DuckTales is an American animated television series developed by Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones for Disney Channel and Disney XD. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series is a reboot of the original 1987 series of the same name. It premiered in 2017 and ended in 2021 after 3 seasons.
After not speaking to each other for ten years, old-timer Scrooge McDuck is reunited with Donald Duck after he asks Scrooge to watch his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie for the day. The presence of the newcomers rekindles Scrooge's spirit of adventure, leading the group to go on many new treasure-hunting expeditions, while the nephews and their new friend Webby seek the truth behind their uncles' broken relationship and the mysterious disappearance of Huey, Dewey, and Louie's mother and Donald's sister Della Duck.
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- The animation and character designs are well-done. The animation here feels like it came out of a comic book. Just look closely and you will see what we mean. The comic book-ish textures feels so welcoming.
- Post-modern art style.
- All the actors do a phenomenal job voicing their characters like Huey, Dewey and Louie voice actors who put in a performance that fits well with their personalities.
- Ben Schwartz who voiced Dewy did an amazing job as well from his previous well known shows like Randy Cunningham (While Mediocre) and Sonic the Hedgehog from the 2020 live-action/animated movie.
- Huey, Dewey and Louie are all given more individual personalities than in the 1987 series. Instead of just basically being the same duckling (to the point of having the same design, but recolored), they all are given age-based archetypes to be written and expanded off of. The only other media the triplets had separate physical appearances, distinct personalities and different voice actors was Quack Pack (as weak as it is), but 2017's DuckTales executed it way better.
- Webby and Mrs. Beakley also get major overhauls, unlike the original versions of them being a girly girl with a hysterical grandma respectively...
- Webby gets to participate in adventures with energy and determination. (She's also less feminine as well, which is fine.)
- Beakley while being stoic, is still a household woman who keeps herself calm and collected, with good intentions.
- Some newly introduced characters like Lena De Spell and Storkules. The incorporation of these new characters makes them feel right at home.
- Unlike the original series where he was in the Navy and only made cameos, Donald actually gets to tag along this time, and he's one of the most likable and relatable characters in the show.
- The episodes are well-written and well-paced.
- It recaptures the spirit of the show.
- The intro sounds so awesome. It's essentially the original intro, but tune-shifted and re-done to fit the tone of the current show!
- The series has a wide range of characters, taken from different and varied sources.
- For the very first time in Disney animated history, Huey, Dewey, and Louie's mother Della Duck makes her animated debut, and plays a major part of the show's plot.
- Many characters originating from the comics made their debut on screen, such as Donald's other cousin Fethry Duck, Scrooge's other billionaire rival John D. Rockerduck or Donald's feuding neighbor Jones, who's his therapist in this show.
- Characters from other Disney Afternoon cartoons are now featured characters in their respective episodes, like Darkwing Duck, Don Karnage and the Rescue Rangers (although the Rangers didn't appear much).
- Even the Cogs from Toontown Online make a cameo appearance.
- Even some characters originating from the classic cartoons such as Daisy Duck (Donald's longtime love interest) and Goofy (in his Goof Troop incarnation) are reintroduced into the show in minor roles after being absent in the original DuckTales.
- Magica De Spell's revenge plot in the first season is very clever, and she very nearly wins.
- All of the characters have excellent chemistry with each other, developed at a good pace. Scrooge's chemistry with Webby is an example; we get an entire episode dedicated to Scrooge and Webby to build their chemistry, Scrooge allowed Webby to acknowledge him as her uncle in the end, and it was near the season finale. The friendship between Webby and Lena is very heartwarming as well.
- The writers behind the show are total fans of DuckTales and everything Scrooge McDuck related. As such they really wanted to make this quite an amazing reboot and a tribute, also providing what wasn't bring to the table years ago.
- The episode 'Quack Pack!' is a good satire of 80's sitcoms while keeping with a supernatural tone as if something was wrong with their environment. In fact, this episode could be viewed as a precursor to WandaVision.
- The writers behind the show take criticism very well. As when the second season started, they addressed the elements that fans have had problems with in season 1.
- Scrooge's penny-pinching is more front and center, and he's more on the action than he was in the previous season.
- Louie gets more character development, as he learns about being the coordinator.
- The huge amount of spotlight that Dewey and Webby received in the first season was reduced in the second season.
- Huey is more physically active.
- The adult characters are given much more focus.
- Scrooge finally gets his own story arc; his bet with Glomgold for each other's company, rather than only being a supporting character like in the Della and Magica arcs.
- There are a ton of references to the original Uncle Scrooge comics and the Ducktales NES games.
- The show is much darker than the original. Of course, it's not too dark to the point where it's super edgy. You see, the tone knows when to have its darker moments and when to have its lighter moments. Nothing here is too inconsistent tone-wise.
- Executive Interference: Despite being, along with Gravity Falls, the most successful Disney show of the 2010s, the series sadly fell victim to poor Disney decisions, in late 2019 and early 2020 it became known that Disney was looking for launch the Disney Plus platform as a final purchase of FOX, this caused the series to suffer delays and last-minute plot changes due to the fact that Disney began to ban the Disney Channel channel where the series was broadcast, due to the launch of the Disney Plus platform
- Production Hell: Originally the series had as its main focus to have 4 or 5 seasons, where the old characters of Donald's classic series or comics would be shown, as the best background for Duck Darkwing, in turn in one of the drafts they had in mind to develop the past of the Father of Huey, Dewey and Loui, unfortunately after the end of the First Season, it was learned that Disney had already begun to ban the Channel where the series was broadcast, which worsened when the Second Season ended when the series was sent to the almost canceled Disney XD where he had to discard the plots he was looking to develop.
- At the same time, there were creative differences in how the series should continue in Season 3 and how to end the series due to the sudden cancellation of the series.
- Corruption in Test Screening: In 2020 and 2022, thanks to some comments on Reddit, it was learned that during the production of the second and third seasons, the different writers as producers had to discard several storyboards or voice audios from the series as a result of executive decisions from Disney
- Although the voice acting is good, several of the chosen voices differ too much from the classic series, at the same time some suffer from sudden changes in voice, the one of the triplets being the most notable.
- In the dubs that were distributed of the series, several of the voices that were in charge of the characters inexplicably suffered voice changes, or several characters including Fenton, Ciro, Lena, The Bad Boys and Donald suffered tone changes.
- Although the series sought to connect with each of the plots or characters that appeared in the original series, several changes that were made to connect with the story that are presented, are out of place and do not fit the story at all, perhaps being the most notable:
- Donald and Scrooge's "Albeit Justified" love-hate relationship
- The dismissed personality of Launpack
- Webby and Beakley's "Albeit Good" Attitude Change
- Doofus' psychotic personality
- Ciro's intellect, temperament and arrogance
- Fenton's naive personality
- The relationship that Scrooge had with his rivals
- Gandra Dee's rogue scientist attitude
- Scrooge's stinginess is downplayed in this compared to the original, which was one of the major things about his character. Although, his stinginess is still used in a lot of episodes.
- In the first season, the characters seem to gloss over any post-traumatic experiences for very long, like Lena's "death".
- Steelbeak debuts in season 3, only for him to be changed to a literally dumb character.
- It should also be noted Steelbeak in the original Darkwing Duck is supposed to be a cunning, manipulative character, and so far there's no justification if it was a facade yet.
- Depending on your view, the finale episode "The Last Adventure!", while pretty good and heartwarming, was also a somewhat mediocre way to end the show since was kind of rushed in the climax, as the series ended on a mixed note.
- We never get to see Phantom Blot being beaten after Manny becomes a horse-devil a la Goliath. Speaking of which, we never got to see Manny in action. Talk about wasted potential.
- Pepper the Egghead never got her comeuppance nor a redemption. After beating up Gyro, she just walks away never to be seen again, making her a karma houdini.
- Steelbeak retreats, but his fate is unknown.
- All the main antagonists besides Bradford never get their comeuppance nor do they get a proper ending to their characters. Magica simply poofed away with the others. That's it.
- There is limited screen time for each of the side characters from the final battle, being demoted to cameos (such as Penny).
- The series ended while leaving some plot threads hanging.
- After becoming evil, Negaduck (Jim Starling) is not seen again, leaving his fate unknown. (Though he might appear in the upcoming Darkwing Duck reboot spin-off series.)
- Magica's twin brother, Poe de Spell, who was the turned into a raven and serves as the reason for Magica's hatred against Scrooge, is never seen again and no indication on his current whereabouts and fate.
- There's a Goofy cameo, but there's no cameo of the studio's icon, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
- "The Richest Duck in the World" is considered the weakest episode of the series.
In Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a perfect 100% rating, it is considered one of the best reboots of an old classic cartoon, and a lot of fans consider it to be superior to the original.
- Due to the death of Alan Young, Scrooge isn't voiced by him. Instead, he is voiced by David Tennant.
- Bobby Moynihan and Kate Micucci previously starred together in Nature Cat.
- It was announced that a Darkwing Duck: Reboot is coming and takes place in the same universe as Ducktales.