Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kid Flicks: D2: The Mighty Ducks

Every family has a movie (or movies) that, for one reason or another, takes the VCR/DVD Player hostage and receives more repeat viewings than it deserves. In our house, some of those movies were Sister Act, The Meteor Man, and 3 Ninjas.  These are just some of the movies I want to write about in my new series, Kid Flicks.


D2: The Mighty Ducks is the best of the series.  The first one's a downer and the third one's lame.  It's the Secret of the Ooze of the Rowdy Kids Playing Hockey genre.

The stakes are higher, the characters are more memorable, and the culture lessons were more profound.  "Greenland is covered with ice and Iceland is very nice."  Tell me that didn't help you in college.    

The new additions to Team America (a.k.a. The Ducks) were great.  Not only did they add Julie "The Cat" Gaffney, the cutest goaltender 11-year-old Gringo ever loved, they also added a cowboy, a pro figure skater, a speed-skater with "stopping problems," and a Knucklepuck-shooting big mouth (played by Kenan Thompson).  And the Bash Brothers!  Two gargantuan thugs who headbang and mosh to "You Ain't See Nothing Yet."  (Note: Fulton was in the original Ducks; Dean was added and the rest was history.)

That brings me to the soundtrack.  This glorious soundtrack.  Not only do the boys trick models into parading around to The B-52's "Good Stuff," they also play street hockey to "WHOOMP! (There It Is)" and sing "We Are the Champions" around the campfire.  Throw in "Mr. Big Stuff" and you've got a soundtrack that rivals Angus.
 
Most Memorable D2 Moments:
1. It's Knucklepuck time!
2. The Greenland/Iceland explanation
3. The "Good Stuff" models

9 comments:

mcarteratthemovies said...

I was obsessed with the second "Mighty Ducks" film for a period of time -- oh, about six months. I watched it so often I still can quote it. It even made me attempt to play street hockey in my friend's driveway ... and I promptly fell using my skates and broke my wrist.

Angie said...

Sister Act! YAAHH!! Talk about an amazing soundtrack. That VHS also saw a lot of action in my house. I also crushed on the 3 Ninjas (back when I was at an age where it was ok)

whitney said...

Memorable moments? What about "You ate ice cream with the enemy!!!"?

Alex said...

HELL YES. This is definitely the best of the three, especially with all the great new characters. I love the beginning with that "getting the gang back together" scene and tons of duck squawking.

This movie is not only how I got my initial perspective on Iceland, but kind of still how I think of them today. They all wear black and train like Soviets, right?

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Amber said...

I played that D2 soundtrack ad nauseum when I was a kid.

Here's something that I wrote about this, the best of the Mighty Ducks movies, a while ago.

http://nostomanic.blogspot.com/2010/02/d25-mighty-ducks-face-off.html

oliveobrien1978 said...

Loved the Mighty Ducks too. Another film that was completely overwatched in our house was Labyrinth, love it! www.movienewsfirst.com

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

You're so right about the first one being a downer. But yeah, this is one is definitely more fun.