Although I've never actually watched any of them, to me the Mighty Ducks was always a live-action, kids film franchise about a team of scrappy underdogs striving for glory.
And they were very much human beings!
Now, my pal Jonathan Linneman, of the fine Monstrous Matters blog, has drawn my attention to a bonkers animated series - loosely inspired by the live-action franchise and the actual Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League team - that features a team of alien, anthropomorphic ducks who play hockey... and fight crime!
The cartoon came up when we were talking about my recently rekindled passion for humanoid ducks, in the wake of the publication of the brilliant DuckQuest roleplaying game.
It also turns out that Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series is on Disney Plus, so I've started to watch it.
Dating back to the mid-90s, the show only lasted a season (26 episodes) and there's definitely a Real Ghostbusters vibe to the animation style, and humour.
Our heroes are a team of duck-billed resistance fighters from another universe, where their hockey-loving home planet Puckworld has been conquered by their old enemies, the reptilian Saurians (who have a bit of a D&D dragonborn quality about some of them).
During a daring raid on the Saurian high commander Dragaunus, our heroes - after their leader sacrifices himself heroically - find their ship transported to Earth... along with the vessel carrying Dragunous.
Landing in Anaheim, the gang of anthropomorphic ducks fall in with Phil Palmfeather, the human who becomes their manager when they move in to the nearby ice hockey rink.
The team then uses the money it makes from playing hockey to build a base under the rink, from which they will continue their fight against Dragunous... and hopefully get home to liberate Puckworld.
As seems to be standard for this micro niche genre, duck puns are plentiful, so I shall try and keep tabs on the good ones to recycle in any game of DuckQuest I might run in the future.
All this also reminds me that I should probably add Ducktales and Darkwing Duck to my viewing list as well.
So much duckness... so little time!