Peter S. Svensson writes for Bleeding Cool.
They actually did it. An actual Scotsman playing the most famous Scotsman of all time. (As well as the wealthiest!) Today, Disney announced the cast of the new Ducktales animated series set to hit Disney XD summer of 2017.
So, David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor and Kilgrave will now be playing that Carl Barks creation, Scrooge McDuck in a new series of animated adventures.
But wait! There’s more! Scrooge has nephews! Three of them! And this time it’ll be easier to tell them apart. (Hopefully…)
Danny Pudi of Community fame shall play Huey! (He’s the one wearing red.)
Ben Schwartz from Parks and Recreation is in the role of Dewey. (Blue.)
Bobby Moynihan of SNL shall play Louie. (The Green one.)
Likewise from SNL, Beck Bennett is in the role of Launchpad McQuack. (Replacing voice actor Terry McGovern, who like all of the surviving original cast were not invited back for this reboot. Though rumor has it McGovern will still play a part in this new series…)
Castle actress Toks Olagundoye will play what appears to be a much needed modern take on Mrs. Beakley, who in the original was the housekeeper. I suspect we’re looking at something more of the new Pepper Potts to Scrooge’s Tony Stark. (And seriously, as any Barks fan would tell you, Scrooge would mop the floor with Stark. He’s tougher than the toughies!Oates)
Rounding out the announcements is creative powerhouse Kate Micucci, best known as half of Garfunkel and Oates. She’s the Oates. And has referenced the show in her work before.
The cast announcement was done in song format. It’s adorable.
Notably, Donald Duck, who has been shown on the promotional art as being a major character was not announced to have a new voice actor. Presumably it’s Tony Anselmo, who has been portraying the role since 1985. The inclusion of Donald Duck in the promos along with Launchpad makes me hopeful that we’ll get some closer adaptations of Barks comics this time around, as we didn’t get much in the original series.
And if you haven’t checked out the Fantagraphic reprints of Carl Barks Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck comics, you really should. They’re THAT good.
In the meantime, I patiently wait for summer, and the chance to grab on to some Ducktales.
Peter S. Svensson continues to be a major geek.