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14 Reasons The Mighty Ducks Franchise Was The Biggest Hot Mess Of The '90s  

Erin Wisti
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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.

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None Of The Team USA Players Belong At The Goodwill Games
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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.

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There Are So, So Many Continuity Errors
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In the beginning of the first Mighty Ducks film, Goldberg (Shaun Weiss) claims he won’t be the team’s goalie for long, as his parents are moving back to Philadelphia. This never happens, and it’s never discussed again. While moving plans can change, it’s odd the line was included in the film at all, given it had no relevance to the plot and was never followed up on. Then again, continuity errors are par for the course for the franchise. This includes technical errors.

In one scene in the first film, Adam Banks (Vincent Larusso) is seen cheering from the bench right before he's seen scoring a goal on the ice. More or less the same error is repeated in the second film, when Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson) is seen playing on the ice and then immediately seen on the bench talking to a coach. In the third movie, there are multiple incidents in which characters speak while their mouths are clearly not moving. Go ADR!

Another fun Charlie Conway fact - he's credited as "Charlie Conroy" at the end of the film. Seriously. 

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Iceland Is The Main Competition In The Goodwill Games? Really?
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The main competition for the Ducks in the Goodwill Games during the second film is Iceland. Despite having "ice" in the name, Iceland isn’t known for its hockey tradition. The sport is vastly popular in Canada, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. In most NHL games, you're bound to see a smattering of players from these countries on the ice.

It seems a little unbelievable that Team USA would be going head to head with Team Iceland instead of Team Russia or Team Canada in an international competition of any merit. 

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The Triple Deke Isn't A Thing, And Conway Sucks If He Thinks It Is
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A deke feint is a complicated hockey move that involves maneuvering the puck to keep it away from the opponent. The triple deke in the Mighty Ducks lacks the complexity of the deke feint because Charlie Conway's patented move is more or less just stick handling  three times. That's literally it. Stick handling is the hockey equivalent of dribbling in basketball; it's the basic means of moving the puck across the ice. It wouldn't give a player any particular advantage.

Charlie Conway thinks like a blogger; "Here's something experts know to be rudimentary - something anyone with any basic training learned years ago - that I accidentally stumbled upon and will pretend is revolutionary because I'm too stupid to know better." 

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