Classic children’s favourite Danger Mouse is returning to thrill a whole new generation with 52×11’ new animated episodes to air on CBBC in 2015.
The new episodes will see the rodent secret agent return along with his trusty sidekick, hapless hamster Penfold. Danger Mouse will be sporting some new modifications. His distinguishing eye patch has now been replaced by an “i-patch” with multiple technological functions. A host of new characters, locations, gadgets, villains and vehicles have been added. 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 white mouse is one of the UK’s most popular animated characters beginning in 1981 on ITV and running for 11 years. The character of Danger Mouse was voiced by David Jason with Penfold voiced by the late Terry Scott. Originally produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television, it was also the first UK cartoon to really break into the USA, as well as showing in over 80 countries.
Rick Glankler, EVP/General Manager FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, said: “The thrills, spills and comedy of this landmark international animated series are all still here but this rebooted version will be brought up to date for today’s tech-savvy and content-hungry kids. Working with the BBC and Boulder Media means we have an incredibly talented team on board to deliver a stand out global comedy hit. In this new 21st century version the laughs are set to be even louder as the world’s smallest secret agent faces mightier missions, voracious villains and knee-trembling threats.”
Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC, said: “Danger Mouse is the last word in debonair and delightfully eccentric heroics and with Penfold at his side the much-loved duo will win over a whole new generation of fans. CBBC is thrilled to be kick-starting their adventures afresh with our equally enthusiastic partners Boulder and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment.”
Brian Cosgrove, co-creator of the original Danger Mouse series, said: “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.”
The new episodes are co-produced by FremantleMedia Kids & Family – who now own the global rights – and the BBC; co-produced and animated by Boulder Media with Robert Cullen (The Amazing World Of Gumball) directing and Peter Lewis and Anne Tweedy producing, using a mixed media approach to give the show a distinct look and feel. Ben Ward (Horrible Histories, Tracy Beaker) leads the writing team with Sarah Muller executive producer for CBBC, Bob Higgins executive producer for FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and original Danger Mouse co-creator Brian Cosgrove acting as a consultant on the series.
Danger Mouse will air in 2015 on CBBC.
Listen to the original Danger Mouse theme tune below…