We LOVE DuckTales, both the original and the reboot and we are hyped up for Season 3 of the show. When we had the opportunity to talk to producer Matt Youngberg and co-executive producer/story editor Francisco Angones for a BSCKids interview, we were overwhelmed by the amount of questions that we had. Reality set in and we tried our hardest to get our favorite questions into the interview, but even then we probably missed out on things we wanted to ask. Not only that, but unfortunately Matt’s connection to us was not the best quality, so we could not understand all of his answers. We will do our best though to get all the info to you as well a peek at the DuckTales episodes “Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!” and “Quack Pack!”
We get our introductions out quickly so we can get as many questions as we can in.
Let’s say I was to play a quick game and say what comes to your mind when you talk about the original series and the new series. What would you say?
I volunteer to go first myself and said for the original series it was about treasure hunting, and for the new series, I am going to go with family.
Matt Youngberg: I would say that you are dead on…the family was going to be the core of all the adventures, the core to all the characters, the core to all the comedy.
Francisco Angones: I would say, so the original, “No Pants,” and for the remake “Why No Pants.”
If you were to take a character from a Disney IP (intellectual property) that was not part of the original Disney Afternoon to bring into the new DuckTales, which one would it be?
I decide to play along again and say Soos from Gravity Falls.
Francisco Angones: I have really wanted to do something with Robin Hood. I thought that would have been super super fun. Old fox Disney feature Robin Hood. Unfortunately we just couldn’t figure out how to make it work. I like the idea of having a cad that is trying to break into Scrooge’s money bin, with his crew.
Matt Youngberg: My problem is everything I want to do is in the Disney Afternoon…I’ve found a way to do almost all of it.
We talk a bit about Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure, as we are excited to see that come to Epcot.
How involved were you with that (Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure) project?
Francisco Angones: We went through all of the scripts, it’s a unique different type of challenge with all the different locations and rides. But I am really happy we have a ton of the original cast, certainly all the mains, a bunch of fan favorite characters, coming back. It will be a lot of fun for people to do when they eventually get out of their houses.
DUCKBURG – Season three of the Emmy Award-nominated “DuckTales” will debut with two new episodes SATURDAY, APRIL 4 (9:30 a.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney XD and DisneyNOW. Featuring appearances by classic Disney characters Daisy Duck, Goofy and favorites from “TaleSpin,” “Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers” and “Darkwing Duck,” the new season finds the Duck family embarking on a globetrotting hunt for the world’s greatest lost artifacts, with a secret organization from Scrooge’s past, the Fiendish Organization for World Larceny (F.O.W.L.), trying to stop them at any cost.
This new reboot has a lot more characters, and there are times when maybe we don’t see all of them as often. Is this by design? Why so many characters? Did it become hard for you with that?
Francisco Angones: In my mind, the original had a ton of characters. I mean if you are thinking about it, baseline you met at least two to three new people every episode. I would say that our show, the big difference is we keep those characters around. Obviously we are more of a serialized show than the original was. We like the idea of both role building, while also role exploring. So bringing lots of characters back, having whole episodes dedicated to Gizmoduck, and Darkwing and that kind of stuff. I think it all kind of stems off from our original idea, that Scrooge is the world’s greatest adventurer. These are the type of people he would encounter on an adventure, but also that he would encounter in his day to day life. That is why the cast can sometimes feel like it is massive because we love every one of these characters and we want to figure out how make them into a cohesive world.
Matt speaks here but the connection is so bad we can’t make much sense of it.
Francisco Angones: I think we took a lot of queues from the soaps in that regard, characters can pop in and drop out, but it is centered on the main family.
Each season has had an overall story arc, is that the plan that each one of the season has its own contained story? Or that maybe we might go back to one of the overarching stories from Season 1 or 2.
Francisco Angones: I have to be very coy about this, because we can’t really say. There definitely the idea that every season has 1 to 2 overarching narratives. In the first season we have Magica De Spell and the investigation of what happened to Donald Duck, Season 2 we have the Louie Inc. and the Della moon stuff. This season we have a big fun interesting arc tied to Huey and the Junior Woodchucks and some really amazing adventures that are spurred from Huey’s connection to Junior Woodchucks, as well as the larger story of F.O.W.L. that you will see. We kind of had this perfect little story planned from the get go, we kind of knew we were headed in this direction. So it is not necessarily that every season is self-contained, or that it is one giant story across multiple seasons. I would say every season has its own self-contained arcs while also evolving on everything that came before it, this is definitely an evolution…
A big thanks for both Frank and Matt for taking the time out to talk DuckTales, we could have spent hours with them and probably still not had all of our questions answered. Make sure to tune into Season 3 of the show to continue the adventures.
Note: This interview was transcribed from a phone interview and edited for brevity and clarity, unfortunately a lot of Matt’s wonderful answers were just not able to be heard due to technology issues