The Mighty Ducks Writer Steven Brill Interview

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers digs back into the nostalgia of the original franchise in the biggest way yet with today’s new episode, titled “Spirit of the Ducks.” When a gala is planned to celebrate the legacy of the peewee hockey team, some of the original teammates get back together with Coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez). But the reunion isn’t quite as chipper as you might expect, and that’s exactly how franchise writer Steven Brill likes it.

For the Mighty Ducks reunion episode of Game Changers, we sat down to talk with Steven Brill, the writer of all three original movies and executive producer/writer of the new Disney+ series (who also directs the reunion episode). In our conversation, find out about the development of Mighty Ducks 4 before Game Changers came along, who missed out on the reunion due to the coronavirus pandemic, staying true to the show’s dramatic roots, and some of the hopeful plans for the future of Game Changers, including the return of more original Mighty Ducks teammates. Oh, and did you know that a Mighty Ducks musical could be in the cards? Read More »

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Season 2 and Beyond

Today sees a special reunion of some of the original hockey playing brats from The Mighty Ducks in an episode of the Disney+ original series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. And if all goes well, this won’t be the last reunion we’ll see on the show.

Even though six of the original members of the Mighty Ducks franchise were able to reunite for the episode, titled “Spirit of the Ducks,” the coronavirus pandemic made it more difficult to get other teammates back. Thankfully, franchise writer and series executive producer Steven Brill has plans to bring some of the other teammates back for the show’s presumed second season, and he has plans for the series beyond that, too. Read More »

The Mighty Ducks Reunion Interview - Game Changers

Today brings the sixth episode of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers to Disney+, and if you’re a fan of the original film franchise, you need to catch up. That’s because today’s episode, titled “Spirit of the Ducks,” brings back some of the original Mighty Ducks from the movies for a reunion with their old coach, Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez).

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers brings back Fulton Reed (Elden Henson), Lester Averman (Matt Doherty), Adam Banks (Vincent La Russo), Connie Moreau (Marguerite Moreau), Guy Germaine (Garette Henson), and Kenny Wu (Justin Wong) for a special gala honoring the legacy of the peewee hockey team that made their Minnesota home so famous. We had a chance to talk to all of them about returning to the franchise that seemingly came to an end 25 years ago and what it means to catch up with these beloved characters. Read More »

The Mighty Ducks Reunion Clip

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is bringing in some familiar faces this week to help turn around a grumpy Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez). Before the episode debuts on Disney+ on April 30 (that’s tomorrow), the first clip from the episode has debuted featuring a chance encounter with one of Bombay’s young hockey discoveries whose now all grown up…but he still has a penchant for breaking the passenger side windows of Bombay’s vehicles. Check out The Mighty Ducks reunion clip below. Read More »

WandaVision VFX

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a closer look at the visual effects that brought the sitcom world of WandaVision to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, The Mighty Ducks and their famous Flying V play gets a little short in the style of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series. And finally, Nobody star Bob Odenkirk takes a look back at some of his most memorable characters. Read More »

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Review

Cobra Kai brought us back into the world of The Karate Kid, but it turned the formula of the original martial arts franchise on its head by turning former villain Johnny Lawrence into the protagonist while karate champion Daniel LaRusso became a bit of a douchebag. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, coming to Disney+ this week, is taking a similar approach with the hockey film franchise of the 1990s by taking a new generation of scrappy young misfits to the ice and turning The Mighty Ducks into the villains.

In present-day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have become an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team that is more concerned with winning than reveling in the joy of the game itself. It’s full of kids whose lives are obsessively engineered by their haughty suburban parents. When 12-year old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon of Good Boys) is cut from the team for not being up to snuff, his mother Alex (Lauren Graham) just can’t take it anymore, and they decide to start new team. They’re not exactly on the level of the original Mighty Ducks, for multiple reasons, but there’s still potential for them to fly. Read More »

Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Reunion

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers will be having a little reunion of some veteran team members from Disney’s original hockey trilogy. However, one of the original Mighty Ducks won’t be getting in on the fun, at least not in the first season.

Shaun Weiss, who played the goalie Greg Goldberg throughout all three films in The Mighty Ducks film franchise, was not asked to return for the Mighty Ducks reunion. But if you’ve heard what Weiss has been up to in recent years, you probably assumed that already. Read More »

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Returning Cast Members

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is coming to Disney+ next week, essentially giving the beloved Disney sports franchise the Cobra Kai treatment. A scrappy new team of players is put together when the modern, ultra-competitive youth hockey powerhouse known as The Mighty Ducks seems to have become too big for its britches, and the only man who can teach them to fly like the old Ducks is Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez). And when Coach Bombay returns (presumably reluctantly), it looks like he’ll be getting help from some familiar franchise faces in the form of some veteran Ducks. Read More »

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Trailer

During Disney’s big investor presentation last year, there was a little tease for the upcoming legacy sequel series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. Unfortunately, it was never officially released outside of the presentation. But today brings the first proper teaser trailer, which finds The Mighty Ducks becoming the opposite of everything they used to stand for.

In The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon of Good Boys) is cut from the team. So his mother (Lauren Graham) encourages him not to give up on hockey and find some other kids and start a new one. Of course, they’re going to need a coach, and it just so happens that former Mighty Ducks coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) doesn’t have much going on. But he seems a little reluctant to return to the hockey rink, setting the stage for the perfect underdog sports comeback. Read More »

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D3: The Mighty Ducks

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: D3: The Mighty Ducks

Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max now and Disney+ starting on September 4

The Pitch: After winning the pee-wee hockey championships and the Junior Goodwill Games, it’s time for The Mighty Ducks to grow up. The team has been awarded junior varsity hockey scholarships to Eden Hall Academy, a prestigious prep school that was previously attended by Coach Gordon Bombay. But this time, Coach Bombay isn’t leading the ducks on the hockey rink. Instead, the Ducks have to get used to Coach Ted Orion, a former NHL player who has no patience for the little tricks the team used to pull, while also contending with the contempt and taunts of the varsity hockey team.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: The Mighty Ducks is one of those beloved sports franchises that children of the 1990s adore. D2: The Mighty Ducks ups the ante by taking the team to the global level and having them face off with the best young hockey players the world has to offer, while also adding some players who aren’t from District 5 in Minnesota. The movies have all the cliched lessons you’d expect from these kind of family friendly sports dramas, and while D3: The Mighty Ducks has those too, what makes the sequel stand out is the coming-of-age narrative that finds the characters growing up along with the fans who have been with them since the beginning. Read More »