“The Depths of Cousin Fethry!” Review

It’s our second week in a row with new DuckTales episodes! The girls and I woke up early again this week to enjoy another new episode. They went to bed excited to meet a new member of the Duck family. I knew very little about Cousin Fethry, but they knew absolutely nothing about the character.

The episode opened innocent enough with Huey interrupting Dewey to share facts about a tree stump… Dewey wasn’t interested. The scene does a lot to set the tone of the episode. If you know anything about Fethry, he is a little looney.

While in Scrooge’s office a call for adventure comes in, but Scrooge and Donald are determined to ignore it. We learn that Scrooge has Fethry stationed in a deep sea underwater observatory. We also learn that Fethry is Donald’s cousin. And although the boys (and episode title) refer to him as cousin he would be the boy’s second cousin.

Huey and Dewey can’t resist an opportunity to take part in an underwater adventure.

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DuckTales is fast paced, and that means a lot typically takes place off screen. I would love to see some of those behind the scene interactions, but there just isn’t enough time in a 22 minute episode. With this episode, I wonder if Huey and Dewey took off on their own, or if they invited Webby or Louie.

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What we do know is that they convinced Launchpad that they needed to test out some of the equipment in the sub. LP obliviously helping the boys steal Scrooge’s sun is one of my favorite parts of the episode.

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But my top moment for the episode was that it alludes to ANOTHER Launchpad solo adventure that we do not get to see! When they arrive at the observatory the boys tell LP to wait for them at the sub, but as they climb the steps to meet Donald’s cousin LP hears a familiar voice calling to him from the sea.

“Oceanika?”

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And we are finally introduced to Cousin Fethry. DuckFans have been loosing their heads ever since the character’s design was shared at San Diego Comic Con. It is a momentous occasion for many fans. The character was introduced in the comics and this marks his first appearance in animation. Additionally, he is typically used in comics outside of the US. It’s nice that the show is bringing DuckFans from all over the world together.

I will add that Fethry was a bit of a surprise for me. He wasn’t what I expected, but it appears that he is true to his original character. I’m not sure if it was the show’s reputation for going over the top with character traits or if it was the fact that I expected Tom Kenny to be over the top (The voice of SpongeBob SquarePants) that lead to me expecting a more outrageous character… But from what I can tell DT17 nailed the character’s personality and people online are happy (no small feat)!

Throughout the episode it seems Fethry may not be who he appears to be, but by the end of the episode I believe we understand who he is. He is that goofy “uncle” who can be both fun to be around and maybe a little frustrating. His whimsical outlook on life make him a great addition to the Duck family.

Throughout the episode Huey is compared to Fethry. What is funny is that in the beginning he is the one comparing his love for knowledge and discovery with Fethrys. Then when the boys realize their cousin may be a little loony it is Dewey who comments on their similarities.

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There isn’t much to say about the character’s design. I know some people have mentioned that his hat is missing the little ball on the end… The character is recognizable as Fethry, as can be seen if you find the video from SDCC. I also know the color of his sweater is often associated with the country in which his story was written.

The episode does provide a number of new locations and looks for our regular character’s. We see more of Scrooge’s office, we see the deep sea platform, the Tully Observatory, and the underwater station. Huey and Dewey don wetsuits and Launchpad returns at the end of the episode in an Aquaman inspired get-up.

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The animation in the episode is spectacular. The show has always had a nice look to it. But I’ve noticed some growth from the animation studios ever since “The Shadow War!” This episode was animated by Toon City, and that scene where they are racing through the underwater vents is amazing.

The episode was another great addition to season 2. It is nice to see the boys learn more about their family. I like how things are resolved with Fethry, and it provided a good laugh. The lesson of the story is one many kids need to hear.

All in all, another great episode. It may not have been what we expected, but we had a lot of fun watching it (and I’m up to five viewings this week!). What did you think of the episode? What stood out to you?

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Next week we are introduced to Duke Baloney, a brand new character inspired by an original Bark’s character, who may or may not be Glomgold in disguise. Join us next week as we look at “The Ballad Of Duke Baloney!”

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