Let’s guess what you were thinking when you saw the title of this article. “Donald Duck…speaking intelligible words?” “Don’t ruin my childhood! Noooooo!”
Calm down. Calm down. There’s a feasible explanation for all of this. Let’s start with the announcement from Don Cheadle – that Don Cheadle, motherf*cker – that he would be voicing the iconic Disney duck in the season 1 finale of DuckTales. Yes, that happened on Friday during San Diego Comic-Con’s DuckTales panel, as the featured guest star for the finale. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the versatile Cheadle will be voicing an intelligible Donald Duck – a first in the history of Donald Duck cartoons.
Cheadle – who has Disney experience as James Rhodes/War Machine – offered a statement talking about playing The Donald (Duck:)
It’s an awesome opportunity because there are only so many roles that you look forward to playing as an actor. You’ve got to do your homework and bring your A-game when you’re trying to voice Donald Duck. Really, [it’s about] trying to find the id, trying to find the center of the duck: What makes a duck tick? What does a duck want? What will a duck sacrifice for what he wants? And these are questions that people have been pondering for many, many centuries. I’m not the first person to go into duck philosophy, obviously.
A tongue-in-cheek response for quite an iconic role, but it seems like Cheadle is prepared for the role in the season finale, which will include the voices of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Catherine Tate, and Kimiko Glenn – playing Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, Magica De Spell, and Lena, respectively.
The season finale of DuckTales – which will feature a plotline around the rescue of Scrooge McDuck from Magica De Spell – will air on August 18 on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW