Disney has ordered a reboot of the 1980’s animated series DuckTales for Disney XD, the network said Wednesday.
The series, which features animated characters Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Donald Duck, will launch on the boys-targeted Disney XD in 2017, said network officials.
Disney Television Animation originally produced 100 episodes of the animated series from 1987-90. An animated theatrical film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, premiered in 1990.
The original DuckTales is currently available on the Watch Disney Channel TV Everywhere app.
"DuckTales has a special place in Disney's TV animation history, it drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks' comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults,” said Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager for Disney XD in a statement. ”Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation."
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