According to a report by Yahoo! the wildly popular late-80s Disney cartoon series, DuckTales, is getting a 21st century reboot. Last week, Disney Channel subsidiary Disney XD released the first trailer for the upcoming relaunch.
It looks as though the new show will feature all the characters that fans of the original series know and love such as Donald Duck, the triplets Huey, Dewey, and Louie, the pilot Launchpad McQuack, and of course, billionaire Scrooge McDuck. However, Disney has stated that the entire original voice-cast is being replaced, an announcement that left Terry McGovern (original voice of Launchpad McQuack) “heartbroken,” according to a statement he made on Facebook.
Instead the show will feature an all new voice cast that includes David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, and Bobby Moynihan as Huey, Dewey, and Louie respectively, Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley, and Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack.
First looks seem to indicate that the show’s premise will continue to revolve around the merry misadventures of the DuckTales squad as they search for treasure, perform rescue missions, and lead a generally exciting family life. However, the nostalgic late-80s, early-90s animation is being remastered to better reflect a more modern art style. Sean Jimenez, of fellow Diney XD series Gravity Falls, will serve as art director.
It appears that Disney has a great deal of faith in their latest project, as the DuckTales reboot has already been granted a second season. Though an exact premiere date for the exciting new series has yet to be announced, various reports are indicating that Disney XD is targeting an early-summer premiere in order to generate maximum viewership from the school-age audience.
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