Award-winning actor, playwright, composer and DuckTales superfan Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his debut as Gizmoduck (aka Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera) in a new DuckTales episode next month. It premieres Friday, May 11, for the network’s inaugural “Duck Week.”
Miranda voices a re-imagining of the character by executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer/story editor Francisco Angones. In Miranda’s debut episode, “Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!,” the brainy scientist Fenton is recruited by Launchpad, who is threatened by malevolent technological genius Mark Beaks’ new invention.
Says Miranda about his role in DuckTales: “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.”
The show will air daily beginning Tuesday, May 1, with premieres every Friday of that month and new episodes and other content debuting throughout the summer across Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel’s YouTube. To celebrate the show’s return, the network’s first-ever “Duck Week” begins May 6 and promises a flurry of activities throughout the seven days, including brand partnerships, new merchandise, an “augmented reality” experience for kids and a special Snapchat lens allowing fans to jump into a virtual Money Bin with DuckTales characters.
You can watch a trailer for the DuckTales premiere below.