DuckTales (2017 TV series)

Last updated on 21 August 2017

DuckTales is a 2017 American animated television series by Disney Television Animation. The series, which serves as a reboot of the original series of the same name, was announced on February 25, 2015 and premiered on Disney XD on August 12, 2017. The first season will consist of 21 half-hour episodes and two hour-long specials.[2] On March 2, 2017, prior to the series premiere, the show was renewed for a second season.[3] The series debuted on August 12, 2017 with a one-hour special, titled "Woo-oo!", which will be followed by two new episodes on September 23, 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

Production

In May 2015, Terry McGovern, the original voice of Launchpad McQuack, stated that the entire voice cast from the original series would be replaced, which made him "heartsick" at the news.[5] The new voice cast for the series was revealed on December 16, 2016, where they sing an a cappella version of the original theme song.[6][7][8] The following May, Lin-Manuel Miranda was announced as the voice of Fenton Crackshell / Gizmoduck,[9] and in June, more cast members, including Tony Anselmo reprising his role as Donald Duck, were announced.[10]

The art style of the show is heavily influenced not just by Carl Barks' original Uncle Scrooge comics, but also some of Barks' paintings.[11][1] The theme song, written by Mark Mueller for the 1987 series, was re-recorded and performed for the 2017 reboot by Felicia Barton.[12]

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Storyboarded by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Woo-oo!" 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) TBD
Donald Duck leaves his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie with his estranged uncle Scrooge McDuck while he goes on a job interview. Webby Vanderquack befriends the boys and shows them examples of the adventures Scrooge and Donald had together, but they inadvertently release various ancient evils housed in the artifacts in Scrooge's collection. After he and the kids contain the spirits, Scrooge, his thirst for adventure rekindled, decides to take them all on a mission to find the Lost Jewel of Atlantis. At the same time, Donald is hired as a sailor by Scrooge's rival, Flintheart Glomgold, who also seeks the jewel.
2 "Daytrip of Doom!"[13] TBA TBA TBA September 23, 2017 (2017-09-23) TBD
3 "The Great Dime Chase!"[13] TBA TBA TBA September 23, 2017 (2017-09-23) TBD
4 "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!"[13] TBA TBA TBA September 30, 2017 (2017-09-30) 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.[14] The one-hour pilot, titled Woo-oo!, premiered on August 12 at 12:00am EST and was repeated consecutively for the next 24 hours. The series will officially premiere on September 23, 2017, coinciding with the original show's 30th anniversary.[15] An ongoing comic series from IDW Comics based on the show is planned to begin releasing on September 13, 2017. September 13 is the release date of Ducktales #1; Ducktales #0 was released on July 19, 2017.[16] At the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, Disney announced that Darkwing Duck would also make an appearance in the TV series.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b Speelman, Tom (August 12, 2017). "DuckTales: The Disney Comics That Inspired The Cartoon Classic". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  2. ^ Fuller, Becky (December 7, 2016). "DuckTales Reboot Teaser Confirms Summer 2017 Premiere Date". Screen Rants. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Calvario, Liz (March 2, 2017). "Disney XD Renews 'DuckTales' Ahead Of Launch, Unveils First-Look Video". Deadline. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (June 14, 2017). "‘DuckTales’: Cartoon Reboot Gets Premiere Date On Disney XD". Deadline.
  5. ^ "Ducktales Cast Not Returning for Reboot". Behind the Voice Actors. OptimusSolo. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (December 16, 2016). "'DuckTales': David Tennant, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz Among Voice Cast for Disney XD Reboot". Deadline. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "'DuckTales' Exclusive: Meet the New Faces of Duckburg". June 8, 2017.
  8. ^ Brown, Tracy (June 14, 2017). "Watch the new 'DuckTales' opening title sequence, woo-ooo!" – via LA Times.
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  11. ^ Disney XD (August 12, 2017). "[Disney XD video about DuckTales art style]". Facebook. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (June 14, 2017). "'DuckTales' Theme Song Gets an Update for Disney XD Reboot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  13. ^ a b c "DuckTales - Episode Guide". Zap2It. August 12, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  14. ^ Prudom, Laura. "Here's how 'DuckTales' reimagined that iconic theme song for Disney's reboot". Mashable.
  15. ^ "The DuckTales Reboot Finally Has a Premiere Date".
  16. ^ "Disney’s DUCKTALES Returns to Comics This Fall - Nerdist". June 16, 2017.
  17. ^ Snetiker, Marc (July 21, 2017). "Darkwing Duck is headed to DuckTales revival". Entertainment Weekly.

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