First off, I want to say the series is off to a great start. The first episode, which is I believe a two parter, is entitled, Woo-hoo!
Being a kid of the 80’s and 90’s, I caught the show shortly after the first episode after it aired back in 1987. Thanks to this great show (original) I had also discovered more Disney offerings, which were: Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, Talespin, etc. To say the least, my childhood was full of great TV as far as child me was concerned. I still watch those shows on DVD, from time to time. I love the nostalgia factor, which brings me to why I decided to give the 2017 reboot of Ducktales a shot. I was not disappointed.
There is something special about Ducktales, with its Indian Jones-esque adventures and the whimsical humor of the McDuck crew, Scrooge and his family never lost their appeal to the masses of kids across the generations.
As I had already stated above, the show originally aired in 1987. I was all of seven years old, and Disney was my main focus my everything! Needless to say, the show became an instant hint.
Furthermore, as a kid or even an adult who cannot or doesn’t wish to escape the shackles of youth and the innocence therein, you could not ask for more fun and a lovable cast of characters from the bumbling bumpkin pilot, Launchpad, and his employer, Scrooge McDuck, richest duck in the world. Then you have Donald Duck, well meaning and hard working duck who tries his best to help his nephews and yet fails and often proves more of a burden than anything else to his elder kin, Scrooge. The boys, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, at least in the original show, had little to no humility and for the most part lacked respect for their Uncle Donald let alone Scrooge, always having little time for either o f them. But they still found their way to caring, and helping out during these wondrous adventures. Lastly you had Mrs. Beakley, Scrooge’s maid and often Secretary although she constantly reminded him she wasn’t his secretary, often to no avail. Lastly, but not least, you have Webbigail or as she’s fondly referred to y everyone, Webby, she was headstrong and so smart and refused to be left out of the boys and their adventures much to chagrin of Mrs. Beakley. But at the heart of it all was family that was what mattered most and the new show makes that shine through.
To explain Ducktales to the uninitiated, the series was based upon the comics y Carl Banks. The original series told of the adventures of Scrooge McDuck (wealthiest duck in the world), and every episode would introduce new and reoccurring villains, such as Magica Da Spell, the Beastie Boys and Scrooge’s arch nemesis, Flintheart Glomgold, all while expanding the scope of the adventures of four leads, plus the housekeeper, Mrs. Beakley, and her granddaughter, Webby.
This new Ducktales opens with a very modern family. Donald Duck, who looks quite busy and ready to head off to a job interview, in the first couple of episodes and in the mist of his preparations, the boys are trying their best to help…but in typical fashion they’re creating more trouble than anything else.
This foreshadows a line that Scrooge would say later in the episode, about family being too much trouble. But to which trouble he’s referring to one can only guess. This leaves us, the audience a question to be answered. This is but one of the thoughtful concepts that makes the new series much more engaging than its predecessor.
Furthermore, in stark contrast to boys, Huey, Dewey and Louie’s credit, they are quite different for the most part from themselves in the original airing of this series. For one thing, they’re quite humble and stand in awe of the adventures and accomplishments of their Uncle Scrooge.
In addition to all the aforementioned statements, I love the art style, though darker ad different from the original series, it is more in line with the original comics from which both versions of the series take inspiration. I find that fitting and after all without Carl Bank’s comics, none of these would be possible.
The last item I wanted to talk about was the casting of voice acting talent.
I wanted to welcome the new voice for Scrooge McDuck, David Tennant is no stranger to filling the shoes of beloved characters of big franchise, and after all he did play Doctor Who, the 10th doctor as a matter of fact. Then, you have Tony Anselo, who is the veteran voice of Donald Duck and hasn’t missed a step, the only Donald Duck we’ve known for as long as I can remember.
Huey Duck is played by Danny Pudi, who played a com tech in Captain America: Winter Soldier. Then we have, Ben Schwartz, of Parks N’ Recreation fame, and next up is Bobby Moynhan, who is best known for his appearances on SNL. As Webbigail (Webby), Kate Micucci, you should know her from the Big Bang Theory, she dated Raj. Mrs. Beakley is voiced by Toks Olagun, and Launchpad is voiced by Beck Bennett, from SNL and Castle. I think the entire voice casting was spot on and couldn’t have asked for better talent.
In closing, I cannot wait for future episodes and am very optimistic for this series reboot!
What did you guys think of the reboot's start? Are you old fans such as me, or are you new to the series? Let me know your thoughts and where you stand in light of the reboot of a beloved series in the comments below!