“Life is like a hurricane, Here in Duckburg. Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes — It’s a duck-blur! Might solve a mystery, Or rewrite history! DuckTales! Woo-oo!”
Every child of the 1980s remembers the lyrics to that iconic theme song. DuckTales only ran for three years (1987-1990), but it was an inescapable pop culture touchstone. The adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie live on in our hearts to this day.
Now, Disney XD is gearing up to introduce a whole new generation to the residents of Duckburg. A brand-new DuckTales cartoon is in the works and is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2017. Rob Renzetti (who created Nickelodeon’s My Life as a Teenage Robot) will serve as executive producer.
In March 2016, Disney revealed the first artwork for the new series, depicting Scrooge McDuck driving a jeep through the jungle as Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, and Donald hold on for dear life:
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The inclusion of Donald Duck was a bit of a surprise, as he had only minor cameo appearances in the original series. In the pilot, Donald left Huey, Dewey, and Louie in the care of his Uncle Scrooge while he went off to serve in the Navy.
In July, Disney gave audiences a closer look at the new designs for Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby when they released a new DuckTales poster at San Diego Comic-Con:
— Pokde.net (@PokdeDotNet) July 21, 2016
The New DuckTales Logo
Now, in honor of Olympic gold medal winner Laurie Hernandez and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy, who danced to the original DuckTales theme song this week on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, Disney has revealed our first look at the brand-new DuckTales logo:
As you can see, Disney had the good sense not to mess with a good thing. The new DuckTales logo is remarkably similar to the original. The shadowing beneath the letters is a bit deeper and sharper in places and the coloring has been changed. The original DuckTales logo had an orange/yellow gradient that closely resembled the Indiana Jones logo. (Which is ironic given that Disney now owns Lucasfilm and the rights to the Indiana Jones films and characters).
The new coloring is a mustard yellow, but if you look closely you can see a dotted pattern reminiscent of old comic book panels. This is presumably to pay tribute to the series’ origins in the Uncle Scrooge comic books by Carl Banks, which began in the early 1950s.
The Legacy of DuckTales
The original DuckTales ran for four seasons, with a total of 100 episodes. A theatrical feature-film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp was released in August 1990. A video game based on the show became one of the most popular releases for the Nintendo Entertainment System. A “remastered” version for modern consoles was released in 2013. A sequel, DuckTales 2, was released in 1993 and is now one of the rarest cartridges for the NES. Used versions sell for hundreds of dollars on eBay and other auction sites.
There’s no word yet on who will be voicing the characters in the new DuckTales cartoon. One thing is for certain, though — it won’t be the original actors. For starters, Alan Young, who provided the voice of Scrooge McDuck, passed away earlier this year. But even before that unfortunate event, Terry McGovern (the original voice behind Launchpad McQuack) stated on Facebook that he was “heartsick” to learn the entire cast would be replaced.