Watching animation has always been significant in my life, consistently successful in cheering me up during hard times. Am very passionate about it, Disney and Looney Tunes being my earliest exposures and influences. Have more appreciation for animation now with broader knowledge of it.
Still do love 'Ducktales', loved it when younger and love it even more so now with getting more out of the writing, getting the jokes and references more and generally finding the show funnier. As a child it was a personal favourite and it has held up very well (not all my childhood favourites have, just in case one is wondering that this is nostalgia talking).
Once again, "Horse Scents" may not be one of my favourite 'Ducktales' episodes but it is still wonderful and entertaining.
Animation is very vibrant, fluidly drawn and the attention to detail in the backgrounds is also note-worthy, though with occasional lapses in finesse. Likewise with the music, the score is dynamic, beautifully orchestrated, never jarring with the action and full of energy. Irresistible and unforgettably catchy the theme song continues to be, Disney shows in the late 80s all the way through the 90s were very good at this and that for 'Ducktales' is one of the finest examples.
From beginning to end, the writing here, like 'Ducktales' in general, is smart, intelligent and funny, more so through young adult eyes (though it was still very funny as a child). Part of this is due to understanding and appreciating the references, which came over as easier to get and notice as an adult. Have found the same experience re-visiting other favourites like 'Animaniacs', 'Pinky and the Brain' and 'Tiny Toon Adventures'. The dialogue continues to be hilarious, quotable and surprisingly fresh by today's standards, also surprisingly thought-provoking.
"Horse Scents" has nothing problematic in the storytelling too. It doesn't fall into the traps of predictability and repetition, also not taking too long to get started or to the point. It is immensely entertaining to watch, has many thrills, goes at an energetic pace, is never dull and has emotional investment while the conflict is interesting, even if the outcome is not really in question.
Have always loved the characters. Scrooge is still interesting and likeable with lines that never fail to be either thought-provoking, funny or both. Telling Huey, Dewey and Louie apart has been much easier to do here than when partnered in the cartoons with their uncle Donald Duck, because their personalities are more distinct. Glomgold shows why he is one of my favourite recurring characters on 'Ducktales'.
Never have had issues with the voice work on 'Ducktales' and still don't have issues here in "Horse Scents". Alan Young is without equal as Scrooge, he is a big reason why Scrooge works so well as a character. Cannot think of anybody else voicing Glomgold than Hal Snith. Russi Taylor brings individuality and variety to multiple roles, she has always had experience doing that and has never struggled.
All in all, great if not one of my favourites. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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