Disney’s Mighty Ducks show is a satire of Disney movie reboots
“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
The line from 2008’s The Dark Knight made Harvey Damage part of meme canon, however at the exact same time, it might have unintentionally forecasted the future of Hollywood restarts. Like Creed or Netflix’s Cobra Kai, increasingly more reboot/sequel stories are turning heroes into bad guys and bad guys into heroes.
Mighty Ducks: Video Game Changers, the Disney Plus series that brings Emilio Estevez’s Gordon Bombay back to the ice to coach a brand-new group of mangy hockey gamers, may be the embodiment of the trope. Heck, it may even be sly satire of a standard Disney restarts.
On a brand-new episode of Polygon’s Galaxy Brains, hosts Dave Schilling and Jonah Ray go into the current chapter of the Mighty Ducks franchise to find that (1) it’s really quite enjoyable and (2) it’s completely overthrowing expectations for what a restarted Disney program would appear like. In the episode, Dave and Jonah likewise think of the circumstance in which the property of a role-reversed Ducks would be an apparent prospect for the greenlight:
Dave: It appears to me that there is some uncertainty about the initial Mighty Ducks, that there’s some sort of like, “Eh, that was a long time ago and now it’s too corporate” since the Mighty Ducks are the bad men! However why?
Jonah To overturn expectations! That’s the elevator pitch. “It’s a reboot of The Mighty Ducks…” “Eh I’ve heard that before.” “…but they’re the bad guys!” “What did you say? What the fuck did you just say? The Mighty Ducks, our special little guys, are the bad guys? Fuck you … I’m in.”
To check out the current pattern in reboots, and the challenging job of restarting a residential or commercial property in the very first location, Dave and Jonah relied on film writer John August, who formerly composed reincarnations of Charlie’s Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Disney’s current live-action take on Aladdin. Here’s a taste of how August experienced his own postmodernist concerns throughout the advancement of a reboot:
We dealt with a comparable thing with Charlie’s Angels. Therefore that was a reboot where we had this renowned ’70s TELEVISION program, which was terrific, however likewise bothersome in a great deal of methods. These 3 gorgeous females who are working for this strange employer, and the sexuality of it didn’t feel rather suitable for a motion picture. Therefore in those preliminary discussions, Drew Barrymore brought me in for a conference and we were resting on a sofa and simply truly speaking about what it felt like, and showing up with a tone where the Angels were sort of like “your dorky kid sister who somehow wins the Olympics,” who’s truly frustrating, however is likewise fantastic. These females might be extremely efficient when they’re on the job, however simply huge dorks when they’re off the job. That was vital and nailing that tone. Then we considered: What is the real plot, the story, that could get us to that point?
For a larger deep dive into Mighty Ducks: Video Game Changers and the challenging practice of restarting significant franchises, take a look at the brand-new episode of Galaxy Brains, out now any place you get your podcasts.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.