A week ago we finally got the first real trailer for the new DuckTales series! We’ve seen a couple of promo images before and had a teaser video with the voice actors, but this is the first look at the animation and what to expect from the stories.
We got a lot of hidden clues and references to the comics in the trailer, so I’ll do a little breakdown of some the things I noticed.
|McDuck Manor in the new series|
The first scene we see in the trailer is Scrooge’s money bin, or McDuck Manor as they call it. From some of Barks’ stories we know that he has more than one bin, but apparently he has moved from Killmotor Hill to an island. The new money bin looks more like a fortress I think and seems to be a combined mansion and money bin. But the design looks closer to how the bin looked in the old DuckTales series (and with the roof like Italian comics) and not with the flat roof we usually see in the comic stories.
|Uncle Scrooge's money bin in Walt Disney's Comic's and Stories #135|
In the first comic stories with Scrooge, he lived in a mansion – which he also did the original DuckTales series and when Don Rosa created The Richest Duck in the World, the story where Huey Dewey and Louie meet Uncle Scrooge for the first time. As the they meet Scrooge for the first time in the trailer too, I guess we got it confirmed that the new series really is a "reboot" and not a continuation of the previous series.
|Painting in the trailer, modeled after "Pick and Shovel Laborer" by Carl Barks|
|More painings in the trailer|
After the boys have been introduced to Scrooge, we see the some of the interior and the first direct references to Carl Barks work. The first painting we see is actually modeled after a real paining called Pick and Shovel Laborer by Carl Barks. I believe the castle in the next scene is Castle McDuck from The Old Castle's Secret, and then we have a couple of more paintings by Carl Barks. The first one is called Always Another Rainbow and the other one is an unnamed painting from 1972.
|Castle McDuck in "the Old Castle's Secret"|
|The original paintings by Carl Barks|
The boys make a comment about Scrooge saying "you used to be a big deal" while we see a torn newspaper in the background with the headline "McDuck hangs up his spats after …". So apparently something has happened making him give up the treasure hunting and business adventures.
Scrooge replies by saying "I made it by being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties", a quote from the comic story Only a Poor Old Man but also used in the original DuckTales series.
While Scrooge live in a mansion/money bin, it looks like Donald is living on a houseboat, exactly like he did in his very first appearance in The Wise Little Hen.
|Donald living in a houseboat - from the DuckTales trailer (2017) and The Wise Little Hen (1934)|
Webby seems to be a real nerd and quite different from the original DuckTales series. And it looks like she is already living with Scrooge. On her note board we can read something that looks like "Terri-Fermians sighting!". The Terries and Fermies (from Land Beneath the Ground) were called "Terra-Fermians" in the previous DuckTales series. So maybe we’ll see them again in this series.
Webby's note board with "Terri-Fermians sighting!" in the upper part.
Then we get to see scenes from some of the adventures we are going to get in the first season.
First we have a ghost pirate that some people think look like LeChuck from Monkey Island. I’m not sure I agree, but that would be the most awesome crossover ever! I guess Disney Interactive has the rights to Monkey Island now, so it could theoretically happen.
Then we see Scrooge riding a Chinese dragon.
And we get a glimpse of Flintheart Glomgold heading towards a huge ruby.
|Flintheart Glomgold heading towards a huge ruby|
And we have an underwater adventure, where we see an upside-down temple with a huge piece of rock – that looks a lot like the Temple of Manco Capac from Don Rosa’s The Son of the Sun!
|Temple at the bottom of the sea|
And we all know what happened to that temple...
With all the comic references and adventure stories the trailer is teasing, I’m really excited about the new DuckTales series!