30 years ago, Disney thrilled children around the world with DuckTales, an animated adventure series that followed the cantankerous millionaire Scrooge McDuck and his excitable nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. Now, executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones are rebooting the beloved cartoon, in in doing so, they've pulled together a cast that's as passionate about the original as they are.
"We want it to be done right, done by people who know and love the source material and want to bring it back," Youngberg told CBR at Comic-Con International in San Diego. "The generation that grew up loving DuckTales is now us. Now, the people who are creating things want to recreate the things that they loved as children, and want to bring it to a new audience of children, and feel the love that we felt as kids. That was really important for us as we got into refreshing DuckTales: What is it that we loved about the original series? And how can we infuse the show with that, but then give it a contemporary voice so that a new audience can come along and enjoy that too."
Let's meet the cast behind DuckTales and see how their rebooted flock stacks up to the original series' incarnations.
Fans flipped out when a playful theme song video revealed Doctor Who's David Tennant would voice the Scottish fussbudget at DuckTales' center. "There's a reason that he's so beloved by so many people -- because he's so good," Youngberg said of Tennant. "It was really important to us to find an actor who could live up to the legacy of Alan Young (who voiced the character since the 1980s, but passed last year), but also put a new spin on it as well. It was also really important for us to find an authentic Scottish actor. And as soon as we said, 'We want to go to someone Scottish,' we knew exactly who we wanted to go to."
"The thing about David, he brings such earnestness,"Angones added. "He's not afraid to go big and broad and cartoony. But he also just scratches the layer. He's willing to make a cartoon character three-dimensional and really dig deep. We're impossibly lucky to have him."
Huey, Dewey, and Louie
One major change has been the distinguishing of the trouble-attracting triplets form one another. On the original series, Huey Dewey, and Louie were interchangeable, save for their red, blue and green -- but otherwise identical -- outfits. Now, each has a distinct character, voice and look.
"This time, the nephews have their own personalities," Ben Schwartz, who plays Dewey, assured us. "Frank and Matt and all the writers had this great idea that, even though they're triplets, they came out one second before each other." So birth order tropes come into play.
"Huey, because he's the oldest by like fifteen seconds, he's the most responsible, logical one," Communit's Danny Pudi, who plays the firstborn fledgling explained. "He loves a plan. He loves a map. He likes family t-shirts. That's Huey. He's a good Junior Woodchuck. He's a scout. He's tightly wound, a little bit. Which in some ways creates a nice, natural conflict with some of the other brothers."
"The second one is me, Dewey, who came out in the middle," Schwartz said with a broad smile. "I'm the explorer. I'm almost like the Leroy Jenkins of the group... He jumps into anything. He's always ready for excitement. He's in for the adventure!"
The youngest brother Louie is voiced by Bobby Moynihan, who sadly did not make it to Comic-Con. But Schwartz offered on his behalf, "Louie is kind of like a laid back who would rather sit back and make a million bucks if he could just watch TV the entire time."