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33 Reasons "The Mighty Ducks" Is The Greatest Movie Franchise Of All Time

Nothing can touch the genius of The Mighty Ducks.

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The three "Mighty Ducks" movies make up the greatest movie franchise of all time. And I'll explain why, but before we start you better get pumped up.

Watch this. It'll do the trick.

Okay, ready? Good. Now, "The Mighty Ducks" films are the greatest franchise of all time, because...


11. Or due to the fact that "The Mighty Ducks" is an awesome title. Way better than its U.K. name: "Champions." (Though, spoiler alert, the Ducks are definitely champions.)

But I think it's because the movies taught us so many life lessons:


17. The second movie taught us the Knuckle Puck.

The Knuckle Puck is when you flip the puck on its side and shoot it by hitting the face of the puck, causing a wild, hard-to-stop motion (at least in the movie).


20. Though many Icelanders are evil, Gunnar Stahl is pretty great. In the second movie, the Icelandic star player had the greatest dialogue exchange that's ever been recorded.

21. "The Mighty Ducks" is also one of the only film franchises that had the courage to tell the truth about concussions: They're hilarious!

25. Plus Portman was part of the most amazingly implausible scene in sports movie history when he returned to the Ducks during the middle of the decisive final game in "D3."

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That final game also happened to decide whether or not the Ducks could stay at their fancy Eden Hall prep school. Because that's how academic disputes are decided in this universe.

26. "D2" and "D3" also gave us a truly wonderful gift: more Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez.

Before Mike Vitar retired from acting and became a firefighter in L.A., he played Luis Mendoza in D2 and D3. But he will always be best remembered for his turn as the greatest baseball player who ever lived (sorry, Babe Ruth) in The Sandlot.

But Mighty Duck brilliance goes beyond just the movies. The trilogy has become part of our culture:

29. It's probably the only movie series that inspired an actual professional sports franchise: The Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

When Disney sold the team in 2005, the new owners changed the name to the Anaheim Ducks. Jerks. What would Hans say?

30. The movies were so good that they inspired a sci-fi cartoon TV show about humanoid hockey-playing ducks.

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It included chatacters with the names Captain Klegghorn, Phil Palmfeather, Lord Dragaunus, and Mallory McMallard.

31. The first movie featured a character that was based on Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp as a child.

I suppose that the character name of the young Ducks prankster could have been based on another person named David Karp, but what are the chances that there are two people with the exact same name?

32. And they also gave us this fantastic meta moment on "Dawson's Creek."

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33. But the real reason "The Mighty Ducks" franchise is the greatest of all time? THIS!

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