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Quack Pack is an animated television series made by The Walt Disney Company. The show debuted in September 1996 as a part of the Disney Afternoon weekday afternoon programming block. Unlike other Disney Afternoon shows, it was aimed at teens aged 13 to 18 (and a "failed" attempt at prime time cartoons). It lasted for one season that comprised 39 episodes.

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Premise

The show centers on the adventures of Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, who are portrayed as teenagers in this series for the first time (they would be portrayed as teens again in House of Mouse). They speak in conventional voices, versus the "duck"-like voices they possessed in earlier cartoons such as DuckTales and Disney theatrical shorts, and they each have their own distinct personalities (also in contrast to their earlier portrayals). They also participate in typical teenage activities. Daisy Duck is the girlfriend of Donald and is a reporter for a news program called What in the World, with Donald serving as her cameraman. Ludwig Von Drake also appears in this series.

Production

The tone of Quack Pack is comedic and slapstick, a sharp contrast to the earlier, "more serious" DuckTales. While this show also takes place in Duckburg, in contrast to earlier series' it almost exclusively features human characters. Scrooge McDuck, the Money Bin, Pete, Launchpad McQuack, Gyro Gearloose, Doofus Drake, Bubba the Caveduck, Mrs. Beakley, Webby, Flintheart Glomgold, the Beagle Boys, Magica DeSpell, Duckworth, and GizmoDuck are completely absent from this series, and no explanation is given for their absence. In fact, in the episode "Snow Place to Hide" it was mentioned that Donald is the only uncle that Huey, Dewey, and Louie have, which means either that Scrooge has died, he was just cut out or they are simply differentiating between an Uncle and a Great-uncle, which is Scrooge's true relationship to them. This had given the show many negative reviews from Ducktales fans, even with some fans wanting to take the show off the air. The show's working title was Duck Daze, but was changed at the last minute to Quack Pack; traces of the earlier title were still reflected in the theme song, which is performed by Eddie Money.

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