Step 1: Perfect your swan-dive. Step 2: Find a massive cache of gold coins into which to demonstrate said swan-dive. Step 3: Watch DuckTales and see how it’s actually done.
Diving is a summer activity, and in similar fashion, EW has learned that Disney XD’s hotly-anticipated TV revival of DuckTales has set its sights on a summer debut in 2017. The news comes a few months after the network released a first look at the animated reboot.
Based on the beloved 1987 Walt Disney series and the character creations of Disney Legend Carl Banks, DuckTales will once again pick up on the adventures of rich mallard Scrooge McDuck, his nephew Donald, and Scrooge’s trouble-making grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie (all of whom deserve applause because they haven’t aged a day). Webbigail “Webby” Vanderquack (the granddaughter of Scrooge’s maid, Mrs. Beakley) also joins the fun in a seemingly more regular role this time around.
EW’s got a peek at a daredevil promo for the series, which also features a new look at the reimagined Launchpad McQuack (Scrooge’s personal pilot and plus-one). The revival will host other classic characters from the cherished animated show (which spun off into a feature film in 1990) including butler-chauffeur Duckworth, chicken inventor Gyro Gearloose, and vampy sorceress/LGBT icon Magica De Spell.
DuckTales comes from some of the brightest animation-minded minds at Disney XD: Executive producer Matt Youngberg (Ben 10: Omniverse), story editor/co-producer Francisco Angones (Wander Over Yonder), and art director Sean Jimenez (Gravity Falls). Season 1 will consist of 21 half-hour episodes and two one-hour specials.