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Herman Melville's tale of obsession on the high seas gets a feathery makeover in this adaptation that stars Donald, Scrooge McDuck, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie! When his ship is destroyed and his lucky dime stolen by the monstrous white whale Moby Dick, Captain Quackhab sets sail on a voyage of revenge against the fearsome leviathan. Joined by Ishmael, his first mate Mr. Sto Herman Melville's tale of obsession on the high seas gets a feathery makeover in this adaptation that stars Donald, Scrooge McDuck, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie! When his ship is destroyed and his lucky dime stolen by the monstrous white whale Moby Dick, Captain Quackhab sets sail on a voyage of revenge against the fearsome leviathan. Joined by Ishmael, his first mate Mr. Storkbuck, and the island triplets, Huqueg, Duqueg, and Luqueg, and his crew of ne'er-do-wells, Quackhab won't rest until he gets his prize. But whales aren't the only danger the seas have to offer. Our heroes must contend with giant squids, pirate crows, and mighty storms before even catching a sight of Moby Dick. And when they finally come face to face with the great white whale, will any of them make it back to land in one piece?


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Herman Melville's tale of obsession on the high seas gets a feathery makeover in this adaptation that stars Donald, Scrooge McDuck, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie! When his ship is destroyed and his lucky dime stolen by the monstrous white whale Moby Dick, Captain Quackhab sets sail on a voyage of revenge against the fearsome leviathan. Joined by Ishmael, his first mate Mr. Sto Herman Melville's tale of obsession on the high seas gets a feathery makeover in this adaptation that stars Donald, Scrooge McDuck, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie! When his ship is destroyed and his lucky dime stolen by the monstrous white whale Moby Dick, Captain Quackhab sets sail on a voyage of revenge against the fearsome leviathan. Joined by Ishmael, his first mate Mr. Storkbuck, and the island triplets, Huqueg, Duqueg, and Luqueg, and his crew of ne'er-do-wells, Quackhab won't rest until he gets his prize. But whales aren't the only danger the seas have to offer. Our heroes must contend with giant squids, pirate crows, and mighty storms before even catching a sight of Moby Dick. And when they finally come face to face with the great white whale, will any of them make it back to land in one piece?

30 review for Disney Moby Dick, Starring Donald Duck

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    A duck named Ishmael joins the crew of the Pequack and finds that Captain Quackhab is consumed with an obsessive desire to kill Moby Dick, the white sperm whale who swallowed his most prized possession: the first dime Quackhab ever made... I'm one of those people who have successfully avoided reading Moby Dick for years, though I know all the beats of the plot since Moby Dick has saturated our pop culture over the years. On the heels of reading some Carl Bark's Uncle Scrooge, I decided to pick th A duck named Ishmael joins the crew of the Pequack and finds that Captain Quackhab is consumed with an obsessive desire to kill Moby Dick, the white sperm whale who swallowed his most prized possession: the first dime Quackhab ever made... I'm one of those people who have successfully avoided reading Moby Dick for years, though I know all the beats of the plot since Moby Dick has saturated our pop culture over the years. On the heels of reading some Carl Bark's Uncle Scrooge, I decided to pick this up. As you can tell by the title, this is basically Moby Dick starring Disney Characters. Donald Duck is Ishmael, Scrooge McDuck is Captain Ahab, and the nephews are Huqueg, Luqueg, and Duqueg. The Beagle Boys are also in attendance as crew members aboard the Pequack. Two things surprised me about this. Firstly, it wasn't nearly as jokey as I thought. While there were jokes, they didn't overshadow the seriousness of the plot as much as I thought they would. Francesco Artibani managed to give Scrooge/Ahab some gravitas, not an easy feat considering we're talking about anthropomorphic ducks. Secondly, the artwork is much more detailed and moody than I thought it would be. I was expecting someone doing their best Carl Barks impression. The artwork is more detailed and uses more blacks in the inking than I expected. Also, the use of perspective is on par with most super hero comics. There's a worm's eye view panel of Ahab standing at the mast of the Pequack with most of his crew hanging on it that's shades of Jim Steranko in its composition. I can't think of anything bad to say about Disney Moby Dick, Starring Donald Duck. It was a nice read on a Saturday afternoon. Four out of five stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Quirkyreader

    This was a fun read. Even Melville would get a hoot out of this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    I have not actually read Moby Dick...yet. After reading this, I plan to at some point later in the year. I'm not curious how much of this was in the book and how much Disney made up for their own story. I'm aware they cut out a bunch and made it shorter for children. This was enjoyable. I liked the art a lot and the story was actually fun. Curious to read the others. I have not actually read Moby Dick...yet. After reading this, I plan to at some point later in the year. I'm not curious how much of this was in the book and how much Disney made up for their own story. I'm aware they cut out a bunch and made it shorter for children. This was enjoyable. I liked the art a lot and the story was actually fun. Curious to read the others.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pierfrancesco

    Da leggere anche solo per Paolo Mottura: le sue illustrazioni, come al solito, sono una bomba.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eule Luftschloss

    As he's fleeing from a former angry boss, the duck that calls himself Ishmael joins the crew of a whaler to just get away. What he doesn't know yet: His new captain is on a mission. This is a seamless merge of the original story and the tales from Duckberg and it was fun to see how it plays out in this version. You don't have to have read either Moby Dick or anything from Duckburg before, to be able to understand whats happening. My main problem is the depiction of Quequeq. Donald's three nephews, As he's fleeing from a former angry boss, the duck that calls himself Ishmael joins the crew of a whaler to just get away. What he doesn't know yet: His new captain is on a mission. This is a seamless merge of the original story and the tales from Duckberg and it was fun to see how it plays out in this version. You don't have to have read either Moby Dick or anything from Duckburg before, to be able to understand whats happening. My main problem is the depiction of Quequeq. Donald's three nephews, with tattoos of the people of Oceania - as if that were as specific term and not just hundreds of islands lumped together - are stowaways and speak in broken English. Can't tell if this is Pidgin English as I am not a native English speaker and never looked into what exactly that entails. On the other hand, those three are always up to weird stuff, and them being Donald's nephews in the original version takes away at least some of the racist undertones. Apart from that, it was a fun romp over the seven seas and I've enjoyed myself a lot. I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Monkey Feyerabend

    7/10 Premise: this is a review of the original Italian version. My fellow American Disney comics fans tell me that the English edition suffers from a poor translation. In Italy (locally produced) Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck comics are the mainstream comics. In a way the equivalent of what DC or Marvel are in the US. Well, actually they sell even more in proportion, as Europeans tend to read comics a bit more, at least for now. Italy is indeed the main producer of Disney comics in the world since 7/10 Premise: this is a review of the original Italian version. My fellow American Disney comics fans tell me that the English edition suffers from a poor translation. In Italy (locally produced) Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck comics are the mainstream comics. In a way the equivalent of what DC or Marvel are in the US. Well, actually they sell even more in proportion, as Europeans tend to read comics a bit more, at least for now. Italy is indeed the main producer of Disney comics in the world since the 50's. They started with a Mickey Mouse version of Dante's Inferno in 1948, and since then it became a tradition in Topolino, the weekly Italian Mickey Mouse magazine, to remake classical novels and sometimes classical movies with the duck or mouse cast, mostly as a way to introduce the youngest readers to old classics. There are hundreds of those stories, from War and Peace to On the Road! They used to be improperly called 'Disney parodies'. Improperly because they were not parodic at all. If anything, they were a bit too respectful towards the original classics for my tastes. Indeed, growing up reading Italian Disney comics, I never liked those parodies. The traditional Disney cast rarely felt 'in character' in them. However, the most recent parodies - from 2012 on - are all very well crafted, especially in terms of art and colouring. This one can be worthy taking a look at. The script is from Francesco Artibani, one of the most famous Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge writers working today. (He also works on Mickey Mouse and is the creator together with his wife Centomo of the YA comic series Monster Allergy. But he is best known for his duck stories since the 90's.) The art is from the Caravaggio of Disney comics, the great Paolo Mottura. His hyperdynamic and somehow baroque style can be a bit heavy on a regular story, at least that's what I always felt. However, his art marries the tone of Moby Dick pretty well. Some panels here are indeed breath taking. Scrooge is a perfect fit for Achab, and Donald serves well as main point of view. The insertion of Magica de Spell and the (unmasked!) Beagle Boys was clever too. Huey, Dewey and Louie used as Queequeg was a fine way to avoid outdated depictions. Gyro and cousin Fethry Duck were a bit out of character in their perspective role, but whatever, it's hard to create perfect matches. Goofy and Mickey would have definitely been better in their roles, but traditionally the duck cast does not cross with the mouse cast. (They recently made an exception for the Disney comics version of Dr. Jekill and Mr. Hyde by Enna/Celoni, with Mickey-Jeckill turning into Donald-Hyde, but that was a peculiar case.) Is it worth reading this book? Only if you are either very much into Donald Duck (even if this is very different from the American master duck cartoonists Barks and Rosa) or very much into adaptations of Moby Dick. Is it worth buying this book? Mh, that's a tough question for me. You see, before being reprinted in (an expensive) hardcover, this story was published in various European countries in cheap pocket-size magazines. So, me, I was able to read and physically own this story - although in a slightly reductive format for such detailed art - for a few euros. At that price it is definitely worth. But if your only option is the Dark Horse hardcover, well, I would think it twice. Check at least if the art is very much up your alley! More recently, the same authors, Artibani and Mottura, made a Mickey mouse version of Fritz Lang's movie Metropolis. Unfortunately it has not yet been translated into English. That one is also cool art-wise, please have a look:

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Trasposizione del romanzo di Herman Melville nell'universo disneyano dei paperi. E che dire, davvero bello. La storia viene ovviamente modificata e resa più leggera ma questo non la snatura. Paperino, Qui, Quo e Qua, Paperone, Archimede, i Bassotti, tutti sono a bordo del Pickquod e l'avventura è bellissima, divertente e i disegni sono stupendi. Molto bello! Trasposizione del romanzo di Herman Melville nell'universo disneyano dei paperi. E che dire, davvero bello. La storia viene ovviamente modificata e resa più leggera ma questo non la snatura. Paperino, Qui, Quo e Qua, Paperone, Archimede, i Bassotti, tutti sono a bordo del Pickquod e l'avventura è bellissima, divertente e i disegni sono stupendi. Molto bello!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie & Koala Skywalker

    I really enjoyed this Disney retelling of the story of Moby Dick. I liked how Scrooge McDuck was Captain Ahab in search of his Number One Dime that Moby Dick had swallowed. ~ Lizzie :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Soobie's scared

    Questa l'avevo persa. L'ho vista in fumetteria e l'ho presa, con i sensi di colpa perché non mi avvicinerò tanto presto al libro da cui è tratta. Lo sanno anche i sassi che Soobie e i tomi tanti non vanno particolarmente d'accordo. Ho perso un sacco di cose da quando ho sofferto di rigetto nei confronti della produzione Disney. Ne avevo letti troppi e un giorno non ce l'ho fatta proprio più. Adesso, con calma, ho ricominciato a vedere cosa pubblica la casa del topo. Certo, la riedizione della pri Questa l'avevo persa. L'ho vista in fumetteria e l'ho presa, con i sensi di colpa perché non mi avvicinerò tanto presto al libro da cui è tratta. Lo sanno anche i sassi che Soobie e i tomi tanti non vanno particolarmente d'accordo. Ho perso un sacco di cose da quando ho sofferto di rigetto nei confronti della produzione Disney. Ne avevo letti troppi e un giorno non ce l'ho fatta proprio più. Adesso, con calma, ho ricominciato a vedere cosa pubblica la casa del topo. Certo, la riedizione della prima serie di W.I.T.C.H. ha aiutato parecchio in questo senso. Comunque. La copertina di questa edizione con la copertina rigida è favolosa! Mi è bastato quello per comprare il volume. Ma anche la storia non ha deluso. I disegni e i colori (di Mirka Andolfo sono bellissimi. La storia non delude e Qui, Quo e Qua nel ruolo di clandestini orgogliosissimi delle loro origini nobili sono da sbellicarsi. Non avevo previsto l'arrivo di Amelia, lo ammetto. Beh, mi sa che potrei recuperare altri volumi di questa collana. Peccato per il prezzo un po' altino.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judah

    Beautiful art from Disney's Italian comic division, but the whole book is brought down by a truly bad English translation. This translation mirrors the recent changes at the Disney comics at IDW, where characters no longer sound like themselves, and everything reads rather robotically. A shame, since the story seems otherwise rather nice. Beautiful art from Disney's Italian comic division, but the whole book is brought down by a truly bad English translation. This translation mirrors the recent changes at the Disney comics at IDW, where characters no longer sound like themselves, and everything reads rather robotically. A shame, since the story seems otherwise rather nice.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darth Miky

    I disegni di questo volume lasciano senza fiato.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Svalbard

    La trasposizione disneyana di uno dei capolavori della letteratura che amo di più. Storia bellissima, incastro molto ben riuscito di tutti i personaggi (Paperone - Achab, Paperino - Ismaele, Archimede - Starbucks, i Bassotti - ramponieri, Ciccio - il timoniere, Amelia nella parte di un indovino indiano e Qui Quo e Qua in quella di indigeni maori - più precisamente, quelle presenze etnico-fantasmatiche che si aggiravano sul Pequod nel romanzo originale). Disegno ai massimi livelli, ottima veste t La trasposizione disneyana di uno dei capolavori della letteratura che amo di più. Storia bellissima, incastro molto ben riuscito di tutti i personaggi (Paperone - Achab, Paperino - Ismaele, Archimede - Starbucks, i Bassotti - ramponieri, Ciccio - il timoniere, Amelia nella parte di un indovino indiano e Qui Quo e Qua in quella di indigeni maori - più precisamente, quelle presenze etnico-fantasmatiche che si aggiravano sul Pequod nel romanzo originale). Disegno ai massimi livelli, ottima veste tipografica.

  13. 5 out of 5

    DOUGLAS J BERRY

    A retelling of Moby dick by Disney and dark horse comics. Good color artwork. Disney and dark horse comics freebie. Suitable for children. A loose adaption of the hunt for the great white whale. Includes donald duck, huey ,Dewey and louie, also scrooge mcduck.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Federico Lucifredi

    Captain Quackhab is joined by the whole Disney duck family in this beautifully drawn, entertaining parody. As usual in the Disney rendition, the darkest parts of the story are neutralized in a child-friendly rendition that is a hoot to read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Radhika Gunawardena

    A little dark for Disney I thought, and I'm not sure if my 7 year old actually understood the drawings. But, she read the book cover to cover... so I can't complain :-) A little dark for Disney I thought, and I'm not sure if my 7 year old actually understood the drawings. But, she read the book cover to cover... so I can't complain :-)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  17. 4 out of 5

    John

    Read to the boy at bedtime. 7-year-olds declare it "good" Read to the boy at bedtime. 7-year-olds declare it "good"

  18. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Rivisitazione Disney, soggetto e sceneggiatura di Artibani, disegno di Mottura, colori di Andolfo - Disney Time n° 63 LA BELLEZZA. Incarna perfettamente lo spirito dell'ossessione, dell'avventura e della ricerca di qualcosa in mare, e i disegni e i colori sono incredibilmente affascinanti! E' cupa e trascinante, e davvero non credevo che mi sarebbe piaciuta così tanto! "Il mio odio per Moby Dick sarà più forte del vento e delle saette! La mia furia vi farà da scudo... e dunque se c'è qualcosa per Rivisitazione Disney, soggetto e sceneggiatura di Artibani, disegno di Mottura, colori di Andolfo - Disney Time n° 63 LA BELLEZZA. Incarna perfettamente lo spirito dell'ossessione, dell'avventura e della ricerca di qualcosa in mare, e i disegni e i colori sono incredibilmente affascinanti! E' cupa e trascinante, e davvero non credevo che mi sarebbe piaciuta così tanto! "Il mio odio per Moby Dick sarà più forte del vento e delle saette! La mia furia vi farà da scudo... e dunque se c'è qualcosa per cui tremare non guardate al cielo... guardate Quachab!"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maurizio Becchetti

    la mia recensione: http://mauriziobecchetti.blogspot.it/... la mia recensione: http://mauriziobecchetti.blogspot.it/...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debbi

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Al

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Da Rosa

  24. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Joseph

  25. 5 out of 5

    Grant Gregory

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jumanah

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maria La Battaglia

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ken

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rose

  30. 5 out of 5

    M a r t i n

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