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From the Disney XD Facebook page…

From the Disney XD Facebook page…

Leave it to Gladstone Gander to help this series feel like…

Leave it to Gladstone Gander to help this series feel like DuckTales again! Everything felt and played right about “The House of the Lucky Gander!,” including how the ensemble behaved and interacted. As a fan, this is how I envisioned the series playing out when they first announced it: Scrooge, Donald, the Boys, Webby, and Launchpad as the constants with the other characters making regular appearances.

And Launchpad! Such a change from “Terror of the Terra-firmians!” I prefer this take on Launchpad to the one we’ve seen in previous episodes. He can be goofy and boneheaded, but he’s, above all, a brave adventurer who is the epitome of everything the DuckTales theme song promises.

I also applaud the writers for coming up with a genuinely unique and original Gladstone Gander story. Paul F. Tompkins was a treat as Gladstone. I’ve always enjoyed Rob Paulsen’s take in the two episodes Gladstone appeared in in the original series, and Tompkins was a worthy successor, capturing how Gladstone can be both charming and annoying and a bit of a jerk. That’s not an easy balance to portray. I look forward to seeing more of him!

Going forward, I hope “The House of the Lucky Gander!” represents more of what we’ll see than the episodes after “Woo-oo!” did. While those episodes were enjoyable, they just didn’t feel like DuckTales or the Duck comics. “The House of the Lucky Gander!” felt like both…

In about 15 minutes, five-year-old me will meet 35-year-old me….

In about 15 minutes, five-year-old me will meet 35-year-old me. I think we’re going to get along swimmingly…


INITIAL THOUGHTS (to be updated as I form more initial thoughts):

These two premiere episodes answered most of my “concerns” (and I use that word loosely) about a new version of DuckTales. While the show echoes classic DT and the Barks/Rosa stories, it stands on its own and is developing these characters in its own unique direction. And they’re doing it without sacrificing the essence of who these characters are at their core.

For example, all of the elements of the new Mrs. Beakley were present in the classic Mrs. Beakley and vice versa. She could be daring in classic DT (see the first season episodes “Maid of the Myth” and “Cold Duck” as examples). However, classic DT chose to emphasize the grandmotherly aspect of Beakley more than the adventurous side because that aspect of her character better-suited the needs of the series, and DT 2017 is taking the opposite approach because an adventurous Beakley suits its needs better. Yet both are valid because it’s still the same character.

Same for Webby. The Webby we see in this show was present in the old show. Contrary to what some of the reviewers have been saying, Webby went on many adventures and was incredibly brave and daring in classic DT. She now has the opportunity to develop that aspect of her character in this new series even further. As for the nephews, they’re only a few shades different from Russi Taylor’s take on the nephews, and this is to be expected, because they’re being played as older–more adolescent than pre-adolescent.

In other words, the comparisons that the entertainment media have been making regarding classic DT vs. new DT are rather ludicrous now that I’ve seen the show for myself. As Frank Angones told us time and time again, every creative choice they’ve made has a story-based motivation behind it. And these creative choices were necessary to set this show apart from its predecessors and counterparts, both on screen and in print. The good news? These choices work.


The stand-out character for me in the premiere was Donald. I’ve never seen this version of Donald on-screen before. Tony Anselmo really rose to the challenge of playing shades of Donald that he may never have been asked to play before, one that actually seems rooted in the Carl Barks 10-pagers that focused on Donald as parent and Everyman.

Understand: I love everything that Donald has ever been in. I’m a huge fan of the shorts, the Navy Donald from classic DT, “Quack Pack” Donald, etc. But Barks’ Donald is my favorite, especially when he’s exploring Donald’s humanity. The character is never more intriguing. I’ve been waiting for years to see the Barks Donald brought to 2D life.


I see where they’re going with the theme of family. It’s remarkable, because Disney has always presented a progressive idea of family. In the comics, however, Donald is the steady adult in the boys’ lives. At the end of the premiere, Scrooge and Donald basically agree to co-parent the lads. That’s a step beyond what we’ve seen before. I look forward to seeing how this arrangement develops and how Scrooge impacts each nephew individually. Louie obviously needs to be taught about honesty and hard work. Huey has to be taught how to use his knowledge astutely. And Dewey could use a few lessons in curtailing his adventurous impulses.


Glomgold is hilarious. Keith Ferguson carries on Hal Smith’s characterization in classic DT nicely while giving it a fun twist. This Glomgold seems as if he’s stepped right out of our world of celebrity (and political) CEOs.


Finally, I’m relieved that they balance the adventure and the comedy evenly. I was concerned too much of an emphasis would be placed on humor. The Ducks, whether on TV or in the comics, have always used humor organically. It’s the sly side remark, the throwaway gag, etc. The humor aids and abets the plot; it doesn’t get in its way. These two episodes continued that approach.


A sentimental note: DuckTales was the first TV show I loved, and in some ways, it’s the only TV show I’ve ever loved to the point that I can watch it on repeat. Most shows I’m cool with only seeing once and moving on. Not classic DT. I’ve seen each episode dozens of times, if not hundreds. It’s been present in my life for 30 years. That show (and the radio series “Adventures in Odyssey”) opened up my world to some of the greatest storytelling in history. I discovered Carl Barks, classic television, some of the greatest actors ever, history/literature/science, etc., not because of school but because talking Ducks and those who made them talk cared enough to create stories and characters that were interesting and intelligent and exciting.

As for DT 2017, when the premiere episodes finished this morning, I felt the same way I did back in 1987. I wanted to see more. And I wanted to watch these two episodes again and again (thanks to the Disney marketing machine, I can). That, to me, is the greatest sign of success for DT 2017.

I hope there are five-year-olds watching this premiere today whose worlds are about to be opened to some of the best characters and stories they’ll ever encounter in their lives…

DuckTales First Look | DuckTales | Disney XD

DuckTales First Look | DuckTales | Disney XD:

Fans had to wait a relatively long time from the cast-reveal video in December 2016 until the next sneak peak of DuckTales 2017, but it was more than worth it.

Our recap of the hype leading up to this Saturday’s premiere of DT 2017 continues with the “DuckTales First Look” trailer, which was released on Thursday, March 2, 2017. 

I think I’ve binged this trailer at least a quadrillion times…

The DT promos keep coming! This one is for next Saturday, which…

The DT promos keep coming! This one is for next Saturday, which isn’t this Saturday, which kinda sucks, but then again, the constant hype for next Saturday is a ton of fun, too, but I wish we could have next Saturday and this Saturday and all of the hype all at once all of the time!!!!!!!

Bless me bagpipes! After years of feeling like the Ducks have been ignored by pop culture, this hyper-promotion is a real duck-blur of emotions!

Finally! A Brand-New DuckTales Cartoon!

Finally! A Brand-New DuckTales Cartoon!:

It’s a blur of DuckTales 2017 news today!

Here’s the first of six DuckTales shorts in a series called “Welcome to Duckburg” that will be released tomorrow just in time for Donald’s 83rd birthday. This one is, appropriately enough, titled “Donald’s Birthday.”

Enjoy! I sure did…

disneytva: Meet the new faces of Duckburg! Premiering in…


Meet the new faces of Duckburg!

Premiering in August, the series has been carefully crafted as a familiar reboot albeit with contemporary comedy updates to the Disney Afternoon original. “One of the things we always loved about the old show was that it was this family of adventurers, but the emphasis in every episode had always been on the adventure and plotline,” says co-producer Francisco Angones. “The basic conceit of growing our show was that this is a big blended family of adventurers, so it should feel like a combination of Indiana Jones and a blended Arrested Development-style family sitcom where every character has a different relationship to one another.”

Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo)
Expect to see a lot more of this world-class walking temper tantrum in the new reboot, which bumps Donald Duck up to main cast status. “He’s been a single parent obsessively taking care of the boys, and he’s a little bit overprotective and doesn’t want to take a lot of risks, whereas so much of Scrooge’s success is based on the fact that he’s willing to take risks,” says Angones. “In our world, about 10 years ago, Scrooge and Donald used to go on these big, crazy, rip-roaring adventures, and then they stopped talking to each other, to the point where when we start our show, Huey, Dewey, and Louie don’t even know that the richest duck in the world and this legendary explorer is their great uncle.” By the end of the first episode, Donald reluctantly moves his whole family in with Scrooge, but maintains some degree of his own independence — by keeping his houseboat in the pool.

Gladstone Gander (Paul F. Tompkins)
Few things can unite Scrooge and Donald like a shared nemesis, and we find that in Gladstone Gander, a dandy old character who always irked Donald and now gets under Scrooge’s feathers, too. Angones says, “The great thing about Gladstone is that since Donald is fundamentally unlucky, Gladstone is supernaturally lucky, and so Scrooge and Donald can both agree that they hate Gladstone because he does nothing and gets everything.” (Also worth hating: Gladstone’s father’s name is Goosetave. GOOSETAVE.

Gladstone Gander (Paul F. Tompkins)
Few things can unite Scrooge and Donald like a shared nemesis, and we find that in Gladstone Gander, a dandy old character who always irked Donald and now gets under Scrooge’s feathers, too. Angones says, “The great thing about Gladstone is that since Donald is fundamentally unlucky, Gladstone is supernaturally lucky, and so Scrooge and Donald can both agree that they hate Gladstone because he does nothing and gets everything.” (Also worth hating: Gladstone’s father’s name is Goosetave. GOOSETAVE.

Goldie O’Gilt (Allison Janney)
Returning as Scrooge’s longtime paramour is Goldie O’Gilt, a fellow adventurer who has a curious relationship with old McDuck. “In our adaptation, Scrooge is more of an adventure junkie than a gold addict, so we kept saying, ‘Well, if Scrooge is like Batman, then Goldie should be like Catwoman,’” says Angones. “She’s equally adventurous, every bit Scrooge’s equal, and he hates and loves that. They have this amazingly contentious relationship that’s been going on ages and ages, spanning back to the Gold Rush days.” Plus, the producers say it was David Tennant who geeked out the most about Janney joining the cast: “He heard us play a line she had recorded and he said, ‘That’s C.J. Cregg!‘” 

 Ma Beagle (Margo Martindale) and the Beagle Boys (Eric Bauza)
The perennially annoying villains are back in full force to block Scrooge’s adventures, with beloved character actress Margo Martindale on hand to voice the maniacal matriarch of the family of genuinely idiotic criminals. Big fans will note that they actually look like dogs this time. Relatively.

Flintheart Glomgold (Keith Ferguson)
One of Scrooge’s wealthy equals in Duckburg is Scottish showman Flintheart Glomgold, whom Youngberg describes as “this kind of go-go ‘80s billionaire who made all his money from branding and getting his face on every storefront.” Angones says, “Glomgold is bigger, faster, and cheaper. An in-joke we had for him was that originally in the comics, he was South African, and then they made him Scottish in [the original] DuckTales, so we really leaned into that and decided that when Glomgold saw that Scrooge was a Scottish billionaire, he decided to be the cheap knock-off. More Scottish and even richer.”

Mark Beaks (Josh Brener)

The Silicon Valley actor adds fresh blood to the echelon of wealthy ducks that dominate the city. “We had a bunch of old money billionaires — Scrooge is the oldest money, this billionaire of the industrial revolution, and we have Glomgold — so we included somebody who’s representative of today’s billionaires, which is the tech industry billionaire,” says Youngberg. “Mark Beaks doesn’t care as much about money as he cares about status and being buzzworthy and how many followers he has.” Angones adds, “Josh Brener was so incredibly on all the time, selling and pitching. He’s a character who’s so broad and over the top, you love to be annoyed by him.”

So much to freakin’ love here! The rebooting of Flintheart Glomgold as a Donald Trump-esque character is brilliant. The fact that Donald maintains his independence from Scrooge by moving his houseboat into the pool… That’s funny. The character designs are terrific across the board, but I especially like Gyro’s design. Goldie looks young! I wonder if she and Scrooge found the Fountain of Youth at White Agony Creek in addition to the Goose Egg Nugget!

All in all, I like that they’re making DT 2017 its own thing. They’re not trying to recapture the magic of the original.

I also find it interesting that they’re deemphasizing Scrooge’s obsession with wealth. Good move on their part given the current political climate.

Love the voice cast, too! Allison Janney as Glittering Goldie? Yes, please! Margo Martindale as Ma Beagle? Double yes, please!

Note that the premiere month has been pushed back to August.

Good things come to those who wait, I guess. And wait. And wait. ?