Nostalgia is a powerful phenomenon. Not only does it have the ability to transport you to an earlier part of your life, it’s also a force for companies to harness for a profit. And no company harnesses the insidious power of nostalgia better than Disney.
With the release of the first trailer for Ducktales, Disney hopes to bank on that nostalgia hype.
Corporate cynicism aside, the show seems like fun, and the cast is nothing to sneeze at. The duck, the myth the legend, Scrooge McDuck, is played by Doctor Who‘s David Tennant, while his great nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, are voiced by Community’s Danny Pudi, Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz, and Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan, respectively. Other notable cast members include Kate Micucci as Webby, and Saturday Night Live’s Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack.
Based on the nostalgia factor alone, the show is bound to do well (the network has already ordered a second season of the show). But, the animations looks solid, and the talent of the cast shows a lot of promise. The Disney XD network will air the new Ducktales this summer.