“DuckTales” is coming to Disney XD in less than a month and being a fan of the original show, I have been quite sceptical of the new series and my feelings about it. Disney has released some Bios of the voice talent in Comic Book form (electronically) and based on some of the infomration we have now, I am a little less worried than I was when it was announced.
Let me pull out some of the info from these bios that makes me a bit happier starting with Francisco Angones (Co-Producer & Story Editor). He is listed as an Uber-Fan of the original “DuckTales” Series, ok check, he sang the theme song at his frist grade talent show, ok getting even better and last but not least he incorporated lyrics from the theme song into his wedding vows. This is the person that will be responsible for making the new “DuckTales” good or bad and his love for the show may only be surpassed by mine. Sean Jimenez will be the Art Director for the show and has worked on our favorite cartoon of all time “Gravity Falls,” so we are going to let him get by just on that alone. There is a bit of interesting information though tucked in there, he has worked as an audio-animatroic animator for the Pooh’s Hunny Hunt attraction, which has a great flow and feel to it as a ride. Matt Youngberg is the Executive Producer and grew up drawing the characters for fun that he saw on the television screen. He also has a quirk for Dewey and seems to be all in on “DuckTales.”
On to some of the voice talent, Beck Bennett who will play Launchpad McQuack has no pedigree in the Duckverse and has a very loved character to work with. His talent though on “Saturday Night Live” speaks for itself. Kate Micucci will voice Webbigail (Webby) Vanderquack and this may be the only casting that I am not loving. The problem is with Kate is her voice is so unique I will forever remember her for her roles on television sitcoms. Another one of our favorite cartoons though is “The 7D” and she lent her voice talent to that show as well. Bobby Moynihan will be playing Louie Duck and he has voiced many different characters in the animated movie world, including working on “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Monsters University,” “Inside Out,” and more. Great animation credentials that makes me feel good about his work. Huey Duck will be voiced by Danny Pudi, another actor who we loved from “Community” and has also voiced Brainy Smurf. Ben Schwartz plays Dewey Duck and he was very funny in “Parks and Recreation”, but also has some experience in the Disney XD work of “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.” interestingly enough he served as a vocal consultant for BB-8 in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Toks Olagundoye will be playing Mrs. Betina Beakley, Webby’s Grandmother and I have enjoyed her work on “Steven Universe” American Dad” and “Family Guy.” We are looking forward to seeing how she handles the no-nonsense Mrs. Beakley.
The man of the hour though is David Tennant who will be voicing the character of Scrooge McDuck. Tennant was the 10th Doctor on “Doctor Who” as well as doing voice work on Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” We are very happy with his voice work from what we have seen from the YouTube videos.
Overall, these comic style bios have made me feel a lot more comfortable with the voice talent and the producers of the show. They people behind the scenes are huge fans of the original show, and the voice talent, well they are talented and have a good background of top notch voice over animation work. When pictures started showing up on the show, I was not sold, but we had yet to see anything in motion. Now seeing some of the clips from the show, I am onboard with the new style of the characters and am super excited to watch “DuckTales” on August 12th on Disney XD.
Donald Duck reluctantly takes his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie to the home of their reclusive great-uncle Scrooge McDuck. Enthralled by their once legendary great-uncle and the wonder of McDuck Manor, the triplets and their newfound fierce friend Webby learn of long-kept family secrets and unleash totems from Scrooge’s epic past, sending the family on an adventure of a lifetime to the Lost City of Atlantis.
Air Date: 08/12/2017 “Woo-oo!”
The new animated comedy adventure “DuckTales” will premiere in a one-hour television movie to be presented for 24 consecutive hours, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 (beginning at midnight EDT/PDT), on Disney XD. Then, the series will debut with two new episodes SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. EDT/PDT). Each will also be available on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD on these same dates.
Make sure to tune in to Disney XD to see “DuckTales” and take a look at the Comic Book Bios below.