by: S. Scott Stanikmas
CARTOON REBOOTS AND UPDATES GALORE
Cartoon reboots and series updates seem to be the dish of the day today. Both Disney and Netflix announced a bevy of fan favorite shows returning to the air.
Disney sent out a press release announcing that the House Of Mouse will be reviving the uber-popular Ducktales cartoon for a new generation.
Based on Disney legend Carl Barks’ comic book stories, Uncle Scrooge and his trio of nephews (Huey, Louie and Dewey) will once again take to the airwaves. And they’ll be bringing along all the charcaters you remember like Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Magica DeSpell, The Beagle Boys and so many others.
I used to watch this all the time, along with Talespin, Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers, and my all-time personal favorite Darkwing Duck (now there’s a series that needs to be brought back). The theme song was annoyingly catchy but still fun to sing. This was a show that appealed to fans of all ages (my Grandmother used to watch it with me all the time). I can see them updating the animation and going with computer generated instead of 2D hand-drawn. As long as they keep the fun and timelessness of the original, I’m sure I’ll be watching this along with the younger members of my family like my Gram did with me.
Ducktales is set to debut on Disney XD in 2017.
USA Today broke the news that Netflix will be bringing five animated shows to the streaming network. Three of the shows seem like original ideas: SUPER 4, Some Assembly Required and Bottersnikes and Gumbles. But the other two shows are reboots of popular franchises: Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget.
Danger Mouse was a British cartoon about a rodent that was also a secret agent. Lampooning the spy genre of James Bond and his ilk, Danger Mouse ran for more than 10 years in it’s native UK. I was never a big fan of the show, but that’s just because I never really watched it. 26 brand-new half hour episodes are set to debut in Spring 2016.
Inspector Gadget on the other hand was a couldn’t-miss show for. The misadventures of Gadget, his niece Penny and dog Brain against Dr. Claw and his evil organization M.A.D. was must-see TV for the young me. The newer, computer-animated series has already debuted it’s 26 episode run in Europe, but Netflix has the official broadcast rights here in the USA and will begin running the show in March.
All in all a great day for fans of old-school ‘toons.