|Theme music composer||Mark Mueller|
by Felicia Barton
|Ending theme||"DuckTales" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||47|
|Running time||22 minutes|
44 minutes (special episodes only)
|Production||Disney Television Animation|
|Original network||Disney XD (2017, 2019-present)|
Disney Channel (2018-present)
|Original release||August 12, 2017 -|
|Related shows||DuckTales (original series)|
DuckTales is an American animated television series, developed by Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones originally for Disney XD, and then later for Disney Channel. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series is a reboot of the original 1987 series of the same name. DuckTales was officially announced in February 2015 and premiered on August 12, 2017 with a 44-minute special titled "Woo-oo!" The first season, which resumed on September 23, 2017, consisted of 21 further twenty-two minute episodes and a 44-minute season finale special. Before the series was released, it was renewed for a second season on March 2, 2017.
After not speaking to each other for ten years, Scrooge McDuck is reunited with his estranged nephew Donald Duck when he asks him to babysit his three nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, for the day. The presence of the newcomers rekindles Scrooge's sense of adventure, and he invites the four to live at McDuck Manor with him, his housekeeper Mrs. Beakley and her granddaughter Webby Vanderquack. Together, the group go on many new treasure-hunting expeditions and globe-trotting adventures while contending with villains like Flintheart Glomgold, the Beagle Boys, and Mark Beaks.
In the first season, Dewey and Webby seek the truth behind Scrooge and Donald's strained relationship and the unexplained disappearance of Huey, Dewey, and Louie's mother and Donald's twin sister Della Duck, all while the sorceress Magica De Spell manipulates events to facilitate her return and revenge on Scrooge.
In the second season, Scrooge and Glomgold compete to make the most money within the year, with ownership of both their companies at stake, while Louie tries to start up his own multi-million dollar business in hopes of following in Scrooge's footsteps. Della is also reunited with her family following her escape from the Moon and adapts to her newfound motherhood, unaware that a "friend" she made on the moon is planning an alien invasion.
The show's main voice cast includes:
Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones grew up watching the original series and had always wanted to develop an updated version for a newer generation. Youngberg said, "We're hoping that in thirty years, the kids who watch our show will then be bringing back the next version of DuckTales because they loved what we did so much."
In May 2015, Terry McGovern, the original voice of Launchpad McQuack, stated in an interview that the entire voice cast from the original series would not be returning for the reboot, which made him "heartsick" at the news. The new voice cast for the series was revealed on December 16, 2016 in a video where they sing an a cappella version of the original theme song in promotion of the news. The following May, Lin-Manuel Miranda was announced as the voice of Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera / Gizmoduck. The character was changed to being Latino due to Lin-Manuel's heritage and because Angones felt that there were not enough positive Latino superheroes. In June, more cast members, including Tony Anselmo reprising his role as Donald Duck, were announced, and during the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, Disney announced that Darkwing Duck would also make an appearance in the TV series.
At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, several characters from other Disney Television Animation cartoons were revealed to appear in the show's third season; the Rescue Rangers from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers; Kit Cloudkicker and Molly Cunningham from TaleSpin; Rhinokey and Butterbear from The Wuzzles, and Gosalyn Mallard and Taurus Bulba from Darkwing Duck, as well as classic Disney characters Chip 'n Dale (based on their Rescue Rangers incarnations), Goofy (based on his Goof Troop incarnation) and Daisy Duck.
The art style of the show is heavily influenced not just by Carl Barks' original Uncle Scrooge comics, but also some of Barks' paintings. The theme song, written by Mark Mueller for the 1987 series, was re-recorded for the 2017 reboot. It was arranged by Michael "Smidi" Smithand and TJ Stafford and sung by Felicia Barton.
Donald Duck has a larger role in this version compared to the 1980s version. The earlier version had been restricted by an edict from The Walt Disney Company stating that the television studio could not use Donald or any of the other stars from Disney's Golden Age shorts, only allowing Donald to make short cameos to set up storylines; this restriction was lifted shortly after the original version of DuckTales ended.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||23||August 12, 2017||August 18, 2018|
|2||24||October 20, 2018||September 12, 2019|
|Online shorts||Episodes||Originally aired|
|Series premiere||Series finale|
|Welcome to Duckburg!||6||June 9, 2017||June 16, 2017|
|30 Things||4||May 1, 2018||May 4, 2018|
|Webby Reacts||7||May 8, 2018||May 26, 2018|
|The World's Longest Deathtrap!||5||May 27, 2018||June 24, 2018|
|Fly||1||June 23, 2018|
|Dewey Dew-Night!||4||July 8, 2018||July 29, 2018|
|Disney Theme Song Takeover||2||June 27, 2019||July 19, 2019|
|Top 4 Favorites||5||July 23, 2019||August 25, 2019|
The 44 minute pilot, titled Woo-oo!, premiered on August 12 at 12:00 AM and was repeated consecutively for the next 24 hours. Two days later on August 14, the pilot was also released on YouTube. The pilot also aired on Disney Channel on September 17, 2017. The series officially premiered on September 23, 2017, coinciding with the original show's 30th anniversary. On May 1, 2018, the show moved to the Disney Channel, with new episodes airing on Fridays beginning May 4, 2018.
In Canada, the pilot premiered on Disney XD on August 12 and the full series started on September 23, 2017. In Australia and New Zealand, the show premiered on Disney Channel on October 13, 2017. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the pilot premiered on Disney Channel on November 4, 2017. The full series debuted on March 1, 2018 on Disney XD.
On December 7, 2016, a teaser trailer was released for the series. The first season will consist of 21 half-hour episodes and two hour-long specials. On March 10, 2017, a trailer for the series aired on Disney Channel during the premiere of Tangled: Before Ever After, and on June 14, 2017, the title sequence for the series, featuring a re-recording of the theme song written by Mark Mueller and performed by Felicia Barton, was released.
A DVD titled Woo-oo! was released on December 19, 2017 in the US and on July 9, 2018 in the UK and Ireland. The DVD contains the pilot episode and all 6 Welcome to Duckburg shorts. A second DVD titled Destination Adventure! was released on June 5, 2018. It contains the episodes The Beagle Birthday Massacre!, The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!, The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!, The Spear of Selene!, The Missing Links of Moorshire!, and Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!, as well as 2 episodes of the original 1987 series previously unreleased on DVD (New Gizmo Kids on the Block and Ducky Mountain High).
|Region||Set title||Seasons||Aspect ratio||Episode count||Release date|
|1 & 2||Woo-oo!||1||1.78:1||1||December 19, 2017 (Region 1)|
July 9, 2018 (Region 2)
|1||Destination Adventure!||1.78:1, 1.33:1 (classic series)||6||June 5, 2018|
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 100% based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 9.0/10.IGN's Chris Hayner gave the series premiere, Woo-oo!, a score of 8.5 out of 10, stating that the reboot "may be aimed at modern young audiences but there's no denying the heart and adventurous spirit it gets from the original series."
In 2018, the pilot episode was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program category, but lost to A StoryBots Christmas. The following year saw the season one finale, "The Shadow War", nominated in the same category, but lost to Watership Down. In 2019, DuckTales was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special category, but lost to fellow Disney series Elena of Avalor.
In 2018, at the Behind the Voice Actors Awards Ceremony, the cast was awarded the People's Choice Voice Acting Award in the Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series category. Individual cast members David Tennant (Scrooge McDuck), Kate Micucci (Webby Vanderquack), Keith Ferguson (Flintheart Glomgold), Kimiko Glenn (Lena De Spell) and Margo Martindale (Ma Beagle) were all nominated, but none of the nominations resulted in any award.
Disney comics creator Don Rosa, primarily known for his Uncle Scrooge comic sub-series The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, has expressed disinclination towards the DuckTales reboot series, claiming that it bears "virtually no resemblance whatsoever" to Barks' original comics.
In 2018, Disney Press published "DuckTales: Solving Mysteries and Rewriting History!", a companion book covering the majority of season one, as seen from the perspective of Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby. It is written by Rob Renzetti and show writer Rachel Vine.
An ongoing comic book series based on the show is being published by IDW Publishing, with Joe Caramagna, Joey Cavalieri and Steve Behling sharing writing duties, and Luca Usai, Gianfranco Florio and others providing the art.Ducktales #0 was released on July 19, 2017, and #1 of the monthly series followed on September 27.
The individual issues are also collected in trade paperbacks:
List of comic book stories
|Story code||US publication||Title||Written by||Artist(s)|
|XPW DTP CP 1-1||DuckTales #1||The Chilling Secret of the Lighthouse!||Joe Caramagna||Luca Usai|
|XPW DTP CP 1-2||DuckTales #0||The Repeating Revenge of the Screaming Duck!||Joe Caramagna||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTP CP 1-3||Big Trouble at Little Lake!||Joe Caramagna||Andrea Greppi, |
|XPW DTP CP 1-4||DuckTales #1||The Great Experiment of the Washing Machine!||Joe Caramagna||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTP CP 2-1||DuckTales #2||A Viking at My Door!||Joey Cavalieri||Andrea Greppi, |
|XPW DTP CP 2-2||Old Monteplumage Had a Chicken!||Joey Cavalieri||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTP CP 2-3||DuckTales #3||Cheating Like Nostradogmus!||Joey Cavalieri||Luca Usai|
|XPW DTP CP 2-4||Beware of the Phenomenal Pumpkin People!||Joey Cavalieri||Andrea Greppi, |
|XPW DTT CP 1-1||DuckTales #5||A Series of Unfortunate Substitutions!||Joe Caramagna||Antonello Dalena, |
|XPW DTT CP 1-2||DuckTales #4||Fight!||Joe Caramagna||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTT CP 1-3||DuckTales #5||Go, Go Golden Years!||Joey Cavalieri||Andrea Greppi, |
|XPW DTT CP 1-4||DuckTales #4||Happy, Happy Valley!||Joey Cavalieri||Luca Usai|
|XPW DTT CP 2-1||DuckTales #6||The Giant Butterfly of Duckburg!||Joe Caramagna||Graziano Barbaro, |
|XPW DTT CP 2-2||DuckTales #7||There Is No Place Like a Ghost Town!||Joe Caramagna||Luca Usai|
|XPW DTT CP 2-3||DuckTales #6||Welcome to Beagle Island!||Joey Cavalieri||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTT CP 2-4||DuckTales #7||The Stone of Truth!||Joe Caramagna||Andrea Greppi, |
|XPW DTT CP 3-1||DuckTales #8||Sleep (Walk) of Doom!||Steve Behling||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTT CP 3-2||The Beast in the Board Room!||Joe Caramagna||Luca Usai|
|XPW DTT CP 3-3||Unpublished in the US||Spies Like Us!||Joe Caramagna||Andrea Greppi, |
|XPW DTT CP 3-4||DuckTales #9||The Frightful Family Fishing Trip!||Alessandro Ferrari,
|Ciro Cangialosi, |
|XPW DTT CP 4-1||The Risk McDuck Refused!||Joey Cavalieri||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTT CP 4-2||DuckTales #10||The Twisted Tale of the Two-Headed Horse!||Joe Caramagna||Emilio Urbano, |
|XPW DTT CP 4-3||The Hedge Enigma!||Steve Behling||Ciro Cangialosi, |
|XPW DTT CP 4-4||Unpublished in the US||On the Tail of the Run-Amok Raven!||Joey Cavalieri||Andrea Greppi, |
|XPW DTT CP 5-1||DuckTales #12||When Luck Ran Out!||Steve Behling||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTT CP 5-2||DuckTales #11||Nightmare on Bear Mountain!||Steve Behling||Antonello Dalena, |
|XPW DTT CP 5-3||Horror in the Highlands!||Joey Cavalieri||Luca Usai|
|XPW DTT CP 5-4||DuckTales #12||The Greatest Adventure, the Greatest Price!||Joey Cavalieri||Andrea Greppi, |
|XPW DTT CP 6-1||DuckTales #13||Countdown to Termination!||Joey Cavalieri||Andrea Greppi, |
|XPW DTT CP 6-2||The Mighty Ducks of Duckburg!||Joe Caramagna||Luca Usai|
|XPW DTT CP 6-3||DuckTales #14 ||The Monsters Are Due at McDuck Manor! Part 1||Steve Behling||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTT CP 6-4||The Monsters Are Due at McDuck Manor! Part 2||Steve Behling||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTT CP 7-1||DuckTales #16||The Incredible Shrinking Webby! Part 1||Steve Behling||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTT CP 7-2||The Incredible Shrinking Webby! Part 2||Steve Behling||Gianfranco Florio|
|XPW DTT CP 7-3||DuckTales #15||The Greatest Invention He's Never Had! Part 1||Joe Caramagna||Ciro Cangialosi, |
|XPW DTT CP 7-4||The Greatest Invention He's Never Had! Part 2||Joe Caramagna||Luca Usai|
|XPW DTT CP 8-1||DuckTales #17||Marooned in Mystery Mansion! Part 1||Joe Caramagna||Emilio Urbano, |
|XPW DTT CP 8-2||Marooned in Mystery Mansion! Part 2||Joe Caramagna||Emilio Urbano, |
|XPW DTT CP 8-3||DuckTales #18||Money Grubbing Hooligans from the Deep! Part 1||Joe Caramagna||Emilio Urbano, |
|XPW DTT CP 8-4||Money Grubbing Hooligans from the Deep! Part 2||Joe Caramagna||Emilio Urbano, |
|XPW DTT CP 9-1||DuckTales #19||Flintheart... McDuck?!? Part 1||Steve Behling||Emilio Urbano, |
|XPW DTT CP 9-2||Flintheart... McDuck?!? Part 2||Steve Behling||Emilio Urbano, |
|XPW DTT CP 9-3||DuckTales #20||Saga of the Super-Intern! Part 1||Joe Caramagna||Luca Usai|
|XPW DTT CP 9-4||Saga of the Super-Intern! Part 2||Joe Caramagna||Ciro Cangialosi, |
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There is a variety of DuckTales merchandise which were never released.