DuckTales Cartoon Turns Classic NES "Moon Theme" Into a Lullaby

DuckTales Cartoon Turns Classic NES "Moon Theme" Into a Lullaby

The "Moon Theme" is now an official part of Disney canon.

Disney's new DuckTales (awoo-oo) animated series is deep in its second season. A lot of crazy stuff has happened—as is proper for any DuckTales series worth its duck-salt—including a full-fledged musical tribute to the beloved "Moon Theme" from DuckTales for the NES.

We received a brief salute to the same "Moon Theme" at the end of DuckTales' first season, but episode 7 of season two, titled "Whatever Happened to Della Duck?", goes all-out by turning a snippet of the song into a lullaby. It's not what you'd expect from such a high-energy tune, but it works.

The lullaby is performed by Paget Brewster, who also provides the voice of Della Duck (the Moon-marooned mom of Huey, Dewey, and Louie). It's written by Mark Mueller, John Smith, and Jake Kaufman, who also arranged the music for 2013's DuckTales Remastered. It was originally composed (along with the rest of DuckTales' legendary soundtrack) by former Capcom music-maker Hiroshige Tonomura.

This clever shout-out from the new Ducktales cartoon is clearly meant to please older viewers of the show (such as yours truly), but that doesn't mean the DuckTales game is a mere relic of the '80s. The aforementioned remaster is available on the last generation of consoles, as well as PC, iOS, and Android. Not everyone was a huge fan of Remastered's lengthy story cutscenes, however. Luckily, the original NES game is even more accessible than Remastered thanks to Digital Eclipse's excellent Disney Afternoon Collection for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Unfortunately, Disney Afternoon Collection isn't available for Switch yet, even though it dang well should be. Sigh. Someday.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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