The Ducks went through several
name changes before they appeared on the air. Wildwing was originally named Check, but
head writer David Wise dismissed this name as being too brash and aggressive. He opted
instead to name the character after the hockey team's mascot: Wild Wing.
In preliminary sketches, Mallory
and Tanya had their names switched around. Duke's name was also spelled Duques.
Preliminary sketches had labeled
Nosedive as the team leader.
Some writers and animators
attended a Ducks practice to gain inspiration for the show.
The theme song is sung by the
lead singer from the 80's band Jefferson Starship, Mickey Thomas. You may know them from
their hit single "We Built This City on Rock and Roll."
The Ducks never had last names
created for use in the show. However, the head writer David Wise created a set for fans to
use, and they are accurately listed in this site's character profiles.
MD:TAS has aired in the following
countries: USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and China. The theme song was
re-sung and episodes were dubbed in German and Chinese.
Mallory has often 'substituted'
for Tanya in merchandise, as Tanya is the only Duck who never became an action figure.
Mallory/Tanya substitution can be seen on the Puckworld Sticker Book, and the trading card
from Mallory's original series action figure.
Ian Zierring, the voice of
Wildwing, played a goalie in one episode of 90210, where he and his friends practiced in
the rink that was home to the L.A. Kings.
Duke's original character design
was like that of a modern Robin Hood, which would include a British accent in his voice.
Later, his character turned to the version we all know and love, Brooklyn accent included!
Wildwing is sometimes, but
rarely, featured on merchandise for the Ducks hockey team, in place of the team's actual
mascot, Wild Wing. The differences between the two are that Wild Wing has a bigger head, a
tuft of feathers for a tail, and the number 93 instead of 00. (1993 was the team's
In the episode "The Most
Dangerous Duck Hunt", after Tanya scoops up a sample of solarinite, the camera pans
up to reveal Wildwing and Mallory looking on while hugging each other.
Parts of some episodes had to be
re-done, even after they had already aired, due to animation and coloring mistakes. Most
prominent is "To Catch A Duck". There are two versions of this episode, which
can be told apart when Duke rubs his beak and says: "There's only one way to get to
him..." In the original airing, colorists failed to fill in a gap in his lower beak,
making it seem as though he were making an 'O' shape with his mouth even though he wasn't
speaking. The corrected version of this episode has his beak completely colored in.
Wildwing's jersey number, 00, is
officially not allowed for use by NHL players.
David Wise, the head writer for
the Ducks, also worked as a writer for the Ninja Turtles. Because the teams are so
similar, he used some episode ideas in TMNT for MD:TAS as well. Go back and check! It's
fun to compare.