Accidentally Correct Writing: Lieutenant Penumbra consistently insists that the Moon is a planet, calling it the "planet Moon". While this is generally not accepted as true, there is a genuine argument to be made that the Earth-Moon system should be considered a binary planet, primarily due to the Moon being disproportionately massive in comparison to its parent body.Elaboration The Moon is large enough to be spherical under its own gravitational influence, its diameter is about 1/4 of Earth's, and its mass is 1.23% of Earth's. In comparison, Ganymede, the largest moon in the Solar System, has only 0.0078% the mass of Jupiter. Additionally, the center of gravity between the Earth and Moon is about 3/4 of Earth's radius out from its center, making the Earth noticeably wobble around it as the Moon orbits, and the Sun's gravitational effect on the Moon is more than twice that of Earth.
Actor-Shared Background: Frank Angones revealed that they attempted to cast international characters with actors of their respective nationality. For example:
David Tennant is Scottish, just like Scrooge himself, making him the first actual Scot to voice the character.
Gizmoduck becomes Latino, taking inspiration from his voice actor Lin-Manuel Miranda. To emphasize this, his name has been changed from Fenton Crackshell to Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera.
Toad Liu Hai, a Chinese spirit, is voiced by B.D. Wong.
Bassem Youssef, who provides the voice of Toth-Ra, is Egyptian in real life (not the same as ancient Egyptians, actual builders of the pyramids... but it's the thought that counts).
In "The Spear of Selene!", Zeus, Selene and Storkules are voiced by actors Michael Chiklis, Nia Vardalos and Chris Diamantopoulos, who are of Greek descent.
Don Karnage, a Hispanic pirate, is voiced by Mexican actor Jaime Camil. His ethnicity was not explicit in TaleSpin (where Jim Cummings voiced him with Just a Stupid Accent), but he has the Spanish "Don" prefix in his name.
D'jinn, a Middle Eastern warrior, is voiced by Omid Abtahi, an Iranian born actor.
Jormungandr, a Nordic serpent wrestler, is voiced by Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju.
It was renewed for a second season before the first season even premiered. Disney seems to have a lot of faith in this series's success, perhaps rightly so. After all, the Ducks have a large built-in fanbase, and they have always been one of Disney's major moneymakers.
The show's first episode aired every hour for the entirety of its August 12th premiere. The following Monday it was put on YouTube where anyone in the US can see it, even if they don't have Disney XD in their cable package.
Ever since the announcement that it would move to the main channel in May, the network has been crazy in how it's been treated, from a Ducktales: Treasure Hunt Live event, to a Duck Week starting May 6, and new episodes in primetime every Friday that month, among other things. They even reuploaded the pilot movie to the Disney Channel YouTube page. That's dedication.
On September 21, 2018, the show was renewed for a third season even though season 2 didn't premiere yet.
In 2020, premieres moved back to Disney XD. note It can be assumed that , in a similar manner to the remaining season 2 episodes of Big Hero 6: The Series , new episodes will air on Disney Channel 8 days later.
Children Voicing Children: In the Hungarian dub, Huey, Dewey and Louie are voiced by child actors. In the Mexican Spanish dub, Dewey is voiced by a teenage boy (Jose Luis Piedra, who was born sometime in the 2000's).
Russi Taylor voices a young Donald in "Last Christmas".
In the European Spanish dub, Huey, Dewey and Louie are voiced by the same woman (Isacha Mengibar), returning from the original series. Averted in most other languages, including English, where they all have male voice actors.
In the Polish dub, Ma Beagle is voiced by a male (Krzysztof Cybinski).
Disney XD execs severely messed with the episode order to make Season 1 as front-loaded with episodes focusing on the nephews and Webby as the show's reasonably tight continuity would allow (and also apparently to air episodes prominently featuring monsters and/or Magica DeSpell before Halloween). This led to Scrooge being absent for two consecutive episodes, and Huey not getting any focus until episode 5 since his actual focus episode had been pushed back several months. Donald gets hit the worst by this; the Disney XD airing order almost makes him the occasional guest character he was on the original show.
Frank says that there were difficulties in getting "The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains!" approved, saying the network was "antsy" about an episode where the nephews had little-to-no involvement, but the episode was largely unaltered.
Frank Angones (one of the co-producers), upon being asked about Mickey Mouse's chances of showing up in the series, said that Mickey is "way above [his] pay grade", and that two stories involving/mentioning the character he wrote were vetoed, leaving it unlikely he's going to show up. This isn't anything unusual for Disney, as they've always been protective of the character. Goofy, however, seems to be fine, due to Spoonerville, Goofy's home town in Goof Troop, being mentioned in the very first episode, and Goofy appearing in Season 3. It is worth noting it's not uncommon for Goofy to have appeared in media centered on Donald Duck.
Also The Mighty Ducks (which wasn't in the Disney Ducks universe at all)- they wanted to reference them somehow, but they're "trickier for legal reasons" (possibly stemming from the fact that the now-Anaheim Ducks still use Wildwing Flashblade (leader of the cartoon Ducks) as their mascot). However, one of the Beagle Boys is seen wearing a Mighty Duck mask, whilst attempting to rob a bank, in Who is Gizmoduck?!.
Francisco Angones revealed that the cast of Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers were off-limits, due to other people developing projects that wanted to utilize the characters. By Season 3, "Double-O-Duck in You Only Crash Twice!" featured them, but the full-on origin story wasn't planned; it was initially only going to be Gadget, who was left unnamed in the concept period so the crew wouldn't get in trouble, but the crew were given the go-ahead to use the cast anyway.
Daisy is a complicated case. The writers made it clear that if they are to include her, they will have to tread carefully and make her more than just Donald's love interest or even female counterpart. She eventually made her first appearance in the season 3 episode "Louie's Eleven!" with Angones confirming Daisy will be appearing in more episodes.
Fake American: The Beagle Boys' voice actor, Eric Bauza, was born in Canada, though it's still downplayed since he lives in Los Angeles and a Canadian accent is quite American-sounding. British actress Jameela Jamil uses an American accent for Gandra Dee.
Fake Brit: Duckworth and Mrs. Beakley are respectively voiced by David Kaye and Toks Olagundoye, the former being a Canadian-American voice actor and the latter an American-Nigerian actress (though Toks spent a portion of her life in England and picked up a very convincing English accent there.)
Played straight with Flintheart Glomgold whose voice actor Keith Ferguson is American. Glomgold is also revealed to be a Fake Scot in-universe as well, since he's actually a South African putting on a Scottish persona to emulate Scrooge.
DuckTales 2017 for the show as a whole, so as to tell it apart from the original 1987-1989 TV series. New DuckTales (contrasted with DuckTales Classic for the original) has also been thrown around, and some refer to the alternate continuity the show is set in as the "2017 Continuum".
Webby, Lena, and Violet are collectively referred to as "Team Magic".
Follow the Leader: The reboot was announced while Gravity Falls (Disney's other insanely popular show about siblings going on fantastical adventures with their greedy great uncle and searching for a long lost relative) was halfway through its final season and it puts a lot more focus on adventure and mystery than the 1987 show did. A more justified example than most, as a sizable chunk of Gravity Falls' staff is now working for this series.
Additionally, the sound Donald makes while climbing the bag-a-tell machine in "The House of the Lucky Gander!" sounds very similar to the one used for the Warp Star in the Super Smash Bros. series.
The poofing sound produced when a monstrous Mark Beaks swallows Fenton's electrical paddleball and messes up his hair is the same one used in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. In that game, it is used to depict something being spat out, such as postboxes rejecting mail.
The growling noises used by Fenris, Hecka's wolf partner in The Rumble for Ragnarok! are the same ones that Bob the bulldog uses in Oggy and the Cockroaches.
While it threw most people for a loop, many fans accurately predicted that Della Duck's absence would be addressed.
Lena's real identity as a renamed version of Minima De Spell, Magica De Spell's niece.
A few people managed to predict that the Spear of Selene was actually the name of a rocket ship.
Glomgold's Scottish ethnicity has long implied to be fake due to how over-the-top it was, so many fans early on guessed correctly that Glomgold was actually South African like he was in the comics, and that he was just putting on an act.
It was speculated as far back as Season 1 that Bradford Buzzard and the Board of Directors were actually new incarnations of the F.O.W.L. High Command trio, especially due to production materials listing them as villains. The Season 2 finale, "Moonvasion!", would confirm this is the case.
Line to God: Story Editor and Co-Producer Frank Angones frequently answers questions on his blog, typically about why certain characters were changed.
Frank Angones once answered to a question that Lena is one year older than Webby. Considering The Reveal in "The Shadow War!", this is obviously not true, though he possibly could have meant that she was depicted as one year older.
Frank Angones also claimed that Flintheart Glomgold is Scottish, which is only Metaphorically True: Duke Baloney is South African, and only the Glomgold persona he created for himself to get his revenge on Scrooge is Scottish.
Milestone Celebration: For both the original series' 30th Anniversary and the 70th anniversary of the comics.
Missing Trailer Scene: Played with. Almost all of the scenes from the first trailer are very skillfully edited scenes from the very first episode, with dialogue changed or rearranged to completely obscure the context.
Some of the animation, such as how Huey, Dewey & Louie act in the car, appears to have some changes between the trailer and pilot.
Name's the Same: An animalised-pun version thereof, at least; Jim Starling shares a similar name (and may be a possible Shout Out to) internet video game critic Jim Sterling of Jimquisition. In his reviews and commentaries, Sterling often uses Scrooge McDuck as a representation of video game executives.
A lot of the promos and commercials place more emphasis on Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby as if they're the leading characters even though Scrooge is the star of the show. Not helping things was how Disney XD aired many of the episodes in the first half of the season out of order, and said episodes give more emphasis to them than Scrooge, who either barely appears or doesn't appear.
Combined with Serendipity Writes the Plot, in her appearances in Season 2 Magica was initially mistakenly colored the green she appears at full power rather than a depowered white, and the crew took the opportunity to put some of those shots into the ads to build up the hype for her return.
No Export for You: The pilot episode is available to watch on Disney XD and Disney Channel's official YouTube channels, only if you live in the US.
In the Polish dub Webby is voiced again by Magdalena Krylik, her voice actress from second Polish dub of the original Ducktales.
The Other Darrin: Barring Donald and Von Drake, the series replaced the entire cast from the original, though it wound up becoming necessary to recast Scrooge anyway after Alan Youngdied in May 2016; in December of the same year, it was announced that David Tennant would play Uncle Scrooge.
The announcement for the cast came a week after the Mickey Mouse (2013) episode "Duck The Halls", the first episode where John Kassir voiced Scrooge after Alan Young's death. In essence, David replaces him as well for this series.
Some of the actors from the 2013 video game who replaced those from the original series that died didn't reprise their roles here. For example, despite Eric Bauza being in both projects, he does not reprise the role of Gizmoduck, and instead voices the Beagle Boys.
For the Darkwing Duck TV show featured at the beginning of "Beware The B.U.D.D.Y. System!", Megavolt is voiced by Keith Ferguson instead of Dan Castellaneta (though the impression was so good that virtually no one noticed). Jim Cummings and Michael Bell still voice Darkwing Duck and Quacker Jack though.
Jim Cummings does not provide the voice of Don Karnage, with Jaime Camil taking over the role.
Played with in regards to Darkwing Duck. Jim Cummings does play Jim Starling, the original Darkwing Duck. However, he does not voice this universe's incarnation of Drake Mallard, who is voiced instead by Chris Diamantopoulos. Drake Mallard becomes the new Darkwing at the end. However, Jim Cummings technically still reprises a role, as Jim Starling ends up becoming Negaduck, who he voiced in the original series.
The Funzo mascot , who is actually the Phantom Blot, was voiced by Jason Marsden during his appearance in early season 1. When he reappeared more in season 2, he was voiced by Eric Bauza . This also means that he's replacing Frank Welker , who voiced him in the original Duck Tales series, and John O'Hurley , who voiced him in Mickey Mouse Works and House of Mouse .
For the episode "Louie's Eleven", Sam Riegel voices both Hack and Slash, unlike in the pilot, where Jason Marsden voiced the former.
Noah Baird replaces Nicolas Cantu as Boyd starting in "Astro BOYD".
Out of Order: As revealed here, the episodes are not being aired in the order they were written in. For example the third episode should have been a Huey ep, but it was moved to December. Why? Because it has snow in it.note Though it later turned out the episode does take place during Christmas, even if the holiday is only briefly referenced.
Word of God confirmed that regardless of production order, the airing order is the exact flow of events.
Permanent Placeholder: "All I Do Is Win" was originally added to a certain scene in "The 87 Cent Solution!" as a joke among the crew, but it fit so well they decided to get the rights to use it in the episode proper.
Catherine Tate is best known for her comedic roles, so who excepted her to play Magica DeSpell as a 100% deadly serious character. It gets averted in the episode "Jaw$", where she acts a lot more hammy and Laughably Evil, but no less dangerous.
David Tennant, an actor in his mid-40's, now plays Scrooge, an elderly duck whose previous voice actor first played him when he was in his mid-50's. Incidentally, this means that Scrooge's actor is only a few years older than the actors for Huey, Dewey and Louie (ranging from 35-40) and younger than Della (late 40s/early 50s) and Donald's (late 50s).
Mrs. Beakley is Webby's grandma, yet is voiced by Toks Olagundoye who is in her early 40s.
Beck Bennett, who was born in 1984, voices Launchpad McQuack. This makes him younger than the actors for Webby and the triplets even though his character is older than them.
Fred Tatasciore, Kimiko Glenn, Keith Ferguson, Jennifer Hale, Kate Micucci, Keone Young, Carlos Alazraqui, Jim Cummings, Kari Wahlgren, and Robin Atkin Downes worked with voice director Sam Riegel on Sofia the First .
Essentially everyone. Frank Angones says that nearly all members of the cast practically begged him to work on the show. David Tennant even joked that he should be paying them to let him play Scrooge, and Ben Schwartz (who, it must be noted, had the Moon Theme as his ringtone for years) was the one who organized the sing-along video.
An episode involving Donald meeting Jose and Panchito again was considered for season 1, but was scrapped. Season 2's fourth episode, "The Town Where Everyone was Nice!", includes them proper.
Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera was supposed to show up intermittently in Season 1 before his name would be revealed in "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!", but this subplot had to be cut to keep focus on establishing the cast, and because it ate up too much time. The crew repurposed the twist for Season 2 in "The Duck Knight Returns!", where the actor playing Darkwing Duck is revealed to be Drake Mallard.
The Rescue Rangers were planned to be referenced fairly early on, but were barred from appearing due to other projects starring the characters being developed. By Season 3, the Rescue Rangers were approved to show up in "Double-O-Duck in You Only Crash Twice!", albeit primarily unvoiced and unnamed aside from a Mythology Gag.
The Season 1 episode "The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!" was planned to feature an homage to Die Hard, with a fight between Donald Duck and Falcon Graves (which is why Graves resembles Hans Gruber). While this scene was ultimately cut, a similar fight happens in the Season 3 episode "Louie's Eleven!", complete with Donald yelling "Yippie-ka-yay, Mister Falcon".
Remake Cameo: In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, Miriam Ficher, the voice of Louie in the original series, returns as Amunet.
Ditto for Marisa Leal (the original voice for Dewey in Brazilian Portuguese dub) who plays Selene, (and curiously only interacts with Dewey); and Carmem Sheila (the original voice for Huey) voices Downy McDuck, Scrooge's mother. Also Hércules Franco, who voiced Fenton/Gizmoduck, returns as Black Arts Beagle.
In the Mexican Spanish dub, Angela Villanueva, the original voice of Mrs. Beakley, plays the unnamed nanny in the pilot episode.
Russi Taylor (the original voice for Webby and the triplets) came back to voice Young Donald in "Last Christmas!"
The beginning of "Beware The B.U.D.D.Y. System" , which establishes Darkwing Duck as an in-universe tv show, has Jim Cummings and Michael Bell reprise the roles of Darkwing Duck and Quackerjack. This is averted with Megavolt, who's voiced by Keith Ferguson instead of Dan Castellaneta. At the end of "The Duck Knight Returns", Jim Starling , the original actor to play Darkwing Duck in this series, becomes Nega Duck, who Jim Cummings also voiced in the original series, while this show's version of Drake Mallard (voiced by Chris Diamantopolous) becomes the new Darkwing Duck like Drake Mallard in the original series.
Played with in "Moonvasion!" Donald's been stuck on a desert island after crashing his ship in "Whatever Happened to Donald Duck?!", and has been kept company by a melon with Mickey Mouse ears that he carved a face into a la Wilson. Donald's voice for the melon is provided by Chris Diamantopoulos, who voices Mickey in the Mickey Mouse (2013) shorts.
Bill Farmer and Tress MacNeille reprise their respective roles as Goofy and Daisy.
In Castilian Spanish, most of the cast from the original series returned: Isacha Mengibar as the triplets, Ivan Muelas as Launchpad, Sandra Jara as Webby, Celia Ballester as Mrs. Beakley, and even the same translator (Kenneth Post) and studio (Abaira changed its name to Soundub, and later SDI). Scrooge is instead voiced by Jose Escobosa, as Carlos Revilla had died in 2000.
In the French dub, Alexis Tomassian (Dewey) and Donald Reignoux (Louie) reprise their roles from Quack Pack. Also returning is Jean-Claude Donda as Launchpad McQuack.
In the Mexican Spanish dub, Arturo Mercado reprises his roles as Scrooge, Ludwig Von Drake and Darkwing Duck from the very original series. Also returning are Francisco Colmenero as Glomgold and Moises Palacios as Gyro.
The Hungarian dub keeps Péter Pálfai as Scrooge and Titanilla Bogdányi as Webby, both from season 4.
The Swedish dub has the voice actors of Donald, Mrs. Beakly, Glomgold note his second voice actor to be precise - the character was frequently The Other Darrin 'd in the Swedish dub and Duckworth all reprise their roles from the original show. The voice actor of the titular Darkwing Duck also returns for said character.
The Norwegian dub has the voice actors for Scrooge, Beakley, Gyro, Ma Beagle, Bigtime, Bouncer, Magica, and Darkwing Duck reprise their roles. Launchpad is a special case; in the "Meet Launchpad" web short he was voiced by his original voice actor Harald Mæle (who also voices Scrooge in both incarnations), but in the series proper he's voiced by Anders Bye.
In the US, the hiatus lasted roughly 5 months from December 2, 2017 to May 1, 2018, due to the channel hop to Disney Channel. However in Scandinavia, the hiatus ended three and a half months later on March 21.
To make matters worse, Season 2 went on hiatus after the Christmas episode, which lasted for 3 months and aired one episode, before going back on hiatus until May again. And after two weeks where new episodes were aired Monday through Friday it was put on hiatus again this time until September!
A little over a week before the season 2 finale, Francisco Angones revealed that this is all part of Disney Channel's new binge watching strategy, where there have to be at least 8-10 episodes ready to be released all at once instead of just 1-2. Season 3 didn't come out until early April 2020.
Society Marches On: This is the reason for the creation of Mark Beaks. The comics and original series were made before the 90s internet and tech boom that created most of the world's current billionaires.
"The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks!" aired on Disney XD Canada on October 14, 2017, a week ahead of its American release date of October 21, but in line with its original release date before "The House of the Lucky Gander!" was moved ahead.
Beginning March 21, 2018 new episodes began airing in Scandinavia, while the series remained on hiatus in the U.S. until May 1, 2018.
Shrug of God: When asked what type of bird Gabby McStabberson was, Frank Angones responded "Is 'Grace Jones' a type of bird?"
Frank Angones, whenever directly asked about Darkwing Duck's chances of showing up, would quote his Mad Libs Catchphrase, and then say "Never heard of him." He was later confirmed to be showing up at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.
Frank Angones also revealed that Duckworth appears in the intro sequence, but not any more details. Fan speculation has gone wild. "McMystery at McDuck McManor!" finally reveals the truth: he is the skull-headed ghost that scares the children.
Darkwing Duck is introduced as a character in an in-universe tv show, played by an in-universe actor named Jim Starling. In real life, a fan asked if that meant a Goslyn also existed. Frank Angones's response was "Darkwing without Gosalyn is not Darkwing." Fans thought that meant Goslyn would be appearing eventually. As it turned out, there was no Goslyn in the in-universe tv show, and therefore that Darkwing was never the real Darkwing. In fact, Jim Starling becomes Negaduck.
In the weeks leading up to the second season finale, Frank Angones teased that a character would be killed off before the season was over, and that said character was on the Season 3 poster from that year's San Diego Comic Con. Epileptic Trees ensued, with Penumbra being seen as the most likely candidate. The "death" was that of a Mickey Mouse-shaped (and voiced) Companion Cube watermelon, which was unceremoniously eaten by Gladstone and Fethry, as well as two of Gyro's clones, one of whom may or not have been the real Gyro.
Certain actors from Bojack Horseman have come together again on this show Ben Schwartz (Rutabaga as Dewey), Paget Brewster (Paige Sinclair as Della), Paul F. Thompkins (Mr. Peanutbutter as Gladstone), Margo Martindale (Margo as Ma Beagle), Kimiko Glenn (Stefani as Lena), Jaime Camil (Jorge Chavez as Don Karnage), and Lin Manuel Miranda (Crackerjack as Gizmoduck). Stephanie Beatriz (Gina Cazador) has also been confirmed to be joining the cast in season three as an undisclosed character.
Speaking of Ben Schwartz, he's meeting up with his Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninjaco-star Danny Pudi, where the former played the title character and the latter played Levander Hart.
Bobby Moynihan (Louie) and Kate Miccuci (Webby) are once again working together again after Nature Cat , with the former as Hal and the latter as Daisy.
Danny Pudi (Huey), Jim Rash (Gyro), Paget Brewster (Della), and John Hodgman (Rockerduck) are working on the same series again after starring in Community. Giancarlo Esposito has also been confirmed to be joining the cast in season three as an undisclosed character.
Don Cheadle providing Donald's "normal" voice with the modulator reunites him with his Hou$e of Lie$ co-star Ben Schwartz (Dewey).
Tony Anselmo (Donald) is also reunited with Chris Diamantopoulos (Storkules, Drake Mallard, and the melon) after working together in Mickey Mouse (2013).
"The Lost Harp of Mervana" reunites Ben Schwartz (Dewey) with his Parks and Recreation co-star Retta (Harp).
"Friendship Hates Magic" has Libe Brarer (Violet) and Kate Micucci meet up again after The Sponge Bob Movie Sponge Out Of Water and Star Darlings. note In the former, Kate voices a popsicle when Plankton goes inside SpongeBob's mind while Libe was in the ADR Loop Group. In the latter, Libe voices Sage while Kate voices Cassie, though in the series finale, Libe voices both of them.
Paget Brewster (Sadie Doyle as Della), Paul F. Tompkins (Jib Janeen and Frank Doyle as Gladstone), and Mark Evan Jackson (Sparks Nevada as the Buzzards) are reunited after working together on The Thrilling Adventure Hour
There will be no romance between Webby or any of the triplets because, according to Frank Angones, the show is about family and not romantic relationships as well as the fact that he doesn't want to verify a ship and shut down another one in the process. Of course, this hasn't stopped people from shipping Dewey/Webby.