Ducks. Fly. Together. It was the mantra of the original Mighty Ducks trilogy of the 90s and that has never been more true with the new Mighty Ducks: Game Changers series about to hit Disney+. It’s been reported that most of the cast will be returning for an episode of the new show and, to get you in the hockey mood, the original trilogy is NOW STREAMING for the first time ever.
All three Mighty Ducks movies are streaming on Hulu and on ESPN+. Hulu is quickly establishing itself as a contender when it comes to nostalgia viewing, as it’s also the home for the quirky yet beloved King of the Hill.
Game Changers is a reunion of sorts as Steven Brill, who wrote the original trilogy, is writing the new show and producing it along with stars Emilio Estevez and Lauren Graham (she’s new this time around).
Much of the original cast will be back for a reunion arc in episode 6, according to Entertainment Weekly. The characters coming back include Adam Banks, Connie, Guy, Kenny Wu, Averman, and Fulton. Apparently, there is a “Spirit of the Ducks” gala, only Gordon Bombay isn’t invited because the Ducks are ultra-competitive now and he’s coaching the ragtag new bunch.
Estevez said he eventually reconnects with his old players and is reminded of the values he instilled in them that led them to become productive adults and that he forgot some of the lessons they didn’t.
“Maybe he wasn’t feeling like he was as valuable to their lives as he was, and he rediscovers that,” Estevez told the mag.
I’m there already. It’s not a tough sell to get me on board with Bombay and the Ducks legacy, and there’s no better way to get amped for the new show than with streaming the old trilogy. The first and second movies hold up best, although things do get shaky with the third. Still, nothing will make you want to buy a pair of rollerblades and start tearing it up in your neighborhood (if you don’t live in a place that can effectively have a frozen pond rink in the spring) than going back to some of the best hockey movies ever.
“Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” hits Disney+ later this month.