Duck Tales First Episode Preview
After jumping into the money bin you better believe I was pumped to watch Duck Tales after so many years. We only watched half of the very first episode and I was left wanting more. In it, Scrooge McDuck meets Donald Duck’s nephews and it all starts rolling from there as we meet Webby and recognize old characters as well. The stage is set for many adventures! Previous fans will enjoy the show as much as new ones will.
Exclusive Interview with Duck Tales executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones at the D23 Expo
Working on Duck Tales
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Duck Tales and Girl Power
As fathers of girls Angones and Youngberg wanted to give Webby characteristics that girls would naturally gravitate to. Angones says:” It is important to us to present a real well-rounded character so that she could go toe to toe with the boys, and with Scrooge. She definitely stands up to Scrooge.”
The Duck Tales Voice Talent
When asked about the choice of David Tennant, Matt Youngberg says :”We really wanted to find somebody who was legitimately Scottish. We thought that was really important in this iteration. David is an amazing actor. He’s morphed into this role in an incredible way. Because, when you think David Tennant, you think young and kind of, and vibrant and all of these things, and Scrooge you think of as old and miserly.” To that Frank Angones adds :”DuckTales is a globetrotting adventure show. It’s part of the reason why in our pilot premier we do half of the episode in Duckburg, which is this amazing adventure local, and the other half going all around the world. every time we go to a different location, we always want to try to be authentic. So, we would genuinely try to find voice actors. If we go to Egypt, we try, gonna try to find Egyptian voice actors. to bring that extra level of interesting diversity and authenticity, and present a world that kids actually see around them every day. ”
Voice Talent and Diversity
Growing up, Francisco Angones only had one Latino super hero. He set out to give his children a Latino superhero that they could look up to. Angones goes on:” Wouldn’t it be great if the main superhero of DuckTales was Latino? Not just a token side superhero. This is our Peter Parker meets Tony Stark. We looked at adapting Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera slash Gizmoduck. We looked at the original traits, and he always had another idea. He was always fast talking. He was always putting together a scheme. He was very earnest and I was like, this is Lin-Manuel Miranda, and we’ll never get him.”
They wrote the episode in a very Lin-ish way and sent him the script. As a huge fan of the original series, Lin Miranda was on board before they knew it.
Fun fact: The first thing Lin Miranda did when he came in to record was to sing the moon theme from the Duck Tales video game. It used to be his ringtone!
Duck Tales Look and Feel
We also learned that from the very start they decided that Duck Tales would have a hand drawn feel to it. In part to maintain the style of the show and also because looking at the comics that served originally as inspiration for Duck Tales it just felt natural. Perhaps CG would feel a bit fake when you think about ducks going on an adventure. Somehow that is OK if it is in comic style. Duck Tales continues to be a flat warm graphic. That said, it does have updates like Donald Duck using a smartphone.
Fun fact: Scrooge McDuck has a golden flip phone because he hasn’t updated in 30 years!
Francisco Angones shares:” If you’re paying attention, there are a couple of places that were mentioned in this first episode that Scrooge has business holdings in, that were not put there by accident.
Duck Tales on Disney XD Starting August 12th
Is your calendar marked? Ours is. Duck Tales will again be a super hit, and we can’t wait to share a show we enjoyed as kids with our children. Time to start singing in anticipation to the Disney XD premiere, join along, Duck Tales woo-ooo!