There was a big push overall to make Scrooge seem more dangerous/risky, to make you really wonder whether Scrooge or Donald’s parenting styles were right. It was important that Scrooge still have an adventurous life on the fringes of his business. That was reflected in our versions of Beakley and Webby. Part of that was making Scrooge’s business and his associates a little more out there: the payoff of new Gyro’s inventions could be amazing but it’s also fraught with peril. Also, in service of story, this version of Gyro creates more conflict that we can build stories off of.
In terms of how we approached the update, we looked at all of Gyro’s inventions in the original series and how a STAGGERING number of them turned evil and posed some kind of threat. Pretty much only Gizmoduck worked out, because he had Fenton’s good heart powering him.
So we wanted to put Gyro in the same position Scrooge was in the pilot: with the McDuck Enterprises board breathing down his neck and calling all of his ideas “too dangerous”. Gyro ultimately relates to machines more than he does people, and believes each of his inventions are his children, which you can see when he tries to talk Big Bulb down. This is a Gyro who has already built a BUNCH of things that already went evil, but defend them and legitimately believes half his inventions are wildly misunderstood. He reserves his vitriol for those who stand in the way of his work. Gyro has the same passion for inventing that Scrooge has for discovery.
That felt more in keeping with the tone of our show than Gyro being apologetic when an invention went haywire. We have a lot of love for original, kind-hearted, absent-minded Gyro (who, in the comics, COULD go pretty dark or deadpan when an invention went awry). But there are a bunch of other characters coming up whose personalities also fill that roll (Von Drake among them). So for the sake of stories, we pushed Gyro a little out of his typical comfort zone.
Also, because we got Jim Rash, and Jim Rash is AMAZING when he’s going over the top. On more than one occasion, I have referred to him as our show’s secret superweapon.