DuckTales star Danny Pudi Shares his Love for the Original Series

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DuckTales follows the adventures of Huey, Dewey, and Louie: three brothers who constantly find themselves in daring and sometimes sticky situations. The series is modeled after the classic hit series from the 80s and features everyone’s fan-favorite characters.

The TV Junkies caught up with the immensely talented and adorably charming Pudi about his new role, reprising the beloved children’s character, Huey on Disney’s DuckTales. 

The TV Junkies: What originally drew you to this project?

Danny Pudi: Many things. I watched the show as a kid and LOVED IT. This was a chance to work on something that was near and dear to me and, at the same time, I wanted to do voiceover work. In terms of where I’m at in my life right now where my kids are watching cartoons, it felt really cool to be a part of something that I would appreciate and my kids appreciate. It’s so funny and written so well, it’s just exciting to be a part of it. I really love it!

TTVJ: Were you a fan of the original series?

DP: I loved the original series and the original movie. I played the original video game, it was very difficult. [laughs] It was maybe used as a tool to keep me and my family from fighting. It was a special half hour of peace in my life where I was avoiding homework, avoiding the real world, and I really enjoyed sitting at home with some country time lemonade and watching that Ducktales afternoon. It was awesome.

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TTVJ: What sets Huey apart from his brothers?

DP: Huey is the oldest by one minute and I think he uses that. He stretches that as much as possible. Huey is in some ways the brains and the most responsible on the outside. He loves being a triplet, loves going on adventures with his family, and he is very responsible. He’s attached to his Junior Woodchuck Guidebook and all about getting badges for as many things as possible. He’s also easily distracted, really into facts and collecting rocks. He’s in some ways very peculiar, in some ways his intentions are very pure and he’s also the only one who can balance a hat on his head through multiple obstacles.

TTVJ: What updates have been made to this version to better reflect today’s ideals?

DP: The animation is really cool. I think the comedy is very fast in some parts without changing the spirit of the original show. I love Webbi’s (Kate Micucci) character’s take in this version and I think each of the brothers, the triplets are a little bit more individualized in this version. Tony Anselmo is still Donald Duck, which is amazing! But the triplets themselves have been a little bit more individualized and I think it’s been cool to see how each triplet has a take on every adventure or on different obstacles within their own family and so there’s that and there’s also a little bit of a serialized thread to it where we are discovering a little more about our origins and our family and the history of the ducks. That’s been really cool.

 

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DuckTales airs Fridays at 6 p.m. ET on Disney Channel Canada.