Lin-Manuel Miranda to Make 'DuckTales' Debut, Friday, May 11 on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW, as Part of the Network's Inaugural 'Duck Week'

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Make 'DuckTales' Debut, Friday, May 11 on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW, as Part of the Network's Inaugural 'Duck Week'




New ‘DuckTales’ All Summer. Woo-oo!

DUCKBURG – Multiple award-winning actor, playwright, composer and
lifelong “DuckTales” aficionado Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his debut as
Gizmoduck (aka Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera) in a new “DuckTales” episode,
premiering FRIDAY, MAY 11 (8:00 p.m., EDT/PDT) on
Disney Channel and DisneyNOW, as part of
the inaugural “Duck Week.”

The Emmy® Award-nominated hit series will now air daily on
Disney Channel, beginning TUESDAY, MAY 1 with premieres every Friday in
May, and new episodes and shorts debuting throughout the summer across
Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel YouTube.

Miranda said, “I’m really excited that a new generation of kids will be
growing up with ‘DuckTales.’ As a huge fan of the original series, I love
that I can share this new version with my sons.”

Miranda voices Duckburg’s preeminent hero who has Latin roots, a
reimagining of the character by executive producer Matt Youngberg and
co-producer and story editor Francisco Angones. In Miranda’s debut episode,
“Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!,” the brilliant young scientist Fenton is
recruited by Launchpad who is feeling menaced by tech genius Mark Beaks’
newest invention.

Beginning May 1, DisneyNOW will debut the “DuckTales Treasure Hunt LIVE!,”
an interactive experience on-air and in the DisneyNOW app. To play,
DisneyNOW visitors select a team based on a “DuckTales” character – Team
Huey led by Isaak Presley (“Stuck in the Middle”), Team Dewey led by Sofia
Wylie (“Andi Mack”), Team Louie led by Issac Ryan Brown (“Raven’s Home”)
and Team Webby led by Ariana Greenblatt (“Stuck in the Middle”). A secret
treasure will be revealed in daily episodes of “DuckTales” (8:00 p.m.,
EDT/PDT) which can then be found in DisneyNOW to earn points for the team.
Every Friday in May, Disney Channel will highlight the leading team. On May
25, the winning team will be announced with an on-air shout out by their
Team Captain and receive an exclusive in-app surprise.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will continue the storytelling by inviting families
to search for some of the same treasures at “Donald’s Dino-Bash!” at
DinoLand U.S.A., beginning May 25. Guests will also have the opportunity to
meet Launchpad McQuack and Scrooge McDuck at “Donald’s Dino-Bash!” at
DinoLand U.S.A.

Disney Channel’s first-ever “Duck Week” takes flight on SUNDAY, MAY 6 with a duck-blur of activities throughout
the week, including partnerships with ESPN, Disney Studios, Disney Parks
and Resorts, and Disney|ABC Television; a “DuckTales” product line at
Disney store and; Augmented Reality-branded experience for
kids and a special Snapchat lens allowing fans to jump into a virtual Money
Bin with “DuckTales” characters, all in collaboration with Unity
Technologies; a PSA celebrating diverse families as part of Disney|ABC
Television’s annual Foster Care Awareness campaign with FosterMore; new
shorts featuring Webby and interstitials featuring baby ducks in reimagined
scenes from favorite Disney Channel shows including “Andi Quack,” “Raven’s
Pond” and “Duck in the Middle.”

Other extensions of the series set to begin this summer include: an array
of book titles from Disney Press including “DuckTales: Solving Mysteries
and Rewriting History!”; comic books and graphic novels from IDW
Publishing; and a brand new toy line from PhatMojo including action
figures, plush and collectibles exclusively at Target. On June 5, Disney
Studios will release “DuckTales: Destination Adventure!,” an episode
compilation DVD with two bonus classic “DuckTales” episodes released for
the first time ever on DVD.

The voice cast is David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) as Scrooge McDuck, Danny
Pudi (“Community”) as Huey, Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”) as Dewey,
Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”) as Louie, Kate Micucci (“Garfunkel
and Oates”) as Webby Vanderquack, Beck Bennett (“Saturday Night Live”) as
Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye (“Castle”) as Mrs. Beakley and Disney
Legend Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck.

“DuckTales” is executive-produced by Annie Award-nominee Matt Youngberg
(“Ben 10: Omniverse”), with Francisco Angones (Disney XD’s Emmy
Award-nominated “Wander Over Yonder”) serving as co-producer and story
editor, and Sean Jimenez (Disney’s Annie Award-winning “Gravity Falls”) as
art director. The series is a production of Disney Television Animation and
carries a TV-Y7 parental guideline.

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