9:30am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'DuckTales' Theme Song Gets an Update for Disney XD Reboot
Disney XD has released the main title sequence for its upcoming revival of the animated series DuckTales.
The song will feel very familiar to fans of the classic show, which ran from 1987 to 1990 as part of a daily syndicated cartoon block from Disney. A total of 100 episodes were produced, in addition to a 1990 theatrical film, titled DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.
Written by Mark C. Mueller, the song is performed by singer-songwriter Felicia Barton (Dancing With the Stars) and produced by Emmy winner Michael "Smidi" Smith (Coldplay, Sia, Britney Spears) and composer Dominic Lewis (Rough Night, Fist Fight). It will be released by Walt Disney Records on June 23.
Watch the main title sequence below.
Also on Wednesday, Disney XD said that the show will premiere with a one-hour TV movie in August. The movie will air for 24 consecutive hours, starting at midnight Saturday, Aug. 12. Then, the series will debut with two new episodes Saturday, Sept 23 (airing at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.). Each will also be available on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD on those same dates.
Featuring an animation style inspired by Carl Barks' comic designs, DuckTales chronicles the high-flying adventures of Duckburg's most famous trillionaire, Scrooge McDuck; his mischief-making triplet grandnephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie; temperamental nephew Donald Duck; and the trusted McDuck Manor team: big-hearted, fearless chauffer/pilot Launchpad McQuack, no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs. Beakley and Mrs. Beakley's granddaughter, Webby Vanderquack, resident adventurer and the triplet's newfound fierce friend.
The story unfolds as Donald Duck reluctantly takes Huey, Dewey and Louie to the home of their reclusive great-uncle Scrooge McDuck. Enthralled by their once-legendary great-uncle and the wonder of McDuck Manor, the triplets and Webby learn of long-kept family secrets and unleash totems from Scrooge's epic past, sending the family on an adventure of a lifetime to the Lost City of Atlantis.
The voice cast includes David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Scrooge McDuck, Danny Pudi (Community) as Huey, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Dewey, Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) as Louie, Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates) as Webby Vanderquack, Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live) as Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Mrs. Beakley and Tony Anselmo (Mickey Mouse) as Donald Duck.
Recurring guest voices include Lin-Manuel Miranda as Gizmoduck, Allison Janney as Scrooge's old flame Goldie O'Gilt, Margo Martindale as the ruthless villain Ma Beagle, Paul F. Tompkins as lucky duck Gladstone Gander, Kimiko Glenn as well-traveled teen Lena, Jim Rash as mad scientist Gyro Gearloose, Josh Brener as tech billionaire Mark Beaks, Keith Ferguson as Scrooge's archenemy Flintheart Glomgold, Eric Bauza as Beagle Boys and Corey Burton as scientist Ludwig Von Drake.
DuckTales is executive produced by Matt Youngberg, with Francisco Angones serving as co-producer and story editor and Sean Jimenez as art director. The series is a production of Disney Television Animation.