Update – March 26, 2021 – This article has been updated to show that the first episode of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers on Disney Plus is now live on the service.
The Mighty Ducks was one of Disney’s biggest live-action movie franchises in the 1990s. Now, you can watch the first episode of the Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Disney Plus TV show. But what is this show all about?
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In this article, we will tell you all we know about The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers so far. That includes if any cast members from the original films will return, what new members will be joining the team, and more. You can sign up for Disney Plus now at the link below.
What is The Mighty Ducks, anyway?
The first movie in The Mighty Ducks trilogy was released in theaters in 1992. Emilio Estevez starred as Gordon Bombay, a former kid hockey player who is now a high-powered attorney in Minneapolis. After he gets arrested for drunk driving, he is sentenced to community service. As a result, Bombay is forced to coach a kids hockey team, which has never been competitive in their local league. With Bombay’s help, the team, who gets renamed to the Ducks, starts actually winning games. In the end, they win the league’s championship. The movie was a big hit for Disney and spawned two sequels: D2: The Mighty Ducks in 1994 and D3: The Mighty Ducks in 1996. You can watch all three movies now on Disney Plus.
Perhaps the oddest spin-off of the movie series was an actual NHL team. Disney owned and launched The Mighty Ducks team in Anaheim, California in 1993. The company later sold off the team in 2005. However, the current owners still call the team The Anaheim Ducks.
What is The Mighty Ducks Disney Plus TV show all about?
The new show is called The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. Set once again in Minneapolis, the Ducks team has actually evolved to become the top team in the local kids league for the past decade. However, a mother for one of the players gets upset when her son is cut from The Mighty Ducks. She feels that the Ducks are getting too serious and that kids should just play sports for fun. She helps to organize a new hockey team for kids who are not natural athletes and recruits a now-retired Bombay to help coach them.
Who is in The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers?
Lauren Graham is the lead in the new TV show. She is best known for her roles in the long-running TV series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She plays Alex, the mother of the 12-year old boy who gets unceremoniously cut from The Mighty Ducks, and who later helps to form the new hockey team. Emilio Estevez returns to play Gordon Bombay. Steven Brill, who wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for all three Mighty Ducks movies, will return as head writer for the 10 episode Game Changers series.
In addition, Entertainment Weekly reports that in the sixth episode of the series, characters from all three Mighty Ducks feature films will return to the ice. They include Elden Henson as Fulton, Matt Doherty as Averman, Vinny La Russo as Adam Banks, Marguerite Moreau as Connie, Garret Henson as Guy, and Justin Wong as Kenny Wu. Two notable actors from previous films, Joshua Jackson (Charlie), and Kenan Thompson (Russ “Knuckle Puck” Tyler) won’t be in the first season due to scheduling conflicts. However, Estevez is quoted in the EW article as saying, “If there is a season 2 and 3, we are holding the door open for any and all of the Ducks from the original films to return,”
When will The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers launch on Disney Plus?
Disney has just launched the first episode of the show on Disney Plus. The streaming service will release each new episode on a weekly basis.
That’s everything we know about The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers show on Disney Plus. We will update this post when more information, including a specific launch date, is revealed.