Allison Janney and Paul F. Tompkins Join DuckTales Reboot
Disney is going back to Duckburg this August. Entertainment Weekly recently released photos and character descriptions of everyone returning in their DuckTales reboot. The trailer below was released a few months ago.
The original series aired from 1987 to 1990 and was about the adventures that Scrooge McDuck and his grandnephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, experience when their Uncle Donald goes into the Navy. The reboot reimagines things a bit. This time, Scrooge and Donald used to go on adventures together but had a falling out that has estranged them for ten years. The nephews don’t even know they are realated to Scrooge until Donald moves them into the mansion. The adventures this time are less about obtaining wealth and retaining Scrooge’s “Richest Duck in Duckburg” status as it is about exploring.
The cast list is absolutely stellar. We enthusiastically reported a while back about the casting of David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck. Uncle Donald will be voiced by Disney staple Tony Anselmo and the nephews by Danny Pudi (Huey), Ben Schwartz (Dewey), and Bobby Moynihan (Louie). The series will also bring back Fenton Crackshell/Gizmoduck (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Launchpad McQuack (Beck Bennett), and Ma Beagle (Margo Martindale) and her Beagle Boys (all voiced by Eric Bauza). Now we have word that Allison Janney will join the crew as Goldie O’Gilt, Scrooge’s love interest – sort of the Marion Ravenwood to Scrooge’s Indiana Jones. They’ve also announced that Paul F. Tompkins will be playing Gladstone Gander, Donald’s nemesis and a character both he and Scrooge love to hate.
The animation looks similar enough to the original to appeal to those fans, but updated enough to not look dated. In a nod to the technological savvy-ness of today’s kids, they are introducing a new character played by Josh Brener. Mark Beaks (seriously, couldn’t they find a more fun name?) is a Silicon Valley techno-duck/inventor in the vein of Elon Musk.
I don’t know about you guys, but I think my nonexistent children are going to be big fans.