When many refer to the golden age of cartoons being 90’s Nickelodeon with Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life and Doug, I prefer the Disney’s cartoon slate of Goof Troop, Talespin, Rescue Rangers, Gargoyles and most importantly the one that started them all, Ducktales.
On August 12th, Disney Television Animation debuted its long anticipated reboot of Ducktales. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “another reboot when will this madness end?” but I had the pleasure of watching the reboot with my boys this weekend and I have to say there was a smile on my face the entire time I watched it. Though very different in a lot of areas, it did a great job of incorporating themes from the original 1987 series.
David Tennant (Dr. Who, Jessica Jones) offers his voice talents as the fearless and obscenely rich Uncle Scrooge, the antithesis to Tony Anselmo’s cowardly and living on a rickety boat, Donald Duck (Anselmo has been the official voice of Donald since 1985). Which brings us to our first clear difference from the original TV show The incorporation of Donald Duck as a main character, though referenced often in the original he was not seen as much as this new iteration.
The first thing you’ll notice is that Danny Pudi (Community, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) and Bobby Moynihan (SNL), offer their voices as Huey, Dewey and Louie respectively, making the nephews voices all different. In the original show they and Webby Vanderquack, played now by Kate Micucci (Raising Hope, The Big Bang Theory), were all voiced by the same person and if you closed your eyes you could imagine an adolescent duck argue with himself.
The stellar voice cast is rounded out with Toks Olagundoye (Castle, ABC’s The Neighbors) as Mrs. Beakley and the fantastic Beck Bennett (SNL, Those awesome kid focus group AT&T commercials) as fan favorite, Launchpad McQuack. Most notably absent is the loyal butler / Uncle Scrooge confidant, Duckworth.
Without offering many spoilers what I can tell you is Ducktales is a faithful adaptation of a beloved 80’s / 90’s cartoon and the start of what can hopefully be more great reboots in the future. Its already been confirmed that Ducktales will feature a cameo from the terror that flaps in the night himself, Darkwing Duck, thus marking the first time Scrooge and Darkwing have been confirmed to be in the same universe. One could only hope that this will lead into a spinoff of his own. Other characters rumored to appear are Magica De Spell, Megavolt, Quackerjack and Ratcatcher.
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