The New DuckTales Opens With A Strong Premier Episode

by Tito W. James

The highly anticipated DuckTales reboot premiered this past Saturday on Disney XD. The new show attracted so much fan attention that Disney XD aired nothing but the two-part pilot on repeat that day.
They even posted the full episode on Youtube.
I enjoyed the original DuckTales growing up in the 90’s and I love Disney’s current Mickey Mouse shorts directed by Paul Rudish, so I wanted to share my thoughts on the new show.
From the opening shot you can tell this is a gorgeous new DuckTales series. The art injects the show with a retro comic pulp vibe fused with sleek modern design.

Scrooge McDuck (David Tennant) is the crazy uncle who goes on globetrotting treasure hunts like Indiana Jones.
Launchpad McQuack (Beck Bennett) is dumb, but in a lovable surfer kind of way.
Donald Duck (Toney Anselmo) Sports a cool black sailor suit and his goals are often in opposition to Scrooge’s adding additional drama.
Ms. Beakley (Toks Olagundoye) is like a female duck Alfred.
The triplets in the original series were pretty homogeneous and easy to mix up. This is something the new series is conscious of and makes a point to make each brother an individual. They have smaller beaks, cool new haircuts (feather-cuts?), and different clothing.
Huey (Danny Pudi) is brave but naïve. He’s more classic like the original duck nephews and kind of the least interesting so far.
Dewey (Ben Schwartz) is cocky yet likeable and easily my favorite of the group.
Louie (Bobby Moynihan) is sly and money focused. He’s also kinda sexy (I can say that right?).
Webby (Kate Micucci) has the makings of a fan favorite. Yeah, she follows the “only girl of the group” cartoon tropes of being a tough and smart, but they don’t make her too perfect. She’s knowledgeable about the occult and strange but that knowledge makes her creepily awkward and really fun to watch.
Donald’s voice is unintelligible.
While the writing is witty, there weren’t any laugh-out-loud jokes.
Too much of the humor is conveyed through face-paced dialogue. Some scenes felt like a rapid-fire of one-liners.
The characters are well-developed and the art is excellent.
There were a couple scenes when Donald used more physical humor, like in a classic Disney cartoon. These scenes are quite funny and added some variety to the comedic pacing.
The monsters are simultaneously funny and threatening. The adventures turn old myths on their heads, and the mysteries will keep you guessing till the next episode.

Overall this was a strong premier to what looks like a solid show. If the creators play their cards, right Disney could have a new Gravity Falls on it’s hands.
See you next time!

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