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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

“DUCKTALES” REBOOT Gets 10th DOCTOR, SNL Regulars As VOICE TALENT


Now I’m going to have to apologize in advance if you get another “Ducktales” reboot update so soon, but as somebody who spent his childhood watching the original series on TV and have fond memories of the experience, I hope you’ll understand and indulge me. It should be plain to see at least that I’m not one of those extreme nostalgia folks who see the 1987 cartoon as the be-all and end-all, nor do I automatically decry the upcoming series as ruining the franchise forever. I just want to enjoy a good storyline, and as this was one of Disney’s first TV hits, I’m sure they won’t mess up the reimagining too much.

In fact, this latest bit of news from The Los Angeles Times ought to be a sign of positive things to come for the show. This week Disney has announced the cast of voice talents for the 2017 “Ducktales”; suffice to say, the House of Mouse thought out of the box and got some interesting choices for the voice cast. Several of them are well known from “Saturday Night Live”, but the choice for voicing the main character Scrooge McDuck – treasure hunter and richest duck in the world – sort of hits everything out of the park. It’s none other than David Tennant, who portrayed the Tenth Doctor in BBC’s long-running “Doctor Who” franchise of TV series.

This was a brilliant casting on the part of Disney as Tennant is from Scotland and therefore has the exact needed Scottish English accent expected of Uncle Scrooge whose voice was codified by British- born Canadian American actor Alan Young in the original “Ducktales” series and other animated productions and videogames starring Scrooge. Young passed away this year at the age of 96.

Moving on to the rest of the cast, the House of Mouse has decided to depart slightly from the original portrayal of Scrooge’s grandnephews and travelling companions Huey, Dewey and Louie, who were all commonly voiced by Russi Taylor. This time around they’ll be having separate unique voice actors to further embellish their individuality, with Danny Pudi (“Community”) as Huey, Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”) as Dewey, and Bobby Moynihan (“SNL”) as Louie. Rounding up the cast we have Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates, “Steven Universe”) as Webby Vanderquack (also originally voiced by Russi Taylor), Toks Ulagundoye as Webby’s grandmother and Scrooge’s housekeeper Mrs. Beakley, and Beck Bennett (“SNL”) as Scrooge’s pilot/bodyguard Launchpad McQuack.

The best part perhaps about the cast announcement was that it was in the form of a “music video” wherein the cast members sing the classic “Ducktales” theme (yes, even the Duck-tor). While the voice actor for Donald Duck, who’s a regular this time around, has not been revealed, it could likely be given to Tony Anselmo, who has voiced him since 1985.

You can check out the “Ducktales” cast song on YouTube; it’s hard to miss. The “Ducktales” reboot is still on for 2017 on Disney XD.

Photo Credit to www.pastemagazine.com

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