Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 28: ‘The Mighty Ducks’

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Quack! Quack! Quack! Yes, friends, it’s time to show some team spirit and get into a Flying V, because this week’s new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema takes a look at where it all began for one of Walt Disney Pictures’ most popular modern franchises, The Mighty Ducks. Josh is joined by Sound on Sight contributor Michael Ryan to discuss this 1992 underdog sports movie, and gets a crash course in hockey history in the process! Does The Mighty Ducks hold up after 20 years? Is it as entertaining as The Rocketeer or as disposable as The Black Hole or Tron? You’ll have to take a listen and find out for yourself!

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4 Comments
  1. Ricky says

    I remember Cournall… I understand the similarity but I doubt the writers based that character on Courtnall.

    Good looking chap from what I recall. Didn’t we trade him to Toronto ?

  2. Josh Spiegel says

    Clearly, the writer of the movie also remembered Courtnall over the other Habs players–maybe it was Mike in disguise!

  3. Michael Ryan says

    *I* remember Russ Courtnall. (One of my nicknames is the Guardian Of Useless Knowledge after all.)

    Russ was (in)famous for being ridiculously fast, but terrible at actually scoring on a breakaway, much like Charlie early in the film.

    I fondly remember Courtnall coming back to play for Montreal after breaking his leg. During the game, Russ stole the puck and headed straight to the net like a rocket – answering concerns about Russ losing a step. On the way to the net, he wiped out and slid into the boards like a hockey playing Wile E. Coyote.

    The goaltender was so astonished by this that Mike McPhee – huffing and puffing to keep up – was able to score easily on what was essentially an empty net.

  4. Ricky says

    This was a truly awesome show!

    I’m a little confused about where the Russ Courtnall comparison came from ? Did Mike read that somewhere cause I’m wondering who the hell remembers him over so many great Habs players?

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