Character Spotlight – Mrs. Beakley

Bio

Name: Mrs. Bentina Beakley

Aliases: Mrs. B, Granny

Relatives: Webby Vanderquack (Granddaughter)

Occupation: Scrooge McDuck’s Housekeeper

Appearance: White feathers, gray hair with a bun, purple clothes with white apron and glasses.

Voice: Joan Gerber (Original Series), Toks Olagundoye (2017 Series)

Who is Mrs. Beakley?

Mrs._BeakleyMrs. Beakley was first created for the 1980s DuckTales animated show. She was first introduced on the show in the 2 hour animated movie “The Treasure of the Golden Suns.” In the episode Mrs. Beakley and her granddaughter show up at McDuck manor so that Mrs. Beakley can apply for the nanny position for Scrooge’s grandnephews. Mrs. Beakley was a kind and gentle caretaker.

In the 2017 reboot of DuckTales Mrs. Beakley is already employed by Scrooge McDuck and it appears that she may have been taking care of his home for some time. She appears to serve many roles at the manor (one of which is not Scrooge McDuck’s secretary!). She lives on the grounds with her granddaughter, Webby.

The new version of Mrs. Beakley shares few qualities with the original version of the character. Their appearances are similar enough that you viewers will recognize her character when they first see her. In the reboot Mrs. Beakley is very stern and authoritative. In the episode “Day Trip of Doom!” Scrooge McDuck gives Mrs. Beakley full authority to lay down the house rules for his family that just moved into the mansion.

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Mrs. Beakley in DuckTales 2017 is very protective of her granddaughter Webby Vanderquack. She has sheltered Webby within the walls of McDuck Manor, and trained her to be ready for anything. This training, some of her comments, and her ability to fight off Beagle Boys leads the viewer to believe that Mrs. Beakley has some kind of training. She appears to be much more than just the housekeeper.

We are given an indication of Mrs. Beakley’s trust in Scrooge McDuck in the premiere episode. When she finally catches up with Webby, who has tried to hide the fact that she went on an adventure with Scrooge, she tells her that she trusts Scrooge with Webby’s life and that she can adventure with him anytime as long as Webby doesn’t lie about it.

Mysteries

How long has Mrs. Beakley worked for Scrooge McDuck? She is familiar with Donald and we know Donald and Scrooge haven’t spoken much in the boys’ lifetime.

In the show we learn that Webby has rarely, if ever, left the mansion. Why is Mrs. Beakley so protective of Webby? What is she trying to keep Webby safe from?

Mrs. Beakley is a capable fighter and strategist. Where did she receive her training? Are her abilities one of the reasons she works for Scrooge McDuck? Does he know about her past? Is she a spy? Could she be a member of H.U.S.H.?

Appearances

Promos

Before the series began viewers were first introduced to Mrs. Beakley in one of six animated shorts that introduced us to many of the familiar characters in the 2017 DuckTales reboot. In this short Mrs. B is vacuuming one of the hallways of McDuck Manor when the kids are making a ruckus in the background. She continues cleaning while it sounds like the kids are tearing apart the mansion. The kids come running through the scene with a ghost chasing after them, and Mrs. Beakley switched the vacuum over to “Ghost” and sucks up the spirit.

“Woo-oo!”

In the series premiere of DuckTales 2017 Mrs. Beakley is first mentioned when Donald is waiting at the gate to McDuck Manor. He is trying to drop off the boys with Mrs. Beakley before Scrooge McDuck shows up. However, Scrooge does pull up behind Donald and he is forced to leave the boys with Scrooge. Scrooge enters the mansion and closes the door behind him, and it is Mrs. Beakley who lets the boys in. It is also Mrs. Beakley who suggests that Scrooge should spend time with his nephews.

“Day Trip of Doom!”

After a mishap with Donald and Scrooge’s master bathroom, Scrooge calls an emergency family meeting. After presenting his two rules, Scrooge hands the meeting over to Mrs. Beakley before leaving to enjoy his bath. Mrs. Beakley attempts to lay down the ground rules, when she and Donald first clash with one another. This leads to an altercation that lasts for the majority of the episode. The two finally come together when they learn that the boys and Webby have been taken hostage by the Beagle Boys. When they arrive to save the kids, Mrs. Beakley attempts to put together a plan but Donald goes “red” and attacks the Beagle Boys. After the kids are safe Mrs. Beakley and Donald make-up and when he asks her about her skills she says with a laugh, “Oh, it’s simple. I’m a spy!”

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“Terror of the Terra-firmians!”

Mrs. Beakley and Launchpad McQuack take Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, and Lena (Webby’s new friend with a dark secret) to the movies. Mrs. Beakley and Lena squabble the entire trip. When the kids sneak into an abandoned section of the Duckburg subway system to end a dispute over the existence of Terra-firmians in Duckburg, Mrs. Beakley and Launchpad are forced to follow them. Mrs. Beakley becomes trapped in rubble after a mysterious ground-quake, and she is more mysteriously saved by Lena. By the end of the episode Mrs. Beakley and Lena resolve their differences, and Mrs. Beakley invites Lena to hang out at the mansion anytime.

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