DuckTales (2017 TV series)

Last updated on 18 October 2017

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]

DuckTales titlecard.jpg
Titlecard, featuring the show's protagonists and Launchpad's crashed airplane.

Premise

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 uncover the truth behind what caused their uncles to become estranged and retire from adventuring.

Cast

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

Production

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]

The art style of the show is heavily influenced not just by Carl Barks' original Uncle Scrooge comics, but also some of Barks' paintings.[13][1] The theme song, written by Mark Mueller for the 1987 series, was re-recorded and performed for the 2017 reboot by Felicia Barton.[14]

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Storyboard by Original air date Prod.
code [15]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
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 (2017-08-12) 101–102 0.28[17][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, 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, seeks the jewel and has hired Donald as his sailor, leading to 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 (2017-09-23) 103 0.34[19]
Huey, Dewey and Louie decide to teach Webby how to have fun by taking her with them to Funso's Fun Zone. However, this proves disastrous, as she struggles to adjust to life outside McDuck Manor and ruins the triplets' fun. Things soon take a turn for the worse, when the Beagle Boys decide to capture them in the hopes of ransoming them off to Scrooge, much to the disapproval of Ma Beagle. When Donald and Mrs. Beakley, who get on each other's nerves following recent problems, learn of this, they soon race to Funso's to rescue the children, while the nephews decide to trust in Webby when she proves how resourceful she can be.
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 (2017-09-23) 105 0.41[19]
Annoyed at how lazy Louie is, Scrooge takes him along to a conference at his money bin in order to teach him the value of hard work. When Louie accidentally spends Scrooge's Number One Dime in order to purchase a soda, he decides to use Gyro Gearloose's robotic lightbulb, Little Bulb, to get it back, only to cause it to gain sentience and become a giant coin-collecting robot, forcing him to get help from Gyro and Scrooge to stop it. Meanwhile, Dewey and Webby visit the McDuck archives to find out the mystery behind the nephew's missing mother Della Duck, but are infuriated by the cryptic riddles of the archives keeper Mrs. Quackfaster, who soon causes them problems before they stumble on Della's hidden archives.
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 (2017-09-30) 106 0.38[20]
When the nephews take off on a boat adventure, Webby meets a cool girl named Lena. Unfortunately, Lena’s idea of fun is crashing Ma Beagle’s birthday party. The girls spend the night escaping the Beagle Boys, bonding with each other and establishing a strong friendship, eventually running into the nephews, which makes Lena think that Webby's devotion to her "family" is just holding her back. Lena ends up getting captured and Webby and the boys attempt to rescue her, but end up getting captured themselves. Lena's statement that "family is nothing but trouble" gives them the idea to start a fight amongst the Beagle Boys, giving them all the chance to escape. After reaffirming their friendship, Webby and Lena say their goodbyes. Lena goes to the old stage ruins and speaks a magic chant over her pendant, summoning a shadow with red eyes whom she calls 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 (2017-10-07) 110 0.39[21]
After seeing a scary movie, Huey, Webby and Lena explore an abandoned subway line in search of legendary creatures. Meanwhile, Beakley does not trust Lena and Launchpad becomes paranoid from the movie.
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 (2017-10-14)[c] 107 TBD

On their way to see a golden cricket, Scrooge, the nephews, Webby and Donald make a stop at a casino resort in Macaw to meet Donald's cousin Gladstone Gander, only to discover he is being held there as prisoner against his will because of his massive amount of good luck.

Guest stars: B. D. Wong as Toad Liu Hai and Paul F. Tompkins as Gladstone Gander
7 "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!"[23] TBA TBA TBA October 21, 2017 (2017-10-21)[c] 108 TBD
8 "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!"[15] TBA TBA TBA October 28, 2017 (2017-10-28) 109 TBD

Promotion and release

On March 10, 2017, a trailer for the series aired on Disney Channel during the premiere of Tangled: Before Ever After.

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.[24] The one-hour 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[25]. The pilot also aired on Disney Channel on September 17, 2017.[26] The series officially premiered on September 23, 2017, coinciding with the original show's 30th anniversary.[27] An ongoing comic series from IDW Comics based on the show was released on September 27, 2017. September 27 is the release date of Ducktales #1; Ducktales #0 was released on July 19, 2017.[28] At the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, Disney announced that Darkwing Duck would also make an appearance in the TV series.[29]

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a 100% rating.[30] 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."[31]

Notes

  1. ^ This is an hour-long episode. When aired as two half-hour episodes, the second half is re-titled "Escape to/from Atlantis".[16]
  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.[18]
  3. ^ a b On Disney XD Canada, "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!" aired in October 14, 2017 instead.[22]

References

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  2. ^ Fuller, Becky (December 7, 2016). "DuckTales Reboot Teaser Confirms Summer 2017 Premiere Date". Screen Rants. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (June 14, 2017). "‘DuckTales’: Cartoon Reboot Gets Premiere Date On Disney XD". Deadline. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Calvario, Liz (March 2, 2017). "Disney XD Renews 'DuckTales' Ahead Of Launch, Unveils First-Look Video". Deadline. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Disney's New "DuckTales" Takes Flight with TV Movie and Series Premiering Saturday, August 12, and Saturday, September 23, Respectively, on Disney XD". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Mason, Heather (July 22, 2017). "SDCC 2017: DuckTales Creators Talk Gizmoduck and Casting Lin-Manuel Miranda". Syfy Wire. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "Ducktales Cast Not Returning for Reboot". Behind the Voice Actors. OptimusSolo. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (December 16, 2016). "'DuckTales': David Tennant, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz Among Voice Cast for Disney XD Reboot". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "'DuckTales' Exclusive: Meet the New Faces of Duckburg". June 8, 2017.
  10. ^ Brown, Tracy (June 14, 2017). "Watch the new 'DuckTales' opening title sequence, woo-ooo!" – via LA Times.
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  13. ^ Disney XD (August 12, 2017). "[Disney XD video about DuckTales art style]". Facebook. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  14. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (June 14, 2017). "'DuckTales' Theme Song Gets an Update for Disney XD Reboot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Shows A-Z - ducktales on disney xd". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  16. ^ Angones, Frank [@FrankAngones] (September 30, 2017). "9) Terror of the Terra-Firmians! (Escape To/From Atlantis! is a re-edit of parts of the pilot for programming purposes)" (Tweet). Retrieved October 15, 2017 – via Twitter. line feed character in |title= at position 33 (help)
  17. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 14, 2017). "ShowBuzz Daily’s Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.11.2017". ShowBuzz Daily. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  18. ^ "Disney XD's "DuckTales" Premieres With Over 1-Year Network Highs and #1 Time Period Ranking Among Boy Demographics". Disney ABC Press. August 28, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  19. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (September 26, 2017). "SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.23.2017". ShowBuzz Daily. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  20. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 3, 2017). "SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.30.2017". ShowBuzz Daily. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  21. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (Oct 10,2017) UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.7.2017 Showbuzzdaily.
  22. ^ "DISNEY XD CANADA Listing". On TV Tonight. eBroadcast. 14 October 2017. Archived from the original on 14 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  23. ^ "DuckTales : The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!". Zap2It. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  24. ^ Prudom, Laura. "Here's how 'DuckTales' reimagined that iconic theme song for Disney's reboot". Mashable.
  25. ^ "Woo-oo! (Full Episode) | DuckTales | Disney XD". YouTube. Disney XD. August 14, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  26. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20170918175943/http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCSGrid.do?stnNum=10171
  27. ^ "The DuckTales Reboot Finally Has a Premiere Date".
  28. ^ "Disney’s DUCKTALES Returns to Comics This Fall - Nerdist". June 16, 2017.
  29. ^ Snetiker, Marc (July 21, 2017). "Darkwing Duck is headed to DuckTales revival". Entertainment Weekly.
  30. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/ducktales/
  31. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/08/09/ducktales-season-1-premiere-woo-oo-review

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