The last few years have been an exciting time for those nostalgic for their ’80s childhoods. And for Millennials in one particular age bracket, a generation that still reveres and loves the series, last year’s announcement that “DuckTales” would be rebooted on Disney XD was no exception.
“DuckTales” is widely considered to be one of the most loved animated series of all time: known for it’s catchy theme song, eclectic characters, storylines inspired history, literature and pop culture, and pulpy Indiana Jones-like adventures. It’s a special kind of show that really embodies what culture “felt like” as a kid from 1987 to 1990. And at time when programming for children often felt like it was divided between “girls’ shows” and “boys’ shows,” “DuckTales” was certainly remarkable for appealing to everyone.
The series follows the exploits of Scrooge McDuck, an eccentric and miserly billionaire who loves to literally swim in his money, which is held in his corporate headquarters/vault known as the Money Bin. Though Scrooge is the richest duck in the world, he’s always trying to find ways to increase his wealth, traveling the world on high-flying treasure hunting adventures alongside his curious and mischief-making grand-nephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie.
But appealing to the original fans of the show — a nostalgic generation very much in tune with their interests via social media — and reaching younger audiences — many of whom have never even heard of “DuckTales” — could prove to be a challenge.