The In-jokes and References Guide to "DucktaleZ 3"
Made by Hannu Makinen and edited by Christopher Ushko
These are names of stores and signs found within Duckburg throughout the opening montage and the Boulevard scene:
WHO WANTS ICE CREAM?!?! (reference to the ice cream stand Michael Moore visits in the Residuck Evil easter egg.)
ALL NUDE REVIEW!
LIQUOR 'N STUFF!
Ducktales by Chris Ushko
The fart-jokes are an old cliche of Ushko's Ducktales cartoons that originated from the first one.
All three cartoons feature a song from the "Casper: A Spirited Beginning" soundtrack for some unusual reason. The first one had the closing theme song "Best Friend," Residuck Evil used "No One Lives Forever", and this used "Big Bomb Bomb" for the menu music.
Scrooge kicking everyone he doesn't like and the ice-cream theme are both from the first Ducktales cartoon. Scrooge's aerial-kick might very well be his only method of self-defense aside projectiles as he can't actually move his arms.
The 3D Scrooge first appeared in the audition-toon where it was revealed that Scrooge is in fact a computer-generated creation (?) similar to characters like Watto and Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars.
When Scrooge finds himself in Vegeta's body, he starts talking like a pirate, and then gets angry at a red bird. This is a reference to "Raspberrybeard the Pirate."
When trying to convince Louie to perform the Fusion technique with him, Dewey tells him "What happened to Webby was an accident!" This is a reference to "Residuck Evil" where Webby rises from a well and Dewey tells her "You're supposed to be dead!" This suggests that Webby's death may have been related to the last time they performed the Fusion technique. Still, the details are sketchy, and for now, everything is left to the imagination regarding her death
Scrooge's flatulence issue also mixed themes with "The Incredible Screaming Cat," which is nothing but a cat farting and screaming for a straight minute
Scrooge "curses Swedish fish" on Vegeta by throwing a bag of the Swedish Fish candy at him. This is a reference to the first Ducktales cartoon where he threatens to do the same to Glomgold.
The line "Kick him in the crotch Uncle Scrooge" and the response "No boys, I have a better idea" were also from the original Ducktales where Glomgold attempted to take Scrooge's money-bin and this was Louie's suggestion on how to get rid of him.
Also, the Louie line "Look Uncle Scrooge, it's a tank" is also from the first Ducktales toon. Dewey's response "Stay Away From That Tank!!!" might be referring to the fact that he got run over by the tank.
Vegeta attempting to kick Launchpad was also taken from the ending of the fist Ducktales toon where Launchpad makes a two-second cameo before Scrooge kicks him off the screen.
"You got dissed" are the last words that ended Residuck Evil
Also, in the ending credits one may spot an evil looking Webby holding Michael Jackson's head and Gizmo Duck gettin' jiggy with it. These characters were all present in "Residuck Evil".
(The Real) Ducktales
The first person to stop Scrooge is one of the Beagle Boys, a group of criminals who are always trying to get Scrooge's money but whose plots are always foiled. This time is no different.
Gyro's line "Hello Mr. Duck! How would you like to buy a 50-foot mechanical celebrity" is a reference to many of Gyro's insane and flunky inventions. In most cases Scrooge is more than willing to invest in them, but this time he knows better.
Bubba the Caveduck was brought to the future by Scrooge and the boys in later episodes of Ducktales.
Scrooge's monologue about the streets of Glasgow is a reference to the original comic books where he'd go on and on about how difficult life was back when he was poor. Hande points out: Chris misspelled Glasgow.
Villains trying to get their hands on Scrooge's lucky dime are also a fairly common theme in Ducktales. The most prominent and most dedicated is the female duck-witch Magica De Spell who needs Scrooge's dime in order to complete a spell which allows her to conquer the world. She also makes a brief appearance in this cartoon, baring a strange Harry Potter-ish scar on her forehead.
The magic lamp is taken from Ducktales the Movie in which Scrooge's nephews discover a lamp with a troublesome and wise-cracking genie in it. This hides another in-joke within it (see below).
This also marks Donald's debut in a Chris Ushko cartoon.
Dancing in the credit-sequence is also Darkwing Duck, the star of a Ducktales Spin-off which also featured Launchpad and Gizmo Duck.
Dragon Ball Z
The loading bar is the heads-up display from the game "Dragonball Z Budokai 3"
The so-called "seven stones" are a reference to the seven Dragonballs. Most DBZ villains want to use the Dragonballs to wish for immortality or eternal power.
The orb-shaped space-ship Vegeta arrives in is identical to the one used by Frieza's and King Cold's warriors in DBZ (including Vegeta)
Vegeta says he's from Krypton in truth he is from the planet Vegeta (for more info see below).
Vegeta's excessively long lines are also a reference to DBZ but more to its dubbing process. Since it takes longer for some things to be said in Japanese than English this often caused the translators to fill the dialogue with much meaningless banter. Vegeta's extensive inner-monologues are also a common element in DBZ. Also, some of it may be because the Japanese are suckers for over-dramatization.
Vegeta commenting on Scrooge forgetting his strength is a familiar taunt from DBZ often directed at Goku.
Huey sacrificing himself by trying to blow himself and Vegeta up is a straight reference to DBZ where a short character Chiaotzu (a.k.a. Chaoz) destroyed himself in order to stop Nappa. Ironically, Nappa was Vegeta's companion and in DBZ Chiatzu failed to kill Nappa. Huey was much more successful in comparison.
Vegeta's body-change is a technique used by Captain Ginyu in DBZ who switched bodies with Goku after performing a nearly successful suicide leaving Goku stuck in his badly damaged body.
The Fusion Technique is also taken from DBZ. When Louie and Dewey fuse, they argue over what to name themselves. This is because in DBZ, fused characters would always adopt a mixed name such as "Gotenks, ""Vegito," or "Gogeta." In Louie and Dewey's case, however, a fused name would still sound like one of their names, thus adding to the complication.
Vegeta kidnapping Louie and Dewey might also be a reference to the beginning of DBZ where Raditz, Goku's brother, kidnapped his son Gohan in order to convince him to start killing earthlings.
Scrooge, going away on a spiritual plane in order to train for a really long period of time (in this case a year) is also a reference to Goku going away for a really long time (after dying) to train on a spiritual realm in order to prepare for the coming of the Sayans (Nappa and Vegeta).
The battle inside the abandoned wasteland is a reference to the first battle between Goku and Vegeta, where they also fought inside an abandoned wasteland
Scrooge's finishing move in the canyon is Goku's "Spirit Bomb" technique
Vegeta, who is amazed at Scrooge's newfound powers thinks to himself "he's a million times stronger than the last time we met." This may be a reference to extremely poor memory of anime-characters which is often used in anime as an excuse to recap (which is commonly more common than in western cartoons).
The half-orb fortress looks just like Kami's palace in DBZ.
Julia Roberts is portraying the role of Kami, the wrinkled alien-god of earth in DBZ although Roberts is obviously the bad-guy in this toon. Her performance also hides another reference (see below).
Richard Gere performs the role of Kami's ethnically ambiguous alien assistance Mr. Popo. The similarities that can be noticed are his way of speech and his round lips.
When Vegeta grows in to a giant Super Sayan his hair and eyebrows turn yellow and he becomes a lot stronger. While this is undoubtedly a DBZ reference it also hides another reference (see below).
When Vegeta uses his Final Flash technique, his son calls out to him, begging him to stop. This is a reference to a common sound file of Trunks used in many DBZ flash cartoons, mostly because if you type "Dragonball Z" into a music search, that same sound file will almost always appear.
Scrooge finishes Vegeta off with a Kamehameha, Goku's signature move which has worked as the inspiration for various fireball attacks in such fighting games as "Street Fighter 2." The Kamehameha wave is a traditional finishing move in DBZ.
After every epic battle in DBZ, the characters would call forth the Eternal Dragon so that they could wish all the casualties back to life, much like how Dewey uses the Genie to do the same for Huey.
If you look at the scene-selection you see an extra chapter "21. Don't Play Again", which contains a DBZ easter-egg. In it Goku describes an up coming episode of DBZ where he gets stuck in a line and his friends end up fighting a bad-guy for a couple of hundred episodes before Goku saves the day. This is obviously because Goku has a tendency of saving the day with his superior power (Super Sayan Magic) but also because the DBZ anime was made simultaneously with the manga which led to a lot of filler-material in the anime if the manga hadn't continued and this also stretched fights inconsistently. This difference is evident when comparing the anime with the manga. Also in the end it is revealed that Piccolo and Chaoz may be getting married. This is a red herring technique used once when it was suggested that Krillin (a.k.a. Kuririn) and his girlfriend were going to get married which was just a fantasy-sequence that Krillin has at one point in the episode. This one however is far more disturbing.
Also, in the easter egg, Goku's shirt reads "Basu," which means "Bus," and Krillin's says "Saru" which means "Monkey." There is no meaning to either of these other than randomness. A crudely drawn Vegeta is shown wearing a pink shirt, which is what he was forced to wear at the beginning of the Cell Saga, and Bulma is wearing a Playboy bunny outfit similar to the one given to her by Oolong in the earliest issues of the manga.
The "really gay villain" in the easter egg refers to how a majority a DBZ villains are overly effeminate and tend to wear make-up and/or tight speedos (this has become something of a sci-fi cliche in anime, just as the heroes and villains of Castlevania have grown increasingly feminine in recent years)
The Imperial March plays when the mothership first arrives, ala the first Star Wars movie when the ships first appear.
Vegeta says he's from Krypton, which is Superman's home planet. Vegeta was in fact the name of the Saiyan's home-planet. As one may realize Saiyans are given vegetable-themed names. Low ranking sayans are often named after specific vegetables like Goku whose real name is Kakarot (as in Carrot) or Raditz. Higher ranking saiyans are given more generic names and as Vegeta is royalty he has the honour of baring the name of his home-planet.
When Huey rushes out to stop Vegeta, Louie screams "WE LOVE YOU!" This is a reference to Toy Story 2 where Woody rushes out to the garage sale to rescue a toy from being sold and Rex screams "WE LOVE YOU!"
The scene where Scrooge is feeling miserable about himself was obviously inspired by the music-video for Boulevard of Broken Dreams which plays in the background.
While Scrooge is wallowing in his own filth, a character from the Will Ferrell movie "Anchorman," Brick, makes a random appearance and says "I just burnt my tongue" for no reason
Like Jesus on the cross, Scrooge calls out to God in the church "Why has thou forsaken me?!?"
At the Big Church of Duckburg Scrooge talks to several religious figures represented in the glass-windows including Jesus, Buddha, Zeus of Greece and strangely enough the Great Gazoo from the Flintstones who delivers his favorite insult "dum-dum." The scene itself might have been inspired by an episode of the Simpsons in which the priest talks to the Saints depicted in the church's windows often at the point of their death.
Additionally, the Zeus here resembles the Zeus from the Disney movie "Hercules."
The Almighty Cornmander is just Tom Hanks wearing Papa Smurf's hat. This character made its debut in the sacrificial alternative-ending to Chris Ushko's remake of Monkey Island 2.
The portal into the Realm of the Gods acts and sounds the same way as the time portals in the SNES game "Chronotrigger."
By coincidence, all the characters in the afore-mentioned "Chronotrigger," were designed by AKira Toriyama, creator of DBZ.
Julia Roberts' character may also be a reference to Rita, the original villain from the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers as demonstrated by the line "Make my monster grow!"
Vegeta growing in to giant-size is a reference to Power Rangers where the monsters tended to grow in to giant-size forcing the Power Rangers to battle it with a giant robot, which is just what Scrooge and the boys do in this case. Also the music that plays in the background when Scrooge and the boys are running from Vegeta is the Power Ranger's theme.
The music that plays in the background upon revealing the 50-foot mechanical Christopher Walken is "The Weapon of Choice." Walken starred in the music-video as a bored man who suddenly starts dancing to the song inside what appears to be a hotel completely devoid of people. At the end of the video Walken defies even gravity, flying around a great opening at the centre of the hotel.
The shoulder blades on Christopher Walken are remniscient of the giant robots from "Neon Genesis Evangelion."
The final battle in space is a play on the Power Rangers' movie when the Megazord and Ivan Ooze take the fight into outer space. In addition, the day is saved when a ranger pushes an emergency button that unleashes nothing more than a lame kick that knocks Ivan backwards into the path of a comet.
The infamous "Red Button" is a reference to a button found in the governnor's mansion in "The Secret of Monkey Island" where at one point during a scuffle, someone shouts "No! Not the red button!"
Hewey's line "But now the world is covered in eternal darkness" may be an unintentional reference to the Nintendo game "Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem" where this specific threat becomes very evident over the course of the game.
The words "The Batman" are found on the side of the Batmobile. This is currently a reference to the newer WB Batman series "The Batman."
The line "Stop TRYING to hit and hit me!" is from the movie Matrix, also when Christopher Walken and Vegeta collide for the first time, the music, weather, and atmosphere call attention towards the climatic battle between Neo and Agent Smith in "Matrix Revolutions."
"Oh, my God! A Super Saiyan!" "Don't be silly! Super Saiyans are foolish!" is a reference to Egoraptor's "DBZ in a Nutshell" cartoon. "Is that okay?" "As a matter of fact, it isn't!" refers to Phelouser's "Is that okay?" cartoon. Vegeta's dance moves are based on a GGC Media internet short entitled "Macho Bear" found at this place.