Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo) is going to a job interview, leaving his nephews Huey (Danny Pudi), Dewey (Ben Schwartz), and Louie (Bobby Moynihan) with his Uncle Scrooge (David Tennant), an Uncle that he hasn’t spoken with in ten years and that the triplets have heard of, but never knew Donald was related to. Scrooge is known as both an intrepid adventurer and multi-millionaire, so the triplets are very excited when given the opportunity to explore his mansion, even though Scrooge seems to want nothing to do with them. After meeting Webby (Kate Micucci), they end up going on a wild adventure that Scrooge ends up joining in on. Now that the previously dormant adventurous side of him has been awakened once again, he is excited to go on more adventures with the triplets in the near future. And, after Donald’s boat blows up, it seems as though those adventures may be beginning sooner than later, as Donald and the nephews decide to stay with Scrooge for the time being.
The second part of the pilot focuses on Scrooge, Launchpad (Beck Bennett), the nephews, and Webby searching for the lost city of Atlantis. Of all people (or ducks), they end up running into Donald when they arrive, discovering that the new job he has taken on just so happens to be for one of Scrooge’s sworn enemies: Flintheart Glomgold (Keith Ferguson).
Now, Scrooge must beat him to the treasured jewel of Atlantis, with help from his family. And the episode ends on quite the cliffhanger!
- As one would hope, this show definitely has the charm of the original. The characters are lovable and entertaining, the adventure is thrilling, the suspense is exciting, and the heart and love between the characters is at the core of everything.
- The cast, as we’d expected, is fabulous. As much as I loved the cast of the original show and was initially disappointed to hear that they wouldn’t be returning, these new cast members compliment their characters perfectly. I especially like that the triplets are now being distinguished as individual characters with individual personalities, wants, and needs, as in the initial show (and practically any other Disney content with them), they were basically three of the same character. It was also good to see how developed Webby was, as she is now no longer the token girl character and very much an integral part of the main cast.
- There are some fun Easter eggs pointing to other shows from the Disney Afternoon (as a huge fan of Darkwing Duck, my ears perked up right when I heard St. Canard). And, with the appearance of Darkwing later in the show being confirmed, we can certainly expect more where those came from! We also begin to dive into other certain aspects of the original show, mentioning characters like Ma Beagle and including characters like Glomgold. Like the Disney Afternoon hints, I’m certain there is more of that to come.
- Much like the cast, the art style is definitely different from that of the original show, but it still works incredibly well.
- The crew behind the show is incredibly promising, many of them working on the smash hit Gravity Falls and one of the showrunners being a writer on Wander Over Yonder, a personal favorite of mine. With that being said, it has all the best of what made Disney Television Animation great back when it first started and what makes it great today.
- The cliffhanger, among other things, gets you very excited to see what will come of the rest of the show!
- Nothing really stands out to me that’s holding this show back. It hit the ground running and I’m sure it’s only going to get better from here!