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New animated series based on "DuckTales" will launch on Disney XD in 2017

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After a winter full of record snowfalls & bitter cold, here's a weather report that's sure to please all of you Disney Afternoon fans out there:

Life is about to get "like a hurricane" again in Duckburg.

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Yep. An all-new "DuckTales," an animated comedy series based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, has been ordered for launch in 2017 on Disney XD channels around the world. Set to be produced by Disney Television Animation, this new series will once again feature that feathered tycoon / adventurer Scrooge McDuck, his plucky grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and -- of course -- "Unca" Donald Duck.

" 'DuckTales' has a special place in Disney's TV animation history, it drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks' comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults," said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD. "Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation."

Mind you, Disney's relaunch of this much-beloved Disney Afternoon series wasn't entirely unexpected. Ever since Capcom & Disney Interactive released that "DuckTales Remastered" game back in August of 2013 (Not to mention how Uncle Scrooge's Lucky Dime and Money Bin popped up as pieces of the Disney Infinity universe), there have been whispers that The Walt Disney Company was planning to return to Duckburg.

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But today's announcement -- which confirms that not only will Scrooge and his family be back but virtually the entire original "DuckTales" supporting cast (As in: Scrooge's faithful butler, Duckworth; ingenious inventor Gyro Gearloose; crash-prone pilot Launchpad McQuack; Scrooge McDuck's arch-nemesis Flintheart Glomgold; greedy sorceress Magica DeSpell; Ma Beagle and her bumbling brood, the Beagle Boys. Not to mention the nephew's nanny Mrs. Beakley and her granddaughter Webbigail Vanderquack) -- is really more than fans of 1980s-era Disney Television Animation could have ever hoped for.

But as to whether this relaunch of "DuckTales" will be done in hand-drawn animation (which is what the original 100 episodes that Disney Television Animation produced from 1987-90 were done in) or in CG, or whether any of the veteran voice actors who originally voiced Duckburg residents (EX: Alan Young, June Foray, Tony Anselmo and Russi Taylor. To name just a few) will be asked back to return to voice these much-beloved characters for this next set of shows ... Disney Channel officials weren't willing to say. Not yet, anyway.

TV sitcom legend Alan Young and his duck doppleganger, 
Scrooge McDuck. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc.
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No matter. Just the fact that Uncle Scrooge & Co. will be popping up on Disney XD channels worldwide in 2017 to solve a mystery or rewrite history is enough to make even the most jaded television animation fan shout "Oooh Ooooh"!

This article was originally posted on the Huffington Post's Entertainment page on February 25, 2015

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  • This just made my day. Love the original DuckTales. I wish they would have released all of them on DVD. And hopefully they bring back as much of the original voice cast as possible, espcially Alan Young. Such a great show with such great stories, hopefully they continue that legacy.

  • I'm also INCREDIBLY HAPPY aobut this!!!!!

    DuckTales WAS my childhood! ;)

    Alex, the original episodes are available on DVD.

  • Yeah, except for the final 25 episodes... we got 3 DVD volumes, but so far they have not realeased the 4th volume with those final episodes. I soooo wish they would!!!!!!!

  • I should have been more clear. They have released 75/100 episodes created. Wish they released those last episodes. Much of the adventures with Gizmo Duck are not avaliable.

  • Didn't most people dislike the Bubba and Gizmoduck episodes when they were new? I honestly don't remember any of them except for that laughably bad musical number they did in Bubba's first episode "Bubba! Bubba!, Say hubba hubba Bubba! Bubba! Bubba! Three cheers for Bubba Duck". Ee-yikes! Those must be the worst lyrics ever written for a Disney song, even worse than the wildly illogical lyrics to the DISNEY'S WONDERFUL WORLD theme song from the late 1970s. Nevertheless, the show is not completely on DVD without them, and while I am completely unenthusiastic about Disney's remake fever (and I don't care if Walt did remakes, too, because he didn't do it to this extent), I hope this new show is a success. A lot of the recent revivals of shows from the past have been surprisingly not-terrible.

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