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Here it is, the long-awaited trailer for DT 2017! 

This is more than we were hoping for, folks, and my hopes were pretty high.

Here are my scattered thoughts on the trailer:

I love the angle the series seems to be taking, which isn’t too far from the original series or the Barks and Rosa stories. Scrooge is a mystery to Huey, Dewey, and Louie. They’ve only heard the legends, but little do they know that he’s still an amazing adventurer, that he’s “tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties” (glad they included that all-important character-establishing line in the trailer).

Strangely enough, Scrooge’s voice, while distinctly different from the classic series, is close enough to not be all that jarring. It sounds like David Tennant is a worthy successor to Alan Young, much in the same way Chris Pine as Captain Kirk is a worthy successor to William Shatner. Different voices (although Young and Tennant both have tons of energy and vivacity), but similar enough you don’t think the character is different. That’s key to recasting any role played by one actor for ages. 

Fantastic job, DT creative team!

I know this is only a 90-second trailer, but I think the nephews and Webby are going to be the biggest adjustment for me. In this teaser, they’re kinda loud and annoying at times, but I think I see the real characters in some of the snippets of dialogue we hear. For example, after finding out he’s taking them to stay with Scrooge, at least for the weekend, Louie says to Donald, “You’re finally going to sell us.” That made me laugh out loud.

I do hope the writers have given the nephews and Webby genuine moments of humanity (strange to say that about ducks, I know). Their “realness” in the original series was key to their appeal. Based on what I’m seeing here and what Frank Angones has said, though, I don’t think we’re in danger of DT 2017 misfiring too much, if at all. 

A few other notes:

Donald and Scrooge are as fascinating as ever. I wonder if they have a prior relationship in this version of the series, and I wonder if they’re estranged. 

I love the Barks paintings on the walls of Scrooge’s mansion. Nice Easter Egg, DT creative team. 

Webby recognizes who the nephews are and seems to view them as celebrities. Curious and curiouser… 

I love when Webby calls Donald “one of the most daring adventurers of all time.” Glad he’s getting his due as something other than a foul-tempered fowl. 

We see Launchpad at the end of the trailer in another character-establishing moment (which the trailer excels at, BTW). Launchpad made me laugh. That’s a good sign for Beck Bennett’s take on the character.

The updated theme song packs a punch and made me feel five all over again, giving me that sense of anticipation I used to get (and still get with the DVDs) whenever DuckTales began each afternoon. It’s the perfect blend of contemporary music stylings and nostalgia. 

I love that this series is about family. That was so important to the original DT and made it one of the less preachy, but more impactful series of the 80s and 90s because it demonstrated how a family works and how a family includes everyone who is close to you, not just your blood relatives. 

Finally, adventure, adventure, adventure. The action, coupled with all of the character moments in the trailer, was invigorating and chilling and thrilling and almost made me cry, lol. My gosh, I’m so excited for DT 2017! And I think the kids will be, too! My two-year-old nephew watched the trailer and kept exclaiming, “More DuckTales! More DuckTales!”

No wonder Disney has already renewed it for a second season…

What are your thoughts? Which Easter Eggs did I miss? Anyone have a copy of the premiere episode they’d like to leak to me? Are the Russians still into DuckTales? ;-)

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I am playing Dewey in the new Ducktales TV show! DUCKTALES IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE TV SHOWS OF ALL TIME! I grew up on these characters. In elementary school, I would race home after school every day, make mac and cheese (I wasn’t lactose intolerant yet) and watch the Disney Afternoon at David and Jose Fernandez’s house in Riverdale. We watched the show, played the Nintendo game, re-watched the movie, all of it. My ringtone a few years ago was the Moon theme from the Ducktales video game which maybe one person ever got. So, I am incredibly excited to be a part of this show. A few hours ago, they announced the main cast and it’s magic. Scrooge McDuck- David Tennant, Huey- Danny Pudi, Dewey- Me, Louie- Bobby Moynihan, Webby Vanderquack- Kate Micucci, Launchpad McQuack- Beck Bennett, Mrs. Beakley- Toks Olagundoye and you will be pumped to find out who is playing the amazing guest cast for Donald Duck, Flintheart Glomgold, Gyro Gearloose, Duckworth, Gizmoduck, Magica DeSpell, Gladstone Gander, and Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys. I can’t wait for this thing to come out. Frank Angones and Matthew Youngberg are gonna make you smile. For now you can watch us all sing the theme song above. Woo-oo!

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Catch a look at the new cast of Disney XD’s DuckTales with this theme song sing-a-long, featuring:

  • Bobby Moynihan as “Louie”
  • Ben Schwartz as “Dewey”
  • Danny Pudi as “Huey”
  • Kate Micucci as “Webby”
  • Toks Olagundoye as “Mrs. Beakley”
  • Beck Bennett as “Launchapd McQuack” and
  • David Tennant as “Scrooge McDuck”

- Courtney (harmonicacave)

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The Pans were a Vietnamese immigrant family who took up residence in Scarborough, Canada.  After arriving as refugees in the late 1970’s, Bich Ha and Huei Hann married in Toronto, and later had 2 children, Jennifer and Felix.  Tragedy struck in November of 2010, when 3 intruders entered the house, making demands for the Pans to hand over their money.  When Huei Hann could not produce more than $60 from his wallet, both he and his wife were shot multiple times in the head, killing Bich Ha instantly.  Jennifer, meanwhile, had been tied to the bannister, and made a frantic call to the emergency services reporting the incident.  Felix was away at college at the time.

Miraculously, Huei Hann survived his injuries, however after waking from an induced coma he began to cast doubt on his daughter’s version of events.  Once confronted by authorities, Jennifer admitted that she had hired the ‘intruders’ to kill not only her parents, but also herself.  The Pans had exerted extreme pressure on their children academically, and when Jennifer’s grades began to slip she resorted to doctoring her report cards to meet their high expectations.  She even went so far as to pretend she had gained a place at the local college, studying at the library and filling a pad with notes to avoid any suspicion.  When the time came, she even purchased a college certificate online, and fobbed off her parents when they wanted to attend her graduation.  Under the ruse of staying with a girlfriend a few days a week, Jennifer had really been living with her boyfriend, Daniel Wong, who her parents had forbidden her from seeing.

Under further investigation, it transpired that Jennifer and Daniel had arranged the hit together, paying Lenford Crawford $10,000 to carry out their bidding.  Despite insisting that she had called the whole thing off, Jennifer had texted Lenford and his associates David Mylvaganam and Eric Carty on the evening of the crime, signalling for them to come into the house.  Jennifer, Daniel, and 2 of the hit men were found guilty of first-degree murder, and each is serving life in prison.