It was announced early last year that Disney would be rebooting “DuckTales” for a new generations of viewers. The animated-comedy series will be based on the Emmy Award-winning show launched back in 1987, and is now set to debut in the summer of 2017.
Disney will release “DuckTales” on Disney XD channels around the world, and the show will be produced by Disney Television Animation. The new series will again star Disney’s enduringly popular characters: Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Donald Duck.
The series was officially announced back in February of 2015 by Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD. At the time of the announcement Buhaj said, “DuckTales’ has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history, it drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”
The new series’ adventures will once again take viewers along as Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews — Huey, Dewey and Louie — and the optimistic yet temperamental Donald Duck embark on high-flying adventures worldwide.
Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.
A generation’s seminal cartoon, the Emmy Award-winning “DuckTales” led the daily syndicated cartoon block “The Disney Afternoon” with 100 episodes produced by Disney Television Animation from 1987-90. An animated theatrical film, “DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp,” premiered in 1990.
The original “DuckTales” is currently available on WATCH Disney Channel, an app that allows consumers to watch on tablet, phones, computer and set top boxes.