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We have already determined that Duck Tales is on topic.

Is Donald Duck on topic? There was already 1 question on the Duck universe, How wealthy is Uncle Scrooge in the Don Rosa/Carl Barks universe?, but after I created my second question, What was Scrooge McDuck protected against because of his years of swimming in his money?, a user recommended I make a meta about it to establish a rule on it.

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    What kind of Mickey Mouse question is this? Er, wait... – Machavity Nov 16 '17 at 17:26
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    @Machavity - Are you saying that it Disney belong here? – Valorum Nov 16 '17 at 18:16
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    @Valorum took me a second, but that is great. – Edlothiad Nov 16 '17 at 21:32
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Yes, and this goes for all the Disney comics

With a small exception at the bottom. And tagging guidance

The comics are clearly considered on topic as we already have one well received and one positively received question on the topic. We even have a well received question on Mickey Mouse's comic adventures.

Well now that we've determined they were accepted in the past, lets compare them against some policies.


Anthropomorphic animals does not a fantasy make

The Donald Duck adventures seem to clearly break our requirement for what make something on-topic. Considering that although they are anthropomorphic animals, the adventures and themes seem to branch past our every day world into the Science Fictional and Fantastical world. That ticks the box set in this meta

This however fails Valorum's test for talking animals.

That said, we would consider talking animals to be part of a fantasy if:

  • They had been uplifted in some way (either by technology or magic)
  • Their speaking was somehow fantastical to the other characters.
    Meta answer by Valorum

However, while Donald Duck and co's speaking is not "somehow fantastical to the other characters", the adventures they carry out overrules this meta.

Another meta discussing children's literature has most of it deemed off-topic unless some invented creature and creative fantasy exists.

As far as the other concern that will no doubt be raised, of comic-themed cartoons, I think those should be allowed, for now. It's not the best fit, but as almost all comic book heros [sic] are either mutants, genetically engineered, aliens, robots, or people with some futuristic technology, all of which would easily be covered in this site, I say it's on topic
Meta answer by Pearson

There are other characters and events in the series which fit the requirements laid out in the snippet above. With truly fantastical acts and such occurring (such as swimming through gold coins, etc.)


All that being said. The Donald Duck comics seem to be clearly on-topic. As for the rest of the Disney comics, some of the earlier ones may be less on-topic than others.

So as a final conclusion, as long as the questions asked are about Science fictional or fantastical elements portrayed in the comics, they're on topic.

For a few examples our recent questions would be deemed on topic, however asking "What model is Donald's house boat base on?" Would be off-topic and closed as such.


Tagging

I suggest we use a general universe tag for these, my recommendation would be (which already exists), we should then have on all the comics specific questions, further down from that the relevant character starring in the comic in question should be added. E.g. in the case of the question

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Yes

It's pretty firmly established that this is a fantasy universe, complete with magic.

Just ask this fine duck:

...who is a known witch, known for stealing coins and turning people into paper. The rest of the series is also not exactly well known for staying with the bounds of reality, so... I suppose that's a yes.

Really, the existence of magic in the universe is what I'd say confirms it. Talking animals, such as ducks, are not enough to make something science fiction/fantasy... but when you throw magic into the equation, now that's a different story.

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    Wait, so one instance of magic suddenly bring a universe into scope? Like any eighties sitcom that jumps the shark and then has something supernatural in a late-season episode? The bar should be higher. – ThePopMachine Nov 16 '17 at 16:50
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    @ThePopMachine Duck Tails has always had magical, mystical, and science-fiction elements – DCOPTimDowd Nov 16 '17 at 16:56
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    @DCOPTimDowd, okay, but Donald Duck comics in general? – ThePopMachine Nov 16 '17 at 17:04
  • @ThePopMachine That part I'm not sure of. I know Donald and his nephews do have some pretty crazy adventures, but how much or how many of them are based not in reality could be an argument. I can see it being a case-by-case kinda thing. – DCOPTimDowd Nov 16 '17 at 17:08
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    As well as hard science fiction, e.g., the famous story where Donald invents Duckmite and uses it to fuel his rocket to the moon. – user14111 Nov 17 '17 at 9:00
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    Duck Tails is full SFF but other Donald duck stuff is not – Steve Harrington Nov 17 '17 at 10:30
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    cracked.com/… – user14111 Nov 17 '17 at 10:46
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    @ThePopMachine yes, by way of the Nolanverse rule. There's zero inherently fantasy elements of the Nolan Batman films, but they're on topic because they're part of the DC universe which is on-topic. By the same logic, Donald Duck is part of the Disney fantasy universe, which is on topic. – KutuluMike Nov 17 '17 at 13:49

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