DuckTales (2017 TV series)

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DuckTales is an American animated television series developed by Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones for Disney XD. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series is a reboot of the original 1987 series of the same name. DuckTales was announced in February 2015 and premiered on August 12, 2017 with a 44-minute special entitled "Woo-oo!". The first season, which resumed on September 23, 2017, will consist of 21 twenty-two minute episodes and an additional 44-minute special.[2][3] The series was renewed for a second season on March 2, 2017.[4]

Titlecard, featuring the show's protagonists and Launchpad's crashed airplane.
Based on
Developed by
  • Matt Youngberg
  • Francisco Angones[1]
Voices of
Theme music composer Mark C. Mueller
Opening theme "DuckTales"
by Felicia Barton
Composer(s) Dominic Lewis
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9
Executive producer(s) Matt Youngberg
  • Jasmine Bocz
  • Jon Price
Production company(s) Disney Television Animation
Original network Disney XD
Original release August 12, 2017 – present
External links


After not speaking to each other for ten years, Scrooge McDuck is reunited with Donald Duck after he asks Scrooge to watch his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie for the day. The presence of the newcomers rekindles Scrooge's spirit of adventure, leading the group to go on many new treasure-hunting expeditions, while the nephews and their new friend Webby seek the truth behind their uncles' broken relationship and the mysterious disappearance of Huey, Dewey, and Louie's mother and Donald's sister Della Duck.

Voice cast

The show's main voice cast include:[5]


Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones grew up watching the original series and had always wanted to develop an updated version for a newer generation. Youngberg said, "We're hoping that in thirty years, the kids who watch our show will then be bringing back the next version of DuckTales because they loved what we did so much."[6]

In May 2015, Terry McGovern, the original voice of Launchpad McQuack, stated in an interview that the entire voice cast from the original series would not be returning for the reboot, which made him "heartsick" at the news.[7] The new voice cast for the series was revealed on December 16, 2016 in a video where they sing an a cappella version of the original theme song in promotion of the news.[8][9][10] The following May, Lin-Manuel Miranda was announced as the voice of Fenton Crackshell / Gizmoduck.[11] The character was changed to being Latino due to Lin-Manuel's heritage and because Angones felt that there were not enough positive Latino superheroes.[6] In June, more cast members, including Tony Anselmo reprising his role as Donald Duck, were announced,[12] and during the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, Disney announced that Darkwing Duck would also make an appearance in the TV series.[13]

The art style of the show is heavily influenced not just by Carl Barks' original Uncle Scrooge comics, but also some of Barks' paintings.[14][1] The theme song, written by Mark Mueller for the 1987 series, was re-recorded for the 2017 reboot.[15] It was arranged by Michael “Smidi” Smithand and TJ Stafford and sung by Felicia Barton.[16]


No. Title Directed by Written by Storyboard by Original air date Prod.
code [17]
U.S. viewers
1 "Woo-oo!"[a] Dana Terrace
John Aoshima
Story by : Francisco Angones, Colleen Evanson,
Noelle Stevenson, Madison Bateman, Nate Federman, Matt Youngberg
Teleplay by : Francisco Angones
Emmy Cicierega, Ben Holm, Jason Reicher
David Baker, Matthew Humphreys, Tanner Johnson
August 12, 2017 101–102 0.28[19][b]
Donald Duck reluctantly leaves his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie with his estranged uncle Scrooge McDuck, while he goes on a job interview. After Scrooge locks the boys into a room for making fun of him, the triplets come across Webby Vanderquack who befriends them and shows off a collection of relics and artifacts that Scrooge and Donald found, only to accidentally release various ancients evils housed in them. After the kids help him to contain them, Scrooge finds his thirst for adventure rekindled and decides to take all, along with his pilot Launchpad McQuack, to find the Lost Jewel of Atlantis. However, the group are unaware that Scrooge's rival, Flintheart Glomgold (guest star Keith Ferguson), seeks the jewel and has hired Donald as his sailor, leading to a race against time to claim the relic. In the end, Donald and the boys move into McDuck Manor after an accident loses them their houseboat. Visiting Scrooge’s collection, Dewey discovers a painting of Scrooge, Donald, and the triplets' long lost mother, Della.
2 "Daytrip of Doom!" Dana Terrace Story by : Francisco Angones, Colleen Evanson,
Bob Snow, Matt Youngberg, Madison Bateman, Christian Magalhaes, Rachel Vine
Teleplay by : Rachel Vine
Emmy Cicierega, Ben Holm, Jason Reicher September 23, 2017 103 0.34[21]
While visiting Funso's Fun Zone, Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby are kidnapped by the Beagle Boys (guest star Eric Bauza) in an attempt to ransoming them off to Scrooge, much to the disapproval of Ma Beagle (guest star Margo Martindale). As the bickering Donald and Mrs. Beakley join forces to rescue the children, Webby proves to the boys how resourceful she is.
3 "The Great Dime Chase!" John Aoshima Story by : Francisco Angones, Colleen Evanson,
Bob Snow, Madison Bateman, Christian Magalhaes, Matt Youngberg
Teleplay by : Madison Bateman
David Baker, Matthew Humphreys, Tanner Johnson September 23, 2017 105 0.41[21]
When Louie accidentally spends Scrooge's Number One Dime in order to purchase a soda, he decides to use Gyro Gearloose's (guest star Jim Rash) robotic lightbulb, Little Bulb, to get it back, causing it to become a giant coin-collecting robot. Meanwhile, Dewey and Webby struggles with the cryptic riddles of the McDuck Archives keeper Mrs. Quackfaster (guest star Susanne Blakeslee) in order to gain information on Della Duck.
4 "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!" Dana Terrace Story by : Francisco Angones, Colleen Evanson,
Bob Snow, Madison Bateman, Christian Magalhaes
Teleplay by : Bob Snow
Emmy Cicierega, Ben Holm, Jason Reicher September 30, 2017 106 0.38[22]
After crashing Ma Beagle’s birthday party, Webby and cool girl Lena (guest star Kimiko Glenn) become friends. The extended Beagle clan eventually get their hands on Lena, but with the help of Huey, Dewey and Louie, Webby sets her free. Afterwards, in private, Lena is seen using magic to summon a shadow, calling it "aunt Magica".
5 "Terror of the Terra-firmians!" Matthew Humphreys
Tom Owens
Story by : Francisco Angones, Madison Bateman, Colleen Evanson, Christian Magalhaes, Bob Snow
Teleplay by : Christian Magalhaes
David Baker, Tom Owens, Vaughn Tada, Brandon Warren October 7, 2017 110 0.39[23]
After seeing a scary movie, Huey, Webby, and Lena explore an abandoned subway line in search of legendary creatures and end up trapped there with the others. As they attempt to escape to the surface, Launchpad becomes more and more paranoid from the movie, and Lena struggles to gain Mrs. Beakley's trust, while secretly receiving instructions from Magica (guest star Catherine Tate).
6 "The House of the Lucky Gander!" Matthew Humphreys
Tom Owens
Story by : Francisco Angones, Madison Bateman, Colleen Evanson, Christian Magalhaes, Bob Snow
Teleplay by : Christian Magalhaes
Dalton E. Grant Jr.
Vaughn Tada
Brandon Warren
October 14, 2017[c] 107 0.34[26]
On their search for The Temple of the Golden Cricket, Scrooge, the nephews, Webby, and Donald make a stop at a casino resort in Macaw to meet Donald's cousin Gladstone Gander (guest star Paul F. Tompkins), only to discover that ancient spirit Toad Liu Hai (guest star B. D. Wong) is holding him hostage because of his massive amount of good luck.
7 "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!" John Aoshima Story by : Francisco Angones, Madison Bateman, Colleen Evanson, Christian Magalhaes, Bob Snow
Teleplay by : Colleen Evanson
Mark Garcia
Matthew Humphreys
Tanner Johnson
October 21, 2017[c] 108 0.32[27]
Huey and Dewey compete against each other to get the coveted internship of Duckburg's tech mogul and up-and-coming billionaire Mark Beaks (guest star Josh Brener). Meanwhile, Scrooge reluctantly teams up with Glomgold to stop Beaks, and industrial spy Falcon Graves (guest star Robin Atkin Downes) arrives to gain control of Beak's top secret Project Ta-Dah.
8 "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!" Dana Terrace Story by : Francisco Angones, Madison Bateman, Colleen Evanson, Christian Magalhaes, Bob Snow
Teleplay by : Madison Bateman
Emmy Cicierega
Ben Holm
Jason Reicher
October 28, 2017 109 0.29[28]
Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby and Launchpad enter an Egyptian pyramid, in search for the treasures of mummified pharaoh Toth-Ra and fall into a trap involving them to split up. Louie and Webby become captives of Toth-Ra (guest star Bassem Youssef), and the rest of the group try to gain the support of Amunet (guest star Cree Summer), the leader of the descendants of the pharaoh's original servants.
9 "The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!" Tom Owens
Matt Youngberg
Story by : Francisco Angones, Madison Bateman, Colleen Evanson, Christian Magalhaes, Bob Snow, Noelle Stevenson, Matt Youngberg
Teleplay by : Francisco Angones & Noelle Stevenson
Mark Garcia
Dalton E. Grant Jr.
Kalvin Lee
Calvin Suggs
December 2, 2017 104 0.40[29]
Scrooge, the nephews, Webby, and Launchpad spend their Christmas attempting to climb to the top of the fabled Mt. Neverrest.



The 44 minute pilot, titled Woo-oo!, premiered on August 12 at 12:00am EST and was repeated consecutively for the next 24 hours. Two days later on August 14, the pilot was also released on YouTube.[30] The pilot also aired on Disney Channel on September 17, 2017.[31] The series officially premiered on September 23, 2017, coinciding with the original show's 30th anniversary.[32]

In Canada, the pilot premiered on Disney XD on August 12 and the full series started on September 23, 2017.[33][34] In Australia and New Zealand, the show premiered on Disney Channel on October 13, 2017.[35] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the pilot premiered on Disney Channel on November 4, 2017. The full series debuted on March 1, 2018 on Disney XD.[36]


On March 10, 2017, a trailer for the series aired on Disney Channel during the premiere of Tangled: Before Ever After, and on June 14, 2017, the title sequence for the series, featuring a re-recording of the theme song written by Mark Mueller and performed by Felicia Barton, was released.[37]

Home media

A DVD titled Woo-oo! was released on December 19, 2017.[38] The DVD contains the pilot episode and all 6 Welcome to Duckburg shorts.

Critical reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 100% based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 9.0/10.[39] IGN's Chris Hayner gave the series premiere, Woo-oo!, a score of 8.5 out of 10, stating that the reboot "may be aimed at modern young audiences but there's no denying the heart and adventurous spirit it gets from the original series."[40]

Comic book

An ongoing comic series based on the show is being published by IDW Publishing, with Joe Caramagna serving as writer.[41] Ducktales #0 was released on July 19, 2017, and #1 of the monthly series followed on September 27.[42]


  1. ^ This is an hour-long episode. When aired as two half-hour episodes, the second half is re-titled "Escape To/From Atlantis!".[18]
  2. ^ This is the total viewers number only for the first hour of the event (12:00 AM to 1:00 AM). The entire 24-hour premiere event reached 5.4 million total viewers.[20]
  3. ^ a b On Disney XD Canada, the episodes "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!" and "The House of the Lucky Gander!" aired in an inverted order, on October 14, 2017[24] and October 21, 2017[25] respectively.


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