Duck Tales Returns To Disney With David Tennant, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Born in the late 70s, I’m am a true child of the 80s. I grew up on Duck TalesTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (before Vanilla Ice ruined it), ThunderCats, and Jem & The Holograms. I had my first crush on He-Man and I always dreamed of diving into a pit of money, just like Scrooge McDuck.

If you didn’t have the luxury of being as awesome as I was with high, over-hairsprayed bangs and jelly shoes, then you truly missed out on a glorious generation of television. Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes… it was all a duck blur. No, wait. That was Duck Tales, oooh-ooh!

This year at D23 Expo, it was confirmed that Duck Tales is returning to Disney and I couldn’t be more excited! Wait, yes I could. And I was because guess what… I REALIZED MY DREAM OF BEING SCROOGE McDUCK!

Okay, it wasn’t exactly graceful. In fact, I look similar to an adorable pink frog. But I don’t care. I did it. I regret nothing

The Return of Duck Tales (oooh-ooh)

New adventures, a new take on the classic theme song, and even a new look, without sacrifice the spirit of the old favorite. 

While at D23 Expo 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer and story editor Francisco Angones of the updated Duck Tales animated series, premiering on Disney XD Saturday, August 12. The series will kick off with an hour-long television movie to be presented for 24 consecutive hours beginning at midnight. The series then will debut with two new episodes Saturday, September 23.

Seeing these iconic Disney characters come to life was the perfect thing for a little boy like me,” Youngberg said of his influence from the original television series. “Growing up, I never thought I’d be bringing it back, but when I got the call, things started snowballing. I’m just so excited because this was always my dream – bringing it back.

The animation style, the team said, is still inspired by the classic Carl Barks’ comic designs. If you’re not familiar, DuckTales chronicles the high-flying adventures of Duckburg’s most famous trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, his mischief-making triplet grandnephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie – and his temperamental nephew Donald Duck. Joining the team is one of my favorites, the big-hearted, fearless chauffeur and accident-prone pilot Launchpad McQuack, McDuck’s no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs. Beakley and Mrs. Beakley’s granddaughter, Webby Vanderquack, resident adventurer and the triplet’s newfound fierce friend.

D23 Expo bloggers take a dive into the Duck Tales moneypit

One of the questions we get all the time is why now, why are we bringing it back now,” Agones told us. “The main reason we want to bring it back now is because we were kids when the original Duck Tales first aired 30 years ago. Now, we’re adults with kids of our own and the core of this show has always been, to us, family.

Duck Tales features David Tennant stars as Scrooge McDuck, Danny Pudi as Huey, Ben Schwartz as Dewey, Bobby Moynihan as Louie, Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack, Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley and Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck.

Recurring guest voices include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Allison Janney, Margo Martindale, Paul F. Tompkins, Kimiko Glenn, Jim Rash, Josh Brener, Keith Ferguson, and Eric Bauza, as Beagle Boys and Corey Burton.

Can’t wait until August 12? Here’s an exclusive first look at the new animated series, Duck Tales!

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