Life is like a hurricane in Duckberg, and nobody knows it better than Scrooge McDuck; the millionaire codger was a character children fell in love with while watching Disney’s Saturday morning classic, DuckTales. The show premiered in 1987, and was so successful that it led to a feature film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, and two highly successful video games (one of which was remastered not too long ago). DuckTales (and spin-offs DarkWing Duck and Quack Pack) has since remained a nerdy fan favorite (even resulting in some disturbing deconstructions). Last year, Disney realized how sorely the franchise was missed, and moved ahead to revive the show with a reboot on Disney XD. Now the time for nostalgia is nearly at hand. Disney has released the shows updated theme song, new images, and a premier date!
Ducktales was originally created in response to huge public demand for more stories about Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, the three nephews of Disney’s classic character Donald. They appeared for the first time having been dumped on their Uncle Donald temporarily, while their father was in the hospital recovering from one of their pranks. When their antics became too much for yet another guardian, they were dumped onto old Scrooge McDuck who, suddenly forced to interact with his three grand-nephews, was inevitably dragged into all sorts of globe trotting hijinks, adventures, and tales of derring.
In this newly updated version, Donald Duck reluctantly takes Huey, Dewey and Louie to the home of their reclusive great-uncle Scrooge McDuck. Enthralled by their once-legendary great-uncle and the wonder of McDuck Manor, the triplets and Webby learn of long-kept family secrets and unleash totems from Scrooge’s epic past, sending the family on an adventure of a lifetime to the Lost City of Atlantis.
The main voice cast is David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Scrooge McDuck, Danny Pudi (Community) as Huey, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Dewey, Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) as Louie, Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates) as Webby Vanderquack, Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live) as Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Mrs. Beakley and Tony Anselmo (Mickey Mouse) as Donald Duck.
Recurring guest voices include Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Hamilton) as Gizmoduck , Allison Janney (The West Wing) as Goldie O’Gilt, Margo Martindale (The Americans) as villain Ma Beagle, Paul F. Tompkins (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$) Gladstone Gander, Jim Rash (Community) as scientist Gyro Gearloose, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as tech billionaire Mark Beaks, Keith Ferguson (Gravity Falls) as Scrooge’s archenemy Flintheart Glomgold, Eric Bauza (Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man) as Beagle Boys and Corey Burton (Star Wars Rebels) as scientist Ludwig Von Drake.
While there’s no way that Disney can can fully reproduce the fun and adventure of the original Tales, but they sure are trying. They’ve got a stellar voice cast, good animation, and gosh darn if they’ve haven’t made the opening theme as charming and toe-tapping as ever. Have a listen:
The new animated comedy adventure DuckTales will premiere in a one-hour television movie to be presented for 24 consecutive hours, Saturday, August 12 (beginning at midnight EDT/PDT), on Disney XD. Then, the series will debut with two new episodes Saturday, September 23 (7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. EDT/PDT). Each will also be available on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD on these same dates.