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Scrooge McDuck Died in 1967 (and Other Animated Duck Facts)

45 years ago, Scrooge McDuck passed away at the age of 100. “But what about Duck Tales?” you ask. Well, so did Robyn Penacchia at Death+Taxes, who also had a few other questions: To this day, I am still confused about the fact that, in this town of anthropomorphic ducks (Duckburg, duh), there were non-anthropomorphic ducks that the [...]

How Much Money You Need To Realistically Recreate The Scrooge McDuck ‘Gold Coin Swim’?

Scrooge McDuck, that great genius of anatine finance, is fond of diving into his vast piles of money. No doubt all of us would like to do likewise. So how much would it cost? Matt Powers, whose qualifications include being “good at making up fake math”, crunched the numbers: Looking at some of the best pictorial [...]

The Forbes Fictional 15

Forbes has announced its annual ranking of the world’s richest fictional characters.  They say the collective fortunes of those ranked at the top have surged tremendously over the past year. On top of the list is the ancient red-golden dragon Smaug, known by hobbits and dwarves across Middle Earth as “Smaug the Tremendous” and “Smaug the [...]

Quiz: DuckTales

Today is National Stuff That Was Popular When You Were a Kid Day! To celebrate, we’ll be posting quizzes all day about — you guessed it — stuff that was popular when various writers were kids. Keep checking back for more! DuckTales premiered on September 18, 1987. The show featured the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and [...]

The Late Movies: Disney Propaganda Cartoons

During World War II, Disney created propaganda for the US government. The cartoons dealt with subjects as varied as income taxes, the daily life of Nazis, and military tactics. I’ve collected a sampling of the cartoons below, for your viewing pleasure and amazement — be warned, some are pretty weird, and many contain offensive racial [...]

The Quick 15: the Forbes Fictional 15

Every year, Forbes analyzes the net worth of really rich people – really rich people who don’t actually exist. In the past, Uncle Sam and Scrooge McDuck have been the highest rollers. Although Scrooge is closing in on the top spot this year, he’s been edged out by a newcomer to the list, a certain [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Sequels to A Christmas Carol

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the best-known Christmas tales in history. It’s one of my favorites – long before I could read, I repeatedly watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol, the Disney adaptation that featured Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge (of course). Dickens’ original wraps up pretty quickly, though – basically everyone lives happy ever [...]