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Watch the first episode of Disney’s new DuckTales series for free

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A charming reboot for both old and new audiences

Disney XD’s new DuckTales series premiered this past weekend, but if you weren’t able to catch it live, the pilot has been posted on YouTube for free.

The episode, which runs just under 45 minutes, introduces the modern versions of Scrooge McDuck and his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Unlike the previous version of DuckTales, which aired between 1987 and 1990, Huey, Dewey and Louie will have noticeable differences in their personalities, with attention paid to individual traits. Dewey is the more morose of the three, Louie the greedy one and Huey the charming, adventurous brother. Their dynamic can be seen from some of the show’s earliest scenes and brings a new charm to DuckTales that didn’t exist in the first series.

Most notable is David Tennant’s portrayal of Scrooge McDuck. Armed with a heavy Scottish accent and believable disdain for any of his relative, Tennant’s Scrooge McDuck is both loyal to the former version of the character and refreshing. In the former series, Scrooge McDuck was voiced by the late Alan Young, who helped define the tone of the series. It’s a hard act to follow, but Tennant’s acting far exceeds expectations fans may have going into the series.

Disney XD may keep the rest of the series exclusive to its main cable network, but Polygon has reached out to confirm. For now, those who are interested in seeing how the new series compares can do so on YouTube or by watching the video above.