DuckTales/Disney Adventures are still pretty huge in Europe and also Asia(especially China and Japan). They still release book shelves full of comics every month. www.google.ca/search?q=lustige… Also, the DuckTales movie had/has more popularity in Europe. What I find weird is that an american products is more famous outside of America. I wonder what is the reason for that?
I think part of it is a cultural thing: some nations are more receptive to an IP because it features something they can relate to, unlike the IP's country of origin for whatever reason.
Another thing is exposure: some products are advertised very heavily abroad in order to tap into that market and people latch on.
There's this interesting article on Cracked (www.cracked.com/article_18895_… about how some things in the U.S. are more popular abroad and (despite being a comedy site) does bring up the point that Disney Adventures are popular abroad because they didn't suffer the overexposure that occurred in the U.S.. For a while, Mickey and Co.'s faces were everywhere, and that makes you want to ignore it and go read/watch something else. It's not about the stories, but rather about exhaustion.
This conversation has me looking up foreign views of the U.S. and I'm finding it enlightening to learn what people think of my home country.
I was looking to find examples of IP's that did not achieve the same level of popularity in their home country as they did in the U.S. and am surprised to say I can only find one: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
I think that the development of communication means like the Internet has led to an easier transfer of media, leading to IP's finding fandoms all over the world. Before the internet, things like Doctor Who, or One Piece would not be the international phenomenon's they are today.
True, depends on the people and how it is marketed. Also Lilo and Stitch seemed to be not super popular in the states, but it is huge in Japan and Europe. They even made their own TV show(anime).
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The internet definitely plays a big role too. I'm very happy it exists, because I have found so many great things and things I have almost forgotten. Wish the DuckTales fandom was a bit bigger. Another problem are the fights amongst those fans. Some like the older comics more, some only a certain artist, some only the TV show, etc.
I have found a new appreciation for DuckTales and the rest of the Disney cataloge these days due to my time in England and reading a bunch of comics.
In case you haven't heard it yet, Tuomas Holopainen of Nightwish did a great concept album about The Life and Times of Scrooge: vimeo.com/92969280 It's definatly worth a listen. It's amazingly epic!
I think the thing with the fans is that is that properties like DuckTales, Mickey Mouse, and even the likes of Batman and Superman, are no longer the product of one creator or one generation. They have grown so large that they are different things to different people. That may cause infighting, but I feel it is awe-inspiring how such a work can cause wide-spread discussion.
Sorry for all the links, and if they don't work
But look up the Scrooge album, it has a nice nostalgic feel.
Now I can see it. And most of it makes sense. But then there is other stuff that is around since a long time as well, like Flintstones, Archie, Simpsons, Superman etc and it still seem to be very popular. And Micky and Co didn't appear with those comics in Europe, Disney is known all around the world since the beginning. Technically we should be tired as well. O.o
I don't mind different opinions and I like to talk about those, but I don't like when it ends in fights and butthurts. I love those comics, but I would never get mean and hurtful over fictional stuff.
Thanks for sharing the links! Very interesting to read and to listen!