I had a chance to catch the airing of the first two episodes of the new DuckTales reboot last night and thought I'd share.
The art is amazing
The art style is refreshing. It's modern with an interesting color palette and line quality. I think you'll agree this reboot is gorgeous.
Check out the official preview trailer for DuckTales.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie no longer have cookie cutter outfits. They each have a more distinct look and I started to also see distinct personalities in each of them. Something that I recall missing from the original series.
The Launchpad character has not changed much, and that's a good thing. Because he was already a pretty interesting character in the original series.
Scrooge McDuck is also much the same. But now he's voiced by David Tennant of Dr Who fame.
Donald Duck is also much the same. You still can't understand a word he says and it's still hilarious when he's jumping around raving mad. I remember my brother doing a funny impersonation of Donald Duck angry as a kid. It always put a smile on my face.
Breaking Gender Stereotypes
I don't remember much of the original DuckTales series but I did watch it as a kid. A few weeks ago I recently watched an old episode of the series and thought how uninteresting and stereotypical Webby was. She was the token girl in the series not really adding much to the plot and wasn't treated well by Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
Thankfully the new DuckTales series has taken a fresh approach to Webby and given her a much more proactive role in the plot and an interesting personality. She's quite funny and is voiced by the talented Kate Micucci of "Garfunkel and Oats" fame.
I wasn't the only one to notice this improvement to the rebooted Webby. Seaniccus on youtube made a video covering this topic called Rebooting Webby Vanderquack.
Another gender related thing I noticed, Scrooge McDuck asks his housekeeper, Mrs. Beakley to take down some notes and write a checklist. She refuses by saying something like "The first item on your checklist should be to get a secretary because I'M NOT YOUR SECRETARY!" This is another great moment pushing against gender stereotypes.
I was pleasantly surprised with this rebooted series. But what did you think? Did you love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments. And also reach out if you have a suggestion for the next article.