He is the terror that flaps in the night. He is the sneeze on your enchilada! He is the soft brown doggie deposit that befouls the golf course of crime! He is DARKWING DUCK! And he’s coming back to TV….sort of.
Years before the DuckTales TV series got a legitimate remake, a recreation of the NES game based on it came out for PC, Playstation 3 and Wii U. DuckTales Remastered earned critical praise for its faithful handling of the 1987 series. At the time, all the original voice actors were alive — Alan Young and June Foray were still able, in their 90s, to voice the characters of Scrooge and Magica.
Someone on my Twitter feed commented that the new DuckTales is fast becoming the Smash Bros of TV cartoons, and it’s hard to argue. EW.com published a new promotional image for Seasons 2 and 3 that confirms a lot of “new” characters are on the way, though if you remember watching the Disney Afternoon, you’ve seen them before.
The original DuckTales aired in the earliest days of Disney Channel, and marked a new age of animated cartoons. So much so that the theme song and show are still marked as classics to this day. Then, in 2017, they decided to reboot the franchise and give it a new spin with new voice actors, a more modern visual style, and more. And from the word “Woo-Hoo!” the show was a hit. Season 01 only ended recently, but Season 02 is launching next month!
DuckTales (Woo-hoo!) is coming back to the world in a big way. A prequel coming already started the fun, and now, the series itself will return on Disney XD August 12th. This i s a complete reboot of the original classic series, and will feature an all-new cast, including legendary actor David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck.
The upcoming Ducktales revival is something that fans old and new have been wanting for a long time. But, with its revival comes questions about what other classic Disney shows could return. One of the biggest requests by far is the originals “sister show” Darkwing Duck. Both shows used the character called Launchpad McQuack, but, both were confirmed to be separate universes…until San Diego Comic Con that is.
Rip Taylor is a very unique performer. With his rapid wit, quickfire puns and bursts of confetti, he’s been the Clown Prince Of Pandemonium for more than half-a-century. In the 90s, I saw him in a variety of projects ranging from Ducktales The Movie and Wayne’s World 2 on the big screen to Amazon Women On The Moon on VHS. Always an enjoyable talent, I was able to speak to Mr. Taylor on February 27th. I hope you all enjoy this interview.
For the past two years Disney’s TV animation department has been working on a 21st century revival of their classic syndicated series DuckTales. Most of the original voice cast that gave life to the characters in the 1980’s don’t work anymore; some, like Alan Young (the voice of Scrooge) have already passed. Who could possibly fill their shoes?
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