Mighty Ducks: The First Face-Off

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Animated, Children's

MIGHTY DUCKS: THE FIRST FACE-OFF is an uninspired feature derived from the bland cartoon TV series. Not to be confused with the live-action Emilio Estevez movies, but obviously envisioned as a similar cash cow, it is tailored to non-discriminating youngsters, but might not even grab their interest. Police Capt. Klegghorn (voice of Dennis Franz) visits...read more

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MIGHTY DUCKS: THE FIRST FACE-OFF is an uninspired feature derived from the bland cartoon TV series. Not to be confused with the live-action Emilio Estevez movies, but obviously envisioned as a similar cash cow, it is tailored to non-discriminating youngsters, but might not even grab

their interest.

Police Capt. Klegghorn (voice of Dennis Franz) visits Anaheim's Duck Pond to investigate possible links between the hockey team's six duck members and a mysterious sextet of fowl vigilantes. The team's manager, Phil (voice of James Belushi), spills the beans: the squad consists of ducks from an

alien dimension who have fled the destruction of their home planet, Puckworld, by the evil Saurian Overlord, Dragaunus. Led by Wildwing (voice of Ian Ziering) and his magic mask, Mallory, Nosedive, Duke L'Orange, Tanya, and Grin have pursued Dragaunus to Earth and set up operations as an NHL team

that secretly fights crime and hunts Dragaunus from their headquarters beneath the rink.

Dragaunus and his minions Siege, Chameleon, and Wraith seize the Ducks' headquarters and use their super-computer to steal the launch codes for nuclear missiles and rig the reactor to blow. Klegghorn and Wildwing foil the code theft and defuse the reactor as Dragaunus flees.

To ensure that younger viewers aren't left behind by this padded compilation of the first two TV episodes, Klegghorn frequently interrupts the narrative to repeat things in simple terms. Scenes are even repeated; for example, the moment where Wildwing is named leader is shown in flashback twice

within 10 minutes. The characterization is broad and strictly one-note: each duck has one trait. Despite all the bluster, nothing really seems to be at stake, because the filmmakers don't want to frighten kids with real peril. All the violence is standard fantasy-fare: lasers, battle robots,

exploding hockey pucks, and no serious injuries.

The animation is just as vapid as that found in standard cheap TV cartoons, but is augmented by distracting computer-generated images that add nothing.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: MIGHTY DUCKS: THE FIRST FACE-OFF is an uninspired feature derived from the bland cartoon TV series. Not to be confused with the live-action Emilio Estevez movies, but obviously envisioned as a similar cash cow, it is tailored to non-discriminating youngste… (more)

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