We all grew up with them. The characters from the series I mean. But DuckTales Remastered offers a different glimpse at our favorite characters. As the title suggests, we’re going to dive into the remastered version of the iconic 1990 video game. But this time in this article we’re going to blend both the old and the new. Think about it. The DuckTales Remastered is (of course) a remastered version of a much older and beloved game. While DuckTales Rebooted is a Rebooted TV version of a much older and beloved TV series. How cool is that?
While we did tackle in the past topics involving remastering and rebooting, but we haven’t combined them in one discussion.
It’s not like we haven’t reviewed awesome TV shows before. Heck. Loki’s first season was a blast to write about (and watch to I admit). But so were Peaky Blinders (here) and Last Kingdom (here).
But before I go any further with this article, I believe a word or two about the game that inspired this article is very much needed here. The DuckTales Remastered.
What’s DuckTales Remastered All About?
Developed by WayForward and published by Capcom, DuckTales Remastered is a beautiful hand-crafted reimagining of one of the most cherished 8-bit titles of all time. With hand-drawn animated sprites, authentic Disney character voices talent and richly painted level backgrounds of course. All taken from the classic cartoon TV series, Scrooge McDuck and his family come to life like never before.
So, go back to one of the golden ages of gaming. Now refined with a level of detail that will please the most hardened devoted Disney. Or retro Capcom fans alike. Not to mention the gameplay retains the authenticity of its 8-bit predecessor. Simple and fun, with slight modifications to improve gameplay flow and design.
Go ahead. Embark on an authentic DuckTales adventure. As Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. And travel to exotic locations throughout the world in their quest to retrieve the five Legendary Treasures. We know you want to.
And here’s the best part. DuckTales Remastered is currently on sale here at IndieGala. Don’t miss out on the chance to re-live your childhood. And of course, don’t miss out on the opportunity to get to love your favorite characters all over again. Get the game here.
But What Are Some Of The Steam User Comments Saying About The Game?
*Ardauc says it best: DuckTales. That Is All.
*While Unfunni adds: An amazing game! Ducktales: Remastered (technically a remake, but I digress) is a game that offers more than I ever could have expected when thinking of its title.
*And let’s not forget Slimer 9K’s comment: Honestly, this is probably one of my favorite games of all time, I love DuckTales!!!
Yup. The DuckTales Remastered is an awesome game. But what about the rebooted TV show?
Let’s find out. Shall we?
Now, before I continue with this article, I believe that a disclaimer is needed. For the sake of time and clarity, I’m going to focus (for the most part) on the first season of DuckTales Rebooted. And I’ll leave the other seasons for some other occasion.
Ok. Developed by Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones, DuckTales premiered on Disney XD back in 2017 and yes. It made for a nice nostalgia trip down memory lane for every Millennial that grew up with the DuckTales original series. This Millennial is included of course. But yeah. The first season of DuckTales Rebooted is awesome. And in it, the grouchy trillionaire Scrooge McDuck (voice of David Tennant) is surprised in the first episode. Indeed.
His estranged relative Donald (Tony Anselmo) drops off the triplets Huey, Dewey, and Louie (Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Bobby Moynihan) one day. Why? To he watches over them while he leaves for a job interview. Sooo. While Scrooge initially ignores the boys, a series of strange events bring them together. And in the meantime, he re-discovers his old sense of adventure and excitement. So, they team up, and along with pilot Launchpad (Beck Bennett) and the headstrong Webby (Kate Micucci), they embark on a series of strange and peculiar new adventures.
Is The Rebooted DuckTales Series Any Good?
Yes. In short, yes. It is very good. Modernized, with noticeable changes but brought to the 21st century. And yeah, with subtle nods to the past, peppered all through the first season.
But let’s get the elephant out of the room and unpack all of the aforementioned differences I just mentioned. Yes. There’s a gap of more than 30 decades when the first season of the original DuckTales series began and the rebooted first season. So, you can assume that some things are going to be different. First and foremost, the voice actors. Yes, they’re different but they work at the same time. David Tenant (AKA my favorite Doctor) is the voice of Scrooge McDuck while Tony Anselmo is Donald Duck. And I love that Tennant is rocking his Scottish accent in the role of Scrooge. I just love that. Kate Micucci is amazing as Webby Vanderquack and yes. Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Bobby Moynihan offer a more mature take on Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
Don’t Mind The Differences! Embrace Them!
Now when I mentioned the voice actors in the previous section, I also pointed out that they’re great. But at the same time, that means that some of the kid’s characters are now characters with grown-up voices. Which basically means that Huey, Dewey, and Louie now have grown-up voices. Look. I don’t mind it all, but I guess why it can be a turn-off for the hard-core fans of the show. The same goes for Webby. But the changes are not solely in the voices. They can be found in the characters too. For instance, Webby is now less a girly-girl character and more of a tomboy. Furthermore Webby is smart and resourceful. While Mrs. Beakley has a very interesting back story in the new series. Love that.
But I suppose the biggest change of character is in Scrooge here. Over here in the rebooted series, he’s much more driven by adventure. Then by wealth and money. Yeah, he still cares about money, but you can see the subtle shift of priorities. And what I loved about his three mischievous nephews, now every single one of them is distinct. You can tell them apart, and each of them has his or her distinct personality trait. They’re all still adventurous troublemakers at heart, but here they were given some individuality.
Great Animation And Even Greater Adventures!
Yes, the adventures are the true front and center of each episode. But they’re done with a nice balance of action and humor. And even with humor, we get lessons of insight and emotion. You can see it in the episode when Scrooge takes the kids to Mr. Neverrest. Indeed. You can see that the nephews aren’t just learning from Scrooge and his blemishes from the past. He’s learning from them as well. But the other things work in the rebooted series too. The animation is more fluid, steeped in reality with subdued colors. There’s CGI of course, but that works in unison with the rest of the animation. And yes. It might take some time to get used to. But I liked it nonetheless.
So the verdict is…
DuckTales Rebooted is good. A bit different and modernized but stays true to the original material. With great voice actors and great animation, it’s warming the nostalgic heart of the fans of the original DuckTales series. Sometimes different is better. I love when that happens.
But Are You A Fan Of DuckTales Remastered?
Let us know in the comment section. We’d love to know all about it.