His Voice Has Won Awards, Now He’s Voicing One Of Disney’s Most Iconic Superheroes
We were excited when it was first announced that Disney was planning on rebooting it’s beloved “DuckTales” series for a new generation of viewers. The original was full of great characters and memorable adventures. And while details surround the new series are limited, what we do know is that Disney is not holding back in the voice-talent department.
It was just announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame will lend his Tony award-winning voice to play Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, a.k.a. Gizmoduck.
— DuckTales (@DuckTales) May 19, 2017
In the original, Fenton Crackshell (“Cabrera” was not in the character’s surname), was an ordinary accountant-like character. But a run-in with a specially designed suit changed all that. By uttering the secret phrase “blathering blatherskite,” Crackshell activated the superhero suit, turning him into the crimefighting Gizmoduck. Gizmoduck was so popular that the character appeared in other cartoons, like “Darkwing Duck.”
The announcement of Miranda’s inclusion was met with excitement from social media.
WAIT A MINUTE. New DuckTales has Beck AND Bobby AND NOW Lin-Manuel Miranda? Welllll pic.twitter.com/b6ND75Lnte
— Amma Marfo (@ammamarfo) May 19, 2017
“DuckTales” already had a hardcore following. Adding Miranda to the mix is almost too good to be true.
Whoa whoa whoa…why didn’t anybody tell me that Lin-Manuel Miranda is gonna voice Gizmoduck in the Ducktales reboot?!?!
— Mel (@piney61) May 22, 2017
People who grew up watching the original series were definitely feeling the nostalgia.
I'm watching this so hard. Even if my 9 year old hates it. 🙂 "DuckTales revival: Lin-Manuel Miranda joins the cast" https://t.co/B8Ut1sUWxs
— Miss Shannan Paul (@MissShannan) May 22, 2017
Casting Lin-Manuel Miranda as the show’s hero was a no-brainer for co-producer Francisco Angones.
— Mashable (@mashable) May 19, 2017
According to TVLine, Angones released a statement, saying: “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, [executive producer Matt Youngberg] and I leapt at the opportunity to adapt “DuckTales”‘ marquee hero into a young scientist character with Latin-inspired roots.”
As CNN reported, executive producer Matt Youngberg said Manuel was a perfect choice. “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!'”
Check out the trailer for the upcoming DuckTales reboot.
While no release date has been given yet beyond summer 2017, the casting announcements have people excited. Miranda is joining the ranks of Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”), Danny Pudi (“Community”), and Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates).