Disney Announces New Duck Tales Series for 2017

By Vince Matthews

It’s one of the most popular animated series in the history of morning television. The Emmy-Award-winning animated series Disney’s Duck Tales debuted on September 18, 1987, ran three seasons and clocked 100 episodes.

Based on characters created by Disney animation legend Carl Barks, Duck Tales featured Scrooge McDuck, the “world’s richest duck” and his great-nephews: Huey, Dewey and Louie.

Known for its many pop culture references including Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, Duck Tales even spawned a best-selling video game that was so popular it recently received a re-mastering treatment for the Xbox 360, Wii U and PS3. (Image: Disney Animation)

New Disney XD Series
Now comes news that the television series will also get a reboot. Disney announced an all-new Duck Tales series will be coming to Disney XD in 2017.

Duck Tales 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,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President of Programming and General Manager for Disney XD, as he made the announcement about the new series. “Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”

The new series will star the same beloved characters as the old: Scrooge McDuck, his great-nephews (Huey, Dewey and Louie), Launchpad McQuack, Donald Duck, Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell, Poe, Ma Beagle, the Beagle Boys, Mrs. Beakley, and Webbigail Vanderquack.

Legendary Inspiration
Carl Barks worked at Disney as an in-betweener. Basically, he would fill in the animation between the key frames. In 1937 he moved over to the story department at Disney and his story idea for a robot that gives Donald Duck a bad haircut got made into the cartoon Modern Inventions.

This 1937 cartoon marked the beginning of Carl Barks’ influence on the medium.

Drawn to Animation
While it was Carl Barks‘ 1940’s Donald Duck comic books that inspired the Duck Tales series, it was Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men” of Disney animation who established the principles of animation.

At DMA, we’re huge fans of Duck Tales and can’t wait to see a new animated series. In the meantime, we’re going to start making cartoons at camp this summer in Adventures in Animation and firing up Duck Tales: Remastered on our Wii U.