Disney announced on February 25, 2015 that a new version of its beloved 1980s cartoon DuckTales is entering production and will air on Disney Xd –the media giant’s boy-oriented digital cable channel that airs shows such as Star Wars Rebels and Gravity Falls. The new series will be produced in-house by Disney Television Animation. A voice cast has not yet been announced.
“DuckTales has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history,” said Marc Buhaj, Disney Xd’s general manager and Vice President of programming, pointing to how the original series was primarily based on the comic book work of former Disney animator and story writer Carl Barks, who created Scrooge McDuck–Donald’s uncle and the richest duck in the world–in 1942 for comics published by Dell Publishing (currently being reprinted by Fantagraphics Books). Uncredited for his original work, Barks’ identity was uncovered by fans in the late 1960s and until his death in 2000 at 99, he was a revered guest at conventions around the globe as well as a famous oil painter.
Premiering with a TV movie later split up into five parts, the original DuckTales aired in first-run syndication for 100 episodes between 1987 and 1990;a theatrical film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, was released in 1990. It was one of the cornerstones in the initial phases of the Disney Afternoon, a syndicated block of after-school cartoons that aired with a rotating lineup for much of the 1990s.
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