtime Beagle, Mr. Changemaker, Lieutenant & Condor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • The reason the Beagle Boys were given names as well as numbers in DuckTales and only numbers in the Carl Barks masterpieces was to make watching the characters in motion easier.

    • The Beagle Boys had already appeared in the animated featurette Sport Goofy in Soccermania, but this is the first time they've been given individual personalities.

    • The Golden Condor appears to be a prototype to the Thunderquack from Darkwing Duck.

    • In real life, the wax in Webby's crayons would've been too cold to work in the Arctic.

    • Walruses live at the North Pole; therefore, Scrooge and company should not have encountered any in "Cold Duck".

    • The prison numbers for all three Beagle Boys is some combination of the numbers 1, 6, and 7.

    • This was the Disney studio's first daily animated series for television.

    • Skittles may have been named after the colourful candy made by Mars, Inc.

    • Walruses live at the North Pole, so Scrooge and the gang shouldn't have encountered any in Antarctica. Also, since it's so cold in Antarctica, Webby's crayons should not have been able to work, as the wax would've been frozen. (Then again, ducks can't talk or have pilot's licenses anyway...)

    • In "Cold Duck", The locals they say walruses eat penguins, which is of course untrue.

    • Surprisingly, Launchpad apparently managed to pack winter coats for the kids and Mrs. Beakley, despite the fact that he most likely wasn't expecting them to be joining him

    • After Treasure of the Golden Suns was aired, Disney broke it down into 5 half hour shows, and aired them Monday-Friday before showing the entire of Season One over 13 weeks

    • Animation, some computer-generated, was done by Japanese studios, although the Disney people retained creative control.

    • Many of the characters, including Scrooge McDuck, the Beagle Boys and Gyro Gearloose, didn't come from Disney's theatrical cartoons, but from comic books written and illustrated by Carl Barks and others

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (16)

    • When part 2, "Wrongway in Ronguay", was shown in syndicated re-runs (such as on Toon Disney), the scene where Dewey shorts out the robot pilot by breaking its power cord apart was edited so that it looks as though the robot shorts out simply from Louie smashing the fire extinguisher against it. Also, in "Don't Give Up the Ship", two lines both said while Bigtime lights matches are also cut. These cut scenes were fortunately restored for the DVD set.

    • First appearance of Webby.

    • All five episodes from this Special are included on the Volume Two DVD

    • Running gag: Most of the time no one could understand what Donald was saying.

    • In 1989 Ducktales was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Animated Series.

    • First appearance of Mrs. Beakly.

    • First appearance of Duckworth.

    • Treasure of the Golden Suns will be included in DuckTales Volume Two DVD Box Set.

    • First appearance of Flintheart Glomgold.

    • First appearance of Magica De Spell.

    • First appearance of the Beagle Boys.

    • Also both the special and the comic were made in 1987!

    • Scrooge McDuck first appeared in a comic story written by Carl Barks in 1947. Originally intended as a one-shot, he became a very popular character, making his first animated appearance in the opening sequence of The Mickey Mouse Club", but most people associate his animated debut to be the 1967 featurette "Scrooge McDuck and Money". He later appeared as his namesake in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1983) before this show premiered

    • Animated debut of the Junior Woodchuck Leader, Flintheart Glomgold, and Gyro Gearloose. The Beagle Boys had made their first animated appearance in "Sport Goofy in Soccermania", released earlier in 1987, but this show marks the first time the Beagle Boys were given individual personalities

    • When this Special feature length episode was written, Disney didn't intend to do a whole series, but they were so pleased with the way the story worked that they decided to do a series. DuckTales was chosen to be the name of the show after most of the episodes had been written. This feature length show was simply going to be called Treasure of the Golden Suns, like Raiders of the Lost Ark, which later became Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, after they starting writing for the second film

    • This episode appears to be very similar to the classic and first Don Rosa Scrooge story "Son of the Sun" in which like in DuckTales an unremarkable object (a vase in the comic's case) holds a map that leads the ducks on an epic treasure hunt in the Andes. The Treasure of the Golden Suns on the show and the Treasure of Manco Capac in the comic (Son of the Sun) are both lost Incan treasures. Also in both greed causes Scrooge and Flintheart (El Capitan on the show) to go nuts for the gold and lose it all caused by the volcano in the show and the geyser that is in the comic!


    • Launchpad: Warp drive, Scotty!
      Launchpad makes an obvious reference to Star Trek's character Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, who appeared on the original Star Trek series, in 1966.

    • Launchpad: I hate snakes! Hey, wait a minute, that's somebody else. I sorta like snakes.
      Launchpad makes an obvious reference to the archeologist and treasure hunter "Indiana Jones", portraided by Harrison Ford, who's only fear is of snakes.

    • The Beagle Boys and Ma Beagle are based upon the infamous Ma Barker and the Barker Gang, a real life family of crooks who were led by their mother.

    • Magica: Bibbidi bobbety boo!
      This was the title for the Fairy Godmother's song in Disney's version of "Cinderella". (This wouldn't be the last time a Disney cartoon would reference that song, by the way.

    • Scrooge: You! There'll be no whistling while you work!
      Scrooge makes an obvious reference to "Whistle While You Work", a song featured in Disney's first feature-length movie, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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