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The Mighty Ducks
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The Mighty Ducks film trilogy home release cover art
Created bySteven Brill
Original workThe Mighty Ducks
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company
* The real-life hockey team, which is no longer owned by The Walt Disney Company, is currently known as the Anaheim Ducks. The team's original Disney-designed logo is still used as an alternate logo.

The Mighty Ducks is an American media franchise composed of a trilogy of three live-action films released in the 1990s by Walt Disney Pictures, an animated television series, an upcoming live-action sequel television series, and a real-world National Hockey League hockey team. The movies revolve around a Twin Cities ice hockey team, composed of young players that stick together throughout various challenges. Despite its negative reviews by movie critics, the trilogy's commercial success paved the way for the franchise's expansion.

The franchise has various releases in other media, including theme park and hotel attractions.


Film U.S.
release date
Director Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s)
The Mighty Ducks October 2, 1992 (1992-10-02) Stephen Herek Steven Brill Jon Avnet and Jordan Kerner
D2: The Mighty Ducks March 25, 1994 (1994-03-25) Sam Weisman
D3: The Mighty Ducks October 4, 1996 (1996-10-04) Robert Lieberman Steven Brill & Jim Burnstein Kenneth Johnson & Jim Burnstein

The Mighty Ducks (1992)[edit]

After being pulled over for drunk driving, attorney Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is sentenced to community service, coaching hockey. There, he meets the "District 5" peewee hockey team, perennial losers who finish at the bottom of the league standings year after year. They are shut out every game and lose by at least five goals. The players learn Bombay was once a player for the Hawks, an elite team in the same league, but left hockey because of the embarrassment that followed after a failed attempt at a penalty shot at the end of regulation, causing them to lose in overtime, costing them a peewee championship. With the help of Coach Bombay, and a desperately needed infusion of cash and equipment, the players learn the fundamentals of the sport. Soon enough, the District 5 team (now christened the "Ducks", after Bombay's employer, Gerald Ducksworth) start winning games and manage to make the playoffs, reaching the finals and adding new player Adam Banks, an ex-Hawk who is a talented player and an asset for the Ducks. Bombay faces the Hawks, the team he grew up playing for, still led by Jack Reilly (Lane Smith), the same coach Bombay played for. Fittingly, the Ducks win the title game on a penalty shot by Bombay's protégé, Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson). The movie was released in the UK, South Africa as Champions. It was directed by Stephen Herek.

D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)[edit]

Inspired by his own players, Bombay decides to try out in the minor leagues and becomes the star player for the fictional Minnehaha Waves, with an easy pathway to the NHL. After a career-ending knee injury, he is offered a chance to coach a team representing the United States in the Junior Goodwill Games. For this, he reunites his Ducks and introduces them to five new players from across the country to form Team USA. However, the lure of celebrity becomes a distraction to both Bombay and the players, and reality kicks in when they lose against Team Iceland in an embarrassing defeat. Frustrated, Bombay drives his players even harder, yet Team USA continues to suffer, until they come across a street hockey team who teaches them how to play like "the real Team USA". New player Russ Tyler (Kenan Thompson), who earlier mocked Team USA during its matches, is recruited into the roster. Bombay realizes the most important thing is to have fun and after a change in attitude, the Ducks redeem themselves by working up the playoff ladder to meet Team Iceland in the finals. Team USA proves to be a match for Iceland, but the game ends in a tie, resulting in a shootout, which resulted in Team USA winning.

D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)[edit]

The movie shifts focus from Bombay to protégé Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson). Charlie and his teammates are awarded scholarships to Eden Hall Academy (a fictitious name from crossing Southwestern suburb Eden Prairie, Cretin-Derham Hall, and Saint Thomas Academy), a prestigious Minnesota high school Bombay attended. Their arrival is met with hostility from the varsity team (mainly consisting of players who are members of rich families, whose younger siblings were cut from the junior varsity team to make room for the Ducks), as well as Bombay's hand-picked successor, Ted Orion (Jeffrey Nordling), whose emphasis on defensive two-way hockey irks Charlie. Not wanting to be on a team led by Orion, who he believes to be a washed-up former professional player, Charlie leaves the team, but rejoins as he learns the truth about Orion from Bombay. Charlie and Orion quickly bond in time for the JV-Varsity Showdown, and thanks in large part to the work of Charlie, the Ducks win on a shorthanded goal in the dying seconds of the game from unlikely goal scorer Greg Goldberg (who is converted from goalie to defenseman).



Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series, aired on the American Broadcasting Company for one season consisting of 26 episodes, from 1996-1997. Created in a collaboration between Marty Isenberg, Robert N. Skir, and David Wise, the show ran regularly during The Disney Afternoon block. The series takes place in a futuristic alternate anthropomorphic-universe, and follows the adventures of humanoid-duck superheroes.

The series theme song, written by Carl Swander Johnson, was performed by Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship and Starship fame.


In January 2018, it was announced that a television series based on the original films was in the early stages of development at ABC Signature Studios, with screenwriter Steven Brill and producer Jordan Kerner being attached to the series.[1] By February of the same year it was announced that the series is being created as exclusive content for Disney+ streaming service.[2]

By November 2019, the plot was announced to center around a 13-year-old boy - whose mother helps him assemble a new team, find a coach and build a rink where they can play - when he gets kicked off the junior division of the Mighty Ducks hockey team. In February 2020, it was announced that Emilio Estevez will reprise his role as Coach Gordon Bombay in the series.[3] The series was originally scheduled to begin production in February 2020, with principal photography taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[4] In August 2020, it was announced that filming could officially begin after Disney TV Studios made a deal with British Columbia unions about testing the cast and crew members for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

Main cast and characters[edit]

The Mighty Ducks D2:
The Mighty Ducks
The Mighty Ducks
Mighty Ducks:
The Animated Series
Gordon Bombay
Emilio Estevez  
Ted Orion
  Jeffrey Nordling  
Charlie Conway Joshua Jackson  
Guy Germaine Garette Ratliff Henson  
Connie "the Velvet Hammer" Moreau Marguerite Moreau  
Fulton Reed Elden Henson  
Lester Averman Matt Doherty  
Greg Goldberg Shaun Weiss  
Adam "Cake Eater" Banks Vincent Larusso  
Terry Hall Jussie Smollett  
Tommy Duncan Danny Tamberelli  
Dave Karp Aaron Schwartz  
Peter Mark J.D. Daniels  
Jesse Hall Brandon Quintin Adams  
Julie "The Cat" Gaffney   Colombe Jacobsen  
Dwayne Robertson   Ty O'Neal  
Ken "Little Bash Brother" Wu   Justin Wong  
Dean Portman   Aaron Lohr  
Luis Mendoza   Mike Vitar  
Russell "Russ" Tyler   Kenan Thompson  
Wildwing Flashblade   Ian Ziering
Nosedive Flashblade   Steve Mackall
Duke L'Orange   Jeff Bennett
Mallory McMallard   Jennifer Hale
Tanya Vanderflock   April Winchell
Check "Grin" Hardwing   Brad Garrett
Canard Thunderbeak   Townsend Coleman
NHL Cameos

Each movie showcases a cameo appearance by National Hockey League players:

Fictional team roster[edit]

The following is the roster of the fictional players for the team.[6] Provided are their jersey numbers, playing positions and indication of their appearances in movies.

No. Player Hometown Position D1 D2 D3
00 Guy Germaine St. Paul, MN F checkY checkY checkY
1 Terry Hall Minneapolis, MN F checkY ☒N ☒N
2 Tommy Duncan Minneapolis, MN D checkY ☒N ☒N
4 Lester Averman Brooklyn Park, MN F checkY checkY checkY
5 Tammy Duncan Minneapolis, MN F checkY ☒N ☒N
6 Julie Gaffney Bangor, ME G ☒N checkY checkY
7 Dwayne Robertson Austin, TX F ☒N checkY checkY
9 Jesse Hall Minneapolis, MN F checkY checkY ☒N
11 Dave Karp Minneapolis, MN D checkY ☒N ☒N
16 Ken Wu San Francisco, CA F ☒N checkY checkY
18 Connie Moreau Minneapolis, MN F checkY checkY checkY
21 Dean Portman Chicago, IL D ☒N checkY checkY
22 Luis Mendoza Miami, FL F ☒N checkY checkY
24 Peter Mark Minneapolis, MN D checkY ☒N ☒N
33 Greg Goldberg Philadelphia, PA G/D checkY checkY checkY
44 Fulton Reed Stillwater, MN D checkY checkY checkY
56 Russ Tyler Los Angeles, CA D ☒N checkY checkY
96 Team Captain
Charlie Conway
Minneapolis, MN F checkY checkY checkY
99 Adam Banks Edina, MN F checkY checkY checkY

Additional production and crew details[edit]

Film Crew/Detail
Composer Cinematographer Editor(s) Production
Running time MPAA
The Mighty Ducks David Newman Thomas Del Ruth Larry Brock & John F. Link Walt Disney Pictures,
Avnet/Kerner Productions,
Touchwood Pacific Partners 1
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution 1hr 44mins PG
The Mighty Ducks
J. A. C. Redford Mark Irwin John F. Link & Eric Sears Walt Disney Pictures,
Avnet/Kerner Productions
Buena Vista Pictures 1hr 46mins
The Mighty Ducks
David Hennings Patrick Lussier 1hr 44mins


Box office performance[edit]

Film Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Net
Total income
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
The Mighty Ducks $50,752,337 not available $50,752,337 #1,702 #2,715 $10,000,000 $40,752,337 [7][8]
D2: The Mighty Ducks $45,604,206 not available $45,604,206 #1,890 #2,933 not available not calculable [9]
D3: The Mighty Ducks $22,936,273 not available $22,936,273 #3,308 #4,537 not available not calculable [10]
Total $119,292,816 x̄ #2,300[a] x̄ #3,395 not calculable not calculable

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Mighty Ducks 24% (30 reviews)[11] 46/100 (18 reviews)[12] A[13]
D2: The Mighty Ducks 20% (15 reviews)[14] N/A A[13]
D3: The Mighty Ducks 20% (15 reviews)[15] N/A A-[13]


The Mighty Ducks series has become a cult classic.[16][17][18] Several professional athletes have expressed their appreciation for the series, with NFL Houston Texans' J.J. Watt and MLB Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper among the trilogy's fans.[19][20]

NHL team[edit]

Following the financial success of the first film, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim hockey team were founded in 1993, by The Walt Disney Company. The franchise was accepted by the NHL in December 1992, with an entrance fee of $50 million.[21] Additionally, a brand-new arena, Anaheim Arena, was constructed for the team, located a short distance east of Disneyland. The team's name was derived from the first film.[22] Philadelphia-arena management specialist Tony Tavares was appointed as the team president, while Jack Ferreira, became the Mighty Ducks' general manager.[22][23] Ron Wilson was selected to be the first head coach in the team's history.[24] During the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, the Mighty Ducks drafted as their fourth overall pick Paul Kariya, whose career would be the face of the franchise for years thereafter.[25] The initial roster had the lowest payroll in the NHL at only $7.9 million.[26]

Under the leadership of team captain Troy Loney, the team finished the season at 33–46–5, a record-breaking number of wins for an expansion team. The Mighty Ducks sold out 27 of 41 home games, and filled the Arrowhead Pond to 98.9% of its season capacity. Licensed merchandise shot to number one in sales among all NHL clubs.[27] This was aided by the team's merchandise presence in Disney's theme parks and Disney Stores.[28] The Walt Disney Company sold the franchise in 2005 to Henry and Susan Samueli, who along with then-general manager Brian Burke, changed the name of the team to the Anaheim Ducks before the 2006–07 season.

Season statistics[edit]

Key of colors and symbols
Color/symbol Explanation
double-dagger Conference champions
Year by year listing of all seasons played by the Anaheim Ducks
NHL Season Ducks season Conference Division Regular season[29][30] Postseason
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
1993–94[a] 1993–94[b] Western Pacific 9th 4th 84 33 46 5 71 229 251 Did not qualify
1994–95[c] 1994–95 Western Pacific 12th 6th 48 16 27 5 37 125 164 Did not qualify
1995–96 1995–96 Western Pacific 9th 4th 82 35 39 8 78 234 247 Did not qualify
1996–97 1996–97 Western Pacific 4th 2nd 82 36 33 13 85 243 233 11 4 7 25 30 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 4–3
Lost Conference Semifinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 0–4[31]
1997–98 1997–98 Western Pacific 12th 6th 82 26 43 13 65 205 261 Did not qualify
1998–99 1998–99 Western Pacific 6th 3rd 82 35 34 13 83 215 206 4 0 4 6 17 Lost Conference Quarterfinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 0–4[32]
1999–2000 1999–2000 Western Pacific 9th 5th 82 34 33 12 3[d] 83 217 227 Did not qualify
2000–01 2000–01 Western Pacific 15th 5th 82 25 41 11 5 66 188 245 Did not qualify
2001–02 2001–02 Western Pacific 13th 5th 82 29 42 8 3 69 175 198 Did not qualify
2002–03 2002–03 WesternConference champions Pacific 7th 2nd 82 40 27 9 6 95 203 193 21 15 6 45 40 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–0
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Dallas Stars, 4–2
Won Conference Finals vs. Minnesota Wild, 4–0
Lost Stanley Cup Finals vs. New Jersey Devils, 3–4[33]
2003–04 2003–04 Western Pacific 12th 4th 82 29 35 10 8 76 184 213 Did not qualify
2004–05[e] 2004–05 Western Pacific No playoffs due to lockout
2005–06 2005–06 Western Pacific 6th 3rd 82 43 27 [f] 12 98 254 229 16 9 7 46 36 Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Calgary Flames, 4–3
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Colorado Avalanche, 4–0
Lost Conference Finals vs. Edmonton Oilers, 1–4[34]

In other media[edit]

Video game[edit]

An electronic, handheld LCD game titled, Mighty Ducks and based on the animated series of the same name, was released in 1996. The game was developed, created, and released by Tiger Electronics.

Theme park attractions[edit]

Mighty Ducks: Pinball Slam[edit]

At the now-defunct DisneyQuest locations, Mighty Ducks: Pinball Slam featured as one of the theme park attractions. Opened by Disney Regional Entertainment (which was a subsidiary of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts), the line of limited, smaller-scaled locations included a number of indoor interactive rides and activities. The concept was short-lived and though there were meant to be various locations in numerous cities, the company ultimately opened two locations.

The ride itself allowed the audience to "become" a pinball in a gigantic projected pinball game; by rocking their "duck" back and forth, up to twelve players at a time control their corresponding pinball on the screen, attempting to collect the most points throughout the duration of the ride.

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort[edit]

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort, a "value" resort hotel located at the Walt Disney World Resort, features a Mighty Ducks-themed section and swimming pool.


A podcast channel dedicated to the trilogy titled The Quack Attack, has over 100 episodes dedicated to the topic.[35]

Home release[edit]

The trilogy of films were released in a collection set on DVD and Blu-ray on September 2, 2002 and May 23, 2017, respectively.


  1. ^ x̄ represents the calculated average of the three theatrical films.


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