Special thanks to Disney for the magical trip to Anaheim to cover the D23 Expo
I wasn’t ever much of a TV watcher, but I was super passionate about the TV that I DID watch, and one of those shows was DuckTales. It’s actually difficult to write this for the theme song playing in my head.
A little bit about the new series
SO I want to clear the air about something really quickly. THIS DuckTales is not the old DuckTales. These are new adventures, new stories, and even a (slightly) new theme song. The new DuckTales pays homage to the old DuckTales. Everyone involved in the series wanted to do it justice, like a love letter to the old DuckTales.
You’ll probably notice right off the bat that the animation looks a little different than the old DuckTales too, and that’s because Executive Producer, Matt Youngberg and Co-Producer & Story Editor, Fransisco “Frank” Angones wanted it to look like it was a comic book come to life. They added a layer of pulp to really lend itself to that comic-book paper-quality look.
I was able to preview the first episode of the new series while at D23 Expo. In this episode, Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie find out that they are related to the ridiculously wealthy Scrooge McDuck. Their Uncle Donald, who hasn’t spoken to Scrooge in 10 years, drops the boys off in order to go to a job interview. During their time there, they realize Scrooge is a lot more interesting than he seems, and in doing so spark the spirit of adventure in Scrooge once again.
The ending has a surprise plot twist, and sets the next episode up for some pretty exciting possibilities.
How did Lin-Manuel Miranda get involved?
Lin-Manuel will be playing Gizmoduck, a Duckburg hero whose true identity is Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera.
Frank is Latino and grew up without someone like him to really look up to in animated TV shows. He wanted kids to have a Latino superhero to look up to. When he became involved in DuckTales, he immediately knew that he wanted Lin to be involved as GizmoDuck because of Lin’s scrappy, fast talking, intelligent quality, so he wrote the part as though Lin were voicing it. He wrote Lin a heartfelt letter to pitch the part to him, thinking that for sure Lin would never even respond, let alone jump at the chance to be involved.
As it turned out, Lin-Manuel Miranda was a huge fan of DuckTales growing up, and the letter Frank had written to him made him cry. Obviously it worked because Lin is definitely involved in the reboot of DuckTales which premieres on Disney XD on August 12.
The Cast is Pretty Ducking Awesome
So my favorite doctor, the tenth one, also known as David Tennant to you non-Whovians, is the voice of Scrooge McDuck. Matt & Frank wanted someone who was actually Scottish to play the roll, and David Tennant was the first person they thought of. Hearing them talk about how they were shocked they got all their first choices for voice talent was pretty exciting.
Beyond David Tennant, awesome as that may be, they also landed Danny Pudi as Huey Duck, Ben Schwartz as Dewey Duck, and Bobby Moynihan as Louie Duck.
I’m 100% sure this will be a show I watch even when my kids aren’t sitting right there, rivaling Phinneas and Ferb as a new favorite animated series.
While we were at the D23 Expo, Jana from Merlot Mommy and Carol from All Mommy Wants and I dressed up as Huey, Louie, and Dewey.
Rebecca from Are We There Yet Mom dressed up as our Uncle Donald, and we all got to jump into Scrooge McDuck’s money bin with Matt & Frank WATCHING US.
I was pretty bummed out I wouldn’t have time to work out while I was at the Expo, but climbing out of that money bin was quite the feat of athletics and I broke a sweat getting out. It made me feel super out of shape, even though I’m totally not. Or at least I don’t feel like I am unless I’m climbing out of bins full of plastic dimes!
Don’t miss the opportunity to introduce your kids to one of your childhood favorites on August 12 on Disney XD. I’ll be making popcorn for the event, because everything is better with home-popped-popcorn.