Disney’s most famous duck family is preparing for a highly anticipated comeback. Picture: Washington Post
Disney’s most famous duck family is preparing for a highly anticipated comeback.

The animated series DuckTales ran from 1987 to 1990, starring Scrooge McDuck and his young triplet nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie; Mrs. Beakley and her granddaughter Webby Vanderquack; and flight plan-challenged pilot Launchpad McQuack. 

It now returns in an all new animated series debuting August 12 on Disney XD.

DuckTales executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones were tasked with taking a classic cartoon they both loved and making it fresh for a new generation while also appealing to older fans that made the original series such a hit.

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“The challenge is to recreate the feeling you had as a child when you watched it but to do it using modern storytelling techniques,” Youngberg tells The Post’s Comic Riffs.

“Kids today have all of their entertainment at their fingertips, so they subconsciously expect more from storytelling than we did.”

In the new animated adventures, Donald Duck takes his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie to meet their extremely wealthy great-uncle, Scrooge McDuck.

Uncle Scrooge has been retired from his famous globe-trotting tales for a long time, so the triplets aren’t really sure he lives up to the hype and don’t even know they’re related to him, which leads to the first of many adventures.

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The series includes a talented cast of voice actors: former Dr. Who David Tennant as Uncle Scrooge, Danny Pudi of Community as Huey, Ben Schwartz of Parks and Recreation as Dewey, SNL’s Bobby Moynihan as Louie, Kate Micucci of Garfunkel and Oates as Webby and Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda as Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera/Gizmoduck, a mechanical armoured hero.