That moment has finally come for viewers as cast members from the “Mighty Ducks” movies join the TV series for a special episode that will be available to stream on Friday.
“The hardest part was doing this during a pandemic, filming in Canada, and getting everyone to Canada for an episode, which would take two weeks. And they would have to be quarantined for two weeks too.” Brill tells CNN. “So everyone had to give up a month of their life, if not more, to come and do it.”
The result of the month-long engagement was a slightly smaller reunion than Brill would have hoped – some original cast members are no longer actors and couldn’t commit to leaving their jobs for that period – but one that pays off on screen and off.
As a result, former ducks Connie (Marguerite Moreau), Kenny (Justin Wong), Adam (Vincent LaRusso), Fulton (Elden Henson), Avery (Matt Doherty) and Guy (Garette Henson) gather for a gala hosted by the Team unknown to them no longer embraces the outsider spirit that once drove their success.
Still, this is one reason for them to reconnect with Coach Bombay (Emilio Estevez), whom they have all not seen in a while.
This part somewhat mirrors real life as Estevez was unable to attend various cast reunions that have taken place over the years, Brill said. But that changed at a special moment on set.
“He was coach Bombay to them and they were very close to all of the actors,” said Brill. “It was very emotional to see them together. And it was Emilio [who] said, “Why don’t we just wait for it to be on the ice?” because they had to practice skating and we couldn’t have dinner or anything because of Covid. I’m sure it would have been different, but because of Covid, the only time everyone was together for the first time was everyone was back on the ice skating together, including Emilio. ”
Brill captured part of the moment in the film.
“It was coach Bombay who reunited with these kids,” he said. “They’re grown people – 40-year-olds who haven’t seen Emilio in about 20 years. It was very, very cool.”
With a successful reunion online, Brill is hoping to bring back more faces from the Mighty Ducks past when the show goes in for a second season, including Joshua Jackson and Kenan Thompson, both of whom were unavailable this time around. (Disney did not officially renew the series. Streaming series are usually judged on a number of criteria, including completion rate and same-day streams.)
“Josh had a kid when this happened, on top of everything else, so it wasn’t a problem for him. Also, I originally talked years ago about Josh being a big part of this show as Charlie and I want that on the table leave, “he said. “I think there’s a whole season of storylines with Josh if we can do that on schedule.”
“It would be fun if I could get him next season and put him on ice skates,” said Brill. “I know he’s a Californian boy so he probably won’t walk, but that would be great.”
This is how he would mix his universes “Mighty Ducks” and “Heavyweights”, he said. (Though Thompson and Shaun Weiss appeared in both the “Mighty Ducks” and “Heavyweights” films.)
“What about Lars (Tom Hodges) coaching a team? All of a sudden you look over and Lars is coaching one of the Minnesota teams or something,” he said. “There’s this connection between Scott Whyte, who was Gunnar on [the] Iceland [team in ‘D2’] and then in ‘Ducks’ 3 we liked the person so much that we just turned them into a new character. There are no rules! We can bring an actor back and I’ll give them a new role. But if we’re going to bring back some Iceland idiot or the actual actors, that’s a really good idea. That’s what the second seasons are for. ”