Today marked the series premiere of DuckTales on Disney XD. Since it was first announced, fans of the original wondered if a reboot of their beloved cartoon could ever live up what had come before it. Well, we're here to tell you it does! It really, REALLY does!
The show unfolds with Donald Duck scrambling to prepare for a job interview - while his rambunctious nephews attempt to offer advice and help get their uncle's day off to a strong start. However, despite their best efforts, Huey, Dewey and Louie - voiced expertly by Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz and Bobby Moynihan - prove to be more trouble than one duck can handle. This causes Donald to throw his nephews in the car and begin making his way to McDuck Manor.
Enter trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, a world famous adventurer who is not too thrilled to meet his extended family. However, having owed Donald a favor, Scrooge finds himself stuck with the boys - all three of which are filled with questions for Duckberg's richest resident. Finally having his fill of inquiries, Scrooge hands the boys off to housekeeper Mrs. Beakley before retiring to his study to being planning an expedition to the Lost City of Atlantis.
During this time, Huey, Dewey and Louie escape their designated play area and cross paths with enthusiastic Webby Vanerquck - voiced by the always loveable Kate Micucci. Webby takes the boys on a tour of McDuck Manor and it isn't long before they happen on some artifacts from some of Scrooge's past adventures. Of course, they soon find themselves in over their head upon releasing a series of ancient evils, and it's up to Uncle Scrooge to save the day.
Despite being upset with his mischievous nephews, Scrooge soon sees that they can be of help when the situation calls for it - especially after helping him defeat a treasure seeking dragon with some help from loveable lunkhead, Launchpad McQuack.
His mind made up, Scrooge informs Donald, who has just gotten himself a job working for Flintheart Glomgold, that he will be taking the boys on a weekend trip - to locate a mythical treasure buried within the Lost City of Atlantis.
Upon reaching the location, things take a very Indiana Jones turn with Scrooge, Launchpad, Webby and the nephews scrambling to find the Jewel of Atlantis before a second team, lead by Flintheart Glomgold, can claim it as their own.
After successfully navigating through a slew of death traps consisting of snakes, spinning blades and plenty of water, Scrooge successfully locates the Jewel of Atlantis and makes his way back to Duckberg with treasure in tow. The group celebrates a successful expedition, with Scrooge even going so far as to offer Donald and his nephews places to stay at McDuck Manor - where Dewey ends up discovering a shocking surprise!
DuckTales is proof that not all reboots are bad. In fact, the new series proves that, sometimes, a reboot can be downright awesome! The animation is bright and colorful, with the characters easily identifiable as reimagined members of the DuckTales roster. The plot is fun and engaging, with plenty of laugh out loud moments courtesy of the always hot-headed Donald Duck, who is always one bad stapler away from one of his classic temper tantrums. Additionally, the voice cast is spot on, with high points coming from David Tennant's Scrooge McDuck and Beck Bennett's Launchpad McQuack - both of which do an excellent job of paying homage to the classic characters that debuted over three decades ago.
In short, there is absolutely nothing to dislike about Disney's DuckTales reboot. From the nestalgia heavy theme song courtesy of Felicia Barton, to the globe-trotting goofiness of the plot, this is a sugar coated love letter to the original 1987 animated series - and Disney has us hungry for more! Oh So Much More!
Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!
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