Welcome to the official thread for the new 2017 reboot of Ducktales! My first OT and thanks Peff for contributing the video links and extra cast members!
Ducktales is a show that premiered back in August with a "TV Movie" and is now airing on DisneyXD, done by Walt Disney Television Animation that tells the story of fledglings Huey, Duey, and Louie as they go on wild adventures with their Uncle Donald and Great Uncle Scrooge. They're joined by the plucky and adventurous Webby, her hard-boiled grandmother, Beakley (who works as Scrooge's [strike]secretary[/strike] housekeeper), and the featherbrained, but always cheerful Launchpad McQuack who is also Scrooge's personal chauffeur (and a pilot apparently). You may or may not know about the original cartoon that first aired in 1987, but both this show and the old show actually originated in a comic book as far back as 1947 (Scrooge's first apparance) created by Cark Barks. The new cartoon sets out to be a whimsical concoction of this old comic as well as the cartoon with some modern sensibilities thrown in. The opening intro even has some striking similarities to Carl Barks' vintage artwork!
One of the big highlights of this new series is how Disney has pulled out all the stops into hiring a STELLAR cast. Many people first scoffed at the idea that a new cast could replace the untouchables of the 1987 show, but once the first episode aired, they happily ate crow. I mean just look at these resumes from the Disney Press Site!
Disney has also posted resumes of the 3 guys leading production on the new show! They're no amateurs!
It's worth noting that Tony Anselmo is the only returning voice actor from the original voicing none other than Donald Duck!
Other characters confirmed to be cast and set to show up are:
Gyro Gearloose (voiced by Jim Rash)
Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera (voiced by Lin-Manuel Miranda)
Gladstone Gander (voiced by Paul F. Tompkins)
Flintheart Glomgold (voiced by Keith Ferguson)
Goldie O'Gilt (voiced by Allison Janney)
Ludwig Von Drake (voiced by Corey Burton)
Ma Beagle (voiced by beloved character actress Margo Martindale)
The Beagle Boys (voiced by Eric Bauza)
Mark Beaks (voiced by Josh Brener)
We will be using this section to list upcoming episodes. Only right as of now
Friday, May 5 - 112 "The Spear of Selene!"
Friday May 11 - 114 "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!"
Friday May 18 - 113 "The Missing Links of Moorshire!"
Friday May 25 - 111 "McMystery at McDuck McManor!"
(Replace "tube" with "pak" if unavailable in your region)
Meet Launchpad McQuack short
Theme Song Supercut with many surprise appearances!
Meet Huey! short
Donald's Birthday short
Meet Scrooge! short
Meet Mrs. Beakley! short
Meet Webby Vanderquack! short
360° Adventure: The Lost Key of Tralla La
Life is Full of Adventures with Aflac (Promo)
The cast sings the theme song
The other classic.
- Do I need to have watched the original to enjoy this?
Nope. While there are many direct and indirect references to all sorts of duck-related Disney media (as well as other Disney Afternoon shows), this show is self-contained and largely its own thing. Many characters have been reinterpreted and the August premiere serves as an introduction to the main characters as well as a sample of what the average episode will be like.
- How many episodes will there be?
The first season will have 21 half-hour episodes and two one hour specials, one of which aired in August. Season 2 is already confirmed.
- Are the episodes standalone?
Largely so, but much like other modern cartoons, there will be a season-long, more serialized background plot dealing with Della Duck, the mother of the triplets.
- I know about the old show, but are these comic-book thingies any good?
Yes. Fantagraphic Books is currently printing a complete collection of both Carl Barks and Don Rosa's works, and while buying the full set at once is probably not the greatest idea, volumes 4 and 5 of The Don Rosa Library contain "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck", which is well worth checking out.
- Is Darkwing Duck really going to show up in this?