I loved DuckTales as a kid and I love DuckTales as an adult too. I watched the first episode and I fell in love with Scrooge all over again. Plus Huey, Louie and Dewey team up with a new friend finding trouble and adventure. For an adult watching a kids program, DuckTales kept my attention, made me laugh and feel nostalgic all at the same time. I loved it, and you can love it too tomorrow. DuckTales premiered on Disney XD August 12. We interviewed the creators of the reboot, Matt Youngberg, and Francisco Angones. From the interview and after watching the first episode we came up with 10 reasons to watch DuckTales.
Here are 10 reasons to watch DuckTales
1. David Tennant does an outstanding job as Scrooge McDuck. He is full on Scottish as he does this voice, I would even say that sometimes I have a hard time understanding what exactly he said. But I rolled with it and can’t wait to see the next episode.
MATT YOUNGBERG said,
“We really wanted to find somebody who was legitimately Scottish. We thought that was really important in this iteration. Someone who had the character to bring this, icon alive. And David is an amazing actor. He’s morphed into this role in, in an incredible way. Because, when you think David Tennant, you think young and kind of, and vibrant and all of these things, and Scrooge you think of as old and miserly”
DUCKTALES – Comic Book Bios – Disney XD’s “DuckTales” stars David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck. (Disney XD)
And I think that Francisco Angones said it perfectly when he said,
“he’s the Willy Wonka of Adventure”
2. It’s a Globetrotting adventure show. To keep it authentic the directors decided to find actors that lived in the locals of the show. Francisco said,
“we always want to try to be authentic. So, we would genuinely try to find voice actors. If we go to Egypt, we try, gonna try to find Egyptian voice actors. If we go to China, we’re gonna try to find Chinese voice actors to bring that extra level of interesting diversity and authenticity, and present a world that kids actually see around them every day. “
3. The animation is comic book style on purpose. The directors said,
“We wanted to make sure it felt hand crafted. We didn’t wanna go the CG route, because there were a few reasons for that. One was the original series, when it was brought onto the air it was just a bunch of Disney animators making a TV show. It was an amazing, amazingly animated show. It had the hand-crafted feel that we wanted to retain.”
4. Lin-Manuel Miranda is also in DuckTales. He was a huge fan of the orginal series and was brought back as a Latino super hero, Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera/Gizmoduck. Francisco Angones sent a personal letter to Lin-Manuel Miranda asking him to be part of the show and it actually touched him so much it made him cry.
5. There will be new villains in addition to the classic villain, Glomgold. Francisco said,
“DuckTales has all of these rival wealthy billionaire types that are industrialists, and they always, and one of the things we love is, they always upstage one another, who Scrooge’s rivals are for the new age, to keep him relevant. So, in addition to Glomgold, who you saw in the very last scene of this, the cliffhanger for the next episode, who is our, kind of our go-go 80’s billionaire. Then we also have a new character we’re really excited to introduce called Mark Beaks, and he is our tech billionaire who cares more about buzz than bucks. “
6. We should over the course of the series find out what is going on between Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck.
7. The show will relate to kids with a few small modern updates. The kids might have an iPad or Donald will have a iPhone type phone, while Scrooge will have a gold flip phone.
8. Keep an eye out for Easter Eggs. There will be small things from the original series, comic books and video games like the lamps you see in the first episode so keep an eye out for that.
9. The characters of DuckTales will go on adventure after adventure while discovering the importance of teamwork and family.
All About DuckTales
Scrooge McDuck, the wealthiest duck in Duckberg, goes on adventures with his great-nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie to protect his fortune from villains like the Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell, and Flintheart Glomgold.
The series stars David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck; Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, and Bobby Moynihan as the voices of Huey, Dewey and Louie, respectively; Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack; Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack and Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley, and will follow the epic family of ducks on their high-flying adventures around the world.
10. Sing along with the theme song. They updated the song, but wanted it to be familiar still and I think they did a fantastic job.