While phenomenally popular with audiences in the early-to-mid '90s, the Mighty Ducks franchise didn't receive much love from critics. This lack of critical acclaim is likely due to the fact that the Mighty Ducks franchise is a hot mess. Confusing things about The Mighty Ducks range from gaping plot holes to technical errors so obvious they're laughable. While you may have embraced the corniness of these films as an optimistic '90's kid, you'll question your childhood tastes when you re-watch the films as an adult.
There are so many things in the Mighty Ducks movies that make no sense, it's hard to know when to begin. The premise is absurd, the filmmakers clearly knew little about hockey, and some of the goofy childhood pranks dished out are intensely cruel. If you reconsider these childhood favorites, you'll find them among the many movie franchises with serious problems. Seriously, there are a lot of confusing things about the Mighty Ducks movies.
The Catalyst Of The Franchise Is Ridiculous
The catalyst of The Mighty Ducks, and the franchise spun from it, is alcoholic Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) getting a DUI and being forced to coach little league hockey as punishment. What self-respecting judge would think this is a good idea? The legal ruling was essentially, "Hey! You're a big drunk. Why don't you hang out with kids?"
While the film makes it clear Bombay’s legal connections helped him evade serious punishment, it’s dubious coaching little league would be the slap-on-the-wrist sentence of choice for the judge. Imagine backlash from parents who find out their children are coached by an alcoholic with no experience with kids and a history of reckless driving. If the judge wanted to let Bombay off easy, surely he could have picked a less controversial form of community service.
If You're From A Hockey Town, You'll Know The Zamboni Incident Is An Outrage
In hockey-friendly towns, there’s a well-known song called “I Wanna Ride the Zamboni” used to gently explain to children the Zamboni is an expensive piece of equipment that should only be operated by adults. In D2: The Mighty Ducks, three players get ahold of a Zamboni and drive it through the glass surrounding the rink. This is never followed up on, the rink is repaired pretty much instantly, and the players never get in any trouble.
Not only is it incredibly dangerous for children to operate a Zamboni, the cost of repairs would be phenomenal. You'd need to replace multiple panes of expensive protective glass, and there's a solid chance the Zamboni was damaged beyond repair. Zambonis are not cheap; they can run more than $10,000. The reality of the situation is, those players' parents owe the arena thousands upon thousands of dollars.
The Flying V Is Hella Illegal
While hockey is often thought of as a wildly violent sport, it has pretty strict rules regarding when and how physical contact can occur. One such rule states you cannot check a player who’s not in possession of the puck.
The Flying V is a patented Ducks move in which the players get the puck, form a v-shaped line and proceed to plow through the rink, pushing down anyone in their path. In reality, if a little league team pulled such a stunt, it would land half the players in the penalty box pretty fast for checking the entire opposing team.
None Of The Team USA Players Belong At The Goodwill Games
The Mighty Ducks is a peewee hockey team from Minneapolis that was largely terrible until the tail end of its last season. Even then, the team's only accomplishment was winning a division championship. Yet, in the second movie, a big chunk of Duck players are selected to represent the United States at The Goodwill Games, an international sports competition designed to draw the best little league players in the country.
In D2's defense, five new players were introduced to the team. Yet, with the exception of the new goalie, these players all had problems. One was a shameless showboater, one didn’t know how to stop, one only had previous experience figure skating, and one was a vicious thug. You would think, when searching the country for the most talented players possible, scouts could find a less flawed bunch.