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Post by Snowth Poogle on Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:51 pm

Getting to see some golden oldieness of Season 2 today made me realize something... whatever happened to those ducks? Earlier seasons, almost all of the construction works, movers, burley laborers were ducks... then of course, there was that funny little scene from "Arthur's Almost Boring Day," where Arthur and D.W. are sent to Thora's house in the rain, of which she says, "This is only good weather for ducks," cue a family of ducks riding by on bicycles, and remarking, "Beautiful weather, huh?"

What happened to those ducks? Matter of fact, we really need more fowl characters.

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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by BionicBunny on Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:53 pm

I suspect they were wiped out somehow or another.That,or Marc Brown decided he didn't like them.
Sheesh,continuity in this show...

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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by A Lotta Moms on Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:23 pm

It's long been my horrible suspicion that they're part of some sort of forced labor system that operates behind the scenes.  As you pointed out, they're always relegated to very menial tasks or potentially hazardous manual labor types of jobs, while their dominant mammalian rulers enjoy more lucrative professions and living conditions.

I also recall happening upon the occasional bird person in the early Arthur books, but...no more.  Perhaps as technology improved, they outlived their usefulness to higher species and got ground up to fill in potholes, use as fertilizer, etc.  Crying or Very sad
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by CMSAB11 on Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:02 pm

They all died in the revolution against the other animal people to stop the oppression of birdkind. They first tried to tackle Ed Crosswire, since he obviously has all the power in Elwood City...unfortunately, you can imagine how that turned out.
There were no survivors. Sad
RIP.

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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by Snowth Poogle on Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:15 pm

Wow.

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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by A Lotta Moms on Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:17 pm

R.I.P. Mallard Luther King, Jr. Crying or Very sad
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by Snowth Poogle on Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:18 pm

Why do we not have like buttons on this forum? That post alone is worthy of likes.

FRANCINE: Duck!
DUCK WORKER: (Walking by) Quack!

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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by A Lotta Moms on Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:26 pm

Aw, shucks.   
We do have a Facebook "Like" button up at the top of the thread, but that's probably the closest thing.  
Otherwise, I'll look into implementing something along those lines.  Admittedly, there are a few more features that we could (and should) have around here.
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by Snowth Poogle on Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:49 pm

Now that I think of it, whatever happened to that one kid at school who looked like Droop from The Muppets?

Wow, I'm starting to think Elwood City has been a green-free city.

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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by Kerry9Story on Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:14 pm

they gon be in next season mabbe? Question Question Question
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by CMSAB11 on Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:48 am

im sure

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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by ArthurFrancineFan on Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:15 pm

BRING BACK THE DUCKS!!!

Lets start a movement!!!!
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by Guest on Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:51 am

ArthurFrancineFan wrote:BRING BACK THE DUCKS!!!

Lets start a movement!!!!

And the Mighty Ducks too!

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Post by ArthurFrancineFan on Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:56 am

Hell lets just bring back the 90s Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post by Wild Starry Moony on Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:05 am

Hear hear! Story9 wants to appeal to us now? BRING BACK THE DUCKS!!!
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by ArthurFrancineFan on Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:58 pm

YES!!!
Power to the PEOPLE DUCKS
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by MatthewHecht on Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:15 am

We better be careful or the ducks will get revenge on humans for removing them.  They have ways to make their prisoners quack. They are not sitting ducks.
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by Guest on Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:39 pm

MatthewHecht wrote:We better be careful or the ducks will get revenge on humans for removing them.  They have ways to make their prisoners quack.  They are not sitting ducks.

Yeah and for getting rid of the name "The Mighty Ducks."

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Post by ArthurFrancineFan on Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:31 pm

Well since this Arthur Related, they wouldn't be the Mighty Ducks
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by MatthewHecht on Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:58 pm

In the Arthur universe they have a hit movie called "The Mighty Humans."
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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

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Re: Whatever Happened to the Ducks?

Post by A Lotta Moms on Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:13 pm

Eat your heart out, Jack.
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Post by Apricot Jack on Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:34 pm

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Post by Apricot Jack on Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:27 pm

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Token quacks?

Post by Sylvan Cascadian on Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:33 pm

Ho-Ho-Homeless Santa again! Merging this with an already-existing thread we have on the subject.

All TV shows have interesting inconsistencies or plot holes, and as a show with anthropomorphic characters, Arthur is no exception. I feel that the creators of the show established it as a rule to include various kinds of animals without favoring in numbers a specific animal (maybe with the exception of bunnies) and also not to refer to  bodily differences between the species as much as other children shows do. This is a laudable thing, but one of the biggest mysteries that I have about this show are the duck characters, which seem to be pretty much a exception to this rule.
The weird thing is that the writers made a deliberate choice to have anthropomorphic duck characters in a show where all the characters are mammals, but then only feature them in brief, usually non-speaking cameos, where they have absolutely no connection to the story. There were characters in early seasons whose only role was to be present and who had suspiciously drab appearances like they are signifying their role in the show, like Jenna, but even they got speaking parts eventually. But for the writers to ignore a whole species in the entirety of a show that has hundreds of episodes and so many characters seems deliberate to me.
They also are a part of some curious scenes, like when they (kind of) broke the fourth wall when they were referred to as waterfowl ("only good weather for ducks") in this scene, another exception to the general rules of the show;

, or, the sole appearance of crane-like character in the show, as a villain in a movie:

They were perhaps inserted as kind of a joke specifically to make us ponder this by the writers, or they may have been too hard to include as recurring characters in the show. What reasons do you guys think were behind the roles the ducks were cast in?


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