This DuckTales Preview Is Just A Duck-Blur Of Goodness

Donald, Scrooge, and... Huey, Dewey and Louie's long-lost mum?! Indeed it is. (Image: Disney XD)

A thing I have said at least three times today to the Gizmodo staff, apropos of nothing: The new DuckTales cartoon is really, really good. Now I have proof, thanks to this preview of the rest of the show's first season which debuted earlier today at — where else? — Comic-Con.

The footage depicts both of the show's biggest recurring storylines coming to a head: 1) the return of Scrooge McDuck's most powerful foe, the sorceress Magica de Spell and 2) the mystery of what happened to Huey, Dewey and Louie, which is a question I never thought to ask until the reboot raised in back in season one and now I'm obsessed with it.

(Honestly, now I'm wondering about their entire family tree — is their mum Donald Duck's sister? Or did she marry into the family? And if so, who the hell is their dad?)

The fact that the show even thought to bring this never-before-asked question up is just part of what makes the show so good. There's also the facts that, as the trailer shows, it is bringing back the Three Caballeros, the stars of the nearly forgotten 1944 Disney half live-action, half-animated musical, made up of Donald, the parrot Jose Carioca and the rooster/gunfighter Panchito Pistoles.

And then there's the voice cast: I'll never get over David Tennant voicing Scrooge McDuck, or Lin-Manuel Miranda as Gizmoduck, but that's Tennant's Doctor Who co-star Catherine Tate as the voice of Magica. Oh and did I mention Don Cheadle will be voicing Donald Duck at some point later this season? Sounds like one duck will be getting some vocal lessons.

It's all been adding up to a hell of a lot of fun and this footage has only me more excited for the rest of the season. Again, here's the main news if you haven't been watching it already: The new DuckTales is very good. That is all.


    Not to mention Talespin and Darkwing Duck? Good god, yesssssss!

      So that confirms it. While Talespin is legitimately in the universe, and Darkwing is just a TV show.

      Most likely produced by Scrooge's company, since it has a Scrooge-like main character and Launchpad.

    2) the mystery of what happened to Huey, Dewey and Louie, which is a question I never thought to ask until the reboot raised in back in season one and now I'm obsessed with it.Um. Anyone else find this confusing? Are they no longer around? And if so, why would you not think to ask this yourself?

      I think it was a typo, meaning to be "the mystery of what happened to Huey, Dewey and Louie's parents" as they have been asking around throughout the season about their mother, which I have to admit I never did wonder about before. Donald was looking after his nephews and...that was it. Why though? What happened to them? Who are they related to Donald by?

        Who are they related to Donald by?

        Wikipedia has the answer but of course the short version is "whoever the writers felt like at the time" but apparently:

        Huey, Dewey, and Louie are the sons of Donald's sister Della Duck; in Donald's Nephews, their mother is instead named Dumbella. In the original theatrical shorts, they were originally sent to visit Donald for only one day; in the comics, the three were sent to stay with Donald on a temporary basis, until their father came back from the hospital (the boys ended up sending him there after a practical joke of putting firecrackers under his chair). In both the comics and animated shorts, the boys' parents were never heard from or mentioned again after these instances, with the boys ending up permanently living with Donald.

        Bold emphasis mine. These scamps were way more deadly back in 1937.

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