Reports Wednesday confirm the Ducktales 2017 Reboot is not coming back for a fourth season. Leaving this writer as empty as the Launchpad’s head! As we bid farewell to these fowl let’s reminisce on what made this reboot stand out in the current reboot heavy tv landscape.
Disney made this statement
“The talented creative team, led by Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones, have delivered exceptional storytelling with uniquely reimagined characters for three seasons of 75 episodes and more than 15 shorts,” a Disney XD spokesperson said in a statement. “While physical production is wrapping, ‘DuckTales’ continues to be available on Disney Channels and Disney+ around the world and fans will get an epic season finale in 2021.”Disney press release
This left Ducktales fan both old and new Dumbfounded yelling out “BLATHERING BLATHERSKITE!” Frank Angones Co-Executive Producer took to Twitter Wednesday with this statement:
Forethought for a swan DUCK-Song.
Seems that the creative team had the forethought to craft this third and final season. One final high stakes adventure hoping that will leave us all satisfied. As of writing this article the show currently has 10 more episodes to wrap up this spectacular show!
What made this series so special
There are tons of reasons that this show was almost perfect in my opinion lets list them in no particular order
A Diverse Cast
Not only was Scrooge Scottish but so was his actor the brilliant David Tennant. Lin-Manuel Miranda in fact had so much influence they made Fenton/Gizomoduck Latino. Even for one-off characters, Like Don Carnage they made sure to hire the culturally appropriate actors. Not forgetting to bring the iconic voice of Tony Anselmo as Donald on the adventure.
Building the Duck Family Tree
Using the Don Rosa family tree, Angones and his team fleshed out a rich history with as many ducks as possible! First, we have to start off with the one and only Della Duck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie’s mother making her television debut voiced by the talented Paget Bruster! Adding so many ducks you might “quack up!’ Like Feathery in Antarctica. Downy and Fergus McDuck in Scotland at Castle Mcduck, Scrooges parents! Don’t forget his Sister Matilda and Hortense even made appearances!
But what about the rich history before 2017
The show took its visual cues and story based on the classic Scrooge adventures but took it one step further by not forgetting the elder millennials that have fond memories coming home to watch after school. I believe at this point all the vast majority of Disney cartoons have made a cameo or have been referenced. If they haven’t there at still 10 episodes to hit the mark. The show even poked fun of its predecessor going into an alternative universe of the original 80’s series!
Remembering your roots but paving a new path!
The show takes great artistic license while solving mysteries they have rewrote history! By changing some character’s archetypes or making new ones!
Webby and Mrs. Beakley
Mrs. B in the original show was a stodgy old scatterbrained pain in the tail feather! THIS new interpretation was an international SPY! She even trained her rambunctious granddaughter Webby in the art of espionage. But Webby, voiced by the equally adorable Kate Micucci, isn’t just a badass. She’s the ultimate fangirl too! There are times in the show I, a 39-year-old “adult” male, can identify with the joyful glee, Webby has when they make a meta-reference. Or as we learn together the McDuck Family history.
Webbys new best friend started as a foil for the Duck family as a living shadow of Magica De Spell, voiced by the glorious Catherine Tate. Lena went on her own redemption arc. Becoming a sorcerer in her own right thru her friendship and love for Webby.
Staying with modern times and instead of making a modern Flinheart Glomgold. The production team chose to create a new teach savvy billionaire genius to contend with Scrooge!
Huey, Dewey, and Louie
Aside from introducing Della (and sneaking in the moon theme), the smartest decision in this show to make the boys individuals! Ben Schwartz, Dani Pudi, and Bobby Moynihan each brought a new essence to these characters. Did they themselves become stereotypes? To an extent, yes. But would I take 3 individual characters over 3 characters with one voice? You bet your Cherry Pep I would!
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