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The Importance of Kicking Off the DuckTales Reboot with a Movie

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The Importance of Kicking Off the DuckTales Reboot with a Movie

If you can’t hear the word “DuckTales” without instinctively responding, “Woo-oo,” we’ve got good news for you DisneyXD is bringing the series back with an all-star cast, kicking things off with a new movie, and an all-day marathon. CBR took to Comic-Con International in San Diego to speak to the show’s cast and creators, and get the inside scoop.

The DuckTales TV movie will be two connected 22-minute episodes back-to-back, which will play every hour, all day on August 12th. Called “Woo-oo!”, this double dose of ducky fun will introduce fans new and old to Scrooge McDuck and his feathered family.

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Parks and Recreation stand-out Ben Schwartz, who plays Dewey Duck on the series, explained that the plucky pilot uses the beloved triplets as an entry point for those unfamiliar with the 1980s animated series, as “Woo-oo!” will show the nephews meeting Scrooge for the first time. “We had no idea that the richest Duck in the universe has anything to do with us,” Schwartz explained. “So we push you into it that way. And we bring in Donald (Duck), which if you’re a human being on Earth, you love and enjoy. So you get to see all that come together.”

DuckTales co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones, concurred, noting, “We thought it would be great to present these kids as the access point to a new generation of viewers, who don’t know that they’re related to Scrooge.”

“The movie is really a two-part kick-off series premiere,” DuckTales executive producer Matt Youngberg told us. “That’s where we have the introduction on what’s happening with the family. There’s been a history. There’s been a reason that Donald and Scrooge don’t talk to each other. And we come into it with the boys experiencing their first adventure with Scrooge McDuck. We wanted to be able to kick off the series with how everything comes together, so as the series goes on, that’s been established as to how they’re just out on their adventures.”

Hold onto your top hats! For their first adventure, Scrooge and his colorful nephews will dive deep into the ocean in search of the Lost City of Atlantis.

“We thought it was important to do first the establishing story that sets up the world and the families and each other,”Angones said, “Then we wanted to do a family road trip, but to the lost city of Atlantis. We thought that was really grounds for how do these relationships work? How do you find your place in this huge weird blended family? And that was the template for the show.”

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“It will be very classic DuckTales,” declared Beck Bennett, who voices dunderheaded pilot Launchpad McQuack, “It’s a big fun adventure.”

Get a taste of the adventure with this clip:

DuckTales premieres on Disney XD Aug. 12 with a one-hour movie before the series begins its regular run in September. The one-hour TV movie will air at midnight ET/PT on Disney XD, and then run for 24 consecutive hours, giving fans plenty of time to immerse themselves in this new DuckTales. The series stars David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck, Danny Pudi as Huey, Ben Schwartz as Dewey, Bobby Moynihan as Louie, Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack, Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley and Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck. They’re joined by such guest stars as Lin-Manuel Miranda as Gizmoduck aka Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, Allison Janney as Goldie O’Gilt, Margo Martindale as as Ma Beagle, Paul F. Tompkins as Gladstone Gander, Kimiko Glenn as well-traveled teen Lena, Jim Rash as mad scientist Gyro Gearloose, Josh Brener as tech billionaire Mark Beaks, Keith Ferguson as Scrooge’s archenemy Flintheart Glomgold, Eric Bauza as the Beagle Boys and Corey Burton as Ludwig Von Drake.

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