Launching its newest series in a matter of hours, DuckTale: DinoLand Returns has been met with a huge backlash and, despite a positive review, has been cancelled from both networks.
DuckTales: Dinoland Returns will air on Cartoon Network on February 28, with Cartoon Network and Disney Channel pulling the plug at the same time.
On Disney Channel, Ducktales: The Movie has been pulled from its schedule.
Cartoon Network said that while the decision was made to cancel DuckTalks: Dino Land Returns, the network has no further comment at this time.
“As DuckTals creators, we understand that the show has been divisive and that there has been a backlash towards it from some in the fandom,” a statement from the network read.
The cancellation comes amid a major shakeup for the network, which has faced criticism over its decision to not allow any episodes of DuckTasks: The Adventures of Puss in Boots. “
We apologize for the inconvenience and regret that this show has taken a while to air and that the ratings were low.”
The cancellation comes amid a major shakeup for the network, which has faced criticism over its decision to not allow any episodes of DuckTasks: The Adventures of Puss in Boots.
The series is still available on the network’s streaming service but the network also announced that it was ending the series at the end of March, which many fans are blaming on Disney’s decision to cancel the show.
Last week, Disney announced plans to rebrand its animation division as Disney Animation Studios, and the new name will focus on the company’s film and television properties.
While Disney Animation will no longer have DuckTail, it will continue its partnership with Cartoon Networks, where the network will retain its existing DuckTapes.com website and its DuckTaps network, as well as a streaming service that will continue the DuckTables series.
In a statement, Cartoon Network said: “We are proud to be part of Disney’s amazing family of properties and the fact that Disney is continuing to grow and develop new properties and characters through the creation of Disney Animation continues to be a strong testament to the incredible talent at Disney.
We are very proud of the talent that has brought us to this point and look forward to the future.”
Disney’s latest DuckTests: Dino-Land return was a hit, and a critical hit, with critics and fans alike praising its imaginative cartooning and animation.
However, critics have also questioned the series’ timing and the show’s apparent lack of diversity, with one critic calling the series “a little too cartoonish”.
“It feels like a duck is trying to be able to breathe in this very big space that Disney created for it to have a voice,” said the critic, The Guardian.
“It’s not a very clever show, it’s not very funny, and it’s definitely not very compelling.”
Despite the show being cancelled, many fans have continued to express their discontent with the show, with many saying the series was “too cartoonish”, “too racist”, and “too violent” to be suitable for children.
The series received a mixed reaction from critics and viewers, with the average score being a whopping 5.5 out of 10 on Metacritic, with some praising the show for its “funny, clever, imaginative” approach to cartooning while others criticised it for its lack of racial diversity.
“I really like the way this show does the characters and the tone of the show,” wrote one fan.
“It’s kind of like when they do those ‘Ducktales’ shows where they have these characters and you think they’re kind of weird or something, but then you’re watching it and you realize they’re like that too,” another fan told the Huffington Post.
“I just feel like this show is too cartoony for a family, and I think a lot of kids wouldn’t be happy with it.”
In an interview with the BBC, creator Adam Pally said that he did not think the show would be cancelled and that he was proud of what he was creating.
“The show is very much about diversity, and you have to have the courage to go against the grain of what the public is saying,” Pally told the BBC.
“You have to go and make something that is different and that you believe in and people will like it.”ABC/Disney