Ducks, Fly, Together. Even decades later. The Mighty Ducks franchise is finally picking up again, with star Emilio Estevez back in his role as coach Gordon Bombay. It was buried in the Star Wars and Marvel news, but Disney+ unveiled our first look at The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers continues the legacy of hockey’s finest fowls. 🏒 The series picks up where the films left off. Emilio Estevez returns as Gordon Bombay and @thelaurengraham is joining the flock. Coming to @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/r6JwLDYzmx
— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020
I’m not quite sure how you can pick up “right where the films left off” when it’s 25 years later, but I am interested to find out! Maybe Charlie Conway comes back to help his now aged coach? Maybe Bombay gets another DUI and former player Adam Banks is his attorney? Do the Bash Brothers make a return? Bash Dads now?
Here’s what we do know. The Mighty Ducks program has become dominant, and not the ragtag bunch we fell in love with decades ago (seriously, they made AN ENTIRE SPORTS FRANCHISE happen, you can’t say that about ANY other Disney movie). And “Gilmore Girls” star Lauren Graham is the mom of a young player that helps coax Bombay back to the sport he (presumably) loves.
The new Mighty Ducks trailer is here. Thoughts?? pic.twitter.com/IzZgOCQ39b
— Spittin’ Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) December 11, 2020
The focus is largely on the backlash to the current hyper-competitive atmosphere surrounding kid’s sports, so expect the series to go deep in that.
“Once a Duck, always a Duck! And after 25 years, I am delighted to lace up my skates, put on Coach Bombay’s jacket and return to play the iconic character for this new chapter in The Mighty Ducks franchise,” Estevez said previously.
Get a look at the new show before it hits the streamer sometime next year. For old time’s sake, here are some of the highlights of the original.