Disney is set to bring back what can arguably be considered the most successful animated series of the 1980’s- Ducktales. Set to air in early 2017, Disney has ordered a full season of brand new episodes for their channel Disney XD.
“‘DuckTales’ has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history”, explains Disney XD Vice President Marc Buhaj. “it drew its inspiration from Disney legend Carl Barks’ comic books and, through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”
It is unknown whether the new episodes will continue off of the original series, which went on for over 100 episodes, spawned a feature-film and two very successful Capcom video games, or if it will reboot the story back to the beginning. What is known, however, is that the full cast is set to return. Joining Scrooge, the nephews, Webby and Launchpad McQuack will be Mrs. Beakley, Gyro Gearloose, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys.
This isn’t the first time Ducktales has made a reappearance or a reboot. In 2013 game developer WayForward released their lovingly-crafted rebuild of the original Capcom NES game for modern consoles. The game sold tremendously well, Capcom even quoted as saying the game “overperformed” on their fiscal reports, which may have contributed to Disney’s decision for a revival.
It’s a long way until 2017. In the meantime you can check out Ducktales Remastered, watch the original series on Disney’s WATCH app or collect the original series and Ducktales: The Movie on Amazon.
This mildly annoying/mildly adorable “Kids React” video might also give us an idea of how a newer generation of kids will respond: