Disney Channel is tuning into the audio content market with the release later this month of its first original scripted podcast, This Duckburg Life.
Inspired by Disney XD’s DuckTales series, the seven-part podcast is hosted by Huey Duck, who shares stories about his friends and community. A first episode will debut March 29 on Disney XD’s YouTube channel, DisneyNOW and the Disney XD VOD app, with new ones dropping weekly from there.
A 90-minute finale to the DuckTales series is airing on March 15, wrapping up the reboot that first premiered in 2017. Voice talent including David Tennant, Danny Pudi, Bobby Moynihan and Margo Martindale are reprising their roles in the podcast.
This Duckburg Life is produced by Disney Television Animation’s multiplatform content team, led by executive director Gino Guzzardo (Baymax Dreams). Daniel Siegel (Stuck at Home) is on board as story editor, overseeing writers Megan Gonzalez (DuckTales) Ben Siemon (DuckTales) and Ben Acker (The Thrilling Adventure Hour).
Podcasts seem to be having a major moment in the kids entertainment space right now, with the likes of Sesame Workshop, Marvel and Hasbro all lining up proprietary audio content to meet a rapidly growing market demand. And last month, public media orgs PBS KIDS, PRX and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting teamed up to launch a podcast development program designed to help kids content creators tune into the opportunity.