Disney is really gunning hard for the elder Millennial market. I mean, they could have just rebooted DuckTales to lure in the new generation of kiddos who might enjoy the misadventures of triplet ducklings and their crotchety, stingy millionaire great-uncle, who jet-sets and solves mysteries when he’s not swimming in his personal vault of gold coins. But Disney XD’s wrangled grown-ups with some savvy casting and a weirdly sexxy reveal of it. And now, joining an ensemble that already includes Kate Micucci, Danny Pudi, Bobby Moynihan, Ben Schwartz and Pajiba 10 winner David Tennant, is strong contender for the 2017 title: Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Disney blog D23 has revealed the Hamilton creator who nearly won Oscar gold for his Moana songs, has joined DuckTales as the one, the only Gizmoduck.
In the original series, this fowl take on RoboCop was Scrooge McDuck’s mild-mannered account for Fenton Crackshell who stumbled upon some super-powerful armor. By shouting his catch-phrase Blathering Blatherskite, Fenton transforms into the mighty and fearless GizmoDuck, intended to guard Scrooge’s wealth and Number One Dime, but capable of much greater heroics.
Fenton always had a lot of energy, much of it nervous. But the non-stop Miranda seems a perfect pick to give the character a modern new spin. Or as executive producer Matt Youngberg put it, “Lin came to mind instantly for the role of Gizmoduck. His rapid-fire earnestness paired with his wide-eyed yet determined optimism made him the perfect person to yell ‘BLATHERING BLATHERSKITE!’”
In this new version, Fenton will be “an exceptionally bright intern working with Scrooge McDuck’s in-house mad scientist, Gyro Gearloose.” And as an attempt to bring some diversity to Duckburg, the character’s name has been changed to Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera. This makes him Latino like Miranda and DuckTales co-producer and story editor Francisco Angones, who had this to say about the race-bending of Gizmoduck, “Growing up as a Cuban-American comics enthusiast, I was always hungry for a Latino hero to call my own. In developing the new series, Matt (Youngberg) and I leapt at the opportunity to adapt DuckTales’ marquee hero into a young scientist character with Latin-inspired roots.”
And here’s a look at the new and Latino Fento and Gizmoduck.
DuckTales will hit Disney XD late this summer.