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 noticably 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 admitted 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 actor.
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.
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).
Executive Meddling: Disney Channel 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 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, might make a cameo, especially since Spoonerville, which is Goofy's home town in Goof Troop, is mentioned in the very first episode.
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?!.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Never Trust a Trailer: 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.
No Export for You: The pilot episode is available to watch in Disney XD's official YouTube channel, 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. Mallard becomes the new Darkwing at the end. However, Cummings technically still reprises a role, as Starling ends up becoming Negaduck, who Cummings voiced in the original series.
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.
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.
In the French dub, Jean-Claude Donda is the voice actor for Scrooge, Launchpad, and Ludwig Von Drake, while his daughter, Camille Donda, is the voice actress for Webby.
In the Polish dub, Scrooge is voiced by Marek Robaczewski. His father, Eugeniusz Robaczewski was the first Polish voice actor of Scrooge, including first Polish dub of the original Ducktales.
In the Norwegian dub, Huey, Dewey, and Louie are voiced by Scott, Aslak and Stinius Maurstad who are brothers in real-life. Their mother Mari Maurstad also did the voices of all three in the orginal Ducktales and their other appearance before with Quack Packbeing maybe the only exeption before this.
Real Place Background: The Von Drake Doomsday Vault in "Raiders of the Doomsday Vault!" is based on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Longyearbyen, Norway.
Refitted for Sequel: 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.
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 Mc Duck, 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 the triplets) came back to voice Young Donald in "Last Christmas!"
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!
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.
Time-Shifted Actor: "Last Christmas" has a young Donald voiced by Russi Taylor instead of Tony Anselmo, even though she's ironically older than him.
Certain actors from Bojack Horseman have come together again on this show Ben Schwartz (Rutabaga as Dewey), Paul F. Thompkins (Mr. Peanutbutter as Gladstone), Margo Martindale (Margo as Ma Beagle), Kimiko Glenn (Stefani as Lena) and Lin Manuel Miranda (Crackerjack as Gizmoduck).
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) and Jim Rash (Gyro) are working on the same series again after starring in Community.
Don Cheadle providing Donald's "normal" voice with the modulator reunites him with his Hou$e of Lie$ co-star Ben Schwartz (Dewey).
"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 Sponge Bob'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.
An episode featuring a reunion of The Three Caballeros was pitched for Season 1, but ended up being shelved. Happily subverted, as the SDCC 2018 panel revealed that they will appear in Season 2.
Mickey Mouse would have appeared, if not for the stories featuring him getting vetoed. Frank Agones' idea for Mickey was that he would be Donald's incredibly idealistic old roommate (to contrast Donald's cynicism) who became an insanely successful Hollywood actor. One pitch for a story consisted of Donald being forced to get a Mickey costume for Halloween and finding that people treat him better and his luck improved because of it.note The Mickey Mouse (2013) short "New Shoes" would feature a similar plotline (the difference being it was a result of a Body Swap).
Alan Young was actually considered for a role in the show, but his death prevented that from happening.
The creators considered naming the young tech-billionaire antagonist "Mark Duckerberg". They decided to not use the name because of fear of lawsuit from the real Mark Zuckerberg, who may not be happy to have a villain named after him, and opted for "Mark Beaks" instead which most find to be a good decision, as Beaks is a general parody of moddern tech-billionaires rather than a play on Zuckerberg in particular (not to mention Beaks is a parrot with not a drop of "duck" blood in him).
There was consideration to have at least Ben Schwartz and Danny Pudi record in the same room, but the two kept distracting each other, so they recorded separately instead. But this appears to have changed by the time of recording for Season 3.
Some of the writers pushed for Zeus to be a swan, in reference to his..."seduction" of Queen Leda in the original mythology, but the reference was understandably deemed "gross".
The crew considered giving Magica De Spell an accent, namely an Italian one, but doing so made her feel like a "broad Italian stereotype" (jokingly stating that the result sounded like "an evil Pizza chef").
Very early on, the crew had the idea of adding Daisy Duck to the show as Glomgold's Number Two, with him hiring her after Donald moved in with Scrooge in an attempt to copy his business strategy. But they ultimately decided Daisy deserved more than that and didn't want her to just be "Girl Donald" or "Donald's love interest".
There will be no romance between Webby or any of the triplets, apparently because "this isnt a show about romantic relationships. This is a show about family." Of course, this hasn't stopped people from shipping Dewey/Webby.