Last September, Disney XD announced that it will be bringing back one of its most beloved and award-winning 1990 animated TV shows, Ducktales, in a reboot that will introduce younger generations to the wacky antics and adventures of Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and the rest of the gang. The announcement was made by Disney XD’s Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Marc Buhaj; and yesterday we got a sneak peak on how things will look like in this classic reboot. Disney D23 tweeted an image that excitedly reflects the anticipation for the series once it launches in 2017. Check it out.
— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) March 7, 2016
The original Ducktales series ran for 100 episodes and even gave rise to a theatrically-released movie spinoff in 1990, titled Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. The art is definitely different than the original Ducktales show, but the gang’s antics look like they’re as zany as ever. The image shows Team McDuck on the run with spears hanging off their vehicle. A very focused Uncle Scrooge is behind the wheel while Donald Duck is hanging on for dear life. Seen in this image also are the trio of Huey, Dewey and Louie including Webby Vanderquack. The image also suggests a possible slight deviation from the boys’ original characterization: Huey, who seems to be the only one wearing a cap, is kind of calm and calculated, as he seeks to find his needed information while reading a book; Dewey is in a t-shirt and appears to be the aggressive type, ready to spring into action; and we have Louie who appears to be donned in a hoodie pointing at something and acting as somewhat leader of the group.
As noted by John Casteele for ScreenRant, the image’s art style is reminiscent of the work by Scrooge McDuck’s creator, the legendary Carl Banks – with some similarities to the clean and simple look of the Mickey Mouse animated series that currently airs on the Disney Channel. “Of course, there’s only so much that can be told from a single still image; fans will have a better idea of how the new series is once previews are released showing the characters in action and giving us a sample of the new voice cast,” Casteele added.
There are still plenty of characters worth mentioning here, such as Launchpad McQuack, Ludwig Von Drake, Fenton Crackshell, and of course the ever so troublesome Beagle Boys. We hope to see them again once Disney XD launches the show’s official trailer anytime soon.
For those of you who are not yet initiated to the (mis) adventures of our web-footed gang, here’s a throwback from the late ‘80s with the catchy, original theme song of Ducktales.