Classic British cartoons of the 1980s are making a big comeback. Following news of a “Bananaman” movie and a new “Danger Mouse” TV series, word comes today that “SuperTed” his being dusted off for a TV series reboot.
Creator Mike Young is developing 26 new half-hour episodes which he expects to shop around to broadcasters later this year ahead of a potential 2016 launch.
First created as a series of books in 1978, the tale follows a defective and discarded teddy bear who is brought to life by an alien named Spotty and given super powers by Mother Nature which allow him to fight evil.
Three seasons of the original show were produced between 1983 and 1985 with Derek Griffiths and Jon Pertwee voicing Ted and Spotty. Hanna Barbera rbiefly revived the property in the United States in 1989.
Young tells The Radio Times that certain things about the modern version will change, namely the politically incorrect villains: “In SuperTed, we had a gun-slinging cowboy, a flamboyantly gay skeleton and a fat guy who had jokes made about his weight. And all these things you just wouldn’t do today. But you can still write the show in a funny, entertaining way.”
Young also says that he wants to retain some of the original’s charm, so the new Ted won’t be too ‘slick’ as it were: “We have got to be careful. So often things they re-make come out very slick. I won’t mention any names but many of the stop-frame series have been remade in the UK with less than fantastic results. They sometimes lose the charm of the original production. That’s what we have got to watch out for, to maintain what the original shows had and that’s easier said than done.”