Let's call them A and B.
Character A has PTSD. Was held prisoner on several different occasions. Has always wanted to do the right thing, but her entire sense of morality has been upended as she realizes the worth of human life and the callousness of some of her species. At one point, knew nothing more than that she loved the show's protagonist and was willing to lay down her life for him. After her rescue, was stuck in a barn and given about ten minutes of character development per year. Seems to hate herself and covers it with sarcasm and aloofness. Stronger than she looks and always trying unless she is debilitated by a panic attack. Was recently sent away to heaven-knows-where with no indication that she is safe and well. Has a signific…Read more >
Shortly after the episode Daytrip of Doom! aired in September 2017, one of the writers of the DuckTales reboot, Frank Angones, was asked to explain why chubby chatterbox Burger Beagle had become slender and mute. Angones responded:
"There were a few characters in the original series whose main reason for existing was to be the butt of fat jokes. Either characters were made fun of by other characters for it or their constant eating/food references were made for the audience to laugh at. This was the style of the time; a lot of shows did it. I totally get it and understand why people made those choices.
"It’s also mean-spirited bullying that has no place on our version of the show. Not only wouldn’t we do it, but Disney would never allow it th…Read more >
I think I speak for a lot of us when I say DuckTales was one of the best things to ever happen on Disney television, and no show since has ever quite managed to replicate its special charm. Beautiful animation for the time. Better music. Humor both blatant and sly. Characters who basically all fell into two catagories: those you loved, and those you loved to hate.
And then there was Ma Beagle.
Now I'll throw her a few bones: She was spunky. She had some brains (using a steamroller for an iron in The Bride Wore Stripes). She got a few great lines ("If you don't like how I drive, get out of the hallway!") and had a phenomenal voice actor in June Foray.
But I could never quite bring myself to like her - because she was, first and foremost, an ab…
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