When I was a kid, three things formed my idea of England: James Bond, Doctor Who and Danger Mouse. Now that I think about it, nothing’s really changed. The past decade has seen a renaissance in both Bond and Who, bringing those franchises back to their former glory, so I guess it’s only right (if a little late) that Danger Mouse gets to make a comeback too.
According to the press release, much of the show will remain familiar despite the update.
His distinguishing eye patch has now been replaced by an “i-patch” with multiple technological functions. Also returning to the show are DM’s trusty sidekick and hapless hamster Penfold, and other familiar faces along with a host of new characters, locations, gadgets, villains and vehicles. Danger Mouse’s HQ will still be housed in a red post box but his nerve centre will be now packed with state-of-the-art wizardry.
The new series has some pretty decent credits behind it. Robert Cullen (The Amazing World Of Gumball, Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends) is directing, “using a mixed media approach to give the show a distinct look and feel.” I’m wondering if this means it’ll be like Gumball where almost every character is in a different animation style or if it’ll make use of static patterned backgrounds like Chowder. Ben Ward (Horrible Histories) is leading the writing team and original Danger Mouse co-creator Brian Cosgrove is acting as a consultant on the series.
Even Cosgrave seems shocked that this is happening.
“When I helped to create Danger Mouse I had no idea the show would be such a huge success both in the UK and overseas. I am delighted that a whole new generation will be introduced to his daring deeds and thrilled to be part of this new 21st century series. I can’t wait to find out what he’s been up to for the last 23 years.”
So who do you think gets the US rights? Cartoon Network because of their relationship with the producers? Or will Nickelodeon fight for it because of their history with the character?