DuckTales Revival

DuckTales Stars Tackle the Revival's Difficult Questions, Including: 'Where Are These Ducks' Parents, Anyway?'

For the feathered family featured in Disney XD’s DuckTales revival, the real mystery begins at home.

Sure, DuckTales — which originally aired from 1987 to 1990 — seems like a simple concept on the surface: Three color-coordinated duck brothers move in with their miserly uncle, the duck version of A Christmas Carol‘s Ebeneezer Scrooge, whom they accompany on a number of perilous adventures. But beneath the show’s adorable, big-eyed facade lurks a slew of disconcerting questions, including: Where are these kids’ parents?

“It is something we’ve thought about,” Ben Schwartz, who voices middle brother Dewey Duck, admits to TVLine. “And that question is something the nephews are inquiring about as well. … The characters do wonder where they came from, and they’re very into exploring that.”

(For what it’s worth, a lazy-to-average Google search will tell you that the boys’ mother is named Della, but you won’t find much else about her. Nada on their father.)

Danny Pudi, who voices eldest brother Huey Duck, also notes that the boys will have more distinct personalities, versus the ducks from the original series… who all pretty much sounded the same.

“They’re really trying to differentiate each of the ducks now,” Pudi explains. “We’re together all the time, so it’s fun to do the voices and figure out who’s who.”

The creative team behind the new DuckTales has also spent time thinking about which other characters from the greater Duckverse — which is a thing, so get into it — they’d like to incorporate.

Darkwing Duck exists in this universe, which means he exists in our show,” Schwartz notes. “We don’t know what his presence will be, but we do have the ability to put [him in it]. And if you have Darkwing Duck, you may also be able to have characters from Goof Troop. We don’t know who! Once we start playing with the shows from the Disney Afternoon and all the characters in the Disney gauntlet… Let’s just say that anything you’ve seen in the old show, anything you’ve seen from that universe, if it’s possible to put it in, Frank [Angones] and Matt [Youngberg] will try to find a way to do so.”

Both Schwartz and Pudi, for the record, would love to see TaleSpin — which starred inexplicably humanized versions of Jungle Book characters — weave its way into the show.

But no matter which outsiders end up relocating to Duckburg, Pudi reminds us that DuckTales will always be a story about family — albeit one made up entirely of ducks and secrets.

“That’s the whole spirit of the cartoon,” he says. “It’s about the family, and these 12-year-old boys who are trying to figure things out. It’s funny and it’s adventurous, but there are also a lot of questions.”

The new DuckTales kicks off Saturday on Disney XD with a one-hour special, airing for 24 consecutive hours, beginning at midnight ET. Will you be checking it out? And what other burning questions about the ducks might you have? Drop ’em all in a comment below.

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11 Comments
  1. claudiagail says:

    Ebenezer Scrooge is from A Christmas Carol, not A Christmas Story.
    Will watch just to hear David Tennant voicing Scrooge McDuck.

  2. Terry says:

    Right, Launchpad actually jumped over to Darkwing Duck and was Drake’s comedic foil on the show. He never showed up on Talespin.

    Though there have been a lot of comments about how closely Launchpad’s new plane resembles Balloo’s Sea Duck.

  3. “TaleSpin — which co-starred DuckTales‘ Launchpad alongside inexplicably humanized versions of Jungle Book characters” Um…

  4. Iris says:

    I always just assumed their parents were killed in a tragic hunting accident.

  5. TV Viewer says:

    I think people long ago accepted that the parents of Huey, Duey, and Louie were dead, and that the three ducklings were either related to Donald and Daisy by blood, or were adopted after their parents passed away.
    Another reason for having nephews in a Disney cartoon, instead of children, means Donald and Daisy can have kids without having marriage and sex first.
    When Disney later introduced Max Goof, (Goofy’s son), they finally had to admit Goofy was married, Max is his biological son, and his wife died, (as stated in Goof Troop; “She’s up there amongst the stars”).
    Walt Disney lost his mother, after she died in an accident in a house he recently purchased for his parents,
    While some of the fairy tales Disney had made into movies have had dead parents long before they were made into films, the loss of one, or both, parents is common in a Disney production.

  6. Izzy says:

    I thought Belle dropped them of to Donald temporary because they need to do something urgent/important but the triplets were too much for Donald handle so he promptly off load them to his own ancient, extreme adventurer uncle, thinking Scrooge is a billionaire can afford all the help to look after them. And everyone thought their parents went missing presume dead so no one ever mention anything in front of the kids.

  7. grys03 says:

    Duck Tales was one of my kids (& my) favorite shows – just not sure I can get used to Huey, Duey & Louie portrayed as some sort of cubist art form – those heads!

    • Mary Alvarez says:

      The new Duck Tales look terrible….. Square heads……Why?!!! The original ducks looked sooooooo much better!!!! Won’t be watching this blunder…..Sorry!!!😭

  8. Jo Bloane says:

    They’ll probably still cover up the CTE that Scrooge sustained from repeatedly diving into mounds of gold coins.