Season 1 Episode 1

Treasure of the Golden Suns

Aired Weekdays 4:00 PM Sep 18, 1987 on



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • Scrooge: Take care of them, Mrs. Beakley.
      Mrs Beakley: Oh, I will, Mr. McDuck.
      Nephews: If we don't take care of her first!

    • Launchpad: Don't worry Mr McD, if it's got wings, I can crash it!

    • Scrooge: Will the ship take long to build?
      Gyro: Yes, you'll have to wait till after lunch.

    • Coin collector: Should we lock the door?
      Scrooge: No, it's just my nephews choosing a new governess, and as you can tell, they're not very happy about it.

    • Scrooge: How do you want it, with or without mustard (Glomgold loses the bet and must eat his hat)

    • Scrooge: That Glomgold's probably running through them tunnels like a rat in a maze

    • Glomgold: We'll do lunch sometime
      Scrooge: Great, I'll feed you a knuckle sandwich

    • Scrooge: Ah, a deadend, no-one can sale a ship up hill!

    • Duey: Wake up Uncle Scrooge, the planes going the wrong way to wrongway!

    • Glomgold: (answering phone) Money talks, I listen

    • Scrooge: Don't give up the ship lads, were not done yet!

    • Scrooge: You can't be serious about this, Donald. There's no profit in it.
      Donald: I'm not in it for the money Uncle Scrooge. I want to see the world.
      Scrooge: Then we'll buy you a globe.

    • Shop Owner: Would you like some samples?
      Scrooge: No, thank you.
      Shop Owner: They're free.
      Scrooge: Can I have more than one?
      Shop Owner: Certainly.
      Scrooge: (Empties the whole tray into his hat) Thank you. I'll be back tommorow!

  • Notes

    • 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!

  • Allusions

    • 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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